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Old 03-23-2008, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I love, love, love getting my hair done. But lately I've been feeling like I'm in the middle of a long infomercial. And I don't like it. I actually switched stylists b/c my old one tried to sell me everything in the store. The shampoo was fabulous, the conditioner-one-of-a-kind, oh, and the straightener is far superior to anything I could ever buy on my own.

But now my new stylist is even worse: she sells make-up, too. Not just any make-up. Mineral make-up that only she carries. That requires special brushes.
The last time I went to have my highlights done, she started trying to get me to buy the usual shampoo/conditioner/lotions. Then she suggest that while I'm waiting for the highlights I have a make-over/30 minute sales pitch.

I've had enough. I mean I'm paying quite a bit to have highlights and haircut. I tip very well. Getting a haircut used to be so relaxing. What happened?
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Location: The Miami Of Canada
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I love, love, love getting my hair done. But lately I've been feeling like I'm in the middle of a long infomercial. And I don't like it. I actually switched stylists b/c my old one tried to sell me everything in the store. The shampoo was fabulous, the conditioner-one-of-a-kind, oh, and the straightener is far superior to anything I could ever buy on my own.

But now my new stylist is even worse: she sells make-up, too. Not just any make-up. Mineral make-up that only she carries. That requires special brushes.
The last time I went to have my highlights done, she started trying to get me to buy the usual shampoo/conditioner/lotions. Then she suggest that while I'm waiting for the highlights I have a make-over/30 minute sales pitch.

I've had enough. I mean I'm paying quite a bit to have highlights and haircut. I tip very well. Getting a haircut used to be so relaxing. What happened?

My understanding, based on conversations I've had with those in the Hair Biz, is that the most money a Hairstylist can make, is by selling products to customers. After paying for a booth rental, and any other fees that the Salon takes from the stylist, their biggest money earner is the shampoos, conditioners, etc. that they can sell to you.

I know how you feel, and it's uncomfortable to have to say "no" to buying all the things they want to sell to you. I just figure into my budget to expect that part of what I'm paying for in a haircut is buying some of their products so I'll get a decent cut next time I see them.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I've heard that, too. Now, however, the owner of the salon cuts my hair so I was hoping to get away from the upsell. Guess I'll just have to suck it up b/c I do love the way she does my hair. And I love her shop---reminds me of Truvy's from Steel Magnolias
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: The Miami Of Canada
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I've heard that, too. Now, however, the owner of the salon cuts my hair so I was hoping to get away from the upsell. Guess I'll just have to suck it up b/c I do love the way she does my hair. And I love her shop---reminds me of Truvy's from Steel Magnolias
LOL. I'm sure it's hard to find a place as friendly as you describe and if you love the way she does your hair, even more so. I guess the owner needs the extra money, so just consider whatever she sells you as part of the cost for the cut and a treat for your hair.
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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You could just pretend that you're asleep while she's working on your hair.

Seriously. Just say "No, thanks, I'm not interested," and if she persists, tell her again until she gets the hint.
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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How about an IPod or radio, with earbuds that hang under your chin.

I really do not like phoney people and hair stylists try to be oh, so 'chummy' and once they think you are impressed with them, they start selling or start knocking the last stylist you had.

It is such an imposition. They are often backlogged, so if you have an appointment you must wait, and breath in all those fumes and then, when they have you they insult your intelligence with their selling.

I actually went to a friendly barber shop and learned how to cut my own hair. I do it quite often. I also went to a supply house and learned to streak my own hair. I would not have gone through this trouble, but hate to be considered 'prey' by these none-necessary service suppliers.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati via Chicago...Michigan next?
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I ask for samples because I want to see how my hair will look after a day to test how good the product REALLY works, or see how my skin reactes to the makeup. If no samples then say no thanks
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati via Chicago...Michigan next?
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oh and if you dont wanna say no thanks after all that say maybe next time because you want to see how your hair looks the day after or how your face reacts to the makeup if she applies some on you and when you come back just say you dont need the products because your hair was the same with a product you already own or you broke out to the makeup. If she wants to argue, name a product you use and tell her its cheaper and works just as well, thanks.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Southern California desert
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Well, I am going to a new salon tomorrow, hopefully I don't have to listen to a sales pitch. I guess I have been lucky in the past..I don't mind buying their shampoo, but I sell cosmetics so they don't go there with me...

Hoping I can report NO SALE tomorrow!
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Northeastern WI
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Chances are, many might 'push' because they might get a commission? Heck, every time Ive gone to one they try to push me into cutting my hair short, and all I need is a trim. 1.29 Suave products have worked just as good as that 7.99 bottle of 'protien' or 'enhancing' conditioner all these years.
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