Thursday, March 01, 2012


Ever since sometime in November I think .. I have been getting my hair..DONE.  What I mean by that I don't colour it myself anymore.. I go to a stylist for it along with a cut. This is huge for me because I always have coloured it myself...until I dyed it brown.  And didn't know how to do my grey roots.  Then redid it and it almost made my hair black.  So I had to get some professional help. 

I went to the place I usually go to get my hair cut and found a girl there that I really liked.  She did my roots and cut my hair the way I liked it.  I went back about a month ago and asked for the same stylist because she did such a good job. She once again did a wonderful job.. and my hair is looking better than ever.....and the old dark brown colour I put in is almost gone.  She is so much fun and we laugh and talk the whole hour I am there. 

But...once she got me in the back of the salon to rinse it out...she quietly  told me that she does this type of work in the basement of her house ... not to far from there... and could do it for about 30 bucks cheaper.  Would I be interested?  Honestly I did not know what to say.... If I said no...would she cut my hair bald after that?  ...

The reason I went to a salon is because I enjoy having some camaraderie, as I am here by myself most days and love to listen to all the ladies  talking...and their stories....It is an afternoon out...doing something for me...which I rarely do.  I was so disappointed.  I don't want to be sitting in her basement with her kids running around.  I want the experience.  If she is cheating on her employer...what says she doesn't steal other goods from them for her home shop?

I don't even remember what said to her...I probably went..ahhhummm as she was washing my hair....and later when she was cutting it....she snuck her home business card on my lap under that little tarp they put over you.  I didn't expect it...and was wondering what the hell she was doing...and she whispered...I'm giving you my card so the rest of the employees can't see it.  I felt like a thief when I left. 

I will not be going to her house to get my hair done. "F" the discount.  I think she has no morals...and is screwing her employer.  I have no problem with  her moonlighting and doing business at her house after hours...but stealing clients is just not right.

It has left a bad taste in my mouth.   Now, who wants to do my roots?? 


Captain Poolie said...

That is so not right of her! Good on you!

cocoabean said...

You're right. If it was ok for her to do that, she wouldn't have hidden her business card. And you're right on another point.. if she's stealing clients, what else is she stealing? I would feel the same way, and probably wouldn't even return to her at that shop.

Donna said...

Oh Joan...damn...
How upsetting for you!! We had a guy about 5 yrs ago, doing the same thing with OUR customers. The Customer called us and told us what the guy had offered. After some checking up, we fired him!
That IS Theft! She is Also probably using the shops materials...

Stubblejumpin Gal (a.k.a. Kate) said...

BUT she is so darn good at doing your hair! A good stylist is not easy to come by. Dilemma, indeed.

I don't suppose you would consider calling the number on her business card, telling her that what she is doing makes you uncomfortable and why?

Nah. She already knows it's wrong.

On the other hand, if she wants to build up her home business, how would you advise her to go about it while treating her current salon fairly? Perhaps that's what she needs to figure out.

Don't judge her too harshly. Some salons treat their stylists very badly, but as a customer you would never know that.

If I really liked a stylist and loved the way she worked with my hair, I'd have a talk with her about it.

Sally said...

Oh boy, what a spot to be in, Joanie. I have no advice. But, if you lived near me, I'd do your roots! :)

Brenda said...

I am totally rootless, I hope you have great luck finding another stylist.

judemiller1 said...

I have a stylist--for 9 years now--and have followed her from salon to salon. I have to say, if she was doing business in her basement, I'd go there just because she cuts my hair so well--and I could use the discount.

Harriet's Sister said...

Joan, I know exactly what you're saying. I used to go to a salon to get my hair cut and the girl was leaving to have a baby. She slipped me her home phone number and I went to her house once to have my hair done.
I hated it!!!!
After emptying the kitchen sink of dishes, she washed and rinsed my hair while I was bent over uncomfortably. She then sat me in her diningroom and dried my hair while her older kids came home from school and walked in and out of the room whining about snacks.
I never went to her home again.
I agree with you that I love the whole salon experience and I deserve to feel pampered once a month. If you really like her, I think you should just tell her that you would prefer to continue to see her at the salon. Also remember that she is not insured at her house - if for any reason you have an allergic reaction to the hair dye, that will be a huge problem.