Smart Style in San Tan Valley, Arizona (located inside Walmart) sounded like a great place to take Nell for a haircut.
As in, it sounded like a good idea before the salon completely jacked Nell's hair up just a few weeks before 7th grade starts!!!
Rach took her to get her hair cut. She wanted something edgy.
This is edgy, right?
When Nell got home, I was horrified. I was like, WTF DID THEY DO TO YOUR HAIR?
Maybe, just maybe, in some places, edgy actually means choppy and shitty.
So, I took her back to Smart Style and asked for the manager. When I showed her Nell's hair, she didn't see anything wrong with it. That should've been my red flag to leave, but I was pissed! We paid for a haircut. So, fix it!
I showed her how choppy it was, and I was like can you please just blend it… and just not make it so… choppy?
She defended the other
stylist person that cut Nell's hair. Said the haircut was “asymmetrical” and “that's what it's supposed to look like”.
Ehem… let's just work on less choppy, no?
Oh yes… yes I can do that.
20 minutes later, the result:
This is… fixed?
The lady (I can't call her a stylist. No. Just no.), she saw my face and was like, “You don't like it? Here. We can flat iron it”. Oh hell no! Get that flat iron away from my baby's hair! We are done.
As we were leaving, she offered us a 20% off coupon.
Are you high?
We found another salon, called Serenity Hair Design. Thankfully, they had an opening, and the stylist (yes… you'll see) said she could save Nell's hair! She was just as horrified as we were at the chop job the idiots at Smart Style did.
She had faith that she could fix Nell's hair. I wasn't so sure, but she had pink hair herself so I figured she knew what she was doing.
20 minutes later, a different result entirely:
Nell was jumping with joy!
She said, “Let's go back to Walmart so I can show them what a real haircut looks like!”
Thank you sooooooo much, Serenity Hair Design, for saving what Smart Style screwed up. Middle school is rough. Starting middle school with a terrible haircut… that's not something anyone should have to do!!