An ethics question:
I have had my hair cut three times at a salon here in my new city: the first time was with stylist X, who did a much better job that at the previous salon I'd tried. So I went back, but the second time, stylist X was on maternity leave, and I got a cut from stylist Y instead. The third time, stylist X was back from maternity leave, and I went to her again.
The second haircut from stylist X was much less satisfactory than the haircut from stylist Y.
Some of you may know how strongly I feel about the importance of a satisfactory haircut.
Should I feel guilty about ditching stylist X for stylist Y? Is it unforgivably gauche to switch from one stylist to another in the same salon, or should I try another salon entirely? And if I go back to stylist Y, and run into stylist X, is it necessary to say something (like, "Gee, there was an opening with stylist Y") or just smile and pretend nothing is happening?
My personal stance is that a good haircut trumps all other considerations, and yet there is this feeling like switching from one stylist to another in the same salon is like dumping someone and then going out with his roommate - awkward and icky!
(I can't get too worked up, mind you, since I am paying these people and can decide to pay whomever I like. I just find it funny that I care at all!)