Unfortunately, there comes a time when certain relationships must end. Now I know that most of you are loyal to your hairstylist, but has there ever been a time when you feel you must, for some reason or another, break up with your stylist? That's just what author Joydene L. Speyer examines in her book, Dump 'Em: How to Break Up With Anyone From Your Best Friend to Your Hairdresser ($11). If you've developed a friendship with your stylist, don't just dump them never to return, Speyer says. Not only could this swift and cold action hurt their feelings, but just think how uncomfortable it could be if you happen to run into them eventually. To get her tips for breaking it off with your stylist, some of which are a bit goofy, just keep reading.
The dump: Speyer recommends stopping by the salon or calling your stylist for the actual dumping. She advises that you should first let him or her know that you are uncomfortable with the situation and simply tell them that things just aren't working out. (Don't forget to thank your stylist for her hard work.) If your stylist sincerely asks for another try, Speyer says go for it, but just make it clear that it's a one-more-chance kind of deal.
Still not sure?: Send her flowers, with a note that says, "Thank you for all your wonderful haircuts throughout the years. I've decided to take my hair in a new direction."
Yet another option: This one's my favorite. Tell your hairdresser that you've received a gift certificate to another salon and you're going to try it out.
If you're really desperate: Tell your stylist you're growing your hair out really long and won't be needing haircuts for a while.