Are you using Groupon/Living Social and other online deal websites because duh, who would like to pay full price? Since these sometimes “too good to be true” deal sites sprouted in the internet, I’ve been lured to buy for stuff like less than half price dinners, hotel stays and other activities. So far, so good, especially if it’s a discounted dining from our familiar restaurant.
Then I started buying salon vouchers.
I don’t go to the salon often; truth be told, the last time I had a haircut was more than 12 months ago. Why? Because I am lazy to sit in the salon for hair treatments that could last for more than an hour. I don’t like the smell, I don’t like the noise. Result? The hairdresser always say, “your hair is so dry, almost dead” every time I go. But whatever. I always put it up in a pony tail almost every day anyway.
But since I’m going for a vacation soon, and my destination is a little on the hot and humid side of the world, I decided to jump on what my friends call “Keratin treatment” to make my hair more manageable when I decide not to put it up in a pony tail (for a change!).
I bought a Groupon deal for a Keratin treatment + hair cut for only AED169 (US$45). What a deal, right?
I scheduled an appointment and arrived on time only to find out the salon was still closed. It’s Ramadan time so they were arriving “a little late”. I was scheduled for 11 am but the people there said the salon will only open at 11:30.
The salon staff arrived a little earlier than 11:30 am, thankfully. The guy got my voucher and started assessing my hair. The usual comments came..your hair is so dry, blah blah blah and he said, instead of Brazilian Keratin, I should opt for a better treatment called, “Hair Botox”.
Hair botox is a new treatment that could turn back the clock and help you regain your healthy hair. It is called botox because just like botox smooths away wrinkles, scientists claim to have devised a formula, which apparently plugs holes and smooths away tears and damages in dried locks.
Hair botox uses a three-step process whereby the hair shaft cuticles are opened up using a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo, the Hair Botox is then applied (the hairdresser mixed something and sprayed it in my hair) so that the active ingredients penetrate the cuticle and finally heat is applied to fully activate and seal the ingredients into the hair.
To summarize my experience, I ended up spending more than saving. I got out of the salon unhappy why I had to spend so much for non-profitable stuff like, hair. It’s just a hair (that I would put up in a bun or pony tail anyway!)
My Groupon voucher had a little note that it’s only applicable for hair with length of up to 12 inches only. My hair was 18 inches long. I didn’t mind cutting it to 12 inches short (I didn’t want to pay extra of AED30/inch!) but the hairdresser said, “but your face is round AND big, a short hairstyle wouldn’t suit you…oh yeah?!) I said to trim off 2 inches. I still have 4 inches extra left = AED120. Ok, I can manage that.
Next, he saw the roots of my hair growing white…I dye my graying hair every 4-6 weeks or so, at home and using different shades of colors, dark brown, black. He suggested I dye it first before I can’t dye it for sometime after Hair Botox. And so that I have uniform hair color all throughout. How much was the hair color? AEDxxx.
As he was explaining to me all the wonderful things about Hair Botox (I admit, I was so convinced because if I have to linger in the salon for hours, I would like to go out and enjoy a renewed crown of glory – soft, flowy hair that’s alive), he told me I can’t use normal shampoos after the treatment anymore. I should use sulfate-free shampoo, a special mask and a moisturizing serum and lucky me, he’s giving it at half the price! This lasts for maybe at least 6 months, madame. AEDxxx for the set.
I feel I’m going to walk out of that salon!
The hair botox treatment was stinky and hurt my eyes. It was difficult to breath. And I was into my 3rd hour there. Remind me again why I hate going to the salon?! Plus I ended up shelling moolah and poorer by a few hundred dirhams. Plus, I am not pleased with my haircut!