The last couple of times I’ve gotten a haircut, I’ve been disappointed with the lack of time that was spent styling my hair. Call me demanding, but I feel like if I’m spending $50, I deserve a little pampering. If it says on the spa and salon services menu that their haircuts include styling, then so should it be. Or so one would think, right?
After a recent haircut, my then stylist proceed to blow dry my hair using a diffuser. When she was done, my strands were frizzy and basically looked like I had just flipped it over my shoulders a few times to give it some volume. While that’s something I don’t necessarily mind doing when I’m rushing to get to work in the morning, I expect more from a professional salon, otherwise I’d go somewhere cheaper.
I asked the stylist if she was done after she diffused my hair and she told me she was. I told her I was surprised because it looked like my hair had not been styled at all. She asked me if I was going out somewhere after my haircut, which I wasn’t. However, I did want to see how she would style my hair and if there was anything I could learn from her that I could do at home to improve my appearance.
At this point, I just gave up because she didn’t seem to understand. She did a great job trimming my hair, but I still expected my hair to be styled a little nicer and look more polished, too.
Check out this Wall Street Journal article about “Blow-Dry Bars”. According to WSJ, blow-dry bars are a callback to old-fashioned beauty parlors, where ladies would go to have their hair washed and styled each week. These modern-day blow-dry bars don’t cut or color hair; they simply wash, dry and style it.
The resurgence of blow-dry bars makes me wonder if the standard haircut and styling package at salons has become another victim of the economy. Why should stylists take the time to style someone’s hair when they can earn more money cutting another person’s hair in that time?
Are hair salons still styling hair after giving trims and cuts? Or are they more interested in getting to the next person and making extra money? What do you think?
And as a side note, blow-dry bars, please come to York, we need you here! Check out this website for Blow, BlowNY, a blow-dry bar in New York.