On Wednesday afternoon, I did the gutsiest thing a woman can do on a cruise ship: I got my hair cut.
Like Cruise Critic member argenta01, who wrote on the message boards, “I wouldn’t trust a hair cut to a stranger,” I wasn’t keen on the idea. But the Western Caribbean humidity was making me look Q-Tippish, and every morning I regretted not getting a pre-Voyager trim. So I gave it a try.
Pros: Reasons to Do the ‘Do
You could make up for lost time. I had so many things to finish at home and work before embarking Voyager of the Seas that I wasn’t able to get to the salon as planned. Getting my hair cut onboard made up for that.
You don’t have to wait weeks to get an appointment. I called the salon to get an appointment and was in the chair within 10 minutes. The normal wait time at my usual spot is at least two weeks. Tip: Avoid haircuts on formal night, when the salon is packed with ladies getting dolled up for dinner.
You don’t feel rushed. My typical appointment is 30 minutes. The cut onboard was an hour, and I really felt like the stylist, Charlotte from England, took her time and was careful.
You have a better view. Instead of staring at your own mug in the mirror, you can also gaze out to sea. Voyager’s salon has lovely ocean views.
You might realize you need a new style at home. Cruise Critic member bfmac pointed this one out. Maybe the stylist will do your ‘do in a slightly different way, making you consider whether it’s time to change things up back home. I liked the way Charlotte thinned out my thick bangs, and will ask my usual guy to do the same.
Cons: Where Things Get Hairy
It’s pricey. My normal haircut is $42, plus tip. This one was $86.75 — $75 plus an automatically included 15 percent tip.
You don’t know what you’re going to get. The cut could be fab or you could end up looking like the victim of an assault by weed wacker — same as any time you try a new stylist. Mine turned out much shorter than I like (but it’ll grow). Tip: Ask female crewmembers who cut their hair; they also tend to use the day spa stylists.
The motion makes you a little nervous. Voyager of the Seas’ salon is located on Deck 11 forward — not the ship’s center of gravity — so I felt the motion of the ocean. It made me worried about a rogue snip.
The weather can fuzz things up. When I got my haircut, we were just departing humid, warm Jamaica. What will the cut look like back home on the East Coast, where it’s far cooler and less muggy?
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