As someone who has worked in the service industry for most of her adult life, I always try to make sure I am painstakingly nice, generous, and appreciative when it comes to going out to eat, shopping at a store, or getting my nails or hair done. I know what it's like to be on the other side of the counter (though I've never done anyone's hair or nails) and I certainly appreciated the kind customers (who made up for the mean ones). So I've always wondered about things I might be doing that annoy hair stylists, since I've never held that particular position. I think I'm fairly easy-to-deal with as a client, but what if I'm making major faux pas every time I'm in the chair?
Hair stylists and colorists spend a lot of time and energy honing their craft, and they spend a lot of money going to school in order to make us look our best, most glamorous and gorgeous selves. Their jobs aren't easy, that's for sure; though most jobs aren't all that easy. (I think everyone would be a lot more compassionate if they were required to work in the service industry at some point or another.) I can barely curl my own hair, but thank god for my stylist, who makes my hair look awesome with little room for error on my part to screw it up. She's not only an amazing person and friend whom I enjoy talking to (let's face it, most of our hairstylists are also our therapists, right?), but she is extremely skilled at her craft. I wanted to know what irritates her and other hair stylists like her so I don't end up saying or doing the wrong thing, and also to educate others who want to be kind to their therapists... I mean hairstylists. Here's what hair professionals IRL had to say.