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

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Legen ( wait for it ) dary
Community Member
1 month ago

Then the hairdresser should have informed the customer.

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MilaFi
Community Member
1 month ago

The hairstylist should've just explained that this does not work for her and maybe suggest something else instead.

Izzy_
Community Member
1 month ago

No way you can get the same result.

BigFish Artwire
Community Member
1 month ago

The hairdresser f****d up because they should have dyed blonde less hair so it could lightly cover the dark hair. It's not about the type of hair. Trust me, I'm a hair dresser myself. It it was a matter of hair type only, how do you explain the many many posts of hair disasters in previous posts? Bad hairdressers are everywhere! People who blame this woman are low key victim blaming. Come on pandas, we can do a lot better.

Ki Li
Community Member
1 month ago

I think because it says the "style " she wanted people are thinking about more than just the color.

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manomonomino
Community Member
1 month ago

everyone is condescendingly talking about hair texture but I'm sure she knows her own hair texture. The color is atrocious and, as some one with her hair texture, I've been to many salons where someone straightened my hair and an hour later it was curly again because hey didn't know what they were doing and told me that they did

manomonomino
Community Member
1 month ago

everyone is condescendinly talking about hair texture but perhaps this is a problem with color??? I'm sure she knows her own hair texture. The color is atrocious.

Rabite
Community Member
1 month ago

Even if she has curled hair, the hairdresser should have at least be able to hit the right color...

manomonomino
Community Member
1 month ago

thank you!

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Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

There was no way in the world her hair was going to look like the picture.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

4C hair won’t do that, alas.

Nicky Melville
Community Member
1 month ago

Even if they had used a hair straightener, it would have been a terrible job! Such a pity as you have such a gorgeous face and such lovely big eyes!

LadyDelynn
Community Member
1 month ago

To get anywhere close to this look she will need to get her hair straightened. There is no way to talk her tight curls into doing what the models hair is doing.

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
1 month ago

The hairdresser tucked up. My hair is nowhere near as fine as hers and but still can be achieved on kinky hair such as mine. The thing is, the chemicals damage the hair like this, all hair textures to be honest. I have dyed my hair silver platinum but it was hard on my hair. I wouldn't do again.

Isabel Alves
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel like there is racism in some of the comments...

neonn_pieee
Community Member
1 month ago

This is what I can't stand. When people show me a picture off of Pinterest and they say I want this. I'm the type of stylist that will tell them straight up if something is not possible and I tell them when their hair is completely different and it will not look the same if at all. Some people are literally delusional when it comes to getting their hair done. "My hair is really dark brown, almost black but I want to go to platinum blonde today" GTFO. If you want your hair to fall out then sure, I'm down.

neonn_pieee
Community Member
1 month ago

FYI I'm not talking about this picture specifically. I'm talking about in general.

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It's A Meee!
Community Member
1 month ago

I think the hairdresser did pretty well with that wish of yours! With that totally different hair type its completely accurate to that picture and as close as you can get. Your fault and congrats to that hairdressed for a great job 👍🏻

Andy Clara
Community Member
1 month ago

There is no point in trying to post a message to this girl. All these photos have been taken from another website and I doubt this girl even knows that her photo has been shared here.

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Eleonor Ketchersid
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1 month ago

Girl you hair is extremely curly not straight

Anna roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

People need to learn what they can and can not do with their hair types

Gabunya Matata
Community Member
1 month ago

i think if she uses a toner to make it less yellow it would actually look very similar in color. as for the curls.. obviously they're very different hair types so it wouldn't look like the 1st pic but it would still look good with curly hair imo

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
1 month ago

what was she and her stylist thinking? Completely different hair textures. hers would have to be relaxed 1st to get something close.

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, angel, I am so sorry but there is NO way that you could have that "do." She would have to straighten your hair within an inch of its life. You have gorgeous curly hair that a lot of women would kill for. You have gorgeous brown eyes and beautiful skin and YOU ARE beautiful.

Nastassja Ficko Soklič
Community Member
1 month ago

not with those hair!

Mare Freed
Community Member
1 month ago

I think it still looks really cool. :-)

Nadine
Community Member
1 month ago

Adorable though!

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

What is there to say.

Toni
Community Member
1 month ago

with that type of hair this hairstyle .. dream on!

ShutUpsy
Community Member
1 month ago

You were being so unrealistic...

Dragoniix
Community Member
1 month ago

?!?!?!?

JonaLou2U
Community Member
1 month ago

Bless your heart

Diemond Star
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't stop laughing at the results.

Leo Sun
Community Member
1 month ago

Why people are so dull? Does she know something about hair structure? *facepalm*

Nikki Owens
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like the same style, just on two different types of hair.

Jennifer Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

um....the hairdresser needed to tell you it wasn't even possible....you don't have that type of hair

Emerald
Community Member
1 month ago

Omfg this person needs to be sued ❤

Granny
Community Member
1 month ago

hMM PHOTO HAS STRAIGHT HAIR..YOU DO NOT lol

DanieLegz
Community Member
1 month ago

Dat look says it all

BabyBooby
Community Member
1 month ago

She cud have straightened it then dyed it.....geesh

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

What...what did you expect? It would NOT look anything near the same

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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.