Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Good Hair and Gossip

By Karla Faye Hoffstead
from Wendy Lyn Watson's Mysteries a la Mode

I've been dressing hair my whole life. Started with my doll babies, did my sisters' hair for date nights, and eventually got my license. My very first job was as a shampoo girl at the Hair Apparent, and that's where I work to this day.

Some folks look down on me because I don't have my high school diploma and working in a beauty parlor isn't exactly saving the world. Those folks can kiss my . . . well, I'm a lady, so I won't finish that thought.

But you get the idea.

See, good hair may not be a matter of life and death, but it's pretty important. A nice cut can make a girl's day, put a little pep in her step and help her face her troubles head-on. A good up-do can make a small town bride in a borrowed dress feel like Cinderella. And I know that a head full of golden highlights has saved at least one marriage in Dalliance, Texas.

Doing good hair takes skill and natural born talent. You shouldn't trust your tresses to just any hack with a pair of shears. Like I always say: dentistry, surgery, and permanent hair color are the three things in this life which you should always have done by a pro. Maybe I'm not curing cancer, but I have a gift for hair and my gift for hair makes people happy.

My job isn't just about hair, though. Standing behind that chair--with my joints aching, my hands stained with Mahogany Maven #45, and perm solution burning my eyes--I wear many hats: therapist, social worker, priest, and life coach. These last couple of years, I've dabbled a bit in police work, too. One of my clients, Tally Jones, has been smack in the middle of a few murder investigations, and I'd like to think I've helped her a bit. I hear stuff, you know?

So all those snooty folks who turn up their noses at my career choice, they can take a flying leap. How many of them have transformed a shy girl into a prom queen, talked a housewife out of an ill-advised affair, and helped solve a murder ... all in one day?

Has a great haircut ever made your day? Has a lousy one brought you low? Do you confide in your hairdresser? Tell all!

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Wendy Lyn Watson writes the Mysteries a la Mode: I Scream, You Scream, Scoop to Kill, and the forthcoming A Parfait Murder. You can find her on the web and on Facebook.

17 comments:

  1. I use to confide in my hairdresser. Then she told my mother everything..lol. I have had some orange hair to deal with..courtesy of the hairdresser. I love a good cut. I use to model hairstyles as a kid. It was fun. Now having someone do my hair relaxes me and makes me sleepy..lol.

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  2. I DO confide in my hairdresser. She and my mother don't know each other! And she knows me and my hair so well. She does a fantastic job. :)

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  3. Like I always say: dentistry, surgery, and permanent hair color are the three things in this life which you should always have done by a pro.

    So true! I don't dare do color myself. I KNOW I'd mess it up and all my hair would fall out.

    I tell my hairdresser a lot, but not everything. :)

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  4. I use to get all the good gossip while waiting for my turn. The worst that ever happened was when the perm was left longer than necessary and as a result, I had to get all my hair cut off.

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  5. I dread going to hairdressers. They nearly always ask, "Who cut your hair last time?"

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  6. Hi, Karla, I don't find myself confiding in my hairdresser, but I sure do like to hear her talk. She has lots of stories, loves the theater, takes computer classes after work, enjoys life! And yes, a good haircut can make the day!!!

    ~Avery
    AveryAames.com

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  7. I love, love, love my stylist ... I started seeing her because her husband and mine work together, but she does a great job and we've become genuine friends. I'm not very fussy about my hair or clothes, but I love having someone fuss over me for a while. :)

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  8. You're so right, Karla. A good cut can make you feel great -- my hairstylist says she's working me into a "sexy" cut, which starts me chuckling each time she mentions it. But if it's a bad one, this tiny voice inside keeps screaming, "it's not the real me!"
    I tell her nothing because she tells me everything.

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  9. I don't have a hairdresser because I just plain forget to get my hair done. I let it grow until it drives me nuts, then head out to the nearest walk-in place. But my neighbor is a hairdresser and when I've gone to her I've loved the look she gives me. Maybe I should make time for myself, huh? I rarely share, but I always listen. You never know where the next story inspiration will come from!

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  10. I'm a hairstylist and I absolutely agree with everything you said. I do enjoy my career even though some people have called my career choice shallow. To me it's a passion and without passion you don't have happiness. I wouldnt want to be a millionaire with a boring job and be miserable! I'm very happy with my career choice :)

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  11. You're going to scream Karla... I haven't been to a hairdresser in more years than I can remember! I subscribe to the Kinsey Millhone school of thought... good nail scissors will get you pretty far.

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  12. My hairdresser is a dude, and I share him with
    my Hub, so we keep our convos about kids. We both have boys...lots to talk about there!

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  13. So interesting how everyone's experience with their stylist is different!

    Brandi, I'm glad you love your job ... that is absolutely critical. Life is too short to spend it doing something you don't love.

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  14. I didn't think guys notice a new 'do, but when I got mine styled and cut a few months back, that was the FIRST thing my boyfriend noticed when he saw me next. My hair! He even said he loved it! So, yes, good hair is important.

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  15. That boy sounds like a keeper, Shiloh. :)

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  16. I love my hair stylist. She is the only stylist I've ever been able to say, "I want something bold" and trust her not to make me look like a clown. I get bored with my hair easily and she always has great ideas on how to change it up. I tell her most things, and even though she also does my mom's hair I don't worry about her telling tales. She also is my nail person and does a wonderful job there too.

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  17. I love the cover of this novel! Looks good enough to eat:) Great site...I can see my TBR list filling up even more now....thanks so much for sharing!!

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