Have you ever had a stylist assume they knew your curly hair better than you?

So, the last time I went in for a trim and layers, I went to a new salon.  The "stylist" was asking me questions about my hair, and one of them was "Does your hair expand?"  Well, yeah, it's curly, it's going to expand as it dries.  She then told me I was using the wrong products.  After cutting it, she put some products in it an put me under the dryer.  I've never had a stylist do that to me before and was rather nervous, but I thought I'd she what tricks she had up her sleeve.  By the time my hair was dry, it actually hadn't expanded and the curls were mostly at the ends.  The rest of my hair felt glued to my head and it just looked absolutely horrific.  What's the point of having curls if you're going to weigh them down and make them stiff with products?  To me there is a huge difference between expansion and frizz and I like the volume I get from my curls.  The part that ticks me off the most is the fact that she actually layered it well, a feat no other stylist in my area has ever been able to manage.  Have you ever had a similar experience?  What did you do?  If you were in my shoes, would you return to her?

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Wow! How frustrating! I think you just got a bad one. I usually encounter stylists who don't know what they're doing, but I just give them instructions, gently. Really, I have no expectations of walking out of the salon with a hairstyle I like. I just go in for cut or color and I don't worry about the style, knowing I'll just do it myself at home to get it the way I like it!