Give You A Hair-Dressing Down

| Working | July 5, 2016

(As a 21st birthday present, my mum has given me some money to get my haircut at a fancy hair salon. I intend to pay extra money to get it styled following the haircut as I am having my party that night. My hair is naturally very straight and fine and I’m naturally a very petite person. I am also quite shy and tend to avoid conflict wherever possible. The hairdresser and I have polite conversation for a few minutes as I tell her about my plans for my party, etc. Then this happens…)

Hairdresser: *pulls roughly at my hair, causing a few strands to come out* “Ugh, your hair is falling out! That’s usually a sign you’re lacking in vitamins. You look so thin! Are you sure you eat enough food?”

Me: “Yeah, I’m just naturally very small; it runs in the family.”

Hairdresser: “Nonsense! Weight doesn’t run in the family; you need to eat more food! And your hair is so fine. You should go and see a doctor. There’s something wrong with you.”

(By this point, I’m starting to get rather irritated and decide I just want to get home and not bother about getting my hair styled. The hairdresser continues to berate me about my fine hair and low weight until she finally finishes the haircut. I notice she has parted my hair in the middle, whilst I prefer to have it parted to the side.)

Me: “Excuse me, could you please part my hair to this side?” *points to side of my head*

Hairdresser: “Oh, no, your hair is far too lanky for that to work. I’d need hairspray just to make it stay in place! That would be a styling procedure and is going to cost you [ridiculously high amount].”

Me: “Forget it. I’ll do it myself later.”

(I quickly pay for the haircut with my birthday money and try to leave as quickly as possible.)

Hairdresser: *as I leave* “Make sure you eat some more food! You’re far too thin!”

(When I got home, I parted my hair in the way that I wanted, without hairspray, and it worked just fine. Later I went for a check-up with my doctor, who ran a few tests and told me I was perfectly healthy. I think I’ll stick to my regular hairdresser in the future!)

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