Les cheveux, encore

So I went back to the ex-hairdresser again this weekend. I printed out the above picture (lifted from AllPosters.com, incidentally) to show him how I wanted it cut and styled. Everything was going so well: the color, the highlights, the cut. What I’m really after is a cut that’s pretty much wash-and-wear; once he’d finished cutting, I had almost exactly what you see above. But what is it with these hair guys that they can’t leave a good thing alone??

I saw him diving into the drawer of Product™ and blurted out, “Oh, can we skip the pomade this time? It makes my hair look greasy.” (He always wants to use this waxy stuff that results in some serious Manga Hair.)

“Oh sure,” he replies, “I just want to do leetle bit mousse, leetle bit spray, make it more texture.”

So he applies the mousse, then proceeds to re-blow dry, style, and spray my hair for another 15 minutes, while I make half-hearted protests. At one point, every hair on my head was aiming skyward. Jean Seberg eventually morphed into an extra from Dynasty. I had to rush home, rinse all of the crap out, and re-style it. Fortunately, my version of “styling” is 30 seconds with a blow dryer while I move the hair into place and scrunch.

The good news is, this is a Really Good Haircut, and I’m able to get it to look the way I want without much effort. So I guess it’s worth putting up with looking like an angry middle-aged hedgehog for the drive home?

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  1. August 19, 2008 / 2:20 pm

    He’s an artiste! At least you can wash it out.

  2. August 19, 2008 / 3:02 pm

    Yep. I’m figuring it’s worth the Mousse Mishegoss in order to get the fabulous cut.

  3. August 19, 2008 / 4:29 pm

    That looks like a great cut — I’m with you on the styling, as I’m much happier letting my curls air-dry than having them styled. My stylist admitted recently that she likes my hair better air-dried but doesn’t like me to leave the studio with a wet head. Our compromise is a happy one: she now either straightens my hair or gives me a great allover wave, something I can’t do on my own, so I always have different hair for a day or two after a cut, and then revert to my own styling methods. On my own, it’s generally pretty wash-and-wear, similar to yours (well, not similar at all except for the efficiency, but you know what I mean)

  4. August 19, 2008 / 6:39 pm

    i have very very sensitive skin and cannot stand most hair products … aside from finding the smells unbearable too. it takes a firm tone and the ability to get up out of the chair when i’m done. that is when *i* think i’m done. no matter the wails and cries of the hairdresser. i have one more session with my current one, i think. i have an audition in september and i want the hair to look pretty much the same as in the headshot (done in july)… then, i may be moving on. c’est fickle, c’est moi.

  5. August 19, 2008 / 6:58 pm

    They are never happy unless they get to play with some of their toys.
    I have started going to a place that charges less if I leave with my hair wet – saves me $$ and having to shower again when I get home.

    The cut is the thing though. Is that Jean Seberg?

  6. Anonymous
    August 19, 2008 / 8:24 pm

    And I thought that this only happened to me – I HATE the smoothing, defrizzing silicone “product” which to me equals “greasy hair.” Yuck! I get my hairstyle body from my very thin hair’s windblown and frizz behavior – plastering it all to my head (but leaving the gray hairs sticking straight up – points off for lack of attention) doesn’t look very nice!

  7. August 19, 2008 / 8:28 pm

    Miss J acidentally found the cure for the over-style her last visit: her appt was early in the morning, before work. As soon she finished cuttign, Miss J looked at her watch and said, “OMG! I’m gonna be late for work. Gotta go.” ‘Twas magic.

  8. metscan
    August 19, 2008 / 3:13 pm

    I go to the hairdressers every 5 weeks. Before I go,I wash my hair myself and then the hairdresser cuts the ends 1-2 cm exactly. I have now a good hairdresser and she only blows it dry. I always mention for starters that I don´t need any stuff put on. What amazes me is,that after all these years( and there are many years),believe me,it has been extremely difficult to find someone who can cut my hair straight. It needs to be clearly above the elbows, but so that I can twist it to a bundle when I´m doing my mocking and riding,etc.

  9. La Belette Rouge
    August 19, 2008 / 10:23 pm

    Love that cut!! I WISH I had the face for wash and wear hair. You are so lucky. Envy is strong in me. My hair takes well over an hour to blow dry and that is not even getting into the straight ironing and velcro rollers.

    And, my hair never looks as good as when my stylist does it. I wish the opposite were true.

  10. August 20, 2008 / 1:51 pm

    Ask yourself, WWJD (WHat Would Jean Do?)

    At the crucial point stand and say, “Mais non; c’est parfait comme ca, Monsieur.”

    I wore that style for years. Then I decided I wanted more hair, but I still love that cut!

  11. August 20, 2008 / 8:13 pm

    There comes a point in every hair cut where my hair looks exactly how I want. Unfortunately that point is never the end. But I can see how if my hairdresser left it when I wanted her to it would grow out rather oddly, so I allow her to trim at will.

  12. August 21, 2008 / 1:46 am


    Some of us just forgot it.
    Thank you very much for your visit and your kind words.
    I hope that the google translator translate rather well my feelings.
    I wish you to visit us someday in Paris : I’ll be glad to share a drink !

    if you need to use some of my photos : be my guest by the way.
    I’ll do my best to please you again and again.

    I wish you a pleasant evening my dear friend.


    ps : you’ll be very sweet if you just could ad PARIS to my link

  13. August 21, 2008 / 2:23 am

    metscan – above your elbows? I envy your ability to grow your hair that long. The longest mine’s ever been is just below the shoulders.

    materfamilias – yours looks good both ways!

    bonnie-ann – are you a performer? sounds like you’re firmer with your stylist than I’ve been able to be with mine.

    hollarback – yes, it’s Jean Seberg.

    anon – it always makes one wonder when the desired end of many styling products is looking as though one hadn’t washed one’s hair in several days…

    miss janey – oh, I’ll have to try that one!

    LBR – oh to have some body, some curl! Still, everyone I know who has it wishes they didn’t.

    duchesse – I go through phases. Sometimes I love this cut, then as it starts to grow out, I think “maybe I’ll go for something a little longer and softer.” Then after a few months I end up cutting like this again, and loving it.

    Thomas – I guess that’s why they have the cosmetologist license, eh?

    Hi Kamel – I’ve fixed the link. Vraiment, nous allons à Paris en Octobre! I’ll e-mail you.

  14. August 21, 2008 / 4:18 am

    I’m glad it worked out for you in the end! I’m jealous, I wish I could pull off a cute little pixie cut like that!

  15. Anonymous
    August 21, 2008 / 5:03 am

    what *is* it with these people and mousse? does that product work for anyone? i have begged and pleaded over the years, and cannot get various hairdressers to forgo the mousse! at least you got a good cut. i’m 51 and still haven’t found someone who understands what i want. i just went through a dreaded “thinning” episode and can’t wait for it to grow back…

  16. August 21, 2008 / 6:24 pm

    yes, i am an actor… had been for many years and even attended classes with teachers and actors from the RSC. i’ve been on a hiatus but am getting ready to give it one last try before certain decrepitude takes over.

    at one time, my hair was down past my waist – it was a gorgeous shade of chestnut/red (if i say so myself)… and was easy to put up casually, or decorate with silk flowers or ribbons. but when it went gray in my early 30s(in less than 2 years) i had to take a much firmer hand with my haircuts and styling. i’ve had some pretty botched cuts that left me devestated and now i am the biggest pain in a hairstylist’s tuckus you can imagine. but *i’m* the customer and i can’t watch out for *your* artistic delicacy.

  17. Karen
    August 29, 2008 / 4:10 pm

    I got a good chuckle out of your story; hair guys have such ego!

  18. August 30, 2008 / 1:25 am

    Karen – I really think it’s one part ego, and one part just not knowing how to do it any other way. I’ve had so few hair stylists who can leave it alone without styling to death, something tells me that’s how they’re trained.

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