Sh*t Hair Stylists Say: The Video

By Alison Alhamed | 02/08/2012 3:17:00 PM


We've all seen the videos circulating YouTube: "Sh*t ____  Say."  Well, folks, now there's a more recent video: "Sh*t Hair Stylists Say."

Though, we have to admit, we definitely smirked and related (and maybe LOL'd a bit) to some of the racier comments (which unfortunately we do sometimes hear on the salon floor), we can't help but wonder, how do you, as a professional stylist, feel about this video going viral?

In a time where the career path of "hairdresser" isn't always looked at as a noble profession, do you think this casts yet another negative light on our industry?

My fear is that when these lighthearted, funny videos go viral, are we perpetuating the stigmas?  If you were a parent, whose child was perhaps considering enrolling in beauty school, would seeing this maybe make you reconsider the profession?

Another thing to consider when listening to the parodying stylist (who is actually Theodore Leaf—who appeared on season 2 of Bravo's Shear Genius!)—are you a "Beauty Bully?" Are you guilty of using similar verbiage while consulting with your clients? Maybe put a closer ear to what you hear yourself and your co-workers saying on the salon floor—let's nip this bad behavior and stigma in the bud.

A "Beauty Bully" is the one who puts down other people's work. The one who looks for the negative in a style rather than seeking out the positive. One who potentially insults clients to get them in their chair, saying "that hair color is mousy" or "wow, you have a lot of frizz."

If we were putting together a video of things stylists SHOULD say to the client, what would some of those catchphrases be?

Ok, now go watch the video. Go have a good laugh (because, yes, it is HILARIOUS). But, when you're done, promise me you'll try to never, ever, ever say any of Leaf's phrases ever. EVER!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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cindy schreimel    
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hot springs,Ar.  |  February, 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM

That was great I can remember useing some of those lines myself.That was LOL funny.I love being a stylist.

cindy schreimel    
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hot springs,Ar.  |  February, 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM

Yes feel sorry for us this is what we go through.I laugh when people say your job must be so fun.I do love being a stylist 99.9 % of the time.

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running with scissors salon  |  February, 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM

master stylist are realists!!!!!

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running with scissors salon  |  February, 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM

master stylist are realists!!!!!

Tracey B    
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Hoffman Estates, IL  |  February, 08, 2012 at 05:43 PM

I'm pretty sure I've handed out receptionist a fistful of bills to pay for my food! ;) The video made me laugh. I don't feel it perpetuates negative stereotypes. Everyone who makes these videos knows they're made all in fun.

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SG  |  February, 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM

The video is funny and you're right, it does make one more aware of negative traits in client-stylist relationships. Definitely something to think about.

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Utah  |  February, 08, 2012 at 09:36 PM

It was funny and so true. Might be something I'd like to share with just my fellow hairstylists. Like "how to give a poor consultation." Some could find it helpful to recognize unsavory behavior. We've all worked with the stylist who spends more time fixing her own hair than her clients.

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usa  |  February, 08, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I'm so pleased that my salon is the exact opposite of this......I USED to work with folks like this. Migraine! :)

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February, 09, 2012 at 07:43 AM

Short but long it!

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Philadelphia  |  February, 09, 2012 at 07:43 AM

Short but long this!

Brig Van Osten    
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Simi Valley  |  February, 09, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I think these videos are funny, but as a stylist/owner, I would never post a video publicly that would humiliate our salon or team. Especially the videos that are poking fun at "Sh*t Clients Say". Eeeek. That could really effect your bottom line!

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