How to break up with your hair stylist

Blonde maintenance is a thing. If you follow us on Instagram (and I hope you do @valleyandbeach @sccrawford @staceyvulakh), you’ll see we often post silly pictures of ourselves while blonde-ing.

Oh, the countless hours I’ve spent at the salon, wearing tin foil bits in my hair while looking like an antenna.

When we moved to California in 2004, I spent the first 18 months going back and forth to New York every 6 weeks to get my hair done. Granted I was homesick and able to see friends and family, too, but my hair was the driving force.

Then I found the stylist who could work blonde magic and she did for 13 years. When we moved to San Diego in 2018, there were good-bye tears aplenty. She joked about regular trips back to see her (given my history) but my life is different now and it didn’t make sense.

Over the past 18 months, I’ve tried a few different stylists and thought I’d found the one but turns out, not quite. 

So this week, after lining up a new stylist, I realized I needed to break up with my current stylist.

Quick, what do I say? How does one break up with their stylist? SOS texts went out to friends and came back with shrugs and suggestions to ghost.

With an appointment on the books, no-showing wasn’t an option. I wanted to say something when she’d ask about rescheduling. It felt like the right thing.

So I asked my know-it-all friend, Google.

Naturally, there were myriad suggestions. Here’s what I sent:

Thank you for the amazing hair you’ve given me over the past year. I’ve enjoyed our time together however will be trying something new and won’t be in for my appointment on Friday. Best wishes to you 🙂

And she responded with a kind-hearted, “OK and thank you :)”

Well, that was easy (thank you texting and Google).

Fingers crossed this new stylist can work magic ’cause these locks are in need.

Be well.
Stacey (+Sarah)

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