Hair Horror Story

Braided Hair
Braided Hair
Pony Tail
Pony Tail
Short and straight
Short and straight

Hair Horror

After wearing my hair in braids for the winter, I decided that todayI would remove the braids and change my hair style. About six weeks ago my stylist of fifteen years had braided my hair in a fantastic curly braid that was shoulder length. With the weather getting warmer, I decided that I would change for a style that would keep my head cooler. I was going to straighten my hair so that I could wear it in a pony tail. I made a visit to my hair stylist as I will be attending an award dinner on Saturday night. Little did I know that I was about to have my first horrifying hair experience.

My stylist soon discovered that the braids could not be separated because the bonding glue that she used to prevent the ends from unravelling had permanently glued my hair. She tried several ways to remove the darn thing, but it was stuck. What are you going to do now?" I asked after she had made several failed attempts of separating the braids. She had the look of defeat in her eyes and immediately I knew what she was thinking... She had to cut the braids off. For those who know about sisters and their hair, then you will understand the seriousness of the situation. I had plans to sweep my hair up in a pony tail which is fairly low maintenance. This idea was shot to hell. All kinds of thoughts went through my mind. Thoughts of not getting my hair done at this salon ever again. Of how I was going to hate my short hair, mostly because there aren't alot of options with short hair. How much time I will have to spend on my hair daily to ensure it didn't looked like I just got out of bed. Needless to say, I was not happy and I told my stylist so.

She was very apologetic, but that did not make me feel any better. I thought, do I really want to sever fifteen years of great service over one loosey mishap? After all, she had been styling my hair with great outcome for so long. She had done my hair for my graduations, my wedding and so many occassions. I took a deep breath and utter the words: "cut it off". It was too late now I could not change my mind, I didn't see another option unless I was going to keep the braids in forever. "You know I hate you righ now?" I asked.

She took up the pair of scissors and she started to snip. I closed my eyes. This was too much. I was thinking " Corella Deville, stop! stop!". It felt like she was cutting off all the hair on my head. I thought about being bald. For all those people with bald heads, Kudos to you as you can pull it off, not me. "Stop!" I said out loud.

"Do you want me to stop now? I have cut almost a quarter of your hair." My stylist replied surprised or was it disgust?

"Give me a minute", I almost screamed.

My stylist looked disappointed and hurt.  I needed the time to get use to the idea of the lost. My hair was all over the floor and in my lap. I took up a braid and slowly separated the synthetic hair from my own hair which was almost the same length, about twelve inches. I remembered that about a year and a half after the birth of my son, the ends of my hair started to thin and break. I had cut it low on several occassions to allow it to grow back stronger and thicker. I had been growing my hair for the last two years. I had worn weaves and braids to protect my hair and allowed it to grow and now it was thicker and stronger. I was about to wear my hair straight or in a pony tail whenever I choose. Now I had none of those options.

After a minute or two, she resumed cutting off the rest of the damaged hair along with the braids. I had an afro, about 3 inches high. The last time I had seen my head with such short hair was about 2 years. This was going to take some getting use to. As usual, my stylist worked her magic on the remainder of my hair and I left her hair salon, feeling that maybe it was ok to cut it all off. My hair looked modern and sassy.

After stocking up on some hair products, including a small ceramic flat iron, I was on my way to liking the new do. Disaster averted or was it?

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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Well, look at the brighter side of things: you'll have a nice cool haircut to beat the heat in Toronto this summer, eh? Plus your hair will grow in healthier. (Am I helping?) I once had my hair "fried" with a bad perm and it was a nightmare. Then there was the time my hair turned orange and wouldn't hold any color because it had been "fried" again!! Ah, the memories are flooding back hairdresser had to cut my hair back just to get rid of the nasty orange hair and let my natural hair grow back! "Vanity thy name is woman!"

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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Dink96, Thanks for sharing your hair horrors with me. It does help. Actually, today I feel much better about the drastic change, I guess its growing on me. It sounds like you handled the hair mishaps with great dignity...

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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

That's right, dignity---"Alex, I'll take dignity for $25" Have a great weekend--see, you're looking fabulous already. Get out there and knock 'em dead in Toronto!

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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks Dink96, do have a good weekend as well.

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megasuite 7 years ago from Illinois

Well, what an experience! I had braids several years ago and they were so tightly done around the edges that they popped the hair. That area is very thin to this day. Be aware of tightly braided hair especially in that area of the hair. Good hub, I am so glad things worked out for you . . .

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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks megasuite. Tightly braided hair can certainly damage your hair, especially the hairline. Mine has some damage as well, but braided hair is so convenient that I've continued doing so.

Thanks for dropping by...

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GoGranny 6 years ago from Southeastern PA

Ooh! I can relate to such a story, except my horror story was because of the Instyler! This was good reading!

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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

GoGranny, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Indeed hair and hairdressers can be sources of horror if the stylit does not know what he/she is doing. BTW, i've not been bak to the hairdresser above.

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Journalistmommy 6 years ago

Awww man! I'm so sorry. I was hurting with you just reading this. Is that you in the picture with the short cut? Your hair will grow back. I'm sorry...

And why did she glue the ends anyway?

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DynamicS 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hi Journalistmommy, thanks for your visit and your concern about my hari horror. That is all behind me now. Thanks goodness, my hair grew back but I've not seen my hairdresser since.

Take care.

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