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TACOMA, WASHINGTON -- I went to this hair school for a trim because:

Last year the male who was a master at my hair left the business. Ever since I have not found a stylist who I clicked with. Since I usually pay high prices for my hair I also want to enjoy talking to the person. I do not mind paying top notch prices for my hair, so the reason why I went to this hair school was not because I needed to save the money. I went to this school for a trim because I don't have a hair stylist and I felt that there was not much risk in getting a trim.

I realize that students perform the work and are supervised. However, I felt confident that a student that is advanced enough to be working with clients could successfully complete a trim. I was dead wrong! I sat in the chair and explained to the student who was going to “trim” my hair that I was growing out my hair and that at this time my hair was the longest it has been in two years. At this time my hair was a little past my chin. I explained to the girl that I was really excited to grow out my hair. In the middle of my hair cut the girl stopped and said she was going to get her supervisor. At first I didn’t think much of it because I expected at a hair school that the student’s work has to be checked. While waiting for them to come back I ran my fingers through my hair. I was shocked and wanted to cry.

My hair was still a little past my chin. BUT I had a layer cut in the middle of the back of my head. Then I had the bottom of my hair layered close to my neck. The only way the supervisor was able to fix my hair to make it look like a decent hair style was to cut it into an inverted bob.

I don’t understand how a “trim” could end up into an inverted bob. This company calls themselves The Salon Professional Academy but they’re students are not professional at all! Not even close. I recommend that their students be required to take a listening skills class.

My advice to you when going to The Salon Professional Academy in Tacoma, WA is to enter at your own risk.
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Suusan B. on 11/12/2007:
I know everyone has to learn, but I would never go to a beauty college (no matter if they had the word "professional" in their name or not) in order to save a couple of bucks on a haircut. One wrong move and there's no going back. I've had enough nightmare cuts from seasoned professionals so letting a student near me with scissors just isn't an option.
Skye on 11/12/2007:
I don't get it. Something as important as your hair, you left to a student to cut. Money is no object when it come to taking care of my hair.

The cheap always comes out expensive.
Skye on 11/12/2007:
Wanted to add, on the bright side, as least it will grow out. Thank goodness you didn't let a student attempt color your hair.
Anonymous on 11/12/2007:
I had a student do my hair once a long time ago(was in high school).Two hours later I had the bestest flat top with fenders,and it was blue.
DebtorBasher on 11/12/2007:
They are in training and you are their project. As for the trim...even professionals who have been doing hair for years, doesn't seem to understand what a trim is. To me a trim is not more than an Inch and even when I SHOW them how much to trim, they always take about five inches off stating, "I had to even it out"...even out my butt! I don't like having women do my hair...I perfer a gay man, they really are the best, and there are plenty to choose from.
jktshff1 on 11/12/2007:
DB, that's being prejudiced!! When I had hair (still need a trim now & then), the women seemed to take more time and listened.
Kind of like taking your car to a training center to get it worked on.
DebtorBasher on 11/12/2007:
Well...I found that women always want to chop off the long hair of another female...WHY? Guys are not like that. Even when I went to business college, I had three of my Female instructors tell me that I "HAD" to get my hair cut short for the business world...BS!!!! I've never had short hair in my life and if I can't get a job because I have long hair, then they can keep their jobs. The shortest my hair has ever been was shoulder length and that was only because I asked for a "trim" from a female stylist when my hair was half way down my, POOP ON FEMALE HAIRSYTLIST and give me my gay boys!
old fart on 11/12/2007:
jktshff... I gave up on hair years ago.. My routine now is to use the electric razor every other day. I started that when I realized how ridiculous a comb-overlooked! Granted, I look like Yul Brynner's ugly older brother but whatthehell!
DebtorBasher on 11/12/2007:
Old F...I thought you had that little man with the lawnmower do your hair!
old fart on 11/12/2007:
Basher.. that would be too easy
Anonymous on 11/12/2007:
Jovi, believe it or not I know what you are going through. Back in the 70’s I had long hair at the time it was a little longer then shoulder length. I always went to a solon to get it trimmed, yes I am a guy. They always treated me very good too. But one time they were closed for a week and I needed to get a trim. I was talking to a friend who told me about his barber and how good a job he always did. Now back then when a guy had long hair they were labeled by the old rednecks as hippies or gay. But I thought it was OK because my friend had somewhat long hair. I sat down in the chair and told the guy what I wanted he said no problem. Before I knew what was going on half on my hair was gone, I saw it drop on the floor. I had a fit, jumped up out of the chair and looked in the mirror and ask the old guy what the he11 he thought he was doing. He had his old buds in the shop and they started laughing under there breath. The guy said that is what you ask for. I called the cops, they came and talked to the guy and said there was nothing they could but that if I didn’t leave the barber was going to have me arrested for trespassing. True story…. Is this how you felt? I have never been to a barbershop again in my life or anyone that is in training.
DebtorBasher on 11/12/2007:
"But I thought it was OK because my friend had somewhat long hair"...and if your friend jumped off a bridge, would you think that was OK and jump too?...LOL.
Principissa on 11/12/2007:
I would never in a bazillion years let a student cut my hair. Right now it's down past my shoulders and dyed three different colors, but that's cause I couldn't decide which one to go with. I interview my hair stylists like babysitters. How long have you been cutting hair, how much experience do you have with dying. I spend 300.00 every six months and I'll be darned if I'm going to walk out looking like my son did my hair.
Anonymous on 11/12/2007:
DB, at the time, maybe? But that was to the op don't be mean you (B)asher. now DB, stop being prejudiced!! LOL!

Old Fart, good to here you just go with the flow.

Good evening Principissa!
Principissa on 11/12/2007:
My day is complete, my Liddy is here!!
jenjenn on 11/13/2007:
You're giving a bad rap to all students. My friend is in hair school and she cut my hair a couple of times in the past few months. She did a kick azz job. I just went to the salon on Friday because my friend & I couldn't connect. I'm very unhappy with this cut. (a friend recommended this particular girl) Oh is hair and it will grow back.
Anonymous on 11/13/2007:
I agree with JenJenn. I once went to a professional hair stylist. I told her that I wanted and needed no more than 2 inches off my hair. When I left she had cut 4 off the back and 6 off the front. I was upset, but it's hair and it grows back, and it can happen at any salon.
Anonymous on 11/13/2007:
GothicSmurf2, you didn't like my story? It was a true story and even know DB tried to make fun of me I was trying to relate to Jovi and every other woman that has gone through the same thing. * Sad Man *
Lattegirl on 11/13/2007:
bargod on 11/13/2007:
I don't get it? they're students. You knew the risk going in and still decided to take it. Nuff said.
Anonymous on 11/13/2007:

No, I stopped reading after you said you cut your hair. I have a soft spot for men with long hair and I can't bear to read a horror story where they end up cutting it in the end. ;)
killerklown on 11/13/2007:
By going to a cosmetology school, you acknowledge that they are students and thus learning. You also assume the risk that you may not be receiving a professional job.
Grandma Goody on 11/28/2011:
I must disagree with many of the negative comments. While the interior of Salon Professionals is dark and dreary, the students are working hard and learning. My niece is a graduate, now with her own salon, and has a three week waiting list for appointments. She only has praise for her training. The students that have provided service to me have been as competent or even better than many stylists in the "fast food salons." It's the Supervisors who can't agree on protocol. My cut,perm today were first rate with top of the line Redken products. But when it came to styling the Supervisor interfered and dictated the results giving instruction exactly the opposite of what I wanted. I went to the ladies room and CRIED!If they would butt out and listen to the customer Salon Professionals could be a great place to go.
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