Thursday, October 21, 2004

I was at Toni & Guy yesterday, trying a new stylist - the last one was good, but very pushy on trying to sell me products and extra treatments, so it put me off. But as soon as I walked in, I felt really out of place. Everyone there had fiercely trendy hair, fake tans, white cowboy boots with leggings and denim minis. There was nothing wrong with my outfit, thank you (velvet blazer, Dickie trousers and a white shawl) but it was so miles away from their look that they looked at me like I was an alien.

And then there's the small talk. Two girls were getting their hair washed next to me, and they were all gossiping away about flats, boyfriends and girls they hated. They all seemed to know each other. My junior asked me "Been anywhere nice?" but when I said "No, I've come from work - not too exciting..." that killed the conversation. I can do a bit of fluffy chat when I feel the person is genuinely friendly, but when it rings false or is just going through the motions I feel so desperately uncomfortable.

My stylist wasn't much better. She was nice enough, but she seemed to interpret my quiet persona as a sign that I should have a really basic haircut. I asked her for some suggestions, and she had none. I then had to ask her to chop it up more once it was dry, which she reluctantly agreed to. If I'd walked in and asked her for a "Shell" she probably would have fainted. It turned out well after all, but I hadn't exactly enjoyed myself.

Reading this back now, my instinct is "fuck 'em" - after all, it's just a bunch of shallow fashion sheep trying to make me feel small. What irritates me is that there isn't room for anyone different, and yet we all like a nice hair cut. I don't *want* to go to a salon that I can only trust to give me a trim.

The sad thing is, I had the most amazing hairdresser back in Toronto. She worked at Coupe Bizarre, and was quite bold with her own style (think French Canadian punkette) - but had a brilliant knack for suggesting things that were daring enough for me. Although it wasn't a particularly happy period of my life, I always had damn good hair.

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