Are hair salons no longer styling hair after trims?

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.

Emileigh Clare

Multimedia copy editor at the York Daily Record/Sunday News

7 Responses

  1. Samantha Dellinger says:

    I totally agree with you on this subject matter. What I have been doing is specifically asking them for the cut and to style. I know it seems it should be a given they need to take the time to style, but too often its just a quick blow dry and they push you out the door.

    This is where tipping comes in. If the stylist doesn’t give you their time to completely finish your hairstyle, then either tell it to them politely or don’t give them a good tip.

  2. I am the owner of Gettysburg Day Spa in Gettysburg, PA About a year and a half ago 6 of our stylist actually took a class that was taught by Blow, The New York Blow Dry Bar and we carry their full product line of shampoo, conditioners and stylers. We always do a complete blow dry and style with all of our haircuts. Finishing is extremely important because the name of our salon and our stylists names are in every haircut that walks out our door. Come visit us at 221 Chambersburg St in downtown Gettysburg. Also check out our facebook page Gettysburgdayspa, LLC and look for the photos from Ladies Nite Out May 2010,where we did blow dry demos for many of the guests that evening.

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