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Saturday, 1 September 2012

How hard can it be...

...to get a haircut? 

I had just reached the point this week where I felt that the only way I could appear in public would be to wear a paper bag over my head.  I have been procrastinating for weeks about getting my hair cut.  I was attempting to grow it but frankly it was a mess.

On Thursday I phoned Ferdi in Gumbet who had cut my hair really well last year.  I made an appointment for 11am yesterday.  Ferdi knows where I live.  He knows it takes me an hour and a half and three buses to get to him.

I arrived on time to find no sign of him, just his wife doing a pedicure.  She welcomed me and told me to take a seat.  I waited about 10 minutes and then asked her when Ferdi would be arriving.  She informed me that he wouldn't be coming in as he had a bad back.   OK.   I can sympathise of course, but he has my number.  Why couldn't he have phoned or asked his wife to call me to save a wasted journey?

On the positive side, it wasn't a complete waste of time, because I then decided to get the bus to Yalikavak and visit Mr A at the hotel.  We had lunch together, then he was able to take a few hours off.  We grabbed some shopping and then he took me home.  He stayed for half an hour for a coffee and then went back to work.  I have seen so little of him for weeks and even though this time together wasn't ideal, it was better than nothing.

Determined to avoid the paper bag, I set off to Milas today to find another hairdresser.  I have been having haircuts by  Atila on and off since we moved here three and a half years ago.  He's very cheap but unpredictable.  It depends on his mood on a particular day as to whether you will get a good cut or a bad one, so it's a risk.

I arrived at Atila's salon to find it boarded up...clearly he has had too many "off" days and gone out of business.   

I tried two more salons.  The first was very busy (a good sign) but they couldn't fit me in so I took their card to ring later for an appointment.   The second one was where my friend Gwen had her hair cut on one of her visits to me and I remember it being quite good.  The guy who cut her hair had since moved on.  The salon was empty and there was just one female stylist who looked very frumpy and miserable and something told me not to bother.

By this time I had almost given up and was on my way to the bus station when I came across a newly opened salon.  It didn't seem too busy so in desperation I entered and sure enough there was someone available to cut my hair.

It's OK.  It's not brilliant but it's not bad.  Although the fact that the stylist cut his finger on his scissors during the first 2 minutes didn't inspire confidence.  It isn't exactly how I wanted it but I can dispense with the paper bag for the time being.  And I just tell myself, as I often do after a slightly disappointing haircut,  "It will grow and then I can search for another hairdresser".

26 comments:

  1. oh my Ayak...how horribly spoiled we are here in the states...3 buses to get to a hairdresser...I'd probably let my hair grow down to the floor. And the finger cutting definitely doesn't inspire confidence. Lovely that you had time with your husband and didn't have to take the buses home! :)

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    1. ...and then a 4th bus to get to Mr A, Theanne. It's not a journey I want to repeat too often so the ride home was appreciated.

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  2. My sympathies, Ayak. I don't have the same problems as you in finding a hairdresser because there are plenty here in Alcala. The problem is my hair - it's not the sort they're used to round here and the one time I ventured into a salon, I think the poor girl despaired, panicked and made such a mess that I am most wary. Fortunately, like you, I say to myself - it will grow out. I tend to take the scissors up myself and hack a bit here and there. (Hacked a bit too much off the front recently...) I have a good sense of humour, specially when I look in the mirror. I cut my husband's and the children's quite well! Axx

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    1. There are plenty here too Annie. The problem is you just don't know what they're like till you try them and then it's too late. Oh I've also hacked with scissors myself from time to time...not a good idea!

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  3. Send that paper bag over here, please!

    I loathe having my hair cut as it is never what I want, so I've been waiting for a trip to Europe to get my hair cut in London...a salon suggested by a friend with similar hair problems...who did a super job and made me feel a million dollars.

    But...the trip keeps getting put back, the hair is looking worse than ever...

    I need that bag!

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    1. It makes me feel quite miserable when my hair isn't good Fly. I've now done the sleep on it test, and I'm even more disappointed.

      Not quite in need of the paper bag, and it sounds like you need it more than me. It's in the post!!

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  4. I do sympathise. At least the weather must be a little cooler if you felt able to spend so much time looking around, and you did get to see Mr A. If you're still not happy with it, I suppose you could have a trim when you get back to England...otherwise, it seems having a hair cut is a little bit more of an adventure than I would want I think.

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    1. Janice it's not an adventure I enjoy I can tell you. I have less than 2 weeks before I go to England and I should really have waited until I got there to get it done. I'm just to impatient at times, and suffer the consequences.

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  5. I hate it when you find a good hairdresser who then moves on.
    I have one I trust and I like the way he does it.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    1. Maggie isn't it often the way, that you find a good one and they move on? In my case it's often we who have moved on. I'm determined to keep searching for a good one when I get back from England.

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  6. There I was, waiting for a picture of a head in a becoming paper bag, when you surprise me with finding a cutter after all.

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    1. Hi Friko and welcome. Sorry to disappoint you by not showing me wearing the paperbag! Although this morning, after sleeping on it, I'm thinking the paperbag may get some use after all!

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  7. Oh my....I really do feel for you. I would probably be livid with that hairdresser who got a bad back and couldn't call to cancel. ;-( Well at least you got out and saw Mr. A, and had a nice lunch.
    I hate getting my haircut but for years I have long hair with long layers so I figure how can they screw that up...only if they chop it too short. My hairdresser for years has been my neighbour's sister. My daughter and I go and she charges us less then half of what they charge, we supposedly act like her cousins....so family discount. My husband on the other hand is worse with his hair then I am.....
    Take care and I bet you are excited about visiting your cute grandkids....

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    1. Erica it's great when you find someone you're happy with. My niece is also a good hairdresser but of course she is in England, and even when I'm over there it's not always easy to fit in with her.

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  8. I would love to hear of you setting a trend in paperbag-wearing in Milas! But I do hope you do find someone who cuts how you want. I have given up and got myself a crewcut then all I have to do is to pop into the barbers' from time to time to freshen it up. I find that barbers cut better, are more time-efficient and you don't have the endless chit-chat and faffing around that you do in women's hairdressers'.

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    1. I agree with you about the barbers Vicky. I've used 2 or 3 since I lived in Turkey. The one in Goreme was very good.

      I actually hate my hair today, now I've had 24 hours to get used to it. I think I might be off again this week searching for someone to tidy it up.

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  9. I hate going o the hairdressers. I always leave the salon with the thought that my hair looked better when I walked in than when I walked out.

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    1. Yes I often feel that BtoB. In fact today I really wish I hadn't bothered.

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  10. Poor Ayak, how very frustrating for you. I hope you don't need to resort to the paper bag.

    In the last 8 years I've only once been to the hairdresser's twice, and both times were expensive mistakes. I used to have a great hairdresser, but we moved halfway across and the next time I went to have my hair done it was so dreadful I had to hack at it myself to make myself fit to be seen in public. As I'd been cutting DH's hair for many years and used to cut the children's, I decided to go on practicing on myself and am now really quite good at it. I tried a hairdresser again a few years later and was still unimpressed with the result (and the cost!) so home haircutting it is. :-)

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    1. Perpetua, it is so frustrating when you can't get your hair done the way you want it. I used to think that perhaps I wasn't describing the way I wanted a haircut properly, so I now always take a picture of how I want it. Honestly, if you looked at my hair now compared with the pic I took with me on Saturday..there is no resemblance. I wish I could cut my own hair..you're very brave to attempt it!

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  11. I find the prices in the UK ludicrous. I had a lovely hairdresser in the Fulham Palace Road. He was from Izmir. He used to charge me 20 quid and do my hair just how I wanted it. Then he sold his salon. I found a lovely hairdresser in Selcuk but, by the time we move here, the business had failed (such a pity). My first haircut here was a bit of a disaster. Yes, I said 'short' but I didn't want it shaved. I have now found someone who is reasonably priced. She knows me. She knows how I like it cut. I'm pretty happy with the result. Even if it's not perfect, for 15 lira I can live with it. In the UK it's hard to find a haircut for under thirty pounds.

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    1. I agree Hilary. UK prices are ridiculous. Even though I'm moaning about haircuts in this post I have to admit to having some really good ones over the years here. Unfortunately, when I find a good hairdresser, either they move on or we do!

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  12. I just got a hair cut and IF I took a moment after washing it to style it, I'm sure the cut would look better then it appears because of my laziness! I have to drive across town..no buses..no bikes..just a 5 min drive..Yes..we are spoiled and you have more patience then I!!

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    1. My patience is wearing thin Charlotte Ann. I've spent the past two days trying to make my hair look half decent but now accept that it's a bad cut. Ah well..it will grow!

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  13. Oh hon...I hate having to find a new hairdresser! I used to be ok with it and then it all went horribly wrong when we were in Thailand and I ended up having to have my longish hair cut v. short in order to save it!!

    Glad the cut is ok...and best of luck in your next hairdresser hunt (the busy one does sound promising!)

    C x

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    1. Hi Carol. Now a few days later I realise I really shouldn't have had it cut. I did it in desperation and that's a mistake. The only consolation is that it does grow quite quickly.

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