You Know You’re in Trouble…

When the stylist cutting my hair said, “Don’t worry, it’ll grow out by June,” I panicked. It’s February for God’s sake! “It looks great from the front. It was just a little misunderstanding.” Ya think?

I’ll try not to turn my head around for a few months.

Remember the mullet? Business up front, party in the back. Well this haircut is all party in the front, business in the back.

party up front

I’m partying now!

business in the back

All business back here…

Statistically, most people process less than 50% of what was is said. Is that scary or what?

Many times, they miss the negative words like no or not, don’t or won’t, or only remember a part of the last sentence. The stylist never heard the word, don’t!

Misunderstandings abound in reading and writing as well. Many times, I have read the tags at the bottom of a story, relieved to find the word satire or fiction.

Sometimes readers skim. I include pictures because they fill in the blanks for readers when they are in a hurry.

snow sculpture 5

Frozen Words – A Photo Essay 

When I first started blogging, I skimmed a really long fiction post:

A young woman went to a summer party. She hoped to hook up with a guy, but suspected he was involved with someone else. I stopped reading at the part when he led her to the pool house and they started making out.

I raced to the comment section and wrote, “Great story. Loved the imagery and description.”
Then, as I paged up, I read some of the other comments:

“Whew! Now I need a cold shower.”

“That girl has stamina.”

“She sure knows how to party. I had a different ending in mind, but she was one twisted sister!”

What? I scrolled back up to see what all the excitement was about. Oh my God! She had been kissing the one guy when another stumbled in on them and joined in the fun. Holy crap! They were right. I missed a really steamy three-way sex scene. After reading it, I needed a cold shower too!

Why didn’t she include pictures? Insert smiley face emoticon here.

Imagine how much is misconstrued in conversation.  We sometimes miss the intonation of subtle sarcasm or the hint of humor. I tend to say a lot more than needed to get my idea across. I suspect that my friends often check out and are making mental grocery lists by the time I get to the point of my story.

There is always so much to learn and practice. I believe the universe only hears positive words. Ironically, listeners tune them out too and often misunderstand the message.

“You said, ‘Don’t record over the season finale of Downton Abbey?’ Oopsy. I thought you said, ‘Record over the season finale of Downton Abby. Dang.’”

Next time, I’ll bring in a picture of how I want my hair cut. To avoid the funkiness, I’ll use positive words to describe it. In the meantime, I’ll keep on partying in the front and let the business grow in the back. June will be here before I know it. Right?

Has this ever happened to you?

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120 responses to “You Know You’re in Trouble…

  1. I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the leg up with the link party and all. I was able to get my blog some more exposure so that is great. I started a new segment called the poetry challenge if you you get time check it out thanks again.

  2. I’m still trying to grow MY sideburns :] Susie I know you don’t know me but I would claim that you are a Queen! If you’re still responding to these comments after all this time, I must be a man, HAHAHAHA aah, Love Your Wild Blog!

    • Awww! It’s the least I can do. Thank you so much!
      They must have chopped them off! That has happened to my husband. At least hair grows fast! You can always try Biotin supplements~ I bought some after my hair disaster.
      Come back and leave a link at my blog party – Use Me and Abuse Me Day. It is a great way to pick up some new followers!

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  4. How much did you tip your hair-dresser (mainly for the comforting words that they will grow back again)?
    And on the other part of the story (only to prove that I read your entire post… not on the blog but have been a victim of jumping on to quick response at work. We get ton of email everyday & some really write essays to convey their point across starting with not possible in first para & then going on to explain how that can be made possible. My limited attention span at long emails have prompted me to abort the reading after first few lines & jump on to respond, only to be reminded by a colleague, that’s exactly what he meant. WP doesn’t allow pictures in comments, so let me see if this text grips you till the end. :)

    • HAHAHA! I was gripped all the way through! Hey I don’t blame anyone for skimming and would rather have people stop by for a quick peek than not at all!
      I was in shock and did tip her. I was paying for my mother’s hair at the same time so that made it awkward. No more haircuts while on vacation! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Lucky you to have a chic haircut. Looks it requires some care to be flippy great.

    I’ll have to return to my stylist and see if she can ..make a correction for free: one side doesn’t match the other.

    • Definitely go back to her. Mine has already grown 1/32 of an inch! Woohoo!
      Thanks so much Jean! It does take a flat iron, but it doesn’t take more than 2 minutes since there is no hair in the back!

  6. First off, your hair looks fantastic. You’ve got great hair. When I go to the barber he tells me, “It’ll grow back…in your next life.”. As far as skimming posts, I hate when people do that. If I would have done that with yours, it would have gone something like this…
    ….When I see a young woman at a party, I need to take a cold shower and then relax with an episode of Downtown Abbey….

    • Hahaha! So funny! Still laughing…
      I don’t mind when people skim. To me it’s like someone telling me that they care about me enough to make the effort to stop by, which is really huge for a lot of people, but they may not have been engaged enough to read the whole thing or they only had a minute to peek.
      I do get those kinds of responses sometimes and they crack me up!
      I had it colored last week and the stylist (not the same one) told me that it would only take 6 weeks. Yay! I really never look at the side of my head, so it doesn’t bother me anymore…
      Thanks so much Cayman! Have a great week! Spring is coming…

  7. I don’t think your hair looks bad, I think it’s cute. But I know how you feel about getting something you didn’t ask for. Once I had someone cut my hair and even though it was a cute pixie when you put product in it you could see my scalp which is too short. I never went back there again.

    The most recent oops was at my sister’s wedding. Yeah, not cool right? She made appointments for us to get our hair styled and I asked for an updo. When the girl was done I was furious because it looked so bad and have close to 100 bobby pins in it. I went straight to my stylist and asked her to fix it which she did, after the two of us spent forever finding all the pins. Once I got to the wedding, barely on time, my sister looked at me and said, “Thank God you fixed your hair, it looked awful!” That is the first and last time I’ll let my sister make a hair appointment for me.

    • Oh god. How horrible! My head hurt just thinking about pulling out all of those bobby pins. Good thing you had the gumption to stop by your own stylist! I probably would have been too stressed out to think straight! Good on you! Great story!
      My hair is still so short in the back. It’s been more than a year since I had really long hair and I still catch myself trying to flip it out from my neckline. Talk about a creature of habit! Hahaha!
      Have a great week and thanks for sharing your story!

  8. It looks goood, Susie. Let it take its time growing out. :-)

  9. Your haircut story cracked me up! Great post, and it’s true how often we miss the meaning of a story in conversation or reading. I’ll try to answer your questions by the end of the weekend Susie. Two past weeks were hectic for me, sorry i didn’t write before.

    • No worries! Thanks for getting back to me!
      My hair is growing and when I had it colored, the stylist, (different lady) showed me how to make it look longer. At least I learned something!

  10. I like your haircut. Besides, it could have been worse. You could have ended up with a ‘do like the really limber guy in the snow sculpture.

    You can always tell when you’re talking on the phone with someone and they’re not really paying attention. I know I’m guilty of not always listening carefully, but it’s even more annoying when somebody else doesn’t listen to me. Just because it is.

    • Thanks Peg!
      I can live with the haircut and it really looks great from the front. I had looked forward to getting the rise up at my ear evened out. Oh well! I learned to always talk in the positive since negative words don’t get heard.
      I try to get away from my computer when my kids call. They used to bust me all the time for half listening!

    Seriously, you look stunning, Susie.

  12. Oh Susie, your post takes me back to every bad hair cut I’ve ever had. And as a girl with curls, I’ve had a few. Despite their training, all kinds of stylists don’t seem to understand that when curly hair dries, it gets considerably shorter! (For the record, I like your reverse mullet!)
    I agree about the dangers of skimming. One has to be so careful :)

    • Thank you! I have curly hair too. Can you imagine this cut when it goes wild???? Thank God for flat irons..
      I try to read everyone’s stories, but sometimes they are waaaay too long. Even when my posts are short, they get skimmed. I don’t mind. I am glad my friends stop by!

  13. Oh, I like your haircut. But I know how it feels to get one that isn’t right — I got a haircut after a breakup with a guy, and the cut was all wrong! It was the worst because I worked with the guy and he totally knew and it was simply bad bad bad. I know I told the stylist ‘shorter’ but she heard ‘short’ and well, you can guess the rest.

  14. Ah yes I’ve had the haircut disaster too. Though I definitely thought I looked worse than everyone else saw me. And it did grow out. ;)

    • The good news is I went in today for color and was told it will only take about 6 weeks. Yay! I can’t believe I am saying yay, but compared to 3 months….
      Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Did you tell your stylist you wanted to look like a pullet but she heard mullet? Common error in both the poultry and hairstyling business.

    • I bet that’s what happened! It actually looks like she took a triangle out from the haircut. I think she thought I said, “Isosceles” when I said, “Cut it straight, please!”

  16. I love it, it’s smart and very cute. I know what you mean about misunderstandings. There was a note to a writer this writer posted on FB and it was a bit creepy. Half the people said, Awh, cute! The only cute thing was the handwriting, making it look from a kid but oh my! I’m always in troublefor not thinking before speaking :0)

    • That does sound creepy! People don’t take the time to read.
      I get into trouble too. It may be a while before I am in the habit of avoiding don’t and not! I think we all get into trouble for not thinking from time to time. No one is perfect!
      Thanks Catherine!

  17. Great story! I’m so glad you love your new haircut!! ;)

    Seriously, though, I like it. It’s super cute. Mine is similar, but without the bangs.

    And I will tell you this . . . I know of what you say about the intonations on sarcasm. An officemate said to me the other day, “I never know if you are joking.” What? I’m ALWAYS joking. You can’t tell by my snarky tone and sly smile? Apparently, my wit is of the TOO dry variety. Either that, or he just doesn’t listen right. Yeah, that’s it.

  18. filbio

    I don’t know what you are seeing but you look like a hottie to me!

    Selective listening is something I think we all do now and then!


    • Hahaha! Thanks Phil! It is a great cut except for the hunk out at my ear. I will try to speak positively in the future, although it will be hard to do…
      I tend to tune out if I am multitasking. When my kids call, I try to unplug!

  19. I’ve gotten hundreds of haircuts, and they’ve all looked exactly the same. I could ask them to shave my head and spray paint it purple and it wouldn’t make any difference.

    You’re right about the tendency to miss small, key words. I’ve learned the hard way to be neurotically clear when speaking to my eighteen-year-old son, or when ordering Chinese food. Not that it does any good.

    For what it’s worth, I like your haircut.

    • Thanks so much! I’ll get used to it…

      Love that you include your son and Chinesse food in the same sentence…
      Now I know why my kids didn’t always listen to me. I used too many negative words! Uggh!

      It will be interesting when I get my funky do colored this morning. With my luck, it will probably turn out pink!

  20. On the eve of my appointment with a new hair dresser…this is what I read. To be safe, I think I’ll be bringing a Power Point presentation.
    I took my daughter to a place when she was about 10. She actually got the “oops” out loud and I am STILL hearing about it!
    Your hair looks cute, but if it’s not what you wanted……

    • Hahaha! A power point presentation is a great idea! Now I have a photo on my phone.
      An out loud “Oops!” That is really a nightmare. We do put a lot in those holding the scissors…
      I’ll eventually get the cut that I want. In June!
      Thanks so much Lisa!

    • Your hair looks adorable. But I can just imagine your panic when she said it would grow back in June. Um, HELLO! This is slightly different, but I remember years ago getting my hair done for prom and coming home crying. My mom helped me take it all back down and fix it a different way before the big night. LOL. Sometimes there is a big error in the communication feed. :-/

      • That was weird. I wasn’t supposed to tag this onto another comment. I better go get my morning coffee. D’oh!

      • I have a photo on my phone to show next time. I just got back from having it colored my regular stylist said, it will only take 6 weeks to make a huge improvement. I took CC’s advice and bought biotin!
        I think misunderstandings abound every time we communicate..Thank God for moms!

  21. Hope the picture helps your hairdresser next time (though it’s a great cut from where I’m sitting!) :) I’ve been noticing the issue with negative words the more text based communication I use… and pictures definitely help. I think I need to get back to some less wordy posts soon :)

    • I try to keep my posts under 600 words and still many skim. I don’t mind and I love to see who has dropped by.
      Thanks so much Alarna! It will grow and I learned something about negative words!

  22. I heard a very similar comment from a young, apparently fresh out of cosmo school, “Stylist” a few weeks ago. I guess I’m partly to blame, as when asked how much to take off I said; Cut it sort of short. It grows fast. I might have gotten a clue when an older stylist walked by and said under her breath…hummm
    I didn’t realize at the time that the girl had gouged a 2 inch gap above my left ear with her clippers, and really didn’t look in the mirror till I got outside in the car. I only looked in the mirror then because the girls last words kept ringing in my ears: “Don’t Worry”. She said. It’ll grow fast. Thank God for Hats!!!
    Anyway, I have to agree with the other peeps here…your hair looks great.

    • Awww! So great to see you Paul! Where have you been hiding out???
      Thank you! It’s just not what I had in mind and had grown out the back. Now it’s an inch long!
      Sorry about your haircut. It sounds much worse. 2 inches ABOVE the ears??? Youch!
      June is looking good….

  23. First off Susie, I like your hair! I think edgy bobs like that are fun!

    And yes, I tend to hear the negative things before the positive, especially at work. We’re always our own worst critics.

    • Thanks so much Jess!
      We are hard on ourselves, but the funny thing is that when we are being instructed, we won’t hear negative words like “don’t.” David Walker said it best in his comment. They teach salesmen to only use positive sentences since people only hear a 1/3 to 1/2 of what we say! Next time I’ll use a photo and not rely so much on words.

      Love your haircut! Are you still rockin’ the same one from your avatar?

  24. Miscommunication can be a huge problem so let me be very clear here: I LOVE your haircut!

  25. I think it looks great!!! My hair is a similar cut – just curly! I always bring photos after the time I told a girl I usually part it on the left…so she cut it about 3 inches longer on one side “for my part.” Not cute!

    • Thanks so much! It’s not the hairstyle as it is the shock of getting something completely opposite of what I wanted. It is a funky punk hairdo! Maybe I should dye it purple and go for it! Hahaha!
      I’ve had that happen too. I would get one bunch of long hair every time it swooped to the wrong side…
      Thanks for sharing!

  26. I think it looks great! Wish I could get up the nerve to try a radical new style. I tried last time I went to the hairdresser, but ended up only letting her take about an inch off the ends.

    But you are so right about the brain not always registering negatives. This is especially true in young children. “Don’t touch that!” you yell as the three-year-old reaches for Aunt Bertha’s antique vase. She looks at you, and then touches it anyway.

    • I wish I would have known about the negatives when raising my own two kids. Somehow they survived. “Don’t run in the street!”
      I used to have long hair, but it was such a pain to make it look good. Now I don’t have much to take care of. That is one benefit! :)
      Thanks for reading!

  27. It looks adorable. Whatever it was supposed to look like, this is a good look for you. This is exactly how I got my hair cut when I chopped off 18″ in one fell swoop.

    But, yeah, a picture next time would probably work wonders if this isn’t what you were going for.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Thanks Patricia! Maybe it will grow on me.
      18 inches??? You are a brave woman! I am going to start hunting for a picture to have with me for my next appointment with someone else in June!

  28. I used to think I had a great attention span, but once I started blogging, I realize I like lots of illustrations (one reason why I enjoy your posts!). I remember reading somewhere that blog posts should never have the word “don’t” in the title, probably for exactly the reasons you said!

    • Oh and I like your hair!!!:)

      • I love posting photo blogs since most have a short time to read and comment.
        Thanks, but the hairstyle had me crying for days. Today is the fifth. It will grow. I may tuck it behind my ears for a couple of weeks.
        I hadn’t heard about blog titles and now I am curious if I have any with negative words. Probably! I will be very careful how I talk in the future, although I got to believe it will take some practice. Someone should invent a buzzer that sounds every time! That would help!

  29. Technically, I haven’t had a bad hair day since Reagan was in the White House – depending upon ones definition of “bad”. As for your hairstyle, I checked the pics, and you look just fiiine from any angle. Such a pathetic cry for attention, Susie – you should be ashamed!

    Wait! That wasn’t even what the post was really about? Lemme go back and re-read it.

    • Hahaha! I didn’t use the worst photos, the ones that really show the bad hairstyle. I just couldn’t put them out there. Even my husband who would never usually agree that this was a bad cut, said, “Don’t use that picture.” Believe me. It’s like two different cuts.
      I cried for three days This is the fifth. My friends who read this will nod when I see them…Yep it’s that bad…
      By the way, it’s about communication, but you knew that already. :) Thanks for reading!

  30. Susie, I totally get that your hair cut wasn’t what you had imagined. But that said, I think it looks great! It’s a short bob. And the stylist did build it up in the back so that it doesn’t lay flat. It looks like a Dorothy Hammel hair cut back in the day. I bet you can swing that head of yours around and your hair flows back and forth filled with shine. In fact, I need my sunglasses! You’re not the only one that takes a long time to get across your point. Just look at me now. LOL! You wouldn’t happen to be Irish, would you? :)

    • I am a McCartan, totally Irish and long winded! Just pour me a pint. Hahaha!
      Thanks so much! The weird thing about this “do” is it’s like dog ears. There’s not much transition from front to back…Oh well, It will grow and soon I’ll swinging my bob once again!

  31. Susie, it’s cute, and I mean that in the nicest way. I’m dealing with a bad haircut now. I got the newbie cutter and she got a tad overzealous. What I said was “I want it to look like I didn’t have a haircut.” She heard, “I’d like you to try to work this cut as close to business acceptable as possible.” I am not business acceptable.

    • Thanks so much! I am considering wearing a hat to tennis on Thursday. The only really good thing about my hair is it grows fast!
      My husband gets the shortest cuts too and he always tells them to leave it long on top! They hear, “Cut all the hair on top!”

  32. I just got my hair done like my Little Pony again with the dips… I would not let her cut my hair.. NO..:)
    For shame they taped over Downton…)

    • Downton was just an example although I could have done it easily since I have not gotten into that show. I know. I am the only one I am sure…
      You have beautiful hair Linda! I wouldn’t cut it either!

  33. A long time ago (in college, I let a friend cut my hair.
    Yeah, I know, but I was drunk. And he was drunker.
    Paid $20 to have it fixed (as a crew cut).
    Sad sad memory…
    (Yours looks pretty good on you!)

  34. It absolutely happened to me too. The beautiful mullet – and you’re one lucky woman that it took a mere 6 months to grow out! My mullet experience is the reason I will never get my hair cut in Mozambique again, ever!

    Great post, highly entertaining!

    • It will take four months at least. I just got it cut (hacked) a few days ago. The worst things that happen, often make the best stories…
      A Mozambique hair stylist. Sounds like a story to tell!
      Thanks so much and for stopping by!

  35. It’s not an ugly haircut, honest. The good thing is that if you don’t like it, it will grow. :-)

  36. The style at the back looks … interesting! Hey, how about a headscarf for a while like Queen E wears? :)

  37. Remember the fuzz balls we all tied to our ice and roller skates? I have a lot of hair, and I wear it long because if I don’t…it looks like someone whacked one of those fuzz balls in half. Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but I need the weight to hold it down.

    Just before Christmas, four years ago…and I’m talking like 3 days before the big family Christmas party, I went in to get a trim. A couple of inches off. I wound up with more hair on the floor than I had on my head. And I still had quite a bit left, but from mid back to just below my shoulders…

    I spent the next few days crying, and trying to learn how to use a flat iron. And then I spent the next couple of weeks crying and cussing out the stylist (and I use that term loosely) every time I picked up the flat iron. This was not long after a car accident and my shoulder was still healing. I’m not usually much of a crier, but it hurt like blazes to use that thing. The crap we endure to make our hair look good… :)

    Anyway, you are SO right about what people hear. I have since found that taking a baseball bat and a ruler to hair appointments helps get my point across (KIDDING!!!).

    The way you started your post brought back pleasant memories though. For a long time, I cut my own hair – because I figured I could get bad haircuts for free…only I did a better job, if you want to know the truth. Good enough that a lot of people wanted me to cut theirs, too. I hate cutting hair, so I had fun with it.

    When you have a big handful of someone’s hair in your had, and you make soft hissing noises, or say a quite ‘OMG!’ after you make a cut…the reactions are GREAT! When they panic and want to know WHAT?!, you just sound equally panicked and say stuff like…”It’s okay. Really. I can fix this.”

    Yes, I’m not always a nice person. :)

    • Hahaha! Kristi, you crack me up! That is hilarious and mean.
      Enduring a bad hair cut right before the holidays sucks. And the fact that you couldn’t hold a flat iron without enduring so much pain, is horrible. I think bringing a photo is the trick. They never listen…
      Thanks so much for sharing your horror story!

  38. It does look good on you, Susie. I know how you feel, though. I got the exact same hair cut you just got. I liked it when I saw it, but my hair has a mind of it’s own and I could never get it to look good in the back – I ended up with cow licks on the back of my head until it grew out.

    Great post about not listening. My husband is an engineer and I have to admit that when he’s explaining the thermal dynamics of the something, something, my mind leaves the building.

    • I will be using lots of hairspray to keep my ears covered. My cowlicks are on either side of my bangs! Can’t win…
      I call it “the glaze over!” Danny starts talking about work and he has about 4 minutes before I check out! Thanks so much Mary!

  39. Julie Catherine

    LOL! CC’s comment made me laugh out loud! And I think your hair looks awesome! These days I’m blaming any miscommunications and selective hearing on Fibro Fog … that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! :D

    • CC is hilarious!
      Thanks so much Julie. It is a little weird, but it grows fast. I will take lots of vitamins. I am getting it colored tomorrow. With the luck I am having, I better take a picture for that!
      You have Fibro Fog. What’s my excuse??? :)

  40. He said “it looks GORGEOUS”! and she’s thinking “B.S.”! You have my deepest sympathy, Susie. Barbers don’t have any better hearing than stylists. I think those blow dryers, clippers, etc. have made all of them legally deaf !!!!! Honest…, it looks GORGEOUS !!!

  41. “# 3 all over and straight neck please” – easy for us fellas Susie

  42. This is why I cut my own hair. Too many expensive misunderstandings. Boo. And I’m with you, “Why didn’t she include pictures? Insert smiley face emoticon here.” I like pictures, I sometimes skim, and in writing I oftentimes need emoticons to tell me exactly what it means.

    • I used to cut my own hair in college. Maybe should start cutting it again!
      I have to skim sometimes too, especially if it is really long. I am much more careful before commenting. I have learned my lesson. I hope!
      Thanks for reading!

  43. Your haircut looks cute. Very stylish, but when it’s not what you wanted, I can understand the disappointment. This seems to happen a lot with haircuts, doesn’t it? That’s so funny that you thought your friend asked if you we’re picking your nose! I’m guilty of only half listening. My mind seems to wander so I just go along, too!

    • CC always cracks me up and that nose comment! Hilarious!
      Thanks so much Lynn! Great to “see” you by the way.
      It occurs to me that since I tend to be on the long winded side, most of my stories don’t get heard. I am definitely going to shorten up my stories and answers to questions and stick to positive words…Just think of how misunderstood we all are!

  44. One of the things I learned early in my sales career was that if I said “don’t” people heard “do.” If I said “isn’t” they heard “is.” I learned to use affirmative statements to get my point across.

  45. I am so guilty of hearing what I want to hear at times – ha! I am trying to work on that because it does save time and frustration:) Happy Tuesday – Party On!!!

  46. I had to laugh because my husband just had something similar happen. He gets his beard shaped and trimmed at Supercuts and there was a new girl working. She messed up the sides so bad. But he just made a joke about it and told her to shave the sides and keep the mustache and goatee. I’ve got to hand it to him, I would’ve been upset. Of course, beards do grow in faster.

    • It is great that your husband has a sense of humor. I was visiting my parents in Wisconsin when I got the cut. My dad said, “There’s some glue in the cupboard.” There’s no bringing it back, so I will just rock it with my chin up until it grows out!
      Thanks for reading EK!

  47. Susie, I think your hair looks great! I’ve never had the cojones to go short although I probably need to. I find that I’ll find a good hairdresser and then they get “used” to me and my hair gets stuck in some time warp. I do think bringing a pic in is a good idea. If they’re good, they’ll tell you — yes, this will work for you or no it won’t unless I can style you a new face with the hair. (that little sweet pooch in your pic looks a lot like my babies — I’ve got two little white pups. Their hair ALWAYS looks great.) ;)

    • That’s Roxy in the background. Even she had a crappy cut last time and I had to trim it when she got home.. They did a terrier cut on her face and she’s a Bichon! What????
      Thanks so much Brigitte! I get bored and like to change my look, but this time I just wanted it evened out…oh well.. I think I’ll save a picture on my phone just in case. I never want to go through this again! Communication is key!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  48. Cute haircut there and thanks for the missing out the ‘don’t’ by the good o’ stylist.
    I used to cry as a kid, when barbers refuse to ‘hear’ my choosen style – usually tyson cut- but took a clue from either my mum or dad…hehehe!

  49. Four inches off yesterday. Four. I said “trim.” We’ll see how it looks when I style it today.

    And for the record, I think your hair looks great.

  50. The thing is, I always know what I mean when I hear it in my head. The translation turns into weird-icity in the transition from head-to-mouth (especially when garbled past the foot stuck somewhere therein). Thank goodness I’ve had the same hair stylist for several years and haven’t changed my style in that time, either–Chicken? Naw, just happy with the status quo. Like a cat. :) FWIW, I like your ‘do.

    • Awww! Thanks. I just have to get used to it…
      I had that happen recently in a screenwriting class when I answered the question without a problem, but the teacher wanted more.. Abadabadabada… I sounded like a little kid with a stammer….
      Once I find the right stylist and cut, I am not going to change it for a while either!
      Thanks Amy!

  51. I cried after one haircut and freaked a new stylist out and never went back. Also, I bet you like your cut after you get used to it. I used to have a very similar haircut and always freaked right after the cut when I felt the back. Then as it grew just a bit it was super edgy and actually looked great! Great post!.

    • Thanks for that! I bet I will too. It will grow on me as it grows out..
      You cracked me up with crying after your haircut. I cried when I got home! I figured it would take a couple of days and then I could laugh about it and here I am
      Thanks for sharing!

  52. Even worse is when your stylist doesn’t say a word but you can see her smile freeze up. Then you know it’s BAD. Especially when she’s unrolling a perm at the time.

    • Oh……. Sounds like you have a story to tell too! I can smell the burnt hair….
      I think she was really distracted and realized her error too late. She yapped the whole time at everyone in the salon. My mom is going to give her a hard time about it at her next appointment. I will stick to Boulder hair stylists after this atrocity!

  53. I like it. You have a perfectly shaped skull, not flat at the back. And your hair is all glossy and gorgeous. It shows the lovely line of your neck and jaw. Biotin tablets, one a day, and it’ll grow like a weed, as will your nails.

    Yes, I’ve definitely misheard things and got myself into a lot of hot water. I remember once being totally bewildered and outraged when a colleague once asked me, ‘Christine, are you picking your nose?’ After a couple of heartbeats I said, ‘I most certainly am NOT picking my nose!’ She looked as stunned as me and then started to laugh and she ended up laughing so hard she almost wet herself. Once she’d calmed down she told me what she’d actually said ‘ ‘Christine, Jill’s picking on us.’ (Referring to another colleague who was messing around.)

    There was another corker when we lived in Africa about a coat and a goat but I’m keeping that one for my blog! :)

    • Hilarious!
      I can’t wait to read that one about the goat and the coat..
      Thanks so much CC! I like the front of the cut, but the back is shaved!
      Now that I am back home again, I’m planning to go to the store and pick up a couple thousand tablets of biotin! That should do it… :)

  54. LOL! I like starting my day with a good laugh.

    Oh, I’ve had plenty of bad haircuts. At least I’ve stopped paying a lot for them (Super Cuts) so if I’m unhappy I can go back and get it fixed. Unfortunately, that’ 90% of the time and I’m still not happy.

    I miss my Japanese hairdresser who practiced the zen of hair cutting, and seemed to cut my hair one strand at a time. She is amazing. But she’s not on the retirement budget. If I can make any money writing, I swear I’m signing the checks over to her. Now I’m motivated.

    Love the party/business description.

    It’s a good cut, high quality, but I know what you mean about not wanting to be business-ey. I let mine grow out when I quit my job, even though I know I look better with the cut that’s in my gravatar.

    It’s really true, what you say about communication.

    I’m rambling. Have a nice day.


    • I think that you are right about the money too. Paying a lot or a little still doesn’t guarantee that you’ll like it!
      This last cut makes me want to grow my hair out again, but I probably won’t for a while anyway…It will take me 8 months just grow it to my shoulders! Yikes! It is really short!
      I could pull a Charlize Theron and cut it all off, but I’m just not that brave…

  55. I cut my own hair. Once, just before leaving to teach, I shaved my sideburns – wonderful, but I had been cleaning my trimmer and had not put the guard back on! Shaved it to the skin about halfway up my left side!! I thought a moment and then shaved the other side! At school, the kids asked about my hair. I told them it was a different way and what did they think of it? They didn’t like it, so I told them I would let it grow back out.
    Yes, done something like that.

  56. This looks cute. Actually, I was thinking of getting a bit longer version. Do you not like it? It suits you, all spunky and energy like.

    • Thank you! You should!
      Actually, it has been short for a year, but have been sporting a bob not a razor cut! She was in a huge hurry to get out the door and she dry cut it and didn’t style it. I had her cut it the last time I visited my parents and it was the best cut ever! Go figure.
      If I look in the mirror, it looks the same. I just won’t use one to see the back….

  57. Yes, the thing you don’t want to hear from your hairstylist is ooops…It’s really cute, though. Trust me.

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