Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Hair

I got my hair done on Saturday, and even though I love the end result, I find the process a bit trying.

Location. I get my hair done in Beverly Hills at a great shop called Lukaro Salon. I loathe Beverly Hills. The smug factor is not only through the roof in that city, it has rocketed through the solar system. BH is filled with ultra richity-rich types and I am not one of them, and I am sure it shows. But I stomp through that city when I have to and get what I need to get done.

Hair wash. This feels lovely. How they scrub and massage the scalp....mmm....it is downright delicious. This part I like. But then they slick back my hair and plant me in front of a mirror the size of Texas. The slicked-back hair is NOT a good look for me. I have a hairline like this fella and I generally avoid the slicked-back look for a reason:



Sitting in the Chair. I hate sitting there in front of a GARGANTUAN mirror for a good three hours and not knowing where to look. I usually bury my face in a book, but every now and then I glance up and see a massive mirror and my stupid reflection and it is downright alarming. Boo!

Indecision. Inevitably the stylist asks, "So, what are we doing today?" And I always have a blank stare and think, "Just give me the face, hair, and bod of Sophia Loren in her prime and get a move on."


Time. It takes about 45 minutes for me to get to the salon, then it takes at least another 45 minutes to color my hair, then another 30 minutes or so to cut it, then at least another 20 minutes or so to style it. Then I drive all the way back home. The whole damn thing takes a good 3+ hours on a PRECIOUS SATURDAY. I wish they could do all of this while I was sleeping. It would be much more efficient.

Chatting. You have to chat. You just have to. And sometimes I feel like I am on deck to be entertaining. If you give 'em a laugh once, they never forget it, and they want more. Stress!!!

Cost. It is expensive. But they do a good job, so I just have to suck it up. I only go every two months or so, because more than that is just cost-prohibitive.

Tipping. I am flummoxed by tipping in salons. You have to tip the hair washer; you have tip the colorist; you have to tip the stylist. I think I end up WAY over-tipping, but I would rather be a generous (or possibly clueless?) tipper vs. looking like a cheapskate.

End result: Fabulous Hair. After it is all said and done, the best part is ending up with a divine hairdo that I will spend the next two months desperately trying to recreate, most often times with little success.

And the cycle continues....

31 comments:

sexypoet said...

so where is the picture of the hairdo??

as someone who has been a hairdresser for over 20 years and worked in high and lower priced salons, why on earth would you waste so much time getting your hair done so far from home? now i can understand this if you have been using this hairdresser, and followed them around from salon to salon for many years. if you haven't, i say, find someone you like close to home (this might take a few bad haircuts to achieve), who charges a fraction of the price and spend the rest on yourself. get some shoes, clothing or a really nice bag!! just my 2 pennies..

Dooder City said...

you should put the picture of the end result on the post:)
i like getting my hair done although I don't color mine because i don't have the patience and my scalp is too sensitive for that.

Underfunded Heiress said...

Would love to see the end result.

I hate getting my hair done too. I am so impatient and it get's so boring sitting in the chair for that long.

creative kerfuffle said...

i want to see a pic too : ) i hate paying to get my hair done, though i'm sure what i pay in nc is nothing compared to what you pay there--$65 plus tip for highlights and a cut. i've finally found a local place that is good and fast and i like the stylist. i love getting my hair washed, such a treat.

Diana said...

I love this story. I used to be a cosmetologist for almost ten years before I went to college. I can tell you s t o r i e s

Cathy Voyage said...

Hehe, funny post!

Kitten said...

I've been getting my hair done at a place that does $16 haircuts. I'm in and out in 10 minutes. I hate going to regular salons because I don't like to be forced to chat with someone I don't really like. Plus, I haven't found a hairdresser I liked since I had to leave my old one, John, six years ago. He was a great person and a great hairdresser. I still miss him. :(

tanya said...

I feel your pain, I don't color my hair but I can barely sit still for my 30 min cut...and I rarely feel like making chit-chat with the stylist. The price of looking good, my darling, the price of looking good ;-)

drollgirl said...

i don't usually do this, but here are some answers to the questions/comments above....

i have been going to my hairdresser for about 10 years. she is just the best, and even tho i moved further away from that side of town a few years ago, i don't want to go through the horrid process of trying to find someone that can work the particular kind of hair magic on me that the fabulous jeannie does so effortlessly!

and traffic in LA is FUCKED UP, so you are in the car for a good 30 minutes even if you are only traveling 10 miles or so. maddening.

i hate having my picture taken!!! hate it. i am one that runs for cover when the cameras come out. and i can't compete with all you fabulous fashion plates out there that look with models! nope, i don't look like that!

and i already washed my hair this morning and TRIED to do it like it was yesterday. the results are less than stellar, but i'll keep on keepin' on!

SORRY FOR THE SELF-ABSORBED POST. and you guys are so fun and funny for checking in and commenting. ya make my day better, i tell ya!!!

Clare said...

I am right there with ya on the not being so good at the re-create. I have had the same hairdresser for over 10. I have followed her around the valley as she moves around the $10 chainstore that she work at. (think fantastic sams) She does not belong there. She spends an HOUR and charges $13! I think that she doesnt branch out on her own or work for a more high end store because her first language is vietnamese and it takes abou 10 haircuts before you can understand her. I tip her $25 and still think I am way undertipping. She remembers my daughters name,age and when my parents are visiting next. I just love her. I also dont like my picture being taken.I am ugly plus I always close my eyes right when the pic is being taken. Sorry for the long comment.

Staci said...

i hate the chatting part, cause i really dont have anything to say...and you fell obligated. Then i start rambling about things i shouldnt talk about to strangers but im at home all day with two kids and dont get to talk....its just an ugly cycle.

Charlotte said...

I like to get my woman chatting because she is single, cute and travels and I can live vicariously through her.

one little simitopian said...

Awwwww man, I'm so glad i don't live near Beverly Hills! It sounds like my worst nightmare! Admittedly, there are certain parts of certain cities (well...all really) over here that I cannot stand, and avoid at all costs! eg.A "lovely" place in Queensland (where I thankfully don't live- I hate hot weather!) known as... The Gold Coast....fake fake fakity fake *shudder* Obviously, not everyone who lives there is made of plastic, but there ARE plenty....

Aaaaagh! Yes, the smalltalk. This, and the obscenely large mirrors you mention, are why i don't go to hairdressers! I've heard too many horror stories from friends who've had their locks butchered.....
I actually did make an appointment years ago, and even got as far as sitting in the chair! I proceeded to tell the hairdresser exactly the look i had in mind, but her ears were obviously only there for decoration, 'cos she then started bombarding me with her own "ideas", so i freaked out and told her I'd changed my mind. I wasn't about to fork over money to get the exact opposite service i'd asked for, so I just left! She was a bit miffed- I could see the desire to uglify my head was strong in her- but i jhust couldn't do it!
I'm completely DIY now. (I bet you can't tell!! *snorts*

If however, I met a hairdresser who could give me Sophia Lorens bod, I wouldn't mind if I had a goddamn Billy Ray Cyrus mullet (well....I would). I mean, just LOOK at her!
BETCH.

Haha, but seriously, if you've managed to find one that delivers the goods, that's awesome. Sometimes a simple mini image-overhaul does wonders for the self esteem!

I'm kinda glad we don't do the whole tipping thing here....we're cheap bastards here in Aus! (Although we're not immune to a bit of "keep the change" malarky if someone has done a damn fine job)

P.s. I'm not OVERLY camera shy, but you'll notice i rarely post full length shots, as I HAAATE the look of my body! My waist is slowly shrinking, but my boobies and my hips make me feel quite heavy most of the time.....:(
Gah! Womanhood!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

i dont really like getting my hair done as they always cut my hair too short or what feels too short and cut lots off so i feel like i have no hair left for like a good week! talking about hair cuts i really need one actually, my hairdresser is in London so i have to take a 2hr train ride, very far in UK standard! (its a small country!) :)

Awesome Sara said...

where's the pic??? don't tease like that!! i hate chatting!!! HATE!!! They always have to tell me their life story and then they bitch up my hair. I always say to my hair woman no chatting, please just concentrate on my hair. then they make a face and i pray they don't do anything stupid.

Staci said...

yes!! yeah i did...i was naieve.

thereddeer said...

Photo??

Gem said...

ugh, i know what you mean. going to the hairdressers is a total timesuck.

E.K. said...

That was a very thorough post! Nice new header.

Char said...

I understand the no pictures - I'm the same way. I also have a slight widow's peak though my mom had a major one. So I always wear bangs.

I used to get my hair done at an uppidity salon but haven't found one that I liked since moving. Here's a hint to cut down some on the tipping - make appointments with the owner of teh salon - you don't tip them.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

For awhile I went through a really cheap phase where I bought safety scissors, handed them to my girlfriend and commanded her to cut my hair. Let's just say that those are some xmas pics of me that you will never see. But she, the gf, was such a trooper! Sallying forth with dull edged shears to style my unruly locks. For that, I owe her a kidney.
And now I have to pee.

~alison said...

you kill me! I am in agreement with these ladies - i wanna see the pic!

carina said...

I love going to the hairdresser, and never know what I want done - thats what im paying them for right??!!

...love Maegan said...

lol ...there's a reason I live in the Valley :) I hATE smug sonOfAbitches! But MORE I HATE THAT MIRROR......mostly because I don't know where to look. I don't want to just stare at my reflection the entire time she's doing my hair!??!?! I dread hair day. I bet yours looks fab!

{luuuuuuuuuuuv your new header!!!!} :)

Milly said...

funny yet so true....i hate getting my hair done..i hate the whole process....damn too long....but feel so darn great when its done that i wont have to worry about coming back for the next 3-4 months...and damn i look fab stepping out of there :)

K @ Blog Goggles said...

I mainly don't like chatting. At all. With anyone. That's why I'm online so much. Glorious typing.

Jake Hammell said...

Edward Munster's hair would make a kickass mohawk! Can you imagine it? I can, and it's glorious.

Stevie said...

ahhh my neighbor worked at Lukaro. I still go there once in a while for the amazingly thorough facials that Lana gives.

thoroughlymoderntilly said...

Ugh, salons make me so antsy. It's like you can feel all of those eyes on you thinking "I'm better than you." or something. The tipping thing makes me so nervous too. This all is why I now cut my own hair. It's all pixie-ish and grows quickly so it needs a trim every couple of weeks otherwise I start to look like I'm growing a mullet (ew) and I'd be paying a bazillion dollars if I got it professionally done all of the time. Especially here in NYC. The nice thing about when I had really, really long hair was that I could go a couple of months without getting it "done". But. With it being so short, very little daily styling is required, which is nice. :)

Lindley said...

hmmm i might have to try this place next time i'm in LA. houston, surprisingly, has very few salons that do excellent color. i love to go blonde but usually they use bleach which dries me out! i've been wanting to try the faded technique that is popular that whitney port rocks so well. what do you do to your hair and what type of hair do you have? curious..

sealaura said...

Love that Eddy Munster pic, fab. I have not upgraded to a nice salon. I still go to great clips for 12 bucks. But I know what you mean about those high end places, they are worth the money when you get color or those extra perks like mint water, aromatherapy etc I am a sucker for that stuff.