Hairdressers: wise beings; skilled and direct communicators

Things your hairdresser asks you:

Usually prefaced with either a tilt of their head as they gaze at your head. Or a very slight shake of their head while they greet your hair by lifting a bit here and there and sorrowfully smoothing it back down.

“Sleep late today?”

“Have you been painting?”

“Did you take possession of the scissors again?”

“Bangs were driving you crazy?”

Subtle tips offered, accompanied by “tsk tsk”:

“Henna and home hair dye require a 6-8 week separation time.”

“20-year olds on YouTubę do not always know the nuances of styling women-over-50 hair.”

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and her writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a mic or a Zoom room.