Hair Trial: The Sequel

Still no pictures, but a little bird told me that we should be getting them this afternoon!! In the meantime, here’s another hair horror story for ya!

After a pretty awful hair trial at The Hair Artists, I took your advice, hive, and scheduled an emergency hair trial a week before the wedding with a very good friend of my mother in law.

In spite of all her fervent assurances that I would LOVE Karla, I was a little nervous. What can I say? It was definitely a case of “once bitten, twice shy.”

The day of the dreaded hair appointment, I got horribly lost on the way to the salon. Needless to say, this just frazzled me out even more, and by the time I finally made it to The Color Bar, I was seriously considering just throwing my hair up in a ponytail on my wedding day.

Then I met Karla. And she was AWESOME! She’s a down-to-earth, no-nonsense woman, and she immediately put me at ease. She actually LISTENED to what I had to say, and a mere thirty minutes later I was sporting a very pretty waterfall braid that looked great with my unintentional ombre and some curls.

Wanna see?

Personal photo. Hairstyle by Karla at The Color Bar

Can you tell that I LOVE it?

Personal photo.

Seriously, Georgia bees, if you need your hair done, see Karla at the Color Bar in Marietta!

I made sure to book her right then and there to do my wedding hair and reminded myself to cancel my other appointment at The Hair Butchers. I mean Artists. The Hair Artists. Ahem.

Procrastinator that I am, of course, I kinda put off canceling my appointment until the very last minute. The day before the wedding, I finally decided to give them a call. Just as I was dialing their number, though, THEY called ME! What wonderful timing, right?

Before I could politely let them know that I wouldn’t need their services the next day, the receptionist informed me that the hairstylist I had booked THREE WEEKS PRIOR had gone on vacation.

Mind. Blown.

“Would you like to reschedule?” she chirped, seemingly oblivious to the fact that I was silently FUMING on the other end of the line.

Mr. Unicorn, who had heard the whole conversation, quickly snatched the phone out of my hand before things got nasty. I really wish he hadn’t, though. There was so much that I wanted to say, starting with something like this: “Sure. Let me reschedule MY ENTIRE WEDDING so I can RE-BOOK my wedding hair appointment with YOUR INCOMPETENT AND IRRESPONSIBLE hairstylist. Good plan, guys!”

I mean, who does that??? Who, in their right mind, calls a bride the day before her wedding to ask if she’d like to reschedule her wedding hair appointment because her hairstylist “decided to go on vacation” for Labor Day Weekend????? Can you imagine if I’d decided to stick with The Hair Artists and hadn’t booked someone else? I would have been SOL on the day of the wedding.

Moral of the story: always listen to the hive!

Any other hair-raisingly bad vendor experiences out there? Did you manage to find a suitable alternative in time for the wedding, or did you have to make do without?


Mrs. Unicorn

Atlanta, Georgia
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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  1. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:16 am

    ARE YOU KIDDING?! Re-schedule? is she crazy? I’m so glad you had changed your plan, otherwise this would’ve been an epic disaster.

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 9:17 am

    Your hair looks gorgeous! The back is amazing!

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    kbiceling 298 posts, Helper bee @ 9:23 am

    Oh my goodness! How does that even happen for WEDDING hair?

    Good thing you found something different!

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    Amy, Guest @ 9:33 am

    NO WAY! I’m in shock that a salon/stylist would be so rude. What type of salon would allow a stylist to go on vacation knowing she had appointments already booked? At the very least they should have someone already set up to cover her appointments. What type of business does that? You would thing in this economy small business owners would try harder to make sure people are happy and spend there money at THEIR salon. I’m in shock…who does that? What type of place doesn’t want your money?

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    southernpecan13 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:39 am

    Your hair looks awesome !!! I totally know the color bar never been their maybe ill try it out

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    cannon 513 posts, Busy bee @ 9:55 am

    Wow, that’s crazy! Good thing you found an alternative before the wedding.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:57 am

    Your hair looks great, I’m glad your trusted your instincts and found a great hairstylist for your wedding! Also, the old stylist….wow, definitely dodged a bullet.

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    call_me_ktb 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:06 am

    If I were you I’d be drafting a lovely little review of the butchers… glad you followed your gut on that one!

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    VioletSky 928 posts, Busy bee @ 11:12 am


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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 11:51 am

    I love braided hairstyles, and yours looks great! Thank goodness you booked them!

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    Beast 28 posts, Newbee @ 12:09 pm

    You should book another date with the Hair Butchers and the not show up! The nerve!!! I’m glad things worked out for you. The hairstyle looks amazing

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 1:28 pm

    I love the look! And I’m glad it all worked out with Karla because, clearly, you would have been up a creek if you hadn’t tried someone else!

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    AT, Guest @ 2:25 pm

    Glad you found another stylist for sure!

    But, honestly, to be fair, she *almost* screwed you over while you were, indeed, screwing her over by cancelling so late…

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:18 pm

    Oh wow I am glad it worked out for the better! BTW the way your hair looks astonishingly beautiful and I might just have to try this look out myself!

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    mcdonald_515 93 posts, Worker bee @ 4:01 pm

    First off WAYYYY better omg love it! and the vacation hack job stylist couldnt even believe what I was reading! I actually had to stop my FI from what he was doing so I could read him the story!!

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    coyote 1933 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:19 pm

    Okay first of all, love your hair here! It’s freakin’ gorgeous. And you seriously dodged a bullet there by finding someone else. How unprofessional is that?!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:26 pm

    Um I don’t even know how she did that to your hair… all I know is it’s fabulous!!!! Glad you found her. I’m also glad Mr. Unicorn yelled at that other place. People who run their businesses like that drive me crazy!

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    luvmypuppy6 9 posts, Newbee @ 11:01 pm

    I love your hair! I wish mine would have looked so nice. Getting someone lined up for mine was a pure nightmare. I had set up to do a trial with an old friend who fell off the face of the earth two months before the wedding. My MOH and I set out and started scrambling to find someone who would be available. Since I was hoping to not blow my budget on my hair I was trying to avoid salons and the girl I’d found for my backup couldn’t get off of work at the salon we wish we would have gone to. Instead, my amazing MOH got in touch with a friend of ours from high school and everything was a go. I went to her house and had the trial run. Looked like we were on board with an idea even though she didn’t complete the do while I was over.
    Morning of, we get to her house and start. She never touched my or my MOH’s heads with a brush or comb, the top was much tighter than I’d anticipated and she schellacked my head with Rave hairspray!!!!! Rave! The same dollar store find we used in high school!!!!!!
    When we got to the church the bottom half of my head had to be recurled and my wonderful SIL restyled my Moh’s hair.
    To top it all off, following the reception my hubby started picking chunks of peeling hair spray off of my hair. We have wanted to talk to her about how dissatisfied we were but are afraid of hurting her feelings because she really is the sweetest person we know.

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 6:02 am

    I’m shocked they would do that to you! Glad it all worked out.

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    Daio, Guest @ 2:24 pm

    Pot, meet kettle. You think SHE was flakey? Interesting sense of entitlement, and utter lack of manners, you have here…

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    Sa0306 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:26 pm

    I like that hairstyle, I am sorry for the hair dresser flaking out on you :(

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