I'm going in on Wednesday for an actual consultation with a stylist to see if I will feel like letting her with scissors anywhere near my head.
See, in Chicago, a decent cut at a real salon runs $50 and I am not
going to continue to walk away feeling like I just put my hair and
a $50 bill through a shredder. My last stylist kept cutting off more than I wanted, so I said "don't do that! I'm trying to grow it out!" And that's when she told me - after telling me the exact opposite
thing several months earlier - that the straightening iron was damaging my hair and she had to cut off the damage.
This thus-far-unknown stylist has a reputation as someone who can work with wavy/curly hair. I remain skeptical, but the consultation doesn't cost anything. Usually, I pin my hair back when it's wet so that it dries flat. I'm not going to do that on Wednesday. I'm going to go into that salon with my finger-inna-lightsocket look and see what she says about my hair. If I don't like what she says, I'll keep looking.
Also, hi, I'm new to the boards. And my hair is also stubborn wavy Irish hair.