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Because Anna Wintour Would Probably Sue

By Amalah

Hi Amy,
I recently moved to a smallish new city, and after three months, I finally put off the inevitable and went to get a haircut. I randomly chose a salon that looked established and I told the stylist that I wanted a jawline bob, like Anna Wintour, but without the bangs. She said she knew exactly what I wanted, I didn’t get Anna Wintour, I got what she called “kicky and modern” and “super low maintenance,

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Amy Corbett Storch


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 Ama...

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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Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • Jenn

    November 1, 2006 at 10:05 am

    Two years ago, we moved away from our small town (and our hair stylist) to a big city, and with a zillion hair stylists. We’re two hours from our old hair stylist and we still go back every 6 weeks for hair cuts rather than try to find someone new. Road trip indeed!

  • Mers

    November 1, 2006 at 10:58 am

    I hear you on the troubles in finding a good hair stylist!! I lucked out at one point when I was visiting a friend who lived in a city 5 hours away. For about 4 years, I would make the trip every couple of months to get him to cut my hair. He eventually moved to another city. I had made him promise to steal my contact information from the salon if he ever left, but I’ve never heard from him. 🙁 I suffer with slightly above average hair stylists and hit and miss hair cuts (none that I hate thankfully). I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who was willing to take a road trip for a hair cut!

  • LittleOpal

    November 1, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only non-confrontational person having haircut issues this month. I talked myself into a trim at a walk-in situation a week before my wedding, instead of driving an hour back to my hometown for a cut with a known stylist. I asked for a shoulder-length bob with a few layers (about 2″ off what I had) and came home with a chin-length bob in the front and shoulder-length layers in the back — modern mullet!
    DO NOT give that hair dresser a second chance.
    Though the cut in my case is cute (I mustered up enough bridezilla to make them fix it), I still don’t really like it and am furious. No second chances for no-listen scissor-happy lady. Nuh-uh.

  • barnmouse

    November 1, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    OMG do I have a hairdresser horror story for y’all. I’ll make this short by saying that I have very thick, wavy, long hair that tangles itself into knots if I don’t straighten it. I went to get my hair chemically straightened for the first time (and the stylist knew this). She slapped the chemical stuff all over my head and about an inch down on my forehead and even let a chunk swing down and slap me across the cheek. She didn’t even bother to wipe it off. Then, she walks away. For about 15 minutes! While my skin was being eaten by this chemical! I was so in shock (and nonconfrontational) that I actually PAID her and had to fight back tears on the way back to my car. So the last week of my senior year of high school, I had basically no skin on my forehead and what looked like leprosy on my cheek. What a way to be remembered!
    DON’T GO BACK!!!
    I now drive 2 hours to get my hair done.

  • queenann

    November 2, 2006 at 10:52 am

    My assvice is to find women whose hairSTYLE you really like and ask them where they get it cut. I have moved a number of times and have difficult hair (cowlick central, curly in parts, fine, thick, gaaah). I need a stylist who will LISTEN to me and the only way I have ever found a good one is by asking others with good haircuts. Not good hair, good HAIRCUTS. And don’t be shy about it- go up to strangers on the street! No one minds you loving their hair (unless they’re pathological…). Trust me on this one and it will work out.

  • Karianna

    November 3, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    Argh! I hate confrontation.
    I would just live in hats for awhile. And hate myself for being such a coward.
    And then I would be so afraid to get another haircut that it would end up butt-length before I’d get up the nerve to give another stylist a try.