All jobs come with pros and cons, and hairdressing is no exception. On a good day, hairdressers will cut, style, dye, and blow dry their clients hair into beautiful hairstyles that leave their customers feeling happy, confident, and ten years young upon leaving. But, on those not-so-good days, hairdressers unfortunately deal with combatting customer hygiene that professional shampoo and their salon expertise simply can’t fix. Some nightmare hairstylist discoveries include:
- Dealing with greasy hair
- Knots and tangles
- And discovering lice
Given their unique aerial perspective while working, hairstylists can see the unseeable and the unforgivable.
Here are 8 hairstylist stories that might make you a little more self-conscious before entering a hair salon.
1. According to Reddit user pcbzelephant, more people need to scrub a little longer, or more often, behind their ears. ‘As someone who used to be a hairstylist,’ writes pcbzelephant, ‘please scrub behind your ears! More people than you think forget to clean the crease behind their ears and have yellow/white/ sometimes green gunk in the fold behind their ears! It’s really nasty and smells.’ Yuck.
2. ‘One time a woman brought her 8-year-old daughter in to get her hair done. The mother [was mean] but the little girl was the sweetest most polite little girl we’ve ever had. Unfortunately, it’s like the mom never took care of her hair! That poor little girl’s hair was so dirty and tangled it took three or four people working on her hair for almost three hours to get it untangled and clean enough to run a brush through it,’ writes Reddit user, leavingNYCtoday.
3. Hinky28 writes: ‘I once had to turn a lady away after she booked in for hair extension removal. The micro bonded type your stylist should tell you last three months max. Nobody told this lady. They had been in for seven months! There was a chunk of hair about six inches wide that was matted with bits of hair glue (not what we use) poking out. To me her options were shave it or cut it almost to the scalp.’
4. ‘My husband is a barber,’ writes another Reddit user, ‘one day he had a guy come in with dreads, wanting them all shaved off. He parted his dreads, looked at his scalp and noticed it was green!! He touched it and saw it ripple. Asked the guy when he’d last washed his hair, he replied ‘about 3 years ago!!’ My husband realized the guys whole scalp was covered in a layer of pus!! Sent him straight to A&E to have it drained and treated with antibiotics.’
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