"If I'm paying for a service, why is it that I am the one doing all the understanding? Even "focusing on the positive," (which means biting my tongue at half the stuff that comes out of a stylist's mouth) I can't tell you how often I kind of just tolerate the salon experience/stylist because I can't find anything better."
This is so often my experience as well, and it's truly tiresome.
I get around the products issue because I'm not fully CG, and I don't get my hair styled at the salon. Yet, I know I'm compromising in order to get a good cut.
I think that stylist/client communication is a far more complicated interaction than it's given credit for. And because of that, I wonder, what are stylists really taught about interacting with their clients?