I always wondered what most hairstylists would do if a client didn’t pay at the end of the service. Well, Louisiana stylist Crystal Collins showed everyone what she would do if anyone ever tried to con her.
Collins recently braided a little girl’s hair and eventually cut those braids out of the child’s hair when she realized the girl’s mother had no intentions of ever paying. Collins then posted the chopped up version of the ‘do on Instagram.
“One thing I don’t play about is my money,” Collins captions. “I try to be patient with everybody but I will not get played.
Damn. She’s just a kid!
So that probably explains why Collins received tons of backlash. But she explains how she did the child’s hair while the mother ran her errands. Collins texted the mother when the little girl’s hair was almost done, and the mother replied that she would be there in 20 minutes. She never showed up.
Yup, that looks suspect.
Two hours later, the mother said she had a flat tire, and so Collins drove the little girl home based on the directions from the mother.
“This my grandma house,” the little girl says. “My mama stay down the street.”
In the meantime, mom didn’t answer her phone. Collins then drove the little girl to her real house, but she goes in only to return to say that only her brothers are home.
“She finally answers and sounds unsure as to how I’m going to get my money,” Collins says. “So then we come up with the decision that she will bring it to my house, so I leave. Then I realize I think she’s trying to play me, so I turn around and head back to her house.”
Collins calls and texts the mother a few more times that she’d just wait. But then she summons the child back outside and cuts the braids out.
“I cut the braids out and went on about my business,” she writes. “At the end of the day, I spent 9 hours away from my kids for nothing. Y’all wasn’t in my shoes or in my position. I have to take care of my three babies and I will do what I have to do to let it be known that I don’t play when it comes to my job or supporting my family.”
Yeah, braids are timely and expensive. Perhaps the mom would’ve had a better shot if she was upfront about payment.
But the poor kid, though! And then to post the photos of the child on social media?
What do you think Clutchettes and Gents? Do you think Collins handled the situation appropriately, or could she have chosen another solution to getting her money?