Saturday, 23 January 2010
And I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't had at least one disastrous experience at the hands of a hairdresser. I've ended up in tears many times because of an awful haircut or the wrong colour.
That was when I lived in England.
Since I moved to Turkey almost 12 years ago, and because we have moved around so many times, I've had countless hairdressers along the way....and I've rarely had a bad experience (touch wood). Only one comes to mind...my current hairdresser's assistant coloured my hair and it wasn't quite the shade I wanted. In fact I was probably partly to blame...I think I actually picked the wrong shade on the chart. However, I didn't like it, I said so, and my hairdresser was happy to rectify it at no extra charge.
Turkish hairdressers are just fantastic. I don't know if it's the attitude that's different compared to English hairdressers, but they take such a pride in their work, and their aim is to produce the best possible style and colour. If you are happy then they are twice as happy!
I don't make appointments here...I just turn up at the salon whenever I want my hair done...and it's never a problem. Everyone else does the same thing. Sometimes it's done immediately, occasionally I have to wait, but I'm happy to sit and watch other women having their hair done, and the staff are on hand to provide a comfy chair and endless tea.
One thing I really like is not having to talk to the hairdresser if I don't want to, and I'm relieved not to be asked "are you going somewhere special this evening?" or "where are you going for your holiday?" Are these questions part of English hairdresser training I wonder?
You don't just have your hair washed by an assistant here...they massage the scalp as well...it's so relaxing. I've always managed to get my hair done in exactly the way I want it...which I rarely managed in the UK...even though there are language difficulties to overcome. Hairdressers here do what the customer asks them to do...not what the hairdresser thinks is best.
Most important...certainly as far as I am concerned...is that the prices are incredibly cheap. Another thing I've noticed is that when you become a regular client, after several months, they charge you less!
A wash, cut and blow dry with my hairdresser, Atilla, started out at 7 lira (less than 3 pounds). When I popped in this morning to get my hair cut, he charged me 5 lira.
Having my hair coloured was 25 lira (about 10 pounds)...but when I had a completely new colour done a couple of weeks ago, Atilla charged me 15 lira.
Having our hair done makes us feel good. When I queried the price with Attila, thinking that he had undercharged me, he said quite simply that this was the correct price for a special customer.
Isn't that lovely?