New salon guilt

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I've made the decision to switch hair salons. It didn't take much. At my former salon, haircuts were $80. Add highlights, and we are talking at least $200. That's an insane amount of money for someone to snip away and color some hair.

I've been a loyal customer at my salon for almost 7 years. Same stylist, who, by the way, is incredible. She's trained at the Bumble & Bumble Academy in NYC. Need I explain why my haircuts are so expensive? She's been the only person I've trusted to cut my hair all these years. I've loved every single haircut she's given me...except my last one. She cut it too short. I looked goofy. I've let it grow out for almost 18 months. Yes, you read that correctly. I haven't had a serious haircut in about 17 months. I've done some trimming and snipping here and there. But nothing that would compare to the work of a professional.

So, why do I feel an overwhelming sense of guilt? My last haircut was atrocious. Seriously. For months I walked around with hair that I hated. But this is someone who counts on my business. I contribute to her livelihood. I put food on her table, pay a bit of her mortgage. But times are tight all around. And if I can save some money on a desperately needed haircut, I'm going to do it. Plus, I have a 50% off coupon for this visit. Score!

Have you ever experienced guilt when switching service providers, whether it is a hair stylist, plumber, landscaper, etc.? How did you overcome the guilt? Please tell!


veterankindergartenteacher said...

Yes, actually I did, until the new stylist did just as great of a job at a lot less money! I found a stylist who works from her home and costs 1/2 what my old one did. I hope you are just as lucky. I too got tired of paying 200 dollars for cut and color.

Coryanne Ettiene | Kitchen Living with Coryanne said...

I did this about a year ago, I was full of guilt and still feel it sometimes, but I spend my money saved on great things like shoes, coffees and what ever else takes my fancy. We all do it, don't worry. I have something for you at mine, xx

Amy said...

I have switched and felt terribly guilty because my stylist is my AUNT! Yes, that brings on more guilt. I always end up going back to her. She actually does a great job and costs less, I've only switched because she's hard to schedule around sometimes.

I think the only way to let go of guilt is to remind yourself that your financial needs and your family's, always need to come before others. They must understand that. $200.00 for hair is crazy expensive!

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