How do you pass the time at the hair salon?

Do you visit hair salons regularly? I don’t. I haven’t been to one in more than a year now (gasp!) and even though my hair badly needs a haircut, I just keep postponing booking an appointment. Part of this is due to me being lazy, part of it to the fact that I still haven’t found a salon I really like. I’ve been to a few but either the hairdressers aren’t that good or they’re amazing but the atmosphere at their salon is so standoffish and offputting.

But there’s also another reason. I get bored easily. Having your hair cut or any other treatment done on your locks can take a couple of hours, especially if the salon is full of clients. Just the thought of being in there for so long is enough to make me feel really stressed but it shouldn’t be like that, should it? Going to the salon should be a relaxing and pampering experience, so how I can make it so?

So, I started thinking of a few things I could do to pass the time when I next got to the salon and here’s what I came up with:

1. Read

I’ve always been an avid reader, but as I grow old I seem to have less and less time to dedicate to reading. These days I mostly read on weekends but somehow that doesn’t seem to be enough to reduce the huge pile of books on my desk. In fact, it seems to be getting bigger all the time! I’ve started taking a book with me every time I go to the doctor’s or when I travel, so why not bring one to the hair salon too? I know they have magazines, but I find them very boring. Give me a good book anytime and the time spent at the salon will fly by much quicker.

2. Do crossword puzzles

If reading isn’t your thing and not even the magazines provided interest you, you can use the time at the salon to do your crossword puzzles. My sister and mum are huge fans of them, and I enjoy doing them too sometimes. I think they are fun and have a few benefits too. When doing those puzzles you’ll have to use your vocabulary, spelling and reasoning ability, which all contribute to sharpen your mind and maybe make you learn something new too.

3. Sleep

If you’re feeling very tired or didn’t get much sleep the night before, just close your eyes and doze off. Personally speaking, I just can’t sleep outside of my bedroom and never nap on trains, planes, buses, no matter how tired I am. But if you can, this is the perfect opportunity to catch some zzzz. While I don’t recommend falling into a deep sleep (you may wanna check the hairdresser doesn’t forget all about you or that she’s not cutting your hair too short or leaves you under the hair streamer for too long for example), dozing off with your eyes closed can be very relaxing and make you feel rested.

4. Gossip

Lots of people like chatting and gossiping with their hairdresser when they go to a salon. I change salon pretty often so I don’t really know the stylist so well to tell her my life story or something and being a very shy and reserved person, I usually only make small talk. I wish I were one of those people with the gift of the gab that can make conversation easily flow even with those they have just met, but I don’t. I’m getting better though. But if you’re extrovert or know your stylist quite well, chatting and catching up with him/her will make the time pass quickly and pleasantly.

What do you do when you’re at the hair salon to pass the time? Let me know in the comments. :)

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  1. fuzzyleo says

    I chat with the stylist or read: either the gossip/fashion magazines tat I’d NEVER buy, or a book that I bring along with me.
    My new hairdresser (I have moved few months ago) is close to a bookstore, and they always have some of the newest titles: you can read them, but not take them away – so if you’re hooked by a book (bhooked?? ;)) you can go in the bookstore and buy it!! Clever co-marketing, IMHO.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Fuzzyleo, that is such a wonderful idea! And very clever marketing too I agree. I wish we had something similar here. It’s a great way to both pass the time while at the salon and discover some new great books. :)

  2. says

    I wear glasses and I’m half blind without them. Since I have to take off my glasses to get my hair done, reading and anything else requiring good eyesight is out. So usually I chat with ny stylistic or make plans for my free time in the upcoming week, or just nap.
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  3. says

    I haven’t been to a hair salon in 10 years (gasp!) because I hate having people touch my hair, and my hair never looks any better when it’s done professionally. But I used to get bored too, which is another reason to not go. However, my boyfriend loooves getting his hair done for some reason, even though it takes 3 hours for them to cut and color it! He reads trashy magazines and talks with his stylist, and he loves getting his hair washed. That’s another thing I hate – the uncomfortable tub they wash your hair in.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Jeni, bless your boyfriend. He must really enjoy going to the hair salon. And I have to agree with him about having my hair washed, I love it too. I agree that the tubs they have are uncomfortable but when they wash your hair they usually massage it as well and I find it very relaxing. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Principessa Grassa, I feel the same. Going to the salon is a chore that I could gladly do without. But sometimes it’s necessary so I hope that these tips will make my next appointment less boring.

  4. says

    I’m like Jeni. I haven’t had my hair professionally cut in about 12 years. I’ve been cutting it myself this whole time. I was thinking about getting it cut at this fancy salon recently, but chickened out. I know my hair better than any stylist. And most stylists hate curly hair, have no idea what to do with it, and always try to convince you to go straight. Blah.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Trisha, I tend to avoid fancy salons. I’ve been to one once and the hairdressers were so stuck up. They wouldn’t even talk among themslves. It’s put me off from trying other fancy salons sadly.

      And I hate when stylist do that. Unless one is unsure on what hairstyle to get and ask for advice, they should just shut up and do what they’re asked to do, not trying to convince you to have treatments done one doesn’t want or need.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, that’s great that they had a tv. It gives people something to do. I think more salons should do it. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tammy, I agree that it is hard to concentrate on rading or doing puzzles in a noise enviroment. I like to be in a room with utter silence to be able to read. But if I’m reading something light like a magazine or a chick-flick novel then I can read even if it’s noisy around me.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Stavroula, no, I’m a Virgo lol. I just get bored easily lol. Sometimes the salon’s so busy that it takes longer than usual to have your hair cut or something and I just sit there waiting and not knowing what to do. I tried reading the mags they provided but they’re so uninteresting to me that I put them down after 5 minutes lol.

  5. says

    I’m definitely not a gossiper (mostly because I’m shy and very socially awkward so I don’t know how to talk to people haha). I also can’t doze off because then my head droops and I’m afraid the hair cut will be ruined. But I love reading- its just hard to find a good book I can get swept up into. Fortunately, I’ve been reading Game of Thrones and I love it!

    Thanks for the tips!
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Muna, I’m very shy too, so I can sympathize with you. It’s not easy to talk to someone you don’t know well. So, I just stick to small talk.

      Game of Thrones is amazing, isn’t it? I love it too.

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