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Salon Location - How Far Are You Willing to Go?

StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
Question: how far are you willing to go, distance-wise, to get the perfect haircut?

For example ... if you found a stylist who cut your hair like a dream, but was located in a salon an hour away, would you be willing to drive that distance to see him/her on a regular basis? Or would you settle for maybe someone not that great, but they do an okay job and they are only 5-10 minutes from your house?

What kind of travel time/distance is the perfect haircut worth to you?
- Tiffany
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  • marybethmarybeth Posts: 342Registered Users
    i drove 35 minutes in the pouring rain for my first deva cut, but, sure, i'd go an hour or maybe longer for the perfect cut.
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  • 2happy2happy Posts: 5,138Registered Users
    I drive 1 1/2 hours one way right now.
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  • linda_mlinda_m Posts: 211Registered Users
    I drive about 20 minutes now, but I live about 10 miles outside of town, so the quickest I can get anywhere (grocery, drugstore, hardware store. etc. is 20 minutes). I think up to 45 minutes would be OK. More than that would get to be a pain after a while. I should say that I go every 4 weeks for color and a trim. If I were only going a few times a year, than I wouldn't hesitate to drive over an hour.
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  • mishka267mishka267 Posts: 162Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I live in IL, and get my hair cut in NJ. Granted, my parents live in NJ, but I do try to coordinate visits and haircuts. :afro:
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  • marybethmarybeth Posts: 342Registered Users
    mishka267 wrote:
    I live in IL, and get my hair cut in NJ. Granted, my parents live in NJ, but I do try to coordinate visits and haircuts. :afro:

    you probably win the "travels the furthest award." anybody in LA travel to NYC or vice versa?
    Location: Southern California, Los Angeles County

    3Aer...Botticelli Curls

  • RozettaStoneRozettaStone Posts: 695Registered Users
    The stylist who cut my hair last time (June) is about an hour away. I plan to go back to her. It's OK with me because I get my hair cut only 2 or 3 times a year. Also it's enjoyable for me to go to her area, so I'll plan a whole afternoon around my trip there.
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  • KurlyKarenLeeKurlyKarenLee Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    5 hours one way - approx. 200 miles. There's no one around here that has a clue what they're doing.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I voted an hour, as I've often had to travel 45 min or so for a good stylist. Only my last stylist was close (15 min or so). I would be willing to travel up to an hour. I guess it depends on how often you go. I used to get a trim every 8-10 weeks or so, now I go every 5-6 months! So 45-60 min is ok with me! :D
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    I'm lazy! I'm not going more than 15 minutes. If I lived in the middle of nowhere, maybe I'd be willing to travel farther, but my town has plenty of salons. None of them are Deva-trained or anything, but I've gotten good cuts at several salons in town.
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  • frxncrlsfrxncrls Posts: 250Registered Users
    I live in Colorado and travel to NYC for my hair. Granted, I too coordinate with a family/friend visit, but once you find something you like, it's difficult to settle with less! Until I find what I have there, I'll keep traveling :) NYC is a blast to visit that way anyway!! :)
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  • CurlyinColoradoCurlyinColorado Posts: 3,093Registered Users
    I polled for an hour's drive, but like frxncrls, I would definitely travel to NY for a devacut, but coordinate it with a trip to see family and friends!
    2b/3a.
  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks for all the input, ladies! I'm trying to find a new salon (to work in) at the moment and I want to be in the best, most convenient location possible ... heaven knows there are tons of salons in my area looking for stylists, but I'd also like to keep my own commute to a minimum. My search made me curious to find out how far people are willing to travel in general to get to a stylist they love :)
    - Tiffany
    Hair Stylist and Curly Hair Specialist - St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay)

    Blog: Live Curly, Live Free
    Facebook fan page: Live Curly Live Free

    Sulfate- and non-water soluble silicone-free since 04/22/2002
    3B, brunette: medium texture, low porosity, high density

  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    I drive over an hour one-way now and I go religiously every 8 weeks to get a trim & color. My husband goes to the same salon, so we go in the morning and then go to lunch and make a day out of it. It is totally worth it!!
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  • tinabcurlytinabcurly Posts: 545Registered Users
    I happily drive 1 hour each way for a cut/color every 8 weeks. For great hair, I suppose I would do anything. I might draw the line at a full day travel though. Maybe. :D
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  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    I voted for "30 minutes or less doesn't seem unreasonable to me for great hair", but my new stylist is about a 40-minute drive away. My previous stylist was about a 15-minute or less drive away.