What’s the Cost of a Free Cut?

The other day I took my soon-to-be second grader (sniff, sniff – she’s getting so big!) in for a free hair cut at JCP.

That’s what we’re supposed to call it now, right? It’s no longer Penney’s?

Anyhoo, they’re giving away free cuts to any child between Kindergarten and 6th grade throughout the month of August. Sounds great, right? And super smart of them too – while we waited for our appointment, I wandered the store and ended up with school backpacks for Sadie and Davis, and a shirt for Ed. As someone who has never shopped there before, it definitely gave me a reason to stop in and check it out.

I nonchalantly mentioned to Avery’s stylist that I never knew they had a salon before, at which point she starts listing off all the services they perform. She then turns to my daughter and says, “We do eyebrow waxing too, so in a couple of years you can come back and get those bushy brows cleaned up. Yours aren’t as bad as my daughter’s though. My daughter is six and I can’t wait to get rid of her caterpillars.”

Um, excuse me? Did she just insult my beautiful girl (and her own beautiful girl, apparently), and quite possibly give her a complex about the way she looks at the tender age of seven?

After assuring her that I think my beautiful girl has quite lovely brows, and that we wouldn’t be needing waxing services any time soon, I whisked her out of there and spent the car ride home boosting Avery’s confidence.

In the future, I think we’ll stick to our girl Emilie. Cuz that free cut cost more than I’m willing to pay.

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Comments

  1. Saddened and mad at the stylist’s comments to your daughter. Sorry she had to hear this. She is a lovely girl just the way God made her.

  2. How ridiculous of that stylist… I’d have been pretty upset about that, too! I’m big on reinforcing with my 4th grader (school starts on Monday, sigh) that she has so many things going for her beyond looks and what “brand” she wears, that she needn’t worry, because self-confidence makes you beautiful inside and out. So far, so good.

  3. Jeanna Moon says:

    This is funny…I just took Mackenna, my 4th grader, into JCP and she got her free haircut as well. I was less than impressed with their service and the stylist. I then took Keagan in to get her haircut by Emilie and I told her about it and told her we would be sticking with her too!!! I see her again this Wednesday, so I’ll have to tell her this, she’ll get a kick out of it!!! Sometimes free is not always better!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Loved your post. We also took our kid’s for the free haircuts, my 10 year old walked out thinking her hair is the most damaged hair on the planet and that she must get that extra conditioning service. I also was not that impressed with the quality of the cuts. I like JCP concept but did they go our an hire a bunch of unprofessional ding bats to cut hair for the month of Aug or is this the normal service you get at a JCP salon? Just curious as we have never been there before. Thanks for sharing.

  5. wow. i am almost speechless. i was thinking of taking my kids there, but reading this changed my mind. that is a horrible horrible thing to say and frankly, i feel sorry for her daughter.

  6. WOW. Can’t believe it! I try not to get anything for FREE, as 1.) It usually costs more than you think and 2.) I just don’t agree with someone NOT getting paid for services they render. The whole premise of “free” is so shady – it’s never really “free,” and the person paying for it is the employee, and never the one that can afford it – the employer (in this case JC PENNEY.)

    This sounds like a lose-lose! :-(

    On the bright side, you look GREAT!

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  7. I will not swear on your blog but can I just say whoever that woman was a big rhymes with itch? Seriously. It’s women like her that put our girls in that crazy head space that they are struggling with already.

  8. Please tell Avery that Grammy thinks she is beautiful just the way she is. JC Penney used to be one of my favorite places to shop. Don’t care for it now since they revamped the way they do business. No one she criticize a 7 year old like that. I definitely won’t be going back there any time soon.

  9. Goofy stylist :P Sorry! Love those shoes…

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  10. Wow, I feel sorry for her daughter. I can’t imagine the things she probably says to her own if she has no filters with strangers!

  11. Wow, I can’t believe someone would say that to a little girl. I’m sure your daughter is just as beautiful as you.

    I love this look. The color of that top is simply gorgeous!

  12. THIS IS REALLY FUN AND THOSE HEELS ARE HOT…DOES ANYONE EVER TELL YOU YOU LOOK LIKE KYLIE MINOGUE?
    FOLLOWING YOU..HOPE YOU WILL DO THE SAME!
    SHEREE X
    http://www.itsnotthatdeep.com

  13. Hi ladies. You guys really need to write in to the managers and explain what happened. They REALLY need to train their employees on appropriate/inappropriate behavior. I own a business and would totally want to know if we were doing something that wasn’t up to par at our studio (I own a custom portrait studio).

    A very similar thing happened to me with another parent at our school who was having a special FREE cut promotion. He too gave me a flippin complex about my hair (which is curly and a common thing with curly hair is the look of thinning hair where you part your hair). I never noticed it until he pointed it out. People really need an education!! ;)

    Margaret @ http://www.LiveLikeNoOneElse.com

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