The Pleasure and Pain of Salon Hair Washes
Last updated: November 2022
When I was younger, going to get my haircut wasn’t something I thought of as a luxurious or particularly nurturing experience. I didn’t go often, and I didn’t really do anything daring with my hair. Once I started paying for my own haircuts, I went even less often, and I usually went to a chain store that was conveniently located and really fast.
Now that I live in a city with a thriving local business scene, I think more carefully about how and where I spend my money. For that reason and many others, I started getting my hair cut and colored at my friends’ amazing, intimate salon in downtown Athens, Georgia. It’s like going to therapy, I swear: the salon is very small, and everyone there (stylists and customers alike) is fun to talk to.
How do they manage my scent sensitivity?
One other bonus: My friends who own the salon know that I moonlight as The Migraine Girl, and they are extremely thoughtful about my potential triggers whenever I come in. They don’t ever use strongly-scented products on my hair, and they ask me to lightly sniff anything even mildly scented before they put it on me. They’re also very accommodating when it comes to hair washing.
How do I feel about hair washing?
For me, getting my hair washed is one of the main reasons I want to go get my hair cut. Feeling someone else care for you and nurture you, even for a few moments is immensely soothing, plus that head and neck massage feel pretty dang incredible.
Unfortunately, the hair washing is also one of the least comfortable parts of the process. Funny that: comforting but uncomfortable. That would be an oxymoron to most, but I know my migraine buddies understand.
Do you have a migraine toolbox for when an attack hits?
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