'wOULD YOU ALLOW THIS GUY TO CUT YOUR KIDS' HAIR??"

  1. I was over at the mall last week and decided to get a haircut. While I was there, this woman comes in with a girl about 9 years old. I presume they were mother and daughter.
    There was three haircutters/stylists working. Two women and a man.
    The mom comes in and tells the receptionist she would like to have the youngsters' hair cut. The receptionist says, "okay," and looks at her appointment book and looks around the shop and says, "It's Roe' s turn next." And she turns and points to "Roe". And "Roe" beckens to the little girl to come sit in the chair.
    The mom takes a look at Roe and says to the receptionist, "I prefer a female cuts her hair." So, one of the females took her.

    I was looking at "Roe" to see what the mom saw. He was about 25, with bleached blonde "spiked " hair, an earring, a "muscle" shirt, black mustache, tattoes on both arms, a necklace, tight jeans..........

    I've been thinking about it since.... at the time, I went back to reading my magazine, but I am curious.....

    Would you have the same response?

    The guy looked fine to me, but I could see that he could look a "little scary" to an 8 - 9 year old.
    I know we have a strict dress code at work. The male patient care assistants and male nurses are not allowed to wear necklaces, earrings, or have visable tatooes. And at the large chain grocery store where I shop, I have noticed the men there are in uniforms and conservatively dressed, ....as they are interacting with the public.

    And of course in places where children are part of the business, the employees are usually conservative. A pediatrician would not dress as Roe did, nor the sacker at the grocery. So, was Roe "overdone" for a job at the mall?

    Would you have allowed Roe to cut your daughters' hair?
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   Rustyhammer
    I'm sure my boys would WANT Roe behind the sizzors.
    That spiked look is all the rage over here for boys 9-11.
    Of course they'd want to stop by the tattoo parlour (are they still called parlours?) after their haircut.
    -Russell
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    I'd never embarrass myself by behaving like that, and to do so in front of a kid only teaches the kid that it's ok.
  5. by   Hidi74
    Very good question, prn nurse!!!!
    I am a hairstylist working my way thru nursing school. Before I decided to follow my Dream of becoming a nurse, I was an educator for my company. This was a huge part of my classes on professionalism. I also have this conversation daily with my fellow employees. I believe there is a certain amount of responsibility for the managers of every salon to think of the clientel of thier salon. If the salon is in a very artsy area of town and caters to teenagers, and young adults than this dress would be more appropriate. If the clientel is business men and women, than business attire would be more appropriate.
    I believe if there are lots of kiddos, than yes Roe shold have been dressed more conservativly. The woman had every right to ask for someone else to cut her kiddos hair. I've seen it happen many, many times. I believe we all look at people based on thier dress, it is very important in our society. You are right to say that you wouldn't want your doc dressed like that!!! me neither!!!
    I have picked my hairstylist's many times based on thier looks and personalitys. It's human nature!!! I probably wouldn't have let him cut my hair!!!!!
    Hidi74 :-))))
  6. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heat of texas


    I wouldnt let Roe cut my hair either, In fact I dont let any guy cut my hair. I prefer younger women, preferably blondes with big smiles, and big
    But thats just my preferences showing through. Do I really care if she does a good job at it, not really. As long as its shorter and neater.
    However I do like it when they give a good shampoo with a scalp massage, that is heaven to me. Almost better than a round of golf



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  7. by   JailRN
    I would have let him cut Joey's hair. He's 8 and would think it's cool. AND , it would have given me another great opportunity to talk with him about individuality and choices. About first impressions. about where and when it's ok to dress like that.

    Besides, his 20 year old brother has red hair half way down his back, a diamond stud in his ear and is a musician, so, Joey wouldn't have thought much about it.
  8. by   BadBird
    I think you should go with your first impression, if you don't feel comfortable with Roe then have someone else cut your hair, no big deal.
  9. by   WalMart_ADN
    JailRN there you go talking about that redhead in front of me again lol
  10. by   fergus51
    I just ad my hair cut by an unsual looking man, and it was the best haircut I have ever had. So, I probably wouldn't have a problem with Roe. But if someone does I don't see any problem in asking for another stylist.
  11. by   CATHYW
    Originally posted by Hidi74
    Very good question, prn nurse!!!!
    I am a hairstylist working my way thru nursing school. Before I decided to follow my Dream of becoming a nurse, I was an educator for my company. This was a huge part of my classes on professionalism. I also have this conversation daily with my fellow employees. I believe there is a certain amount of responsibility for the managers of every salon to think of the clientel of thier salon. If the salon is in a very artsy area of town and caters to teenagers, and young adults than this dress would be more appropriate. If the clientel is business men and women, than business attire would be more appropriate.
    I believe if there are lots of kiddos, than yes Roe shold have been dressed more conservativly. The woman had every right to ask for someone else to cut her kiddos hair. I've seen it happen many, many times. I believe we all look at people based on thier dress, it is very important in our society. You are right to say that you wouldn't want your doc dressed like that!!! me neither!!!
    I have picked my hairstylist's many times based on thier looks and personalitys. It's human nature!!! I probably wouldn't have let him cut my hair!!!!!
    Hidi74 :-))))
    This is an excellent answer, from the hairdresser's mouth. I agree.
  12. by   NICU_Nurse
    Before and during the time I was in nursing school, I worked as a salon receptionist- a)at a very large and popular local "chain" here in my city, and b)at an EXTREMELY large international chain that has salons in every mall in the country as well as owns a number of other chains that many people don't even know they own. I worked in these salons for a total of six years, and here are my experiences. The beauty industry is one of the last places where you can pretty much feel comfortable expressing yourself via clothing and hairstyles, in my opinion. Because everyone is an individual, I hate walking past a salon where all the employees are wearing uniforms!! Who here hasn't walked into a salon and chosen a hairdresser based on what they were wearing? My credo is if they can't style their own damn hair they're not styling mine. Likewise for the clothing- if I wanted an edgy, fashionable (read: trendy) haircut, I would more likely choose the tatooed guy out of a lineup. If I wanted great color or highlights, I might choose someone who HAS great color- at least I know they can relate to my needs. If I wanted a more conservative haircut, I might choose someone who is dressed more conservatively. The major salon I worked at employeed thirty stylists, each of them an individual, and each of them with their respective specialties. If they wanted big-city style and glamour, I booked them with Randy, who made frequent trips to New York on the weekends and read every fashion magazine known to humankind. If they wanted a fabulous updo, I booked them with Teresa, who had hair down to her butt and could sculpt a french twist out of a tree trunk. If they wanted something punky and new, I booked them with Thang, who specialized in creative styles, asymmetry, and precision. None of the customers OR the stylists ever complained. One thing I do know, at least for the company I worked for, is that each stylist, regardless of their talents, has to have advanced training every few months. They close the salon for the morning, invite models in to practice on, and a traveling educator shows them pictures, videos, and then teaches them step-by-step on the models how to do the featured style or technique. Therefore, everyone, even someone like Roe, would know exactly how to cut the 'Rachel' haircut or give those trendy chunky highlights, or use new techniques to wrap a spiral perm or even cut a simple children's haircut. Furthermore, every stylist in that salon had to go to school to be licensed, so though I might not personally trust each one (remember, all individuals, and they don't cut the same) I don't think I would have minded at all for my child to have their hair cut by any one of them. Unless you are truly uptight about your child's hair (in which case you have some unresolved, vicarious issues to deal with!) I don't personally think it matters much at all. The kids don't care unless they start crying because they are afraid of the stylist, in which case, I would always recommend that you pick someone else! No reason to scare the kids unnecessarily. ;>P The only problem I have with this scenario, as someone else mentioned, is that you may be teaching your child the wrong thing by choosing someone else based on appearance alone. Just because Roe has a tatoo doesn't mean her daughter is going to walk out into the mall with a dancing lady on her thigh, you know what I'm saying? This ISN'T a hospital- and speaking only for those hairdressers that I knew personally, they were all rather artistic and would have felt completely stifled had they been forced to dress a certain way. Ultimately, pick someone you feel comfortable with, because it's your hair, but remember that looks can be decieving. Just because one wears a long white coat and has a stethoscope doesn't make them a better doctor any more than having a conservative outfit and toned-down hair makes them a better stylist. Dressing for your clientele is one thing (and is subjective, no less...) but let's remember that the mall doesn't have restrictions on who can enter and shop. ;>P
  13. by   Lausana
    (Kristi, are you sure you weren't an English major? hehe, I love reading your posts, I feel like I'm there

    I'd let Roe cut my kid's hair...Roe might actually be a conservative person in every way but his dress, who knows! And it would easily give a child the impression that something is wrong with him. Now if he did a freaky job, then by all means I'd ask for someone else the next time. I've also asked them to fix or change my hair before when I've had it styled, but for a plain old cut I'm pretty easy going, so I'd give him a try...
  14. by   NICU_Nurse
    Dear God, you're making me feel self-conscious about my grammar, now!!! ;>P Actually, I was a Creative Writing major, but that was a different me. Now I'm all serious and sh*t.


    (Just joking. I never curse.)

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