uh-oh -- where's my hat?.
After reading reviews of this salon or I should say one of the hair cutters here (Christina), I decided I'd take a chance and try this salon. I had my last haircut over a year before in California by someone totally awesome and I'd been afraid to go to anyone else, but my hair was looking absolutely horrid so I had to do something.
I went in and asked for Christina, but my luck was that she wasn't working that day. (Yes, I should have called first - I know) A very nice Asian lady was there named Ko who said she would be happy to cut my hair. Thinking again about all the great reviews, even though I hadn't seen any for "Ko" I figured how bad could it be. Worst case I'd just ask for a trim to cut off all of the split ends I had acquired from not cutting my hair for so long, I'd keep every other part of it the same and I'd be on my way (or so I thought) I even brought photos of the way my hair was supposed to look and had looked almost a year ago for reference.
Ko quickly glanced over at the photos, but wasn't interested in seeing them. She acted as if she knew exactly what I wanted. I have very very fine hair and I explained that I did want it graduated in the front (as it had been) but that I definitely could NOT have layers of any kind as my hair is far too thin for that. I asked for her to just cut off the damaged ends and try to shape it back how it had been. Ko nodded in acknowledgement.
Guess what I got? - The most layers of my life and the craziest haircut I've ever seen. Honestly the back looked like I had gum stuck in my hair and I decided to cut it out myself at random. Maybe the cut would have worked on short hair and would have been modern and edgy, but on long hair (mine had been to the middle of my back) the uneven lengths all over the place at random just looked a mess, especially with my hair type. The underlying pieces weren't even all the same length. When friends saw me afterwards they asked what had happened. No one could believe how my hair looked (unfortunately, not in a good way).
I gave it 2 instead of 1 star because Ko spent a long time and seemed to honestly care about what she was doing. It was just that her vision was definitely not the same as mine. I'm not sure she understood English all that well - as she didn't talk to me throughout the process. I wish she had taken time to look at the photos because then I don't think there would have been so much of a mix-up. I would have asked her to fix it, but to even it out at the time would have created a much much shorter haircut than what I was ready for and I also wasn't sure she would understand my request.
This happened in November - I've worn it up every day since then - and now (Feb) I'm finally where the shorter layers are not so short that I can have someone else at a place yet to be found try to help me even this out so that I can try to wear it down again.
Lesson learned... call first and make sure you can see the actual person that was recommended.
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