Having a stylist can be much like being in a relationship. You have ups and downs. Sometimes they get on your last nerve and other times, you feel like your life would be incomplete without them. You bicker about the most insignificant things, but ultimately you are both more satisfied than you are dissatisfied.
And like all good things, relationships many times come to an end. Breaking up with your hairstylist is no different than breaking up with a good friend or breaking up with your lover.
THE SIGNS: You feel the tension and it’s not subsiding. You can tell that the end is near because lately you’ve been fighting more than laughing and you can’t seem to agree on anything. Whenever you’re in the chair there are long, awkward silences neither of you are willing to break. You begin to dread going in for your appointment because it causes you anxiety as the time nears.
After much contemplation, you decide that it’s time for you to move on. You’ve been eyeing the work of another stylist on Instagram for months now anyway. So just how do you go about it with the least amount of fallout? Can a breakup be civil or is that a fantasy that doesn’t exist in the real world?
Yes, there is a correct way to leave your stylist. Let’s outline how to break up with your stylist.
As you learned in kindergarten, treat others like you would like to be treated. A situation where you’re leaving your stylist for another stylist is no different. Think about it from the other person’s perspective. If you were the stylist who was losing a client, you wouldn’t want that client to be mean or nasty about it.
With that in mind, do be polite about the entire ordeal. There is no need for a scene or an outburst to be the last impression you leave your former stylist with. Remain calm and not that fake calm where you’re throwing shade in every other sentence and pretending that you’re playing nice. If you need to say a prayer before you do it in order to get into the right head space, then fall to your knees.