It had been awhile since my last haircut, but my hair was at a point beyond control. I looked like a hobbit. Being fairly new to the city, I am still in the process of finding a hair salon or barber shop to become my regular place of service. Most salons require a license for their services, so one would expect the quality of service and product to be the same no matter the place. But this is not true. There are many factors that are to be considered when looking for a regular place.
There is a combination of four factors I consider when looking for a place to cut my hair. The first is the salon's ambience, it needs to have a comfortable and clean environment. The second is the staff, they should be informed and friendly. They should also be masters in their craft, nobody wants a bad haircut. Third is the location, it should be a reasonable distance from my home or school. Lastly, and most importantly, is the price. It should be affordable and reasonable, not too expensive or too cheap. Excelling in one aspect is not enough. There should be a good combination of each, but it is hard to find a place with the perfect balance.
No matter where I go though, there seems to always be an issue with communicating my desired style to the stylist. I do not know the proper lingo. I tend to use my hands and gesture a lot, using phrases like 'not too short and not too long,' hoping for some sign of understanding or confirmation from the stylist. Good stylist are able to interpret these failed attempts, but is there a better way? I have been to countless places over the years, but it is always the same game of telephone.