Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My regular hair stylist, A., has been out sick, and it seems as if she won’t be coming back soon. I went to another stylist, B., at my stylist A.’s salon (she’s the owner) and got a decent haircut. Recently I needed another haircut. A. (out sick) suggested D., another person at her salon, but I decided to go to the one I went to previously, B. This time B. acted really bizarre, holding up her arm and yelling in pain as she was cutting my hair, among other odd behavior! Finally I’d had enough and told her to stop. The haircut was barely OK. I had to make a few adjustment cuts on my own.
My question is, should I tell my regular stylist/salon owner, A,. that one of her people is a psycho? Also I’d like to try out D., but I don’t want to offend B. So for my next haircut, do I just need to go somewhere else entirely if A.’s not back? Or can I go to D for my next haircut?
Dear PDJ: Ah, drama at the hair salon! I had to read your question a couple of times to get straight on the alphabet of stylists and who is who. But I think I’ve got it now. The easiest of your questions is whether to tell the owner/stylist (A) that one of her stylists (B) went wacky in the middle of cutting your hair. Answer: Mind your own business. It’s the owner’s job to keep tabs on the (lack of) mental health of her employees, and I’d bet my next haircut that the other stylist (D) has already told the boss that B is batty.
Moving on. You definitely should not let B ever come at your head with scissors. If making an appointment with D is going to make you uncomfortable because you fear B will be offended, then yes, switch salons. A haircut is supposed to be a relaxing spa-type experience. The soap opera at this place is anything but relaxing. Do yourself a favor, and find a stylist at a different salon.
Another hair question…
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Is there a real difference between upscale hair products and more economic brands, like Suave or Dove or even Pantene?
Dear Toni: I’ve found drugstore brands to be totally satisfactory and just as good or better than the splurge products for sale at the salon. There are plenty of women (and men) who think that the high-end stuff is worth it and that going cheap will turn their hair into a haystack. I’m betting that if we did a blind test, they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Do a comparison of ingredients of the frugal versus expensive brands, and you’ll see they have a great number of the same ingredients. Hey, readers, tell me what you think.
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Can you weigh in on the issue of wearing perfume, cologne or scented after-shave to yoga, exercise class or the gym?
— Michelle D.
Dear Michelle: Do not wear scent to the gym. It’s a total “Don’t.” It can be distracting to others and even nauseating. And for those with allergies and asthma, it can be hazardous.
You didn’t ask, but should you tell the perfume-y person at the next yoga mat that her scent is troubling? No. Call it to the attention of the person in charge. I’d go to the teacher or gym manager privately and ask that person to tell the offender to hold off on the scents until after the workout. As with my answer to PDJ in the salon question above, it’s not your job to be on perfume patrol.
There’s also the touchy issue of body odor. On the treadmill the other day, I was almost gagging because the guy next to me was giving off such bad BO fumes. Let this be a reminder that we should all be mindful of the virtues of deodorant before a workout! My friend Judy told me the story of a gym patron “whose BO filled the room, and it was a big room.” She concluded it was because the person did not launder his gym clothes after a workout. Washing workout wear after even one use is a must.
My request for tips on the best makeup magnifying mirror turned up many good suggestions. From Deb G.: “Although you will have to slow down considerably and use one hand while holding the mirror with the other when applying your makeup, the 20x mirror at Walmart is perfect for those of us who can’t see close up.”
K.S. writes, “The perfect makeup mirror is from Costco! It’s on a tall stand, so you are looking straight into it rather than down. It has a great light ring and magnifier side. And it’s $19.95!!” Karen McI. Agrees: “I wear bifocals and really need a good magnifying mirror to apply makeup and tweeze my brows. I really love the one I got at Costco! For the current price of $20, I don’t think you can beat the price. Hope this helps your readers!! (It’s the Sunter LED Natural Daylight Vanity Mirror.)” Leslie C. swears by the Costco one too.
Mary A. says, “I have tried several over the years but keep going back to a Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror With 5x Magnification (amazon.com, $39.99). Marla F. bought a different Jerdon model and loves it. Mary B. has yet another Jerdon model that works great for her.
Lulu M. recommends the Sunplus Trade LED 7x magnifying lighted vanity bathroom mirror with swivel, flexible gooseneck and locking suction (amazon.com, $34.99). Jackie B. and Leslie L. rave about a mirror by SimpleHuman (amazon.com, from $125).
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Ellen Warren is a freelance writer.
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