My last great haircut was two years ago in France; however, as that is a bit inconvenient to New York, I have been searching for a new hairstylist ever since, and have gotten several OK cuts but nothing great (generally in the $100-$150 range). I decided to take a leap and pay for an expensive cut with someone who seemed to have an established reputation in New York. After reading reviews and magazine mentions, I thought I would be safe with Rodolfo Valentin.
I did everything that I was supposed to do, was on time, described what I wanted, and brought photos for reference. I got a bad feeling from the moment I got there, as the staff seemed to have to coax him out of wherever in the back he was hiding. After a long wait, he walked out, did not really introduce himself, and sent me over for a shampoo. No discussion while my hair was dry, no nothing. I should have run away at that moment. Then I am taken over to his chair where I show him the photos I brought and describe what I am looking for and typical problems I have with my hair. I do not think he listened to a word that I said.
He took about 5 minutes, maybe, and chopped off bits of my hair, told me never to go to anyone else for a cut again, then proceeded to try to sell me on thousands of dollars worth of hair extensions. (Um, NO!) He was not unkind, but was not professional either.
After that, he ran off and let his very nice assistant do the blowout.
This is the first BAD haircut I have had in my adult life. I have thin, straight hair, and while it is very difficult to get a great haircut with this sort of hair, it is also hard to mess it up this badly. My appointment was just yesterday, but I look like I am growing out a bad 1980s mom haircut. I specifically said that I'd like a couple of tiny short layers at the eyes (of which I had a photo of me with exactly that), but clearly said that I do NOT want bangs, yet here I sit with side-swept bangs that will take months and months (years?) to grow out. The cut is so unflattering that I look like I have gained weight in my face overnight.
He now works for Gil Ferrer Salon, and they were very apologetic about this. I have an appointment to go back next weekend to see if there is any chance to salvage this cut (if they can, I will review them well on their page). If not, I guess it is a ponytail (and a barrette for these god-awful bangs) for me for the next year.