True stories with a twist!

This is my story that was published in the New York Times’ Metropolitan Diary some years ago. But it’s June, it’s wedding time, time for announcements of weddings, and time for stories about weddings. This one is mine:

I felt guilty and uncomfortable during one of life’s terrifying experiences: switching from one stylist to another in the same beauty salon.

“You have the right as a consumer to use the services of anyone you choose,” I told myself. “Just be matter of fact about it. Don’t look awkward; be natural.”

In the shop, the way to my new stylist’s station, I passed my former hairdresser and tried to affect a casual, chatty tone, saying, “I’m so excited today. My youngest daughter is getting married this weekend.”

His dour response: “You’re getting rid of everybody, aren’t you?”


  1. So, how was the wedding?

  2. Food Stories said:

    OMG … What an awkward situation πŸ™‚

  3. LOL! Ronnie he’s hilarious!!!! And you are a braver woman than I! πŸ˜€

  4. Hey – it’s YOUR hair, not his. You get to pick and choose who gets to touch it.

    • Absolutely right! But how many of us are terrified to take this attitude when they’d like someone else to cut their hair? I sometimes ask when their day off is, and conveniently make an appointment with the other stylist when stylist #1 is basking in their backyard.

  5. jakesprinter said:

    You make me smile this morning Ronnie , Nice post πŸ™‚

  6. Burn. OK, his ego was crushed, but you are paying for a service and had the right to switch to a hairdresser who was a better fit for you. Years ago, I went to a hairdresser who was an acquaintance. He turned my chair so I couldn’t look in the mirror to see what he was doing. When he was done, he said, “You’re going to see something you’ve never seen before.” He was right. I stifled any screams or sobs I might have felt while in the shop. It was awful. I never returned. πŸ˜†

    • How awful!

      Your reaction of not complaining, just leaving and never coming back is the attitude I used to have. Then I studied assertiveness techniques and now I can return things to stores, complain about a hotel room, and book a different hair stylist.

      Either I used to be nicer, or I got tired of being timid, but either way I learned to speak up for myself.

      • Judy Berman said:

        Ronnie, you nailed it. I do dread having to return things, but do so on occasion.
        Sometimes, you do have to speak up.
        I did so when I was unhappy with a dental hygienist – comments she made while working with me were off-putting. So, I asked my dentist to switch me to one I had been happy with. She did, but I’m aware the other person still works in that office.

  7. Ah, so relatable. I admire your courage. I was so chicken to switch stylists that instead, I switched salons!

  8. Uh-oh… but funny Haha, Ronnie! πŸ˜€

  9. He probably had scissors in his hands at the time so all things considered this wasn’t the worst response you could have gotten. How awkward though.

  10. oooh, ouch! πŸ™‚

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