I debated a lot before writing this post!
I wrestled with my feelings and what to really say … the longer I wait, the more I feel like I need to share my experience to help others avoid what I’ve been through and also hoping it will inspire others to give grace, when life gives you adversity and to be open to miracles.
A week ago I went to my hairdresser, all happy, the same expensive, fancy hair salon I’ve been going to for the last 3 years! My happiness was in part due to the fact that I was chosen by a brand to be featured on a magazine ad, so I needed fresh color and highlights.
When I arrived, I asked for something I’ve been doing when I have highlights done, I asked for HOLOPLEX, a treatment, which seals your hair and protects it from breaking after the highlights!
I was also so happy because the hair assistant who was to apply my color is somebody who has dealt with my hair MANY times!
That being said, the horror happened! In just 10 minutes after being washed, the assistant did not detangle my hair before applying step 2 of Holoplex treatment and my hair SEALED TOGETHER IN A HAIR BALL TYPE!
I’ve never seen this in my life! I was trying to process it all, but when I came home, I knew what had happened.
All of a sudden, I had three people working to detangle my hair, the hair dresser who couldn’t even detangle my hair, just wanted to pull the hair out, to make it all go away, she left the chair crying … 3 hours later, they announced they were unable to detangle my hair and I told them to just cut it, so it would look nice in the photo shoot.
The whole time I was sitting on the chair, just crying inside … I wanted to scream, I really wanted to get their long hair and do the same to them! I really did! I need to admit it, I’m human!
The whole situation was so bizarre, but I didn’t say a word! All they could say was: “I have no idea how this happened”, but deep inside I think they did know, especially the assistant!
I didn’t say a word, I gave them grace! Screaming, insulting, being nasty wasn’t going to cut it. I needed to stay calm, while they were attempting to resurrect my hair, right before a national photo shoot!
Yes, to make matters worse, I was 4 days from that photo shoot, so a million thoughts went through my head. I wanted to die …
I know you’re probably thinking it’s just hair, it grows back, but it was the combo of how I make a living on the way I look, the photo shoot and the fact that my hair dresser never owned the mistake. At the end she wanted to blame my hair FOR BEING DRY, for the whole fiasco, that for me, was the last straw to decide to NEVER go back to that hair salon! EVERRR!
After all that happened, not charging me, would not bring my hair back, so a humble, apologetic attitude was what I needed at that moment.
So you have an idea, this is how long my hair was, it was actually a few inches longer than in this picture:
This next shot was 2 hours after the fiasco, my hair was extremely dry, the back was shorter than the front and half of my hair in the back was missing … really feeling weird and super short! They cut basically half of my hair length.
Yes, I’m smiling in this picture, but not really. I called my sister crying and she asked for a picture, she was in the hospital with my dad, so I thought I would smile to show her how short my hair was … yes, incase you’re thinking it, she freaked out too!
Four days of agony began, anticipation of arriving at the photo shoot and them seeing my short hair! Can you imagine? I didn’t sleep for three days. All I could think was how bad this whole thing was, because I was not the influencer they approved. In my head, my hair defined me, because I know how things are … my hair was part of the reason why I was chosen.
The night before the photo shoot I messaged a friend who owns a PR agency, I asked her if I should tell the magazine about my hair? She said NO, just be you! They hired you for YOU, it will be fine! Somehow her words just calmed me down and gave me strength to move on!
When I arrived at the photo shoot in NYC, the hairdresser looked at me and I immediately felt an amazing vibe! He opened a bag and said: Honey, I know your picture showed me long hair, but I thought I would bring some extensions to give you some volume! I told him what had happened to me, he looked at me and said, looking in my eyes: You are in good hands, honey! Don’t worry! His name is Jason Murillo, I wanted to give him a huge shout! He’s an amazing hair dresser!
You wouldn’t believe my relief! Just like that, in 2 minutes, my agony was over and I could concentrate on doing a good job!
That whole experience showed me that the grace I placed upon those people at the hair salon, was just returned to me and miracles just happened!
- The hair dresser brought extensions for somebody with extra long hair
- My hair without extensions looked like it grew 5 inches in 4 days, no, I’m not lying!
- My hair looked so pretty on the shoot, I can’t wait for you all to see!
I believe things happen in our lives to test us and I believe that experience made me a better Christian. Except for this post, my hairdresser had no idea how I was feeling inside, because all she had from me was silence and gratitude for the 3 hour/3 people efforts to save my hair.
The whole ordeal left me, more than ever, believing in miracles and that God can make ANYTHING happen, even grow hair overnight!
This is my hair now, without any extensions:
I decided to share my story because maybe you are out there thinking about getting HOLOPLEX and you have long hair like mine and might want to follow the process closer. I had that done twice before, my hair felt amazing.
The hairdresser who was overseeing the process before, was more careful and asked the assistant to detangle my hair after removing the color, before step 2. I believe that made the difference between before and after.
Regardless, I hope my story is, above all, a testimony that amazing things can happen! Just be open to receive them!
Can’t wait to hear what you think! As usual, give me a Trendy Shout!