1. Laureen Ellison says...

    At my salon here in Amsterdam they color your hair while you sit at long communal tables. It’s truly a revelation — no staring at your reflection in that funhouse mirror for hours, you can type or write or read without balancing everything in your lap, have a cup of coffee resting at hand… Seriously a game changer I wish more places would adopt!

  2. Isabella says...

    I truly thought it was just me! Everyone else looks super chic and I look like I’ve aged ten years in a single day, and I sit there the whole time thinking, “No haircut can save this situation…”

    Here’s hoping everyone’s feeling beautiful, and strong, and brave in the face of all the current craziness. Sending out group hugs to all of your and your fabulous hair!

  3. I wear glasses which I have to take off for a haircut so I guess I luck out in this department – I only see the final product!

    • nadine says...

      Hahaha same here!

    • K8 says...

      BEST meme EVER

  4. Tshego B says...

    MEEE TOO!!! Even afterwards, I have to rush home, shower and just try to put myself together again. Which is nuts cos I have a friend who does her hair and then goes about her day. The other day she woke up at 7am, got braided and we met for lunch after. AAAAND she was using public transport so its not like she can haul around a make up bag, change of clothes or whatever (which I could, cos I drive) HOOOWWW??!!!!

  5. Anna says...

    So true! My friend Rachel cuts my hair at her house since she stopped working in a salon and it’s sooo much better. We just chat and I don’t see myself in the mirror til she’s all done! Then we go out for lunch and it’s one of my favorite friend dates rather than something I dread!

  6. I feel the opposite!! i always think i look great!! sometimes when i have funny things in my hair, i stand up and tell my hairdresser its fine and i pretend to leave like that. its always funny!

    stay safe!
    beijinhos Jessy

  7. anne says...

    I honestly thought it was just me :D

    • Lauren says...

      Same!!

  8. frankie says...

    1000 times yes yes yes it’s like did i sleep last night do i own makeup why am i like this

    • victoria says...

      Yes!!!

  9. virginie says...

    So True! it’s the worst ;) I sometimes don’t go just because i don’t fell like sitting and looking at my face for 45 min! I do feel less weird reading this !!

  10. Julieta says...

    Sooooooooooo true!!! And then I look at the other women and I think they all look fantastic, I really thought I was absolutely the only person on earth thinking this!!

  11. alice says...

    Absolute truth. And as we know from fleabag – hair is everything

  12. Ahahah I always look in the Morris and see Spock looking back at me. The Vulcan 🖖 not the doctor.. it feels kind of terrible but also funny. Maybe this Halloween I’ll give it a go…

    • nina says...

      Morris/mirror

  13. Maria says...

    Hahaha so true!

  14. Roxana says...

    Haha! This is SO TRUE. Why, though?? I don’t get it. Doesn’t help that I’m already feeling vulnerable and nervous. It seems that with every haircut I lose my ability to explain anything in a remotely comprehensible manner and end-up with something I didn’t think I asked for. . .

    This and selfies. Yikes.

    Thank you for this! I desperately needed a laugh. I just left Trader Joe’s. Things are getting INTENSE out there. Take care of yourselves (and each other ;)!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3 <3 <3

  15. Heather says...

    That experience is a true “Before & After” and it’s ever so gratifying. Just gotta make it through the “before”….that’s the harrowing part ;)

    • Hilde says...

      My exact thoughts 😊

  16. Lucy says...

    Between salon lighting and the lifeless pallor that comes from sitting very still, I always shuddered to look at the reflection while at a hair appointment. That’s why, for the last few years, I’ve made sure to wear a full face of makeup (which is rare for me) when I go to get my hair cut. I’m much less likely to be spooked by my own reflection, and therefore much more likely to be happy with the haircut—a struggle on its own!

    • Amy says...

      I do the same thing!

    • Erin says...

      Seriously! Salon lighting somehow always makes me look like I haven’t slept in 5 years!

  17. Colleen S. says...

    At my last appointment, I wore makeup. I looked like a million bucks. This was an isolated incident, because I’ve worn makeup before, and still looked like a troll.

  18. Em says...

    ha! thanks CoJ, I came here for a little pick me up and I got it.

    I’ve always felt this way too – I blame that damn cape they always put on.

  19. Jess says...

    But then after? WOW- my hair will never look so good. Literally… never. I will NEVER be able to style it like my hair stylist does. NEVER EVER EVER.

  20. jeannie says...

    Hilarious! This is spot on!!!

  21. Lynn says...

    You absolutely MUST wear bold lipstick when you sit in one of those chairs. Related, my mom swears by looking your best whenever you expect to use a dressing room.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a great tip!

    • Maryte says...

      Yes! I read this somewhere else. Nina Garcia from Project Runway wrote that we should wear something that will display our sense of style to the stylist to give them a better idea of who we are. Makeup would complete the package.

  22. Campbell says...

    Ha! Yes!

  23. Kristin says...

    SO TRUE! This made me laugh very hard. Thanks for the stress relief!

  24. CS says...

    I went to get my hair highlighted and cut, and the customer sitting next to me was a handsome colleague! Aargh. Lol!!!

  25. Jo says...

    Okay, I’ve always thought this was just me! The relief I felt in seeing this: huge! Is it the lighting? What is it?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      and that black robe!

  26. Lisa says...

    It’s even worse without my glasses… all I can see is Eddie Muenster’s widow’s peak!

  27. Michele says...

    I’m under the dryer at the salon right now! With a plastic bag on my head, no less. Yeah, so, you know how I feel…

  28. Sara says...

    Why is this???
    It’s so true but such a mystery as to why!

    • Ro Steber says...

      It’s probably the harsh lighting, the fact your hair is wet and slicked down in a way you aren’t used to seeing, the black robe cutting your neck off at a weird point, and the fact you have to sit perfectly still. Usually when looking in a mirror, you’re doing something like crushing your teeth or applying makeup. But at the salon, all you can do is sit and stare… haha

    • Ro Steber says...

      brushing* lol

  29. Anon says...

    True but I do want to contribute two more scenarios
    – when you accidentally open front cam while on insta lol
    -the rear view mirror in the car(I swear my pores look 100 times bigger 😨)

  30. ls says...

    ahaha YES! it’s that wet dog feeling.

    • Hayley says...

      Ohhh ‘wet dog feeling’ seems to encapsulate it perfectly

  31. Annie K. says...

    Smart! I just got my haircut and happened to be going out after, so I had done my makeup, and I looked somewhat less like my great aunt. I’m going to make it a “thing” now!

  32. Amy says...

    Me yesterday 💯

  33. Samantha Greenwood says...

    And those set ups where the mirror is full length are even more traumatizing!!!

    • Kate says...

      I was just about to comment this! I end up staring at the weird shapes my thighs turn into when sitting down, so strange!

  34. Joaquina says...

    This and when I see my visage on the reflection of my phone/iPad, I am horrified! “dear lord am I really this ugly?”.
    Do men feel this way? Curious.

  35. Caitlin Scott says...

    It’s horrific! I almost want to apologize to someone, haha!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha

    • virginie says...

      LOL!

  36. celeste says...

    Hahaha, me as a mom: “Two hours to have someone massage my head, hands, coffee AND read magazines in peace and quiet?” Nothing more beautiful!

  37. Bridget says...

    I thought it was just me!

  38. Kelli says...

    So thankful to know I’m not the only one!

  39. Sara says...

    Yes! Exactly.

  40. Laura G. says...

    THIS IS SO TRUE!

  41. Emily says...

    Whoa, I thought I was the only one that felt this way! I try to remember to put on extra mascara or some lipcolor when I get my haircut to counter this…

    • Adrienne says...

      Me, too – I always put on lipstick! So funny. :)

    • Connie says...

      So with you! I think it’s the lighting.