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Old 09-15-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: NJ
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my wife is my hairstylist so i try to make some small talk to be polite.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: USA
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Intersting. Last time I got my hair cut at a salon/barber, the woman kept asking me questions from start to finish (not about the hair). I gave pretty concise answers, and never asked anything in return. I guess she didn't get the hint, even when it seemed like 20 questions and everything was about me. Maybe she was afraid of silence.

This reminds me of the Seinfeld episodes with the driver and the masseuse who make unwanted conversation. You're in an interesting situation if you can't get people to talk to you. It seems most people (maybe it's more common in men?) want their stylists to shut up.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:59 AM
 
Location: NJ
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when i used to go to a place, i think it usually worked out better when the haircutter talked. but id prefer talking to a female. they are better at keeping a conversation flowing than a guy.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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As I said in a previous post, I have been used to a stylist I knew in the same community and enjoyed chatting with her about the people we knew and the goings on in our town.

Fast forward to now. I have moved to the south and have tried to find a salon I like and can afford ( in general they are much more expensive than up north, although the $22. pedis are sweet).
The first hairstylist I tried, talked to her husband and bratty kids, or the other stylists, the whole time she cut my hair. She barely acknowledged that I was there.
Next, I tried to find a pedicure from anyone who speaks English. No can do. The nail salons are all asian, and they either talk to each other in another language, or talk on the cell phone in another language. Again, barely acknowledging me the whole time.
Last week, I went to a spa and got a pedicure from an American who spoke English, except a friend of her's plopped herself down next to us and talked the whole time.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach County
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I would like to find a friendly hairstylist who will talk to me about both my hair and other topics. Though to save money, I have been going to discount salons and the people who cut my hair have all the charm and personality of a funeral director. I get good cuts sometimes but get frustrated sitting there in silence for 30 minutes. It make me ill at ease.

Do you expect or want conversation from your hairstylist?
^^Not necessary, but it would behoove anyone who is providing a service to have good customer service skills (a smile and some small talk/NOT A CHATTER BOX!).

What I do expect is that my hair stylist listens/applies what I want and do not want done to my hair.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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I prefer they don't talk. I want them to concentrate on my hair so I can get in the salon and out. My hair stylist talks to much and she is very animated so she can't seem to talk and style hair at the same time. It is very annoying to the point where I had to stop going to her for awhile. I don't have hours to waste at the hair salon.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I prefer they don't talk. I want them to concentrate on my hair so I can get in the salon and out. My hair stylist talks to much and she is very animated so she can't seem to talk and style hair at the same time. It is very annoying to the point where I had to stop going to her for awhile. I don't have hours to waste at the hair salon.
I wouldn't mind if they did not talk, but I mind if they talk to someone else the whole time.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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Hell no! I'm black, I WISH my hairstylist and the other women in the shop would shut the eff up so I can get out within 2 hours.

I stopped going to shops because 1: her hours were bad for my schedule, 2: I've been 10 seconds from spinning around and yelling at her.

It grates on my nerves for her to actually STOP curling my hair for 10 minutes to gesture and talk to the old ass lady and her daughter in front of me.

Work and talk lady! Work and talk. Less talk more work.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:04 AM
 
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I do expect a stylist to try to make small talk with me, but if we get to a point of silence I'm fine with that. Going to the salon to get my hair done is such a relaxing treat to me, that I'm fine with just sitting there. I have been going to the same hair stylist for a couple of years though, so we know each other well enough to have things to talk about. The last time I went to see her she told me that if she ever gets really quiet, that it's because she likes to listen to the other conversations. I actually like that too. It can be quite entertaining at times.

If you are uncomfortable with silence, perhaps you could try to start up a conversation or ask questions.
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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I wouldn't mind if they did not talk, but I mind if they talk to someone else the whole time.
I agree with you on this. That makes it really awkward, especially if they don't include you in the conversation.
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