Now that we've moved, we live next to this gigantic shopping mall that has all of my favorite stores... and then some. So the first part of my day was spent browsing the following stores:
While I was walking around, I also decided it wouldn't be a terrible idea to get a haircut. I looked in the mall directory and was happy to find Bubbles, the salon I usually go to, and headed in that direction. Well surprise, surprise, I got lost somewhere along the way. But lucky I did because it led me to an even better option-- Paul Mitchell the School.
Some might cringe at the thought of getting their hair done by a student, but I have no qualms. No matter where I go, I always opt for the classic trim with layers, which I think anyone with minimal training can do. Especially since the students have instructors there for guidance. And the best part is -- they offer DISCOUNTS. So instead of paying the $45 and up that I would normally pay at Bubbles, I ended up paying only $12.
Random Side story: I remember while studying abroad in London my friends and I were looking for salon schools to save some cash, especially since salons in London were expensive! We ended up finding one, but when we got there we discovered it was a special school that only offered wacky haircuts. So when I asked for the classic trim with layers, they said they weren't able to do that. They did, however, offer to do reverse layers instead where the top layers were longer than the bottom layers, which I respectfully declined.
There are some obvious drawbacks to going to a school rather than a salon. First of all, right when you enter, you have to sign a waver basically acknowledging that this is a school, and therefore if someone screws up, they are not responsible. Were I getting some tricky hairstyle or colors/highlights, I would have been very nervous at this point. Also the student is a lot more tentative when approaching you and their actions a lot more carefully planned. I'm used to my hairstylist just sort of diving right in. But I found the student explained aloud to me what she was doing beforehand and often checked and double-checked to see if I was OK with things like the temperature of the water or the height of the chair.
The other drawback is that the entire process took a LOT longer than usual. At Bubbles, I'm in and out within 30-45 minutes tops. This haircut (just a basic trim) took about 2 hours. Since I was in no real hurry, I didn't mind it. Plus, the head massage during the shampoo/conditioning stage more than made up for it.
So here is the final result:
Some of you might not even be able to tell that my hair was cut, but yes, yes it was.
Since I was able to save some money on the cut, I decided to purchase the products that were used on my hair today: Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner. I've been meaning to buy a good professional shampoo/conditioner, so this was a great opportunity for that. Apparently they plant a tree for every purchase made. So yay! Save money, plant a tree... glorious.