Monday, 25 February 2008

Hairy Tales I: a work of Beauty

Hair is very important to me. Which isn´t to say I don´t shave mine all off with some degree of frequency. But this means finding a good hairdresser is vital; my hair is perennially growing out, and needs to be skilfully coaxed towards the desired level of chic(k)ness.

Before I left Cape Town, I was fortunate enough to work for a company where everyone understood this hairy imperative. I don´t know if it was official policy, but in our corner of the office it was perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to take an extra-long lunch break to get your hair cut, as long as we weren´t actually on deadline.

Witness my last haircut before I left. We´d just finished the nine o´clock meeting, when I casually mentioned I was thinking of dying my hair chocolate brown.
"Chocolate brown," my editor enthused. "That will look fabulous. You must do it. Make an appointment for today!"
"Ja, well," I hesitated, disingenuously. "I have a long list today, and we´re going to print next week. Perhaps the week after that?"
"Nonsense," she countered. "Call your hairdresser right away. You can have an extra-long lunch."

A few hours later, I waltzed into H.A.N.D in Green Point. Luckily Beauty, my favourite hairdresser in the whole world, had a free slot. The truth is, I´m not actually that picky when it comes to my hair. I´m not going to bring in some picture of this week´s latest celebrity haircut, and demand to look exactly like Katie Holmes or Posh Spice, or whoever. I mean, why would I want to look like Katie Holmes, or Posh Spice, or whoever? I just want to look like me. But it is beyond my limited linguistic skills to explain what "me" is hairstyle-wise, especially since I don´t really know myself. In true passive-aggressive style, I want my hairdresser to access my subconscious; analyse my bone stucture and hair type; and come up with the precise haircut I desire, without me having to actually tell her what it is.

Beauty can do all of these things, which is why I love and miss her. On this particular occasion she stripped my hair of its previous redness, applied a gorgeous chocolate-brown dye, and rounded off the effect with a haircut that was the frigging shiznic. Everyone in the office was so dazzled by my transformation they failed to comment on the fact that this time it had been an extra-extra-long lunch.


TM said...

Btw, H.A.N.D doesn´t have a website, but if anyone is looking for a fabulous haircut in Cape Town, I can send you their number ;)

Klasse 1E said...
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Co said...

I guess I have to go to Cape Town now... leave me the number, would you?
My former favorite hairdresser is in Munich, but last time I was there it was a rip off, so I am still kind of mad and thinking "WTH why not go to SA"...

Bec said...

Does Beauty interrogate you on your private life? Because that is my ultimate no-no in a hairdresser. In my dream-world, hair salons will be divided into 'Talking' and 'Non-talking' sections, the latter allowing you to opt out of the usual banal chit-chat hairdressers insist on inflicting upon you. My sister once found a deaf-mute hairdresser, which represents my ultimate fantasy, except that my sis's inability to clearly convey her coiffing desires resulted in some unwanted 'do's.

TM said...

Co, I promise you'll have a place to stay if you come to visit Cape Town! We can do beach and cocktails, as well as haircut ;)

TM said...

No, Beauty is not a great talker. I mean, we chat slightly awkwardly for a couple of minutes about what I want; she somehow manages to translate my ill-specified desires into a fabulous hairdo; and from then on it's blissful silence!