Dear Snarky – I’m Being Harassed By My Hair Stylist

Dear Snarky,

 My hair stylist has taken to social media to try to ruin me. I have been going to this woman for a very long time and we’re friends on Facebook. Once the lock down was lifted she started posting a lot, and I mean A LOT, of pictures of her out and about doing what I would describe as risky behaviors during a pandemic.

 She’s been to tons of bars, a huge Branson pool party where no one was wearing masks and on and on. Based on this I told her privately that I was cancelling my hair appointment because I didn’t want to take the risk of spending three hours with her to have my hair highlighted and cut since she has been around so many people without a mask or any social distancing.

This woman went off on me like you wouldn’t believe. She accused me of trying to tell her how to live her life and that I have no right to comment on anything she does. After that phone conversation I thought the issue was over with forever.

 But a couple of hours later she’s on social media dragging my name through the mud and just making up shit about me. I don’t know what to do. I talked to my boss for advice (Zoom) and to give her heads up on what was happening and she said I should just ignore it and wait it out.

 What do you think?

 Signed, Freaked Out

Dear Freaked Out,

 I’m leaning towards the advice your boss gave you. Under no circumstances should you comment on any post or take to your social media to give your side of the story. It would just be adding rocket fuel to the fire.

 The fact that you talked to your hairstylist privately about your decision to cancel the appointment and didn’t go on social media for a public shaming was the right way to go.

 Now, would I have been so candid about the reason for the cancellation? Probably not, because I wouldn’t want to do that big of a deep dive on it. (#ConfrontationAvoidanceStrategy) But, I can’t really blame you for being honest and thinking that perhaps your friend and hair stylist of many years would want to know how her posts were being received by clients and might, if not alter her behavior, not share it on social media.

 As for this woman having a meltdown, well,  just from a business perspective she’s an idiot.  She’s demeaning a customer and some of her other customers might think, “Whoa, what if she does this to me down the road.” She’s also making herself sound unhinged and no one wants a mentally unstable person near them with extremely sharp scissors.

If she is truly defaming you on social media you or an attorney can send her a cease and desist notice requesting that the defamatory statement be removed, retracted, and an apology made. 

 I would stay strong, stay off social media for the foreseeable future and find a new hair stylist. Oh, and when you do get a new stylist maybe you shouldn’t become social media besties.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – I’m Being Harassed By My Hair Stylist

  1. Rebel says:

    Considering my friend and hairstylist who has been diligent about masks and posting pro-mask and social distancing on her Facebook got COVID19 from one of her clients, you made an excellent choice to not go to an appointment with this woman.

    I probably would also have told her the reason for the cancellation. But I spent this morning’s run arguing with my run partner about COVID, so that’s my MO.

  2. Debby says:

    Lol. Read this the day you posted! Just shook my head! Great Great advice as usual Snarky!
    So now, I’m seeing the something like this happen to my stylist! All thru this Covid-19 pandemic, she’s ranted and raved on SM. Not closing! Not wearing a mask! No social distancing for her! Daily posts of defiance! ( BTW; I’m in the state of the stylist gone rogue back in April!)
    Anyway… Now that things have somewhat opened up….. she has no clients, no one will book with her and she doesn’t know why? Oh, and that has prompted more rants on social media !
    This will bring the clients back!
    SM is better than a soap opera!

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