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Advice Smackdown Bat Signal: Hair Help in Houston

Dec09

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Amalah!
I need the help of your wise, beautiful readers. It’s not for me, it’s for my 22-weeks-pregnant-with-twins sister. She moved down to Texas last year, and recently got her first haircut since moving. She told the stylist, “I want to keep it long, and just get rid of some of the layers. I’m growing it out to one length.” The stylist replied, “Well, I trust my own opinion on how to do your hair.” She proceeded to cut short layers all over the place.
Needless to say, my sister was horrified. But we’re from the Midwest, and therefore fear confrontation beyond all reason. I’ve told her to send her husband in to ask for a refund on behalf of his hysterical, bereft pregnant-with-twins wife (first kids, I’ll add). She’s not up for it. And will still hate her hair, even with the money back.
Not a single one of her friends can recommend a decent stylist in the League City (suburb of Houston) area. They apparently all have this experience (some are just better at going back and getting it fixed…as long as that may take).
Would you be willing to put out a call for help? I know you must have some Texan readers who can come to her aid. I know there has to be a lovely, wonderful stylist down there!
Thanks,
mas

OK, so I know this is far from the most scintillating question with the broadest appeal, but 1) I have the biggest mushy soft soft for pregnant women, and 2) I am about to DIE of the common cold and YES, that is totally possible and wah.
So. We have a pregnant (with twins!) mama out there in Texas who neeeeeeeeds a decent fix-it cut within the next 15 weeks or so.
I’ve never used online review resources like yelp.com and such, but in a pinch of bad-hair-hell-desperation I imagine it’s better than nothing. I wandered into my salon seven years ago or so based on a “best salon” vote from a local magazine (got anything similar down there in Texas?) and the fact that it was one whole freaking block from my house. I’ve gone through a couple stylists since (due to babies and salon moves and probably more babies), but I like the salon — it’s nothing fancy or luxe, reasonably-priced, client-focused and all the stylists are well-trained. Plus, there’s the funniest shampoo boy ever who routinely busts out in elaborate song-and-dance numbers, and my stylist Phillip likes to curse out Mariah Carey for no good reason and always brings me stacks of gossip rags hidden under the latest issue of Vogue while my color sets.
My needs, they are modest.
ANYWAY. I HAVE FORGOTTEN MY POINT. I guess it was that sometimes you just plain luck out with a salon, and other times you really need a little help from smart, stylish and pretty readers.
Anyone feel like singing the praises of their salon and/or stylist? Particularly if they could come to the aid of poor mas’ sister in Texas?

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Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy's daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it's pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

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8 Responses to “Advice Smackdown Bat Signal: Hair Help in Houston”

  1. CLK Dec 10 at 10:34 am Reply

    I live in the Houston area, and I have an amazing hairdresser. Although, she is far away from League City, but those who live in Houston understand the driving issues. Anyway, I go to Hair and Company in the Heights area near downtown. I see a woman named Ami. I actually let her once cut my all one length hair into layers and I loved what she did. And when I wanted to go back to my one length hair, she helped me. Your sister should not have to deal with hair she hates. If she is up for a drive or her husband is up for a drive, then tell her to go to Hair and Company. Actually, all of the stylists are great.

  2. Kelly J Dec 10 at 11:25 am Reply

    I have a great hair guy – he’s been cutting my hair for the last 15 years! He’s in the Galleria/Uptown Park area, though, not League City. Well-worth the drive, though, in my opinion! His name is Ponce (pronounced Pon-Say) at Uptown Day Spa and Salon. 713.961.0950.

  3. boofyq Dec 10 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Side note — as a new mom of twins myself, I predict she’ll probably want to have her hair cut shorter by the time the babies are 3 months old and get grabby. Her mileage may vary, and maybe she’ll manage to keep her long hair — but for me, it was too much of a hassle.
    I think she ought to go back to the salon manager herself, and plead her case. There’s nothing like a preggo belly (and the declaration of TWINS!) to elicit concern and sympathy. She should get a full refund, I say.

  4. Alison Dec 10 at 6:27 pm Reply

    I know it’s too late for this now, but this is a plea for people to stand up for themselves when you get danger signs from a stylist or anyone else you’ve hired to provide professional services. If a stylist tells you “I trust my own opinion on how to do your hair” when you are trying to tell her what you want done, this is a big red flag. Stand up for yourself! Do not surrender yourself to this kind of bullying.
    I just read a book called “Damage Control: Women on the Therapists, Beautificians, and Trainers Who Navigate Their Bodies,” and there are so many essays in there by women who felt violated by a professional transgressing the boundaries they had set up. We should stand up for ourselves!

  5. Alison Dec 10 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Um, Beauticians. Sorry.

  6. CaptMommy Dec 10 at 10:13 pm Reply

    I’m so excited I actually have something to contribute! I live very near League City, and I love my hairdresser. She is a great communicator – She tactfully makes suggestions when you need them, but always lets you have the final word. She is the owner of Salon Beaute on Bay Area Blvd. (@ Texas Ave. – on the east side of the Gulf Freeway), and her name is Dona (yes, one n, but pronounced like 2 n’s).
    When I was pregnant I briefly considered a short ‘mom’ cut, and she told me that it would be easier to keep my hair long so I could pull it back in a ponytail while dealing with a newborn. Her advice was spot on even though it cost her money in that I didn’t need to go back for trims. I’m so glad I kept it longer.
    For growing out layers, there are tons of cute inexpensive headbands out there right now.
    Hope this tidbit helps!

  7. April Dec 11 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Uh, don’t have anything to contribute, but just had to throw in a big WTF on the “Well, I trust my own opinion on how to do your hair.” ?!?!
    WTF? What a beyotch. I would have smacked her.

  8. mischelle Dec 11 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Hi, ladies. Thank you so much for all your help. I heard from my sister and she said one of these is really close to her and she’ll be heading over there once her hair grows out a bit. (She did go back and make them fix the layers.)
    Oh, and that “I trust my own opinion” line has become quite the catchphrase in our family now. WTF, indeed.

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