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Are You a Loner, a Venter, a Rodin, or an Emoter?

Today's New York Times gives some insight into whether hair stylists prefer to chat while working. So many people assume they do, but judging by the responses, they prefer to keep it to small talk—so keep the salacious gossip to yourself. Some prefer silence; in fact, Sally Hershberger went so far as to hang a SILENCE PLEASE sign at her workstation. Charming.

That's not the most intriguing part of the story, though. Did you know that at Pivot Point cosmetology schools, there's a class about learning how to "read" clients? Oh yes. The next time you go to the salon, your stylist may be mentally filing you into one of four client categories. To find out where you might fit,

Pivot Point students learn to classify clients into one of these categories:

  • The Loner: If clients sit still or don’t immediately answer when offered iced tea, they are pegged as introverts, or as those who would rather read magazines as their color sets rather than kvetch about their last date.
  • The Venter: Clients are extroverts if the only time they sit still is at the shampoo bowl. They also interrupt. A stylist is taught to “respond vocally and often” and “draw attention” to venters.
  • A Regular Rodin: Someone who “asks for pros and cons” and looks anxiously at every lock of hair that falls to the floor is categorized as “thinking” or a person who is hard to please. The stylist should avoid patronizing a thinker at all costs.
  • The Emoter: If a (talking) client’s head moves around a lot, they are pegged as a “feeling” person, or someone who believes a hairdresser should double as a psychiatrist, and abhors sarcasm.

Great—one more thing to be worried about. So which one are you? I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel.


Kaori Kaori 9 years
I'm a loner. I always get my hair cut by different (I don't get my hair cut that often so I don't have a set person to cut my hair)Chinese stylists and I don't want to speak when it's not necessary because they might laugh at my terrible Cantonese ; x ;
Pepper Pepper 9 years
I work in the beauty industry and my stylist is my best friend so we are constantly talking throughout the whole process.
suzier suzier 9 years
I'm a loner. I just want to sit there quietly and relax.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I am none of these, I talk alot, but not move my head around or interrupt. I trust my hairdresser and never react about hair coming off.
scissorz scissorz 9 years
i think that categorizing people like that is lame. why not just go with how they seem to be feeling that day instead of deciding what they are from how they walk in the door. i hate that. i'll try to talk to people if they seem a little shy and thats just cause i know that i myself require prodding for coversation when i am out of my element. but i think just shutting up when they seem like they want to be quiet is good. i actually have clients apologize sometimes cause they are quiet. i really dont care everyone is different and thats why i like my job.
Hautie Hautie 9 years
I want to know where you girls live that there is not chatter in the salon while you are getting your hair cut. :) It is a never ending circle of yapping in my salon. From what is happening in local town news (there is tons of new construction here so it is a big topic) to what is on the front of US magazine that week. Nothing overt personal... Then again the average age of the hair cutters in my salon are 40-45 and all local women... who grew up in the town or nearby towns. It is a very social place. I don't know what to think of any salon that had no talking. I don't think I want to ever know about it either. haha! But I can understand a hair cutter not wanting to deal with a female who has a hair phobia about every piece that is cut.... or the woman who talks non-stop about very personal topics.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
Bella, great Pee Wee's Big Adventure reference! LOL. I can't believe no one else picked up on it so far. We'll settle up at the drive-in, Pee Wee! Oh, and I'm an emoter, but my stylist and I are friends and she is too.
niluwaifer niluwaifer 9 years
guess i'm a loner. i'm shy so unless the stylist is chatty or something goes terribly wrong i won't say anything.
audreystar audreystar 9 years
loner for sure
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
I'm an emoter, my head never stops moving and I love to talk and gossip while I get my hair done.
sandinmytoes sandinmytoes 9 years
I am such a salon loner!! I like to relax and enjoy the whole "treatment", I'd rather not have to make small talk. I sound so anti-social :lol:
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I'm with Giggle...I'd say based on these descriptions I'm a Emoter/Rodin hybrid.
lotuslight lotuslight 9 years
None of the above. I have noticed those categories fit most Hairdressers better than they fit Clients. I've had everyone from the Silent Haircutting Lady to the Won't Flippin' Shut UP about Herself Gal. I prefer someone in the middle...someone normal and sociable, which is also capable of periodic silence.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I don't talk to them much unless they're one of those people that you just can't help but talk to: friendly, out-going, pleasant, polite. I don't read a magazine either. I am available for conversation, but I don't start it up if they're new.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
I'm a Rodin/emoter. I am definitely the one eyeing every scrap of hair. That's because I have hairanoia. :nerdgirl:
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Rodin- or at least I was when I used to get my hair cut by other people. I guess I AM too hard to please- I learned how to do it myself because I could never find anyone who could do it the way I wanted it!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
sadly i think i'm a venter
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
A loner; I like to talk however I'm not a huge chatter. If they ask me a question (like: "Anything exciting or interesting going on?) I'm happy to answer however I just don't start-up random coversation or rants.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 9 years
I'm split: Loner and Rodin! I like the sound of being a thinker, but not the hard to please part.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
A loner! I prefer when the stylist doesn't make small talk, especially when I'm having my hair washed, because I like to relax and read at the salon. Or fall asleep under the drier as has happened on more than one occasion :oops:
alillee alillee 9 years
lol I think I'm a Rodin but I just never realized it!
Mikaela81 Mikaela81 9 years
Loner! Give me my magazines and some bottled h2o!
emalove emalove 9 years
Out of these, I guess I'm a Loner, but I think I'm a LITTLE more talkative than that. I definitely don't vent or talk about my private life with people I don't know well, that's for sure. I hate when people do that to me, I'd definitely never do it to someone else!
RaggedAnn RaggedAnn 9 years
I'm a loner/introvert - unless you hit a hot topic I'm really opinionated about. THEN you'll have a venter on your hands. I try not to interrupt, though. :)
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