Bad Haircut Hurts Model's Career

Love may be "an ever-fixed mark/That looks on tempests and is never shaken," as the Bard once wrote. But beauty is a fickle bitch.

"It's so humiliating. My hair is not a free-for-all. This has hurt my job opportunities."

That's a lesson Kerri Aultman now knows all too well. The model normally keeps her hair dyed dark, with short sides and a long, stylish swoop in front that hides half of her pretty face. The hairdo is ideal for her performance art pieces at parties and club openings. "My appearance is my living," she says.

So she was skeptical when she met Susie Kim. Aultman was having a drink at Wood Tavern when Kim approached her. "I love your hair," Kim said. She then introduced herself as a stylist and instructor for Vidal Sassoon in Miami Beach. "I'd love to give you a free cut sometime if you'd be willing to model for my class."

Aultman cautiously promised to consider it. But in the weeks that followed, Kim kept texting her. Finally, she agreed, but only if Kim would cut her hair without her students around. "Her credentials were legit," Aultman says. "After getting another bad haircut [elsewhere], I decided to try something new."

The model and the hairstylist met at Sassoon's Miami Beach salon Friday, January 17. They spoke for half an hour as Aultman showed Kim images of Noomi Rapace's Mohawk in the Swedish film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. But once Kim began cutting, things quickly went off script.

"You're not really liking this haircut," Kim mentioned halfway through.

"How could I?" Aultman answered. "I don't have any hair left."

In fact, by the time Kim finished, Aultman's hair looked more ravaged than Rapace-like.

"I am, like, bald. I'm not even kidding," Aultman says. "I have a scissor line in my scalp."

Aultman had planned on tipping Kim $40 for her trouble. Instead, she says, "I walked out without giving her anything except a piece of my mind."

When she texted Kim later to say she was still upset, things got snarky.

"Well, it's unfortunate you couldn't appreciate the free service and the creativity of the haircut, which was tailored for you," Kim texted back.

"No, what's unfortunate is that you didn't listen to your client," the model replied.

Aultman says the haircut is so bad she has had to wear wigs, even during a photo shoot for the new downtown club E11even. "It's so humiliating," she says. "My hair is not a free-for-all. This has hurt my job opportunities."

Kim claims Aultman is making too much out of a free haircut.

"I'm sorry, but I find it a little humorous," she says. "She's a model. To be a model, you have to be more open about things... I loved the haircut. I thought it looked great. She got compliments from everyone in the salon. I just think she's not a happy person.

"She was insulting me in front of my clients, saying this was a terrible haircut," Kim adds. "I don't think people should complain about something they get for free. Besides, how does a haircut destroy someone's career?"

 
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no1uknow
no1uknow

Hey, if Kerri Aultman loses any work opportunities, maybe Susie Kim can fill-in for her, as Susie is 10-times more attractive than Kerrie (even with her hair!) Oops-- who knows, maybe that was part of the problem.

no1uknow
no1uknow

Susie Kim has been my hairstylist for the past year. She is an experienced professional, and a very talented person, who takes great pride in her work, as evidenced by her ever-growing list of regular clients, who truly appreciate her skills. I have referred several people to Susie, all of whom have raved about how happy they are with her.

blackjack_21
blackjack_21

The part of the article I do not understand is why Kerri Aultman, who says her “ideal” hairdo is short sides and a long, stylish swoop in front, tried to duplicate such a radically different hairstyle like the one Noomi Rapace had in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” By doing so, Aultman set herself to be disappointed and set-up the stylist (any stylist) to fail.

It is a little too convenient to say the model was the victim in the story. When you read into Aultman’s statement: "After getting another bad haircut [elsewhere], I decided to try something new", it is much easier to see that the real, unknowing victim of this story is not the model—but the stylist. The article doesn’t name the stylist in “Kerri’s Bad Haircut I”, and while “Kerri’s Bad Haircut III” has yet to be released, we know it’s coming because this model is just one bad haircut after another.

dtinabinette
dtinabinette

So I think this is a cheap way to slander someone name. Susie Kim is an amazing stylist, and this whole article was cheaply written. It is completely one sided and really only tells the point of view of the bitch of a model. I would've hated to have this model in my chair for a haircut. If you have ever been to Vidal Sassoon and had a haircut from Susie you would understand that this article is simply vile. To tarnish someone's name and career simply because you are a problem client only makes you look small. Karma is a bitch... And not for anything but the color which Susie had no control over was splotchy, that simply puts off a good cut, any good hairstylist knows that.

piggyop
piggyop

Sorry but this girl is an amazing stylist..always happy with my precision cuts..get compliments wherever I go..the "model" and the writer of this article need to get a life..this is NOT newswothy.

piggyop
piggyop

I have had my hair styled by this stylist for paI have my hair style by this stylish for many years ok let me try to type

misteryu1029
misteryu1029

Ok Michael Miller,

Are you bored at work or something? This is the best story you have? You decide to write an article about someone ruining someone's hair instead of something more meaningful? Were you there when this happened? Or are you just taking someone's word for it and spinning it to where people would enjoy this worthless article.

How do u know the stylist was begging her? How do u know what the client wanted? Exactly, you don't. Funny how a play of words can turn this situation into a bigger deal than it is. So this person is apparently a model? If this was a Heidi Klum or some shit it might be newsworthy.

Go find another job. You are a disgrace to journalists.

Oh yeah, I'm a Huffington Post writer too..maybe I should write about how crap this article is.

Marina333
Marina333

Color looks bad and the lighter spots of color is giving it a balding appearance! I suggest you get yourself a good colorist but then again if You sat in my chair I would turn you away in a heart beat! Your issues are within yourself Kerry not a bad haircut. Perhaps you need therapy. Looks to me like you wanted to be BOLD but 1/2 way through realized you changed your mind. You got the haircut YOU asked for darling, the girl with the dragon tattoo has the same sideburns you have and it's so short you can see the scalp on sides as well. I suggest Kerri that you change career paths, And stop blaming this stylist for not being able to get YOU jobs as a model. The only person responsible for your success is YOU! Your "MODELING" career isn't working for you when you can't even afford to pay for a haircut!!! Trying to ruin someone's reputation isn't gonna get you to the top, KARMA is a bitch!

ronnor246
ronnor246

I'm a guy and I would never have let someone cut my hair that I didn't know or had seen some of the cuts.  Getting up out of a cutters chair looking like a fool isn't funny and it takes months to grow out.  A free fist in Kim's stupid face was in order if she didn't listen to her client.

bishop76us
bishop76us

Hey Kim, herpes are free but no one wants them.  You messed up her hair, admit it instead of trying to say she is an unhappy person for not liking the haircut.  If someone shaved my head, I'd be pissed too.  Just because you liked it doesn't mean she has to.  And yes, a bad haircut can definitely hurt a model's business if she isn't booked for jobs based on HOW SHE LOOKS. You can't be that clueless.  

 
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