My regular hair stylist went on maternity the first of April and won't be back until mid-July. She recommended that I go to another stylist at the same salon while she is away. The first time I went to this new person I left feeling horrible. She did a touch-up on my roots and gave me a very uninspired trim. In general, I was disappointed. I didn't feel better when I left. In fact I felt gross. My hair felt greasy and dirty and I went straight home and washed it. Thinking it was all my imagination, and giving her the benefit of the doubt, I went for my second appt. with her yesterday. It was even worse. I had scheduled an appt. to have my roots done, highlights, a trim and a blow-dry. When it became obvious that she wasn't doing my highlights I asked her about it. She said it wasn't in the books and she didn't have time. Then she changed her mind and said she could do them, but she'd have to have an ''associate" blow-dry my hair. I was disappointed, b/c taking care of myself and my hair is important (and expensive), but I said okay. It turns out the "associate" was the person who sweeps the floor. It was a horrible experience. It was not at all worth the two-and-a-half hours I was there, nor the $176 bill. So, here's my question: until my regular hair dresser returns from maternity leave, is it weird to go to someone else in the salon or should I just go to a different salon altogether?