My battle with the hair salon

I’m getting my hair done today!

For most Β women this is a joyful day. A time to look forward to where one can relax and unwind. For most people going to the salon feels like this:

this is the best

And then there is me.

I think I’m the only person in the world that can’t stand going to the hair salon. As soon as I walk up to the receptionist, my anxiety creeps in and I turn into this:


I look at the sterile rows of salon chairs and feel like I’m making a slow long walk to my death at an electric chair. I want to be excited, I’m coming here to be beautified! If only I could sit in the chair, read a book, and get done what I’m paying to get done.

Simply put, I hate small talk.

no small talk

Don’t get me wrong – I love my stylist. She’s very sweet. She remembers tid bits about my life and we usually catch up on what is new in each other’s lives. She also does an awesome job with my color!!!

However, this “catch up” usually lasts all of 5 minutes. I then feel like I’m scraping the edges of a steel barrow for something to talk about. Even while they are blow drying your hair, stylists seem to feel the need to shout questions at you. I have no desire to scream back to her about the weather or my shoes or what is on TV tonight. Β It’s already so loud with all the blow dryers, extroverted chit chat, and bad music. Why is silence at a salon so unheard of? I just want to curl up in a ball!


I’m been itching for a change in my hairstyle lately. I’m thinking of going a little shorter – something like this:

hair 2 However, I know that as soon as I sit down in that chair I’m going to clam up and say, “just a little trim please!” Because the other times I’ve tried to say what I want, it usually turns into something the opposite of what I want. And, No, I do not want to buy $40 product! No matter what you say, it WILL make my hair greasy!

no no no

The only calm time at the salon is when my color is setting for about 20 minutes or the 2 blissful minutes of the scalp massage. Ah, quiet peaceful joy.

I also say I can just go home with my hair wet as it usually takes around twenty minutes to dry my long hair. That twenty minutes usually ends up feeling like an hour. I usually close my eyes so it looks like I’m asleep and I can avoid shout talking over the blow dryer. I just can’t wait to get the hell outta there!


After paying the too large fee, I push open the doors with a big smile and take Β first non shallow breath I’ve had for over two hours. Time to go home and watch the Halloween special of Pretty Little Liars with a glass of wine while smelling how lovely my beautiful fresh hair looks!!!!! (I know, huge nerd alert).


Anyone else have salon anxiety? It can’t be just me, right?!

xoxo katie

  • Pat (Mom)

    My stylist and I just talk about restaurants, movies, TV shows and books we’ve read. Sometimes I just close my eyes and stop talking and she knows that I just want to relax. Like I said before, it’s your choice about your hair, but Heidi Klum’s hair is a little short, maybe just a little longer than that? Whatever you decide it will look good and it will grow again!

  • haha, I know what you mean! On my end I always chicken out and say, just a trim. Even though deep down I just want to chop it all off! Although I did get bangs this last time. And it’s kind of awkward when you pay b/c I feel like they’re looking at how much tip you leave them!

    • Haha yes, that’s true about the tip! I was a little braver this time and got about 5 inches off!

  • This is hilarious! not to belittle your struggle or anything. But, it’s nicely put.
    I’m a hairstylist, and I totally have this struggle too. I hate small talk, it can be ok for about 2 minutes, after that is just annoying. I’ve gotten in trouble at a salon for NOT forcing product down a clients throat (most of my clients come to me because i specifically DON’T do that)
    screaming over the blowdryer is just ridiculous (Clients do it to us too) .
    That Heidi Klum style is really cute, it’s super versatile, you should do it ;). Thats the extent of my vacuous conversation, go about your day. πŸ™‚

    • That’s soooo good to know that stylists feel the same way about small talk! I got a little brave and got 5 inches off, not quite as short as the Klum style…so maybe next time! I wasn’t sure about switching from a side part to a middle part…

  • Reblogged this on My Canvas and commented:
    I thought this was hilarious, and perfect. I wonder how many people out there struggle with salon anxiety. I mean, I think I even do.
    I went to a salon in Las Vegas when I had first moved here… I didn’t have a blowdryer… or towels… long story… anyway, I went to a salon to get my hair blow dried because I wanted to check out some potential salons to work at. As I walked up to the building I was nervous! I was like, ‘why the hell am I nervous? I blow dry people hair all the time!’
    I think social anxiety comes into play. You pretty much have to pretend to like someone for 30-45 minutes. That can be hard, especially if you don’t.
    The whole experience is about so much more than hair. That is a good thing for some people, and a bad thing for others.

  • So funny, Katie! I’m loving your blog!

  • Anxiety is so common at the salon, most clients and some hairdressers don’t want to talk they want to sit and relax enjoy a book while they get there hair done. You just need to let your stylist know after the how do you do’s that you’re going to read or you just want to relax. Remember you are paying them. We are basically trained to talk to our clients but sometimes they don’t want to talk and that’s fine. Though I personally don’t believe any stylist should try to sell product I think that it is our job to educate our clients and recommend products, if you’re not buying from us then something similar at the drugstore, we want you to look your best and you should use products to achieve that. As for the hair itself Just let her know you want to go short, what i usually recommend is going through transitional haircuts a few inches every month until you get to the style you want and by then you are sure that the style will suit you it also gives you more time to adjust the new length and how to style it.

    • Thank you! You made me feel so much better. I realize it’s your job to try to sell us the best product for our hair, I just always feel SO guilty when I don’t buy everything. And I did just what you said – went for the cut, but not as short as what I was envisioning. Will go in increments πŸ™‚

      • that’s great, I’m glad I was able to help you. I spent a year going from long hair to a short pixie (which looked adorable) cut and I loved going and getting a new look every month.

  • Rachel G

    I can’t stand going to the salon to get any services, I’d rather just explain to my husband how to cut my hair at home! πŸ˜› And I’m a hairstylist too, but I’m the one who doesn’t try to force her clients to talk. I’ve learned that if they’re chatty, they will chat! And if they’re not, I’m comfortable with silence and getting my job done!

    • Thanks Rachel! It makes me feel so much better to know I’m not the only one with salon anxiety. That’s so awesome that you taught our husband how to cut your hair?! Silence can be a beautiful thing.

  • hahahaha the exact same thing happens to me!!! This is amazing. I mean, it sucks, but it’s amazing because there are gifs and I can related 100%. πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ glad you could relate!! Gifs make everything so much more fun!

  • COMPLETELY agree!!! That was a breath of fresh air!! As nice a person my hairdresser is its just a place where I want to get in and get out and maybe ‘quietly’ catch up on some trashy magazines I never buy…..but I would just once love to go in there and have quiet me time instead of yup, the shallow small talk that I just feel we both want to get over and done with!!!

    • Yes AGREED! It would be so nice to have that time be an escape from the loud and busy world! Lets agree that next time we’ll just do what we want and be quiet!

  • Hahaha, I love this, mostly because I’m the same way! I’ve been going to the same girl for about 4 years, and she really is great, but I always worry that the awkward silence will sit in and there will be nothing to talk about for the 2 hours that I’m there. I’m totally with you – my favorite part is sitting under the dryer while my color sets because I get to use that time to just read. Ahh, bliss πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Ashley, yes that awkward silence is the worst…I sometimes think movies messed up our perspective – like we’re supposed to be bffs with our stylists! ha!

  • I TOOOTTTAAALLLLLYYYY get this! And I feel the exact same way! In fact, I’m going to the salon today to get my hair done. I’m pumped to try something new but I HATE the small talk! It’s like — can you please just cut my hair, style it, and let me go home? Your GIFS in this were perfection!! Thank you for this post! It is now one of my all-time favorites!!! πŸ™‚


    • You are so sweet! Thank you! Oh and good luck at the salon today, be brave and try something new! I took up the offer for a free glass of wine. Booze = Bravery πŸ™‚ Glad you loved the post! Gifs make everything fun!

  • Ryan

    So as your husband, I felt the need to say how much I really like your shorter hair and think it looks great on you. Also, I never know what to talk about either when I get my haircut, but obviously I’m not there as long as you are πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, glad you like the hair cut! I keep reaching up to play with my hair, only to find it gone. And yes, no complaints from you, your hair cut lasts all of 15 minutes πŸ™‚

  • Katie def go for hte Long sleep bob. I just cut my Long hair to a bob like that and I love it. It Looks so refreshing πŸ™‚