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A Rachel. A friggin Rachel.

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catslave Tue 23-Apr-13 19:03:57

The title says it all. I have been growing my hair for a year, after I had massive hormone problems, half dropped out, and I had it cut from armpit length to jawbone length.

It had finally made it to my collarbone, partly because I avoided the hairdresser for 6 months (except for 6 weekly grey-terminating root jobs). So I thought I'd book a trim. I am an idiot, the hairdresser is an idiot, and I now sport a Rachel from Friends circa 1996 crap hairdo. I am gutted.

I have thick slightly wavy hair, and if they cut in layers (which I always expressly say 'don't') the top ones turn in at the base, while the bottom layer flicks out. I look like a 90s mushroom. Bwaaah, sob sob.

If anyone else has hairdresser inflicted bad hair then please come and join my massive pity party. I have streamers and wine

5318008 Tue 23-Apr-13 22:24:58

it doesn't hand, that would be vair odd <smacks self round face with wet fish>

5318008 Tue 23-Apr-13 22:26:04

yesah, the hat thing. 'S ok in wintahhhhh, but in summer, any hat makes me look like a fucking cherry head ffs

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 23-Apr-13 23:03:41

People, there IS middle ground between Triangle Head and Mushroom Head. Loooong layers are what we need.

StuntGirl Tue 23-Apr-13 23:29:01

I bloody love the 90s. Was contemplating recently actually asking my hairdresser to give me a Rachel blush The worst part is I think she's too young to know what that means! sad

TheRealFellatio Wed 24-Apr-13 04:08:06

Bad hairdressers of the world: kindly fuck back off to the School Of Hideous Hairdressing and stay there with your wonky eyesight and no sense of style or taste.

Hahahahahaa - I had to double check that you weren't Gerrof then - that sounds exactly like the sort of thing she'd say. grin

TheRealFellatio Wed 24-Apr-13 04:10:10

And the very worst thing about this cut is that the layers are way too short around the face and sort of frame it (in a bad way) so there in fuck all you can do to disguise it - it's just a 2 year waiting game. sad

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Wed 24-Apr-13 08:18:12

Can't believe I have stumbled upon this thread. I went to the hairdressers for the first time in nearly a year, a month ago.

Asked for a bob, same length all the way round, with layers cut in so as to avoid the dreaded triangle. I asked for this one time before (different hairdresser and came out with swishy, divine hair - something that never happens to my thick head of coarse wiriness).

Came out and wasn't happy with it, but couldn't put my finger on why. Went out the next night and my best friend's husband said, nice hair, yada, yada - what did you ask for? I said a bob. He said, oh really? I thought you must've asked for a Rachel. How the jeff does he even know about the Rachel?!


IceCubes Wed 24-Apr-13 08:31:03

Been there! I ended up going to another hairdresser to 'fix' it, which basically involved hacking the lot off. Two years on, my hair is now socially acceptable... And I only ever go to the hairdresser for a trim!

MrsBucketxx Wed 24-Apr-13 08:39:56

this is why I pay liads for my hair as I only trust one salon chain.

Rachels tend to be created by cutting the layers to short on wet hair blow drying with a round brush wont help either.

long layers and going over it (thinning and trimming to eliminate choppy layers) once its been blow dried should work.

its and old style of cutting they are using, some retraining is needed.

catslave Wed 24-Apr-13 09:08:08

Thanks ladies... and having avoided cuts for a long time I had forgotten the shuddering horror of the thinnning scissors. I have lots of hair, but it's quite fine, hence the flickety hell.

I think I just let my guard down, plus I had loads of work to so had my nose in my emails, and didn't notice he was holding great chunks of hair above my head and cutting bits off. My normal hairdresser was off sick, so the salon manager did my hair - imho the less experienced hairdressers seem to listen more and do what you want, not what they think will look best.

On the plus side, it looks good up, so the ponytail is going to be my best friend for the next couple of months.

On the other hand, I am quite shocked at the amount of people who have had big Rachel disasters...

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 24-Apr-13 11:02:04

Thinning Scissors.
I have been there too. In fact, I may have your exact hair - lots of fine hair.

I didn't notice at first, then - well, exactly as described. A shuddering horror as I realised what was happening.

YoniOno Wed 24-Apr-13 11:23:23

What's the triangle? I have shoulder length very fine hair and have learned to always ask for a blunt cut . <worries>

I asked the 12yo trainee who cut my hair for a fiver last time to give me a side sweeping fringe like the young uns sport and she gave me mum hair - feathered down at both sides hmm

Bearcrumble Wed 24-Apr-13 11:29:44

My lovely hairdresser went off to Australia for a year and a friend recommeded someone who visits you. Visiting hairdresser lady was very nice but she gave me 2 haircuts. One on top of the other. There was no meeting in the middle, didn't even look bouncy mushroom. Just a bob on top and then some long lank bits sticking out underneath. Undeterred I had her again and explained the issue. So she did it to me again.

Having resigned myself to going about with shit hair, about a year later I met my old hairdresser on the bus. I CLUNG TO HER AND DRAGGED HER HOME WITH ME.

Now she lives round the corner but works in a very posh salon in Chelsea but she will come to me on her afternoon off for tea and chats and to give me a nice hairdo. I love her. She still hasn't returned the muffin tray she borrowed to make red nose day cakes in but I don't even care.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 24-Apr-13 12:25:50

This used to happen to me.

Now I drive 40 miles and go to the same hairdresser who my Mum uses, who used to cut my hair when I was a little girl. She understand the layers thing, and that I don't want thinning scissors (I have very thick hair and the first thing a new hairdresser always wants to do is thin it - urgh).

But the best thing you can do is buy a decent hairdryer. My hair is currently longer than it has been for years, but with the help of my new Parlux it dries really sleek and straight, no mushrooms.

I do think that we Brits tend to over style our hair. Lots more women on the continent wear it longer and just blow dry it properly, and it looks much better and takes years off them IMO.

catslave Wed 24-Apr-13 14:36:30

I wish i could blow dry mine properly... last time I went, my usual lady dried mine like all lovely and swooshy this:


DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Wed 24-Apr-13 20:47:39

Yoni - if you have fine hair, you probably have no need to worry about the dreaded triangle.

It is something that blights those of us with thick, coarse hair. Here it is although this woman looks lovely with it.

Basically, your hair springs out at the bottom of the cut.

I was attacked by the thinning scissors two weeks ago by my hairdresser.. who usually has more sense.

I have thick long hair that needs the weight... I now have fuzzy random puffed up bits.


HomeEcoGnomist Wed 24-Apr-13 21:07:27

It could be worse ... He could have given you a 'Gail off Coronation Street'


Short hair is the way to go

<super helpful>


chibi Wed 24-Apr-13 21:16:04

i don't know anyone irl with hair like mine- superthick and wavy leaning towards curly.everyone i know has got nice well behaved naturally straight fine hair so there is no one i can ask for a recommendation. they all say, ooh, well most places are good, aren't they?

<head explodes>

i have had my hair violently thinned with thinning scissors. there are no words.

curmit Wed 24-Apr-13 21:26:34

I NEVER go to the hairdressers, well hardly ever, because they never do what you ask!! I really want to have mine styled again but am too scared to go as I just know they will do the opposite of what I ask.

Once, I went for a colour, and explicitly said, nothing that had red or purple tones to it. I came out with purple hair.

Another time, a hairdresser used permanent dye not semi permanent, about 6 shades darker than my natural colour.

The last time I had it cut, I asked for a thick fringe, not wispy as have naturally curly hair and it would just frizz. She cut it thin and said 'in case i didn't like it, it would grow out quicker' But I'd asked for it thick, I HATE thin wispy fringes, and that's what I got.

They just do what they want to do and don't listen to you in the slightest.

Errrrmagherd. Was that a rant?

curmit Wed 24-Apr-13 21:27:17

p.s. OP was it your thyroid? That happened to me sad

StickyProblem Wed 24-Apr-13 21:32:42

Apparently it's a common problem! I just found this

ArtexMonkey Wed 24-Apr-13 22:18:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Wereonourway Wed 24-Apr-13 22:28:29

Bear- I have just wet myself laughing at your post. 2 haircuts in one. Haha!

Wereonourway Wed 24-Apr-13 22:30:22

Oh and it's not the same, but kind of is.

Has anyone else noticed the hair on the midwife on one born every minute? The one with auburn hair? Like a triangle but a truly magnificent volumetric triangle?!

Does she do it on purpose? I hope someone knows who I mean

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