Yesterday, we drove up to Seattle so I could take notes at the fall Microsoft PACs. My hair, always an independent entity, didn’t want to behave. I plotted a blowout. We found a place on the way at a mall, just inexpensive and quick. It was part of a chain.
We stepped to the counter and found we were at least a half hour early for my appointment. But they took us a few minutes later.
The stylist, a small Asian man by the name of Abraham, smiled at me.
“Do you mind if I cut your husband’s hair first?”
“Not at all,” I said.
I sat in a spare chair and watched the other customers and stylists. To the right of me, a mom got her hair highlighted while her little girl, a beauty with long dark curly hair, entertained herself. She sang songs and imagined and ate snacks. Her mom talked to her, and I could feel the love between them.
Abraham cut Jonathon’s hair, mowing it with a razor. He pointed out cowlicks to Jonathon, who nodded. His head is full of them and one of the major reasons he keeps his hair clipped so short. I watched as Abraham thinned out the sides and evened up the back. Jonathon looked sharp when he finished. I sat next to the pot of coffee, enjoying the peace.
My turn. I sat in the chair and got draped with cape and towel. Abraham washed my hair.
“Your hair is curly. Do you want to make it curlier, or…?”
I told him I wanted it straight.
He nodded and said, “It looks really good natural. People are starting to pay $80 for perms again.”
He round brushed my hair, pulling and drying.
“Your hair has so much body. You have a ton of hair.”
Yes. I do.
I wasn’t sure I liked what he was doing. He pointed out how he was putting movement into it, how my hair fell a certain way. I mentioned the flat iron and put down the dryer and reached for it.
“You know what, Abraham? You do what you want to. You’re the boss, applesauce.”
“Oh, thank you, Susan!” Abraham half-hugged me, grinning.
And that’s how I ended up with a swingy 70s sort of bob. I like it. Don’t know if I’ll ever be able to duplicate it, but it’s fun.
Somehow, Jonathon and I found a little island of peace in the midst of all the political melee. I want to point out that not once did anyone bring up the presidential election, or riots, or Trump, or anything. There are still great folks in the world, serving with excellence, if we get out and take a look.