Expectations are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s fun to imagine all the wonderful scenarios that might play out in real life. On the other hand, if your expectations are a tad on the unrealistic side, they can completely wreck your emotional state when you step down from your daydreams and come face to face with reality.

But what about fairly realistic expectations? Surely, if somebody advertises a product or a service, the customer can expect to get exactly what they pay for… right? Spoiler alert: oh, dear Lord, no! TikTok users have been uploading videos showing the huge differences between what they (un)realistically wanted and what they got. From clothes to dog haircuts and more.

People have been adding TikTok user Keelyknight aka Madeline’s audio (where she’s crying because of the nails she got) to their own videos, and we’ve collected some of the best ones for you to watch, dear Pandas. Have a look, upvote your fave vids, and be sure to let us know which ones were your favorite, why, and if you’ve ever been in a similar situation yourselves.

@kneelyknightThis was the worst experience I’ve ever had. #nails #help #foryou #foryoupage♬ original sound - Madeline

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Marianne
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1 month ago

That one's really bad! They should sue the hairdresser.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

That is atrocious. Amazing

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Friday
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1 month ago

Nightmare inducing

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When it comes to getting something we totally didn’t want, there are two aspects that you have to consider. The actual quality of the service and managing your own expectations so that you don’t end up being constantly disappointed.

The first aspect is fairly straightforward, even though it might not be easy to get around. If the product or service you’ve received doesn’t meet your standards of quality or what’s been advertised, then you’ve got to ask for a refund. Complain! Often and loudly.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Damn, how does that even happen.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

Oh no... it will look better once you bush it out but that ombré is atrocious

Amy R. Cohen
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1 month ago

That’s not ombré. Ombre is gradual. This is just dipping it in Kool-Aid.

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Nor
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1 month ago

Aaaaah no man, it looks like matchsticks

Aleksei
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1 month ago

Matchsticks that someone burnt the wrong part of

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I'm kind of speechless. Did your hairdresser think that s/he nailed it?

Francis
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1 month ago

Looks like one of the new pokemon xD

bon bon (still purple boi)
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1 month ago

yes thats what i said >v<

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Konpat
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1 month ago

Colorblind hairdresser maybe?

Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

You got some dreadlocks on fire.

Christina Schulte
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1 month ago (edited)

If Scarlett O'Hara wanted to fit in at an Evanescence concert this would work.

Lindsey Morris
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1 month ago

Lol!

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Bobert Robertson
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1 month ago

It looks like strangely dyed q-tips

Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

"I call this effect 'Campfire at Night'"

Id row
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1 month ago

That's criminally bad. I wouldn't pay for that and I'd want them to pay for someone competent to fix it.

Lanie
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1 month ago

Karen! How are you?!

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

It looks as if your hair was bathed in honey, curled, and the ends dipped in neon orange paint

Unknown User
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1 month ago

the colour isnt even rightttt this one bothers me a lot

Kennedy Johnson
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1 month ago

I just want to know what your hairdresser thought about her work.

Lanie
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1 month ago

Or his?

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Christy Smith
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1 month ago

The red section looks like wax.

K2D2
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1 month ago

Reminds me of Nezuko from Demon Slayer 😆

Gon Freecss
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1 month ago

I seeing if anyone would say this :D

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John Doe
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1 month ago

the one on the right looks like it was dipped in flaming hot Cheetos

ㅤㅤㅤ
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1 month ago

Is it just me or does this remind anyone of Mudsdale

Henny Hana
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1 month ago

Damn.. If i do that my boss will definitely hang me.

Suzy the observer
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1 month ago

*cringe*

LJ Robinson
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1 month ago

Weren't you watching what she was doing, and, fire your hairdresser.

Fred L.
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1 month ago

Did she also show a picture or just describe what she wanted to her?

Mollie Mills
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1 month ago

Its not even close

Jude Bennett
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1 month ago

WTF I mean really!!! WTF!!!!

Floofy Husky Puppy
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1 month ago

Did u have blue hair and dip the ends in red

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

WHAT THE FK!!! Was that hair dresser high on drugs?

Slune
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1 month ago

Looks like giant matches!

WildBerry
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1 month ago

LOVE THE RING CURLS. The color not so much.

ANNIKAH MARTINEZ
Community Member
1 month ago

nezuko?

TheReader19
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1 month ago

Sorry but I actually like this

Peter Pan
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1 month ago

Eww yuck

BlahBlahBlackSheepah
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1 month ago

She just decided to dye it blue?

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, just wow

Joanne Hudson
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1 day ago

Hope you didn't pay for it.

...
Community Member
1 month ago

dildos?

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 month ago

A picture would've been better than trying to describe the look. . .?

Christina Wang
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1 month ago

This gives me Nezuko vibes-

DemonCat
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1 month ago

how

Whitney-Blair Beals
Community Member
1 month ago

Um.

Duchess Raven Waves
Community Member
1 month ago

Brush that shyte babes. Brush and pray. And where something goth. It will balance itself out.

Lanie
Community Member
1 month ago

*wear (and why would she pray ffs!?)

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Torhild Hansen
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1 month ago

Medusa!

Inge van Echelpoel
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg. Glad my hairdresser did it a lot better. Poor girl 😔

Kelzbelz79
Community Member
1 month ago

Jeeez.

Emerald
Community Member
1 month ago

Brush it and shake it out and it'll look better. Also sue that frickin hairdresser

rachel carter
Community Member
1 month ago

That's gross

Zelda Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Wth ???

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

My goodness!!!

Katy Meyrick
Community Member
1 month ago

I like what you got better, tbh. More unusual.

Katy Meyrick
Community Member
1 month ago

I like what you got better, actually. More unusual.

Dragoniix
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1 month ago

:/

Elaine ji
Community Member
1 month ago

Wut in the world???

WholesomeArmyweeb
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1 month ago

What the hell

Amanita muscaria
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1 month ago

Nerf gun bullets

Anime weeb gurl
Community Member
1 month ago

can I be honest here but the one on the right looks like nezukos hair

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

and it wouldve cost a fortune...

bon bon (still purple boi)
Community Member
1 month ago

why her hair lookin like that black and orange horse pokemon

Loretta
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not sure it was a realistic expectation at all. I mean, yeah, probably there are SOME hairdressers who can do this, but if you just go to a regular hairdresser in your town, who mostly does easy cutting or dying, don't expect an extremely difficult wonder-dream from them.

Katy F
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like lit up incense sticks omg, I hope she can get it fixed!

Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

is.. is this the half way point?

Janina Lebeda
Community Member
1 month ago

What the f**k is that....

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like you dipped your hair in blood.

the redqueen
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like giant matchsticks

Nicky Melville
Community Member
1 month ago

Next time, DO please go to a hairdresser who isn't colour blind.

HooowlAtTheMoon
Community Member
1 month ago

This is why I won't cut my hair like I want to, I'm afraid the hairdresser will mess it up and I don't trust myself or anyone in my family to do it right

Amy Begun Saab
Community Member
1 month ago

How the hell did that hairdresser get the color right at the bottom?! I hope she didn't pay for that, i hope she scheduled a repair. That costs a ton of money! She had to lighten the hair first to drop that much red. Maybe the hairdresser freaked out at the thought of bleach some of the color out. I mean I'd be pretty scared to do that (for or hairdresser speaking) still, had i messed up like that (even the curls instead of the waves?!) hairdresser didn't know to use huge rollers?!

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

Isn't like all the hair supposed to be red? Why only her tips? Yuk

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Vic
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1 month ago

Right: before coffee, Left: after coffee

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Obviously, try to be as diplomatic as you can with your complaints—you’re dealing with other human beings after all. And it’s not always the person who’s registering your complaint who was responsible for what you got. So try not to make their life hell and they’ll be more likely to help you out.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

Wow that is not good

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month ago

More Villain look even

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month ago

When family confound homescooling and homeoffice

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If a company has a genuine customer-first policy in play, they’ll take serious complaints, well, seriously. They’ll hear you out, offer you support, follow up on your complaint, and do whatever they can to make up for their mistake. But we all know that far from every company is willing to be so friendly and instead has a “profit comes first, collateral damage is all right” kind of mentality.

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Vic
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1 month ago

Oh dear.. poor puppy..

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The cake is blue. The element of surprise is gone.

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month ago

Looks like you're wearing a silk pillowcase.

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Consider seeking legal aid if the product was especially expensive or if you, your loved ones, or your pets suffered because of what happened. If somebody’s blatantly advertising something that’s clearly false as a way to make a quick buck, then you’ve got to do your part in putting an end to it.

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Friday
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1 month ago

But are you the same size as the model?

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Your hairdresser is not a good colourist.

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Jody Brown
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1 month ago

Utterly terrifying

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However, there’s that pesky second aspect when it comes to not getting what we wanted. And that all comes down to our expectations. Sometimes, what we want is so perfect, requires so much skill and craftsmanship, that not everyone can fulfill our orders. In those cases, what we envision and what the local craftspeople can provide simply don’t sync up. Or, to put it more bluntly, you get what you pay for.

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

I can’t even fathom the thought process in thinking these were remotely similar. How to people get away with this?

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

I don’t even know how you mess up that bad

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month ago

Was the rug to fly with included?

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Don’t expect your nails to look like a model’s when you’re getting them done at a discount store at your local mall. Similarly, you can’t expect a newbie dog groomer to get the same results as a grandmaster with decades of experience: they’ll do their best but you simply can’t expect them to perform according to your imaginary expectations.

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James016
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1 month ago

It's presciousssssss

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Troux
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1 month ago

Mmmmm bacon!

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago (edited)

Clearly the model was 9feet tall

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In life, it’s best to do your very best to get the result that you want and then relinquish any and all expectations. You did your best. Well done! Now sit back and don’t fret, find something else to do. If you get what you want, fantastic. If not, no big deal—you’ll try again later. Maybe with a different tactic in mind.

Having low expectations is a healthy mindset, similar to the one where you’re encouraged to do good things for people without expecting anything in return. Life has a pleasant way of surprising us when we’re not desperate, needy, and whiny.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The groomer gave you a brand new, completely different dog.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I like gingham, but that's a picnic table cloth.

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Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Funny. We've got exactly the same. We chose the size we wanted though.

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PsychCentral explains that the first step in relinquishing unrealistic expectations is being able to spot them. Of course, that’s easier said than done because we may have had certain expectations for years and years. And a lot of it’s connected to our desire to maintain control over everything.

Some examples of completely unrealistic expectations include the beliefs that everyone should like you and that the world should be fair. We simply can’t have that kind of control over the world (well, unless we’re a superhero, the Emperor of the Universe, or a member of the Greek Pantheon).

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

All you would have to do to get that sort of hair is go to sleep and wake up

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

What kind of doofus came up with this?

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Kat
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1 month ago

At least there's still enough length to get it fixed. Must be awfully frustrating though.

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Similarly, if we’re constantly disappointed by results and not having our expectations met every step of the way, well, maybe it’s time to analyze them in detail. Spend the weekend looking at your belief structures.

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Sandra
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1 month ago

Besides the fact it is not what she wanted... Is it only me or the hair looks burnt?

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I guess real sunflowers weren't in season.

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Kat
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1 month ago

Well to be honest, it is difficult to get the same result if you have a totally different hair type...

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Note: this post originally had 40 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Give yourself permission to not have everything go perfectly. Embrace flexibility. That doesn’t mean giving up your high standards (quality is good stuff, people), but you have to be relatively down to earth. Otherwise, you’ll spend the rest of your life making wanted vs. got TikTok videos.