Help! I have been going to a hair stylist for several years. She recently was out for several months on leave, and someone else in the same salon cut my hair twice. I loved what she did and want to stay with her, but feel awkward, now that my original stylist is back, and don’t want to hurt her feelings or cause problems between them. What do I do?
You can either say nothing and simply make your next appointment with the new stylist, or you can be direct and speak to your long-time stylist and tell her that, while you have loved what she has done in the past, you liked the change provided by the new stylist and will be making appointments with her in the future. This enables you to make the change without feeling awkward and as though you have to avoid eye contact with your former stylist. It’s not easy, but at least it clears the air so you aren’t uncomfortable being there. Your only alternative is to find a new salon entirely, but that shouldn’t be necessary. You really don’t owe a detailed explanation for making a change, and it is not uncommon for someone to change from one stylist to another.
I know you say, “excuse me” when you sneeze or cough or even burp, but should you say that when you have the hiccups, too, and if so, do you say it every time you hiccup since it’s usually more than once?