And All the Crazy Clients
I am thankful for all people who go to a cosmetology school to get their hair done. Without them, cosmetology students wouldn’t be able to get the practice they desperately need before going out into a real salon. However, when you come into a school you must sign a waiver that says the student is not responsible for any mistakes made. We’re well trained, but we’re not professionals. Not everyone realizes this. Some of these clients are brutal. Take it from me. I went to cosmetology school, and there, I met all sorts of awful clients. Whether it’s the Elderly Perfectionists, the Know It Alls, or the Cinderella Wannabees, these clients don’t care who you are, they’ll eat you up and spit you out alive. The Elderly Perfectionists are the women who come in once a week to get a roller set. Most of them have been coming in for at least fifteen years and get it set the same way every single time. A roller set is the first, and by far the easiest, service you learn in cosmetology school. It’s impossible to mess it up. But as simple as it is, these little old ladies truly believe that if they don’t walk you through every step, that you will mess up. A perfect example of the Elderly Perfectionist is a woman named Irene who came in every Thursday at 10 a.m. sharp. I would bring her over to my chair, drape her and ask her what she would like done today. She’d reply with, “Well, I’m getting a roller, but not just any roller set! Let me show you.” She would proceed to take my comb off my station and comb it how she wanted it rolled. Surprise, surprise, it was exactly like every other roller set I’ve ever done. To the sink we went. That’s where I would start shampoo her head and she would interrupt to tell me, “Don’t forget the cream rinse!” “Of course Irene.” I’d reply with a smile on my face, knowing that conditioner is obviously part of the process. I’d bring her back to my station where she would once again...
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