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6.06.2012

I'm a hairstylist, hear me rant

...and I wish I could say this to every. single. client. prospective, current, or past clients should all see this.
{steps up on soapbox}
I work pretty much every holiday that falls on one of my work days, save for Christmas day, and my family often asks why I can't make it to functions and celebrations. Sorry guys, I gotta work. 

Thankfully I've trained my family and friends to stop asking me to bring my scissors to get-togethers, and they know to make appointments with me at the salon like real clients. 

Also, would YOU work for less than you were worth because someone didn't want to pay full price? I've been asked so many times if I offer group discounts for weddings. In my way-more-ghetto-inside-the-head-voice I always want to say "bitch please, working harder and longer for less money does not fly with me. You straight trippin' boo". Rest assured, that voice stays where it belongs, inside the head, and I am courteous as always in denying that request. 

Sadly, my prices are at the low range in my salon, and I still have people who don't want to pay me what I charge. I get it, though. I know what it's like to be on a budget, to have more important uses for your hard earned money. Trust me, I am right there with you. Because I empathize and project my own ideas of what people can afford, I usually don't even charge my full amount on 90% of my services, especially when they are stacked.
{gets off soapbox}

Speaking of soapboxes, do any of you remember the band The Juliana Theory and their song "If I told you this was killing me, would you stop"? It totally popped into my head because of the line "Now you're standing on your soapbox, yelling from the rooftops (rooftops) everything you say is a lie". Guess that's what happens when you were a total emo kid in high school and loved obscure and indie bands! 

Not familiar with this little gem of band that died in 2006? Well, I found a video for you :)

5 comments

  1. PREACH. IT. SISTA.

    My mom is a hairstylist, has been all her life, and I can't believe some of the things people say/do! It's ridic.

    You guys are amazing in my world =)

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  2. I totally hear your frustration. I realize it's obviously not the same, but I get this all the time too. I wish I had a dollar for every time people asked me if I could "work with them" on the fee I quoted them. And it's not like we charge an arm and a leg. In fact, like you, we're on the low end of the legal fee spectrum. It's frustrating. Everyone has to make a living, so pay up or don't use the services.

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  3. OMGoodness... I am not a hairstylist, but a lot of my friends and 2 of my sisters are, and as picky as I am with my hair, I can't imagine how most of you keep your sanity! I've seen tears, yelling, and so many unhappy grumps in a salon, mostly bc of their lack of communication/expecting the stylist to be a mind reader, and it honestly made me appreciate my girls even more!

    And as far as fees go, if they broke down that most of the salons in our area charge a rental fee for their space, and payment for product used, on top of the time and skillset you have bc of schooling (which wasn't free)into account, on top of all of the things you listed above, I am sure they would realize that it isn't just "cutting hair".

    Hope you have a great week!

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  4. One of my best friends is a hairstylist and all of this is exactly something she would say! There are so many people that expect her to come do their hair at their house instead of the salon. She spends so much of her "free" time doing hair it's crazy!! She works so hard all of the time.

    You guys put up with WAY more than I could ever handle.

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  5. I don't understand why people think they would be able to pay less than full price, especially if prices are made available before your appointment. I always know how much it will be before I get my haircut, and while it does hurt my wallet a bit, I would never ask to pay less. I usually get my hair cut at salons but go less often then I should so I can afford it, instead of going more frequently to a discount place.

    I work for a general contractor (I work in the office), and we see similar things. People don't understand how much more there is to a job than just the actual project expenses. Rent, overhead, insurance, workers comp... it goes on.

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