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How to Switch to a Different Stylist at the Same Salon

You've been getting your hair cut by the same stylist for years, and unfortunately, you're just not happy with the results anymore. You love the salon's atmosphere and location, the prices are right, and you can't help but notice the amazing cuts given by the stylist a few stations back. Earlier, I presented you with tips from Joydene L. Speyer's book, Dump 'Em: How to Break Up With Anyone From Your Best Friend to Your Hairdresser, who has advice on breaking up with your stylist, but what if you want to leave said stylist for someone else within the same salon? Awkward.

Speyer's advice is to schedule your first appointment with the new hairdresser on a day that your current hairdresser has the day off. If you end up sticking with the new stylist, Speyer recommends leaving a note on your former stylist's station, saying something like: "I stopped in and had my hair done by ____. Thanks for everything but I've decided to make the change for her." (Ouch.) Then, the next time you go in for an appointment, be sure to acknowledge your previous stylist in some way — even if it's just a wave — to avoid further uncomfortable moments. What do you think of Speyer's advice? Is it something you'd definitely follow or would you take a different approach?

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mondo mondo 7 years
I wish I had the nerve.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
It's a relationship that involves money! For pete's sake, just say I'd like to try someone else and be done with it. Your stylist should be a professional. To make a client uncomfortable just because you're jealous is not okay and frankly not very friend like. A true friend would want you to be happy.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I agree with biarose...I am so not a confrontational person, and I know how upset stylists get when you switch to another girl in the same salon. I'd try somewhere else!
biarose biarose 7 years
I think I'd just try to find a better stylist at a different salon rather than the same one.
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 7 years
ive done the switch... going the same salon for nine years since i was a tiny teenager. honestly i try to book on the other's off day or simply say you called but were told ur usual stylist was booked so u thought ud try so and so... they usually are very understanding. i still get along with them great.
AnnieAreYouOhK AnnieAreYouOhK 7 years
To some people, this issue isn't a big deal, but I'm friends to my stylist now. We were not friends before I started my beauty relationship with her, but now we are close. I'm thankful that she's always phenomenal for me, I hope it always stays like that. If not, I'd break the news over coffee or something.
sham28 sham28 7 years
Um, you are PAYING for a SERVICE. You get to make the rules. You could leave a note/ tell her, "I want to try a different hairstylist and see what they do, but thank you so much for the great job you've done." And then don't feel guilty, it's their job to make you happy.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I wish the stylists would just suck it up.
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 7 years
* If a stylist switch makes your hair look better...then go for it! Glad it's Friday!
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 7 years
I wouldn't leave a note or anything. It's not comparable to a break-up. You like the way the new hairdresser does your hair better. There is no need to apologize for that. If your old stylist mentions the move in a negative way just politely state that while you liked the way she did your hair you were ready for a change. No one does hair exactly the same. It is YOUR's a major part of you. You pay the stylist to make it look fabulous. If you a stylist switch makes your hair look better...then go for it!
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
I wouldn't do it. It's like dating your ex-boyfriend's best friend.
chillchic chillchic 7 years
I've tried to do this and my original stylist was very upset. It's so unfair that they have all those rules.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
Hmmm...the note seems a little harsh. But a little wave if the stylist happens to see you may not be so bad, and the first idea of coming in on a day the current stylist is off would be a great idea. I am sort of in this pickle myself, so these are all ideas I'm personally mulling over! Thank you for this poet!
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