Had a hairdresser for three or so years. Pricey. I had long hair so only went every 3 months or so, for cut and colour.
Then had DS and the same hairdresser chopped off my hair for me. I've not been back since because a) he was a bit arsey with me the day he cut it and made me feel even more vulnerable than a hair chopping off session would have been anyway b) mat leave=little money c) home colouring has been fine
I want to go back as I've now grown it again (in prep for pregnancy, naturally) and I cannot find a hairdresser who cuts my hair in a semi reasonable way (i.e. remotely what I asked for).
How do I explain my absence? Do I have to? How will I explain that yes I know my colour isn't the best but I don't have the £90 he would charge and I just want a cut....
I totally get why you're nervous. If he's cheeky enough to ask, just shrug apologetically and say "our finances have been shit, to the point where a haircut and colour was a luxury, you know how it is" and drop it from there. If he wants to pursue it, just say "let's not talk about it, it depresses me just to think about how long I had to save up for this appointment. Now, what's new with you???"
<falls off the stylist's chair> Someone agreed with me!!! <twirls> <falls on arse> Never mind me, I'm just much more of a lurker than a poster on MN and now I feel like I've truly "arrived" cos someone agreed with me
[lack of a life emoticon]
Ok, so theidsalright, when is your appointment? Come back and let us know how it all went (and how you like your hair).
I've done it, including with my excellent present colourist. She is really nice and was absolutely fine - welcomed me back. Have also done it with a potentially more touchy stylist and did make some sort of excuse about having been abroad - again he seemed fine. Not sure I needed to have bothered but it did seem to be a sort of face-saving exercise on both sides.
The direct approach already suggested seems best. Good luck.