In fact, during a recent surprise visit of salons in Miami, CBS News discovered that one-third of the six establishments visited had infractions of the unlicensed sort. Kristy Picornell, a victim of a stylist without a license, was left with chemical burns, a horrific shade of yellow-orange hair, and awful extensions. "The salon apparently used a super glue bonding rather than a bonding solution used for extensions," she said. Scary stuff. While Picornell was fortunate that she did not suffer permanent damage, she ended up suing the salon and winning her case.
Don't want spaghetti strands yourself? The best way to avoid potential hazards is to ask to see your stylist's license (which, according to individual state laws, should be prominently displayed anyway), or simply verify the license through your state's board of cosmetology either online or by phone.
By providing stylists with a few photos of haircuts you're loathing, you can steer them away from a cut you don't want. Better still: The next time you get a cut you dislike, take a photo so you can explain what didn't work for you. Coupled with visuals of what you do love, you'll be more likely to get the kind of hairstyle you're after.
Could it be that salon owner was using cheaper, less-than-flattering lighting to cut costs? Maybe it was that the colorists need a certain type of lighting for better hair color results? Whatever the case, I don't think I'm alone when I say that going to a salon should make you feel good about yourself, not the complete opposite. Have you had a similar experience or not? If it's the latter, lucky you.
And if the mobile salon isn't coming to a city near you, don't fret. You can sign up to win a one-on-one Skype session with my future husband, adorable stylist Harry Josh (that's him on the right, styling Audrina Patridge on the NYC stop of the tour). You know I'll be lined up when the salon hits SF, but what about you?
However, I've seen one too many episodes of Tabatha's Salon Takeover, and know that far worse things go down at the beauty shop. Most stylists really do take care to promote sanitary practices, but then there are a few that send us dialing the State Board of Cosmetology complaint hotline faster than you can say Seche Vite. What's your salon horror story? Tell us about it in the comments below.
I had so much fun perusing Flickr for unintentionally wacky beauty salon signs last time, I decided to look for more. Whether it's a waxing establishment with an oddly-worded offer or a grocery store aisle marker with a humorous assortment of goods, these beauty-related signs got a little lost in translation.
Source: Flickr User House Of Sims
In general, I'm a big fan of people snapping on the latex whenever they're going to be in my business — and yes, that includes estheticians and waxers. What would you have done in this situation? Would you have said something?