When Someone Else Does Your Hair
A couple of months ago I did a three-part post about my color process. It gave you my hair history, the process I took to get to purple and my clean up. During the writing process of those posts and the months that followed I realized how exhausting it was to keep up my hair. Some people are meant to do it and some people, like me are lazy and find the process a frustration. I left hairdressing for a reason, I don't enjoy it. Doing my own was a chore. But moving to a new area means finding new people and that is a scary process. That journey is not easy. The first salon I ended up at was
I was there for a haircut. Haircuts are easy to screw up and impossible to fix, so I was nervous. But it turned out alright. What I loved though was how she styled it after the cut. If I could figure out how to do that to my hair everyday I would do it. The irony of this, is I don't have a picture of the curls! I confirmed with the salon that they won't have anything near my purple or as long-lasting, but that they would do my root bleaching, so I booked a follow-up three-month appointment.
The appointment date came along and I was running late. Now when I'm late I always call to say when I will show. When I called, I discovered that the girl who had done my hair was no longer there and my appointment was no longer in their schedule. This was my first warning about the customer service. My appointment was rescheduled with someone else. Bringing me one week later with girl number two. She double-check every single aspect of the process with her boss. Which I don't have a problem with but admit to it don't try to sneak off, I know what you're doing! She cut my length fine, however we miscommunication on the difference between a fringe and a side bang. The fringe looked good but wasn't what I was looking for at the time.
The biggest thing however, is she told me I was wasting everyone's time and should find another salon. All because I would not try their purple wash out color dye. And while I suppose she did me a favor, in general that's bad form and completely unprofessional.
This lead me on another hunt. The hard thing with a smaller city, is the lack of social media presence. In Calgary, one google search would net me 200 results and I'd filter through review after review until I settled on three options and called. If I liked the person on the phone that's where I'd go. That is not really an option here. It's basically a drive by and stop kind of thing to find the good places or word of mouth. So one day in my driving exploring of the city I saw a sign and decided to stop by
Ashley's salon Trichology
Ashley reminds me of my sister-in-law, who also has a bubbly fun-loving personality. The next thing I notice was that she didn't hesitant when it came to saying what she would and won't do with my hair. Hesitation is not something I want when it comes to 'permanent' change. My appointment was booked and I came in a week later. I told Ashley I was ready for a change and wanted some blue. The blue was a bit of a shocker for me. I'd been wanting change, but I loved my purple so much, so when it actually came to see the blue I was so surprised. But I love how it turned out and how it faded. She also gave me one of the most interesting haircuts I've had. Not that her style or technique was odd or unique but the feel of my hair and how it styled was different. It is heavier and thicker, so it dries straighter and I don't feel the need to blow-dry, straighten or curl it as often because I like how it just turns out straight out of the shower. It's such a weird feeling and has also made me super lazy!
Then came round two, with the shock of the blue over and gone I wanted more. And Ashley delivered.