Sunday, February 03, 2008
I, who went for over 30 years without haircuts, have hairdresser problems.
I started seeing Eric two years ago. To my surprise, he gave me a short haircut I liked so I continued to see him about every six months. I also took Flip there and he has gotten the best haircuts of his life from Eric.
The trouble started in June, although I didn't realize it at the time. They canceled my appointment because of a family emergency of Eric's right before I went to New York, so I looked shaggy while I was there. My family, accustomed to seeing me tripping over my tresses, probably didn't notice. I got my hair cut in July, after I returned.
Since then, the salon has changed my appointment, the same appointment, three times and I'm beginning to feel self-conscious. I am not a freak of nature, I'm clean, always pleasant to the people who work there, and I tip extremely well. So what's the problem?
Apparently, Eric requires extra time to cut my hair because there's a lot of it. Also, it's anarchic hair, although he would never admit it. I am not a primadonna, but my hair is. I don't want to cause trouble, but am I really to believe that all his other clients (except Flip) are half-bald?
I was supposed to see him, finally, this Wednesday at noon. He called yesterday to ask if I could come at 1:00 instead. I said I could. He promised to confirm our new time after speaking with the client ahead of me, but never did.
At this point, I'm beginning to feel that there is something wrong with me. Maybe Eric is being pressured to do more haircuts per day and they don't want him to take extra time with anyone, but his perfectionism should be a drawing card.
I don't want him cutting my hair if he's stressed so I called the salon to cancel my appointment and set up another when Eric has more time.
He wasn't working today but the receptionist offered to call him and get back to me, rather than canceling. She didn't.
I don't know if the mane event is on or off.
Three cancellations are a lot. The first was because his mother attempted to commit suicide and he had to go to Pennsylvania. The second was because he had a childcare problem, and the third is because ---??? He kind of lost me on this one. It seems to have something to do with the client before me who presumably is not as high maintenance as I am.
I am NOT a high maintenance person. I am not confident enough, rich enough or cool enough to be high maintenance, even if I were so inclined. Which I'm not.
I certainly understand and sympathize with family problems, but why do I keep getting moved around like a Chess piece?
Should I be grateful that someone will cut my hair for so much money plus tip? I don't get it.
Flip says that I take everything too personally. He's right. But it is my person who needs a haircut. Is that really too much to ask?