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to wonder why hairdressers seem to be incapable of blow-drying hair without resorting to straighteners?

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BakerStreetSaxRift Fri 11-Apr-14 17:38:51

And I don't like straighteners.

Why can't they just do a normal blow-dry anymore? It seems that whether you want your hair straight, curly or wavy, the straighteners come out. I feel like the hairdresser is cheating a bit, there used to be skill involved in a blow-dry.

Straighteners damage your hair and I don't want then used on my hair.

The hairdresser asked me at the beginning how I wanted it dried, I said "just a good blow-dry please", she then said "okay then shall I go over it with the straighteners or curl it?" I said "no thank you". Then she did it anyway. angry

And I know IABU because I didn't tell her to stop. I just sat there, made a face, then didn't leave a tip.


And, they always tug really hard on any knots, it hurts! I need to find a good hairdresser.

Nohootingchickenssleeping Tue 15-Apr-14 08:06:13

Going against the grain here, I love my hair straightened. It looks great. My hairdressers don't use too much product so that helps. It looks great styled but I can never get it the same at home.

Went to a place once where the guy practically glued my hair to my head. It's naturally straight anyway so there was no need! Never went back.

BakerStreetSaxRift Mon 14-Apr-14 23:10:31

serially grin

BakerStreetSaxRift Mon 14-Apr-14 23:10:02

I've serially never heard anything so ridiculous as some of the things on this thread! Straightening curly hair in order to curl it again with GHDs (and to the piste who said GHD curls look crap, I totally agree). And straightening hair before cutting it!

It's definitely sounding like hairdressers aren't skilled enough to do a blowdry anymore, it's the race to the bottom I guess.

Another (slight) moan, whilst I'm on a roll... Hairdressers seem to do a lot of chopping into the hair after the cut to make the ends more feathery, if that makes sense? Whereas I like a nice blunt cut, so it looks like all your hair is the same length and it's just been cut. I think it looks thicker too. But they all seem to chip vertically into it so it's all different lengths. Is this just to hide the fact that they aren't skilled enough to cut it straight?

LadyRainicorn Mon 14-Apr-14 09:26:54

Well, instead of combing through and snipping the end, she had ghds! Swiped through and then snipped the end. She was quite quick, but why? Why straighten straight hair?

Kittymautz Mon 14-Apr-14 09:03:01

LadyR - how did she use GHDs instead of scissors? Did he burn the ends off?! shock

Floer1 Mon 14-Apr-14 08:59:14

My old hairdresser used to do blow dry 'properly'. Divided into many sections on a radial hairbrush (alas we moved away from the area he worked). My frizzy hair defeats most hairdressers so they resort to the straighteners.

LadyRainicorn Mon 14-Apr-14 08:52:56

I will never go to a Rush hairdressers again - instead of scissors she used a pair of ghds when cutting! What's worse is that I naturally have poker straight dead hair - it takes real effort to add any body, it had no chance with that cutting method.

Curly/frizzy hair looks crap if not blow dried BEFORE straighteners are used. Nothing gets those cuticles lying flat and reflecting light like a natural bristle brush. Plus ask your stylist to finish off with a cool shot using the hair dryer. Unless you want super straight flat hair then say no to ghds. Use a smoothing wax and lots of hairspray to maintain your blow dry. I find sprays designed for use with high heated appliances very heavy and cause the hair to separate into strands. Oh and if you want your style to last treat yourself to a silk or satin pillowcase. Or stick some knickers on your head. grin

balenciaga Sun 13-Apr-14 23:38:51

Yanbu hate straighteners

NinetyNinePercentTroll Sun 13-Apr-14 23:25:25

My current hairdresser (i do the rounds at my favourite salon) is fairly junior but she is really talented and does magic things with colour & blow dries. Her cuts are good but the colour and dries are her real skill.

bluebluecow Sun 13-Apr-14 23:12:20

I have my foils done now and leave with wet hair. My hair is naturally frizzy and needs to be sectioned and blow dried with a big round brush before straightening to look decent. I paid £30 for a 'blow dry' and got a rough dry with fingers so I had a mass of frizz then straight to ghdsangry no blow dry at all and it looked horrendous and dried out. I like the colour my hairdressers does but now i jump in the car and dry myself at home....saves a lot of money toogrin

BurnThisDiscoDown Sun 13-Apr-14 22:20:21

Ooh, italics fail!

BurnThisDiscoDown Sun 13-Apr-14 22:20:01

My usual hair dresser blow dries my hair straight with no straighteners, but last time I went I saw another hairdresser. I asked her to dry it curly because I'm trying to embrace my natural curl, and she blow dried it straight -then used straighteners to put the curl back in!-

SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 13-Apr-14 22:09:33

Just don't do what my friend's grandmother did a few years ago when her hairdresser went to do the usual set-with-rollers-sit-under-the-dryer thing. "I think I would like to try one of those blow jobs this time."

MiscellaneousAssortment Sun 13-Apr-14 21:57:17

Hee hee at Glaikit

But is 'blow out' a proper phrase? It's been an age since I went to the hairdressers, so I have no idea what to call anything anymore!

Shukran Sun 13-Apr-14 21:14:45

Russell Cowie on Dumbarton road in Partick. Probably the best blow dry ever, I had about 12 round brushes in my hair at one point. Beautiful curly do that lasted days. Apparently he sends everyone to blow drying classes! He does a great cut but you want the -not quite a junior but not yet a stylist - to do the blow dry.

StickEm Sun 13-Apr-14 21:07:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sniggers at Glaikit. grin

I trained in the 90s (mid) when every second cut was the "Rachel". Lots of layering and blow drying with a big round boars hair hairbrush. I don't work as a stylist now but the odd time I do my friends hair they want it straightened. Nothing flattens all that lovely volume than bloody ghds. Plus I'm gonna say it. Ghd curls look shit.

Edenprime Sun 13-Apr-14 20:44:32

Every time I say no straighteners they get very annoyed at me and insist on doing it anyway, so I don't know why I get given an option. sad

GlaikitFizzog Sun 13-Apr-14 14:07:46

My hairdresser does a fab blow dry lasts for days. Sometimes I ask her to straighten it too, but she always asked what I want. £25 cut and blow job in west lothian. Not too far from Glasgow! You could get the train?

HillyHolbrook Sun 13-Apr-14 14:01:50

Do you ask them not to use straighteners? Sorry if you already said, don't have time to read the thread properly...

I trained as a hairdresser and we learned how to do a proper blow dry, though I can see why if you were going to a cheap, chain salon they'd do it quickly and use straighteners to perfect it. When you train, you are given a time limit in which to do each task, and if you had a cut and finish, they'd use heat tools as well because it gets the nicer look much quicker.

However, if you're going in for a blow dry and they're using other tools, then that's silly because you've gone for a proper blow out, so you should either complain or say 'Please don't use straighteners, I just want a blow out.'

Celticlassie Sun 13-Apr-14 13:40:35

Rainbow Rooms in Glasgow don't always use straightens. In fact they seem very keen to do 'bouncy curls' (not with straighteners) even when you want it straight. hmm
I've had mine blow dried straight a couple of times instead of then using straighteners.

HuglessDouglas Sun 13-Apr-14 13:12:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HelloBoys Sun 13-Apr-14 13:00:47

Have to say even my Supercuts (when I went for a fringe trim a few years ago) even they wouldn't use straighteners and I was thinking of buying the steam ones and they told me no, bad for the hair. I was v impressed with that advice though they knew their stuff.

HelloBoys Sun 13-Apr-14 12:58:30

New stylist vote with your feet. I've changed hairdressers about 3 times in past 2 years as they either want to colour it too dark, 1 hairdresser didn't cut well (she looked so bored too) and the 3rd when I asked about highlights but colouring grey roots tried to argue the toss even when I asked her nicely.

I voted with my feet, now with Sean Hanna, pricey but they do what I say!

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