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:
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.
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.
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.