I hate getting my hair cut. But, I also don’t like my hair too long. In a perfect world, I could get my hair cut quickly at a convenient time and place about every 3 weeks. But I don’t like investing the time required to get my hair cut – inevitably I end up waiting quite a bit.
Until recently, this wasn’t a problem. For about 3 years, there was a stylist at the local JC Penney who did a really great job cutting my hair, and she was usually running on time. I could call up, make an appointment, get in and out, and quite happy with the product. The only stressful bit was that I never know how to handle tipping a hair stylist. The price at JC Penney varies depending on the seniority/skill level of your stylist, and the one I liked cost $20 for shampoo/cut/dry.
I tipped her a couple bucks a couple of times, but I found it awkward. When I paid, I would use a credit card, and they always ask, “Do you want to put anything extra on your card?” Is this a tip? It was never clear. If I said yes, they would just hand me whatever cash amount I said (e.g. “three dollars”). So, then I would have to walk back to the salon area and hand her the money or put it on her workstation. I just thought it was weird. I don’t understand the tip phenomenon, anyway, I figure the price is whatever the price is.
So, I decided I wasn’t going to give her a tip each visit, and I just gave her $40 extra at Christmas, like a Christmas bonus. She cut my hair about every 5 weeks, so that probably worked out better for her, it made me feel better about it, so I was happy.
Then, she moved to Phoenix.
Although I’m not really picky about my hair (like some people I know – good lord!), I have had a really difficult time finding a good sylist that I want to keep going back to. A couple of the others at JC Penney have been downright horrible. One lady cut my hair following my natural part, rather than the way I asked her/had it when I came in. After that, I just went where James goes – to Supercuts. It costs only $12. I wasn’t optimistic, but it was a pretty decent cut. But, I decided to try Penney’s again, and this lady drew $27 for the same service. She cut my hair along the natural part, too, and now I don’t want to go back.
Yesterday, I got it cut at Supercuts again, and again the cut was fine. I’d rather pay $11.95 and tip her $3 and get in and out than pay so much more at JC Penney’s – even if I could get a decent cut there. So, for the time being, I’m going to Supercuts.