Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Craigslist Haircut

Back when I was desperately looking for a job (a.k.a. one week ago), I was scouring Craigslist and somehow happened upon this ad:


The diPietro Todd Salon & Academy, located downtown, was looking for a hair model to use for their "stylists in training", or their apprentice program, if you will. This particular stylist was looking for someone with long, straight hair and in order to "apply," you needed to send in photos of your hair with a short description of the texture. If you were picked, then you would receive a consultation, wash, cut, blow-dry, and flat iron, all free of charge.

A few things immediately went through my mind:

1. I have not had a haircut in well over 7 months and this beast is gettin' nasty on me. I'm talkin' split ends galore, wispy and thin, and has probably stopped growing from the damage.
2. I refuse to spend an arm and a leg on a haircut, and even if I was willing to, I don't have said arm and leg to spend when I'm jobless, so this could be a great chance for a free cut.
3. I'm Asian and I have straight hair. Perfect.

So I immediately sent over some photos of my hair and said I was very interested!

A few hours later, I got an email reply saying she'd love to have me come in and my appointment was set for Monday at 10am!

That's when a little voice in my head said: "Whoa, whoa, whoa, Michelle. Just what KIND of cut is this lady going to do on you? You realize she's basically a student, which means she could be very inexperienced at cutting hair, which means YOUR hair could very well be ruined all because you're too cheap to go get a proper cut!"

So I emailed her back and politely asked her what kind of cut this would entail and if it was going to be anything "drastic."

She replied that it could range from a "mid-back cut" to a "BOB."

The last time I had anything close to a Bob was when I wore high-waisted jean shorts with lace on the bottom.

So you can see why walking to the salon this morning was a tad nerve-wracking. But I kept telling myself that this was necessary to rid myself of the grossness that I call the bottom half of my hair and that it was a FREE opportunity. Plus, with just two days to go before I have to hand over a $2600 security deposit, I better take advantage of any free opportunities I can! Am I right or am I right?!

So I marched my butt over to the salon.

And what a salon it was!

I had no idea I was walking into a place that charged up to $275 for a haircut. Did you hear that? $275 effing dollars to. get. your. hair. cut.


Up walked my stylist, Sabrina, with hair like this:

I'm not going to lie, I was a tad intimidated. I was also a tad worried that my hair was about to be chopped the eff off.

But alas, she was wonderful. She walked me through each step. She suggested we do a tad below shoulder-length. She did her snippity snips. Nothing at all "drastic" happened that I had worked up in my head. And before I knew it, I was done! Dead, scraggly, disgusting hair, no more!

I am pleased.

And it was free.

And now my locks can grow strong and healthy!

^^^I promise I'm happy, I was just inside an H&M and decided to be "that girl" and awkwardly take a photo of myself.^^^
And here's another one of me frolicking around Crissy Field today, swishin' my hurr, like I just don't curr.

So here's the moral of the story, friends:

Don't be so quick to pass up on Craigslist offers. Sometimes there really can be some great opportunities to find!

Except, of course, if it's this one:

Though, I suppose even that could be a great opportunity for some. Who am I to judge?!


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  1. Your hair is looking mighty healthy! You're far braver than I haha!

  2. It looks amazing and will grow SO fast since its healthy now! Im getting mine chopped soon and cant wait :) Youre the hottest asian ever p.s.

  3. OBSESSED with the new cut, now wondering where I can do something like this here... :) x

  4. Unless you have a really complicated hairstyle--people shouldn't be too scared to go to a school to get their hair cut. I would especially go if you have long, straight hair that you just want trimmed by a couple inches.--in my opinion, that's one of the easiest haircuts to do. Of course, there are individual stylists in school and salons too who can't do their job--but not for lack of experience. I'm still in school, and the clinic is so busy that I've already done over 500 haircuts and I typically have a couple repeat clients booked every day. Great idea to keep your eyes for for opportunities like that!

  5. Love the hair!! I love Craigslist for stuff like that. My Hubs and I got a free engagement photo shoot with all the proofs because a photographer was working on his portfolio and we found the listing on Craigslist. I would definitely be cautious but your offer was in a public place so pretty much I would consider that safe!

  6. OMG. Please do the foot fetish gig. Please. I will beg.

  7. looks good! when i was living in london and broke, i had a student cut my hair and she did a great job. free is always (sometimes) a good thing.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  8. Looks good! I knew right when you said diPietro that it was a fancy salon, that's so fun that you got to do it for free!

  9. What a great cut! and freeeeee!! i heart free. like, a lot.

  10. Your hair looks great! Sometimes Craig's List comes through when you least expect it!

  11. Looks good! I really need my hair cut too. I need to look through craigslist more!

  12. You have such pretty, shiny hair! Love the new cut. Subtle, but noticable if you know what I mean? Super cute!

  13. Your hair looks great! I like it. I'm so excited for all the awesome things you have going on right now. New Hair, new job, new apt. Yay!!!

  14. Haha the feet gig. Ew. But your hair!! Looks so good! And holla at the price tag! That's pretty awesome.


  15. I love the new cut! You look lovely and so perfectly professional for the new job next week. :)

    1. PS - we need to effing celebrate said job asap

  16. Your new hair cut looks so cute on you Mish, I love it! And wow, that last picture seriously cracked me up!

    xo aly

  17. i love it! i wish i had the guts to go short again. in high school my friends sister needed a hair model to test out a new technique. i, being a broke 17 year old, decided it was a great idea. i let her do whatever she wanted and walked away with the coolest hair ever i ever had. she still does my hair but now it looks normal.

  18. Your hair looks gorgeous! I agree, sometimes I can't pass up a good deal! :D

    xx Denysia Yu

  19. Ahahahahaha. Hilarious. But your hair looks great! I'm so scared of Craigslist. I sold my car on it, but I feel like just searching Craigslist for something to buy will get me murdered somehow. I need to be braver!

  20. Great story, but what if she were the Craigs List killer? Okay bad joke. Your hair ended up fabulous :)

  21. You are such a brave one. I don't think I could EVER do that.
    But the cut does look great.
    You should probably just call the foot guy to :)

  22. Hahaha craigslist is always good for a laugh. A few months ago, I found an ad looking f or someone who could shave this guys cat to look like a lion. Like what would make someone qualified to do that???

  23. You're hair looks great. And that picture of little you? Too cute!

  24. lolol... super awesome. hello, haircut for free?!?!
    i did TEETH CLEANING for FREE via Craigslist... for dental hygienist students to practice on. haay it was free!

  25. Wow! I would never have guessed you would stumble upon something that awesome for free on craig's list! I just found your blog, and I knew I had to read more after reading your blog description on bloglovin'! :) So happy to have have found it, and your hair looks fantastic!
    Jaclyn, of Written in Fashion

  26. Looks great! Fresh new cut for a new job and new apartment! Look at you! What'd you get at H&M?! I can never get out of there without buying something it seems!

  27. Yay it looks so good! I took up one of those offers once. It was to be a model for some hair extension thing. The guy called me in the morning and asked me to come in right then. I hadn't showered in like 3 days and had no time for makeup. I still can't figure out why he didn't pick me... ;)

  28. Your post make me laugh out loud...every.damn.time.
    I love that it actually came out to be an awesome place, and you got a sweet (expensive) cut out of the deal. COMPLETE win/win there girl!

    -Amanda | Living in Another Language

  29. I just went on my craigslist for a look. Found nothing... >.<

    Then I made a hair appointment.

    7% Solution​

  30. Hahaha! I cracked up so much at that craigslist post at the bottom! I have to say that I've never seen anything like that while browsing craigslist.

    It's awesome that you got a free haircut though! Getting my haircut is pretty expensive but man, that one charges more than an arm and a leg.



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