How to Break Up with Your Hairdresser

Have a Back-Up Plan

Ever have a guy waiting in the wings when you wanted to see if your relationship with what's-his-name would work out or eventually fizzle? Same applies to the 'do. Carreon says you should absolutely be happy with your hair and it's the goal of the hairdresser to have you look good and feel good when you walk out of the salon. "If you're comfortable with the salon," he advises, "try to stay in the environment and talk to somebody else." If a client is going to leave anyway, he notes, "I'd rather have the client stay with my salon." In fact, Carole Terwilliger Meyers, travel blogger, is doing just that. Although she hasn't had a convo with her hairdresser, she is doing the switcheroo. "I am trying to coordinate a visit to my salon on a day when my current hairdresser doesn't work."

 

End Things On a Positive Note

Ever reunite with your ex? If you know where we're going with this, here's a hint: always leave things on a positive note and realize a stylist may improve down the road or you may want to return to them after trying out a new stylist or two. If you've given your stylist a warning and they don't shape up, it's time to move on but realize you can always make it work down the road. Elad Bentov, top stylist of Valery Joseph Salon in New York City reminds us, "You can always go back."

 

Carpe Diem

Although a cordial conversation is definitely recommended for the break-up, sometimes you just have to seize the moment. When all else fails and you feel like crying or screaming or reaching for the nearest chocolate bar, martini or shopping mall depending on your vice, it's time to break up quickly, in the moment and briskly move on. Speyer explains, "Be crystal clear. 'This is absolutely not what we talked about, I can't come back here in good faith.'" You wanted blonde. You got orange instead. 'Nuff said.

 

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