I've mentioned before that I am the world's laziest person when it comes to hair care. For 9 to 11 months out of any given year, my hair is just a big mass of brown. The remaining 1-3 months is just following a hair cut, when I feel motivated to keep up whatever style has just been infused.
Part of what keeps me out of the salon for most of the year is that I just can't bear that time in the stylist's chair. It's not that I'm afraid of the outcome; it's not like I ever go for any daring styles...it'd be pretty hard to screw it up. It's just that I don't like devoting the time. Because I have so much hair it takes quite a while to cut and forEVER to dry and style.
And I've just never been all that good at making the conversation with the stylist. Only once have I stayed in an area long enough to even see the same stylist twice, so I don't have the kind of client/stylist relationship that would make me happy to go back and spend 2 hours sitting in this somewhat uncomfortable situation.
Today I stumbled into the perfect solution to this problem.
Today's New Activity: Hairstyle from the Rushed Beautician at Ulta
Since I rarely feel the desire to sit in that dreaded chair, it's best to strike while the iron is hot. Given that it's Sunday, I realized I had few options when I decided to get my hair cut today. I headed to Ulta, since I figured they were bound to be open, and they had one stylist on site.
That one stylist told me a client was due in right after her lunch break, but to check back to see if that client showed up. When I checked back the client hadn't come, so the stylist, Ana, spirited me right over to the sink to start a-washin'. Then, 20 minutes into my cut (which was already moving along at a crazy fast pace), the other client showed up.
To my shock, Ana said, "Ok I'll be done in a couple of minutes. Just grab a magazine and have a seat."
Despite the fact that my hair is super straight, it has never taken less that an hour and a half to have done, start to finish. I thought maybe she'll decided not to dry it or something.
But no. Ana was just not interested in wasting any time. Thank goodness. Finally a stylist who's on the same page as me. And I don't even care that it's probably not the best cut. I can see the layers are a little chunky and my hair wasn't even all the way dry when I left, but I didn't care. The cut was cheap ($30!), fast (45 minutes start to finish and she even added bangs) and left me the entire afternoon free to do other things. I'll take the trade off again any day!