Firstly let me state that I LOVE my hair stylist. She always cuts my hair perfectly.
Today was like any other day that she cuts my hair with one small exception. She innocently, without me realizing because we were chatting, put a leave in product into my hair after washing. As soon as she started doing it I realized and asked her to stop. She has never done this before so it has not been an issue. The smell of it instantly offended me, and I have never been able to abide leave in products in my hair. It was musky and made me smell like a dude. My hair is temperamental and refuses to perform with that crap put in. She offered to wash it out, and I should have taken her up on that, but I was feeling a little like a pain in the ass and was hoping that the smell would dissipate as my hair dried. Nope! It didn’t, and to top it off, it was giving me a major headache (inherited allergies to various scents). So I got home and tried wetting it down to sort of wash it without having to jump in the shower. That didn’t work either and when it was dry…it was FLAT and icky.. like helmet hair for those of you who ride, and it still stunk. At this point I succumb to the fact that a full on shower and washing of the hair will be necessary. If you have or know anyone who is OCD you know how important routines and planning are! A full on shower/wash cycle steals an hour out of my day and it wasn’t on the schedule! No I am not a water hog, but my routine includes misc grooming and drying time because I never blow dry my hair. I always let it dry on it’s own. Thankfully the washing removed most of the fowl odor and my headache has abated. I took pics of how my hair looked dried with the leave in product on. Now that I have rewashed it I will include a pic when it’s dry of how it normally looks.
It generally looks like my thumbnail pic. I am very fortunate in that I do nothing to style it. I comb it the way I would like it to dry and voila! Don’t hate me because I am able to do this… I assure you I have drawn the short stick elsewhere.
My point is this… for all the well meaning hair stylists out there.. it is always a good idea to ask your client before putting something into their hair after washing. Many people like me, have allergies and you could really put a damper on someone’s day. Even if one doesn’t have allergies, leave in products affect how the hair behaves, often weighing it down (photos above) and some clients will not be satisfied with the results. If I didn’t love my hairstylist, and was just trying out someone new, I wouldn’t go back because I really feel she should have asked. It’s common courtesy, but don’t get me started on assumptions!