Crowning Glory

   20060730_barbie_13    From Loretta:
      
      I didn’t blog on Saturday because I went to the hairdresser.  Two of my sisters and I drive an hour to a salon in Newton Highlands called Mann Made Style to get our hair cut by Isaac Mann, one of the proprietors.  Then we go to lunch and then we shop.  If we had to, we would drive two hours.  If I had to, I would book a plane flight.  Because I’m shallow?  Yes, of course.  But I think how your hair looks has a lot to do with how you feel, and Isaac has never made me feel less than fabulous.
      The makeover shows have a similar philosophy about the importance of hair.
      I’m not a big fan of reality shows but I do like some of the makeovers.  My favorite is–or was–the British What Not To Wear because (1) Trinny & Susannah had less than model-perfect figures, (2) their subjects ran the gamut of sizes, shapes, and weights and were not all between the ages of 19 and 30, and (3) they paid attention to the psychological aspects of one’s appearance, e.g., pressures on working women with families, menopause and what it does to body and mind, etc.  I have not yet seen the most recent incarnation of the show, which, I’m sorry to say, has replaced these wonderful ladies with a pair who look much more like their U.S. What Not to Wear counterparts, pencil-thin Stacy and Clinton.  Just what we need, more supermodels giving fashion advice.  Do they have any clue what it’s like to deal with a diminishing waistline?
      Never mind that.  Let’s talk about the annoying U.S. version and let’s get right to the hair.
      The British version showed mainly the finished result, not the hysteria and agony in the hair salon.  The U.S. version does spend time in the salon.  The women seem to find this part far more disturbing than the 360 degree mirror.  Time and again, despite being in the hands of Nick Arrojo, a top level stylist, the woman is terrified.  The scenario rarely varies:  Nick is poised behind her, scissors in hand as he studies her in the mirror.  And she says, begs, insists–sometimes tearfully, “Don’t cut my hair.”  Or, “Just trim it.”
      And I think, “Take a pill.”  Here is a woman whose hair is practically screaming “I need a style!”  Wouldn’t any rational person realize that, to make a style, you need to cut?  To make clothes, you need, first, to cut the cloth.  A rational being would realize that not everybody looks good in long hair and not all long hair looks good.  Plus, she’s getting this free.  But confronted with the logic of hair–either cut it or go on looking exactly as she did before, which was what got her on the show in the first place–she will cry.
      Look, I love my hairdresser dearly.  He is a friend as well as a genius of a stylist.  But am I the only non-celebrity who isn’t afraid to let a talented hairdresser cut her hair as much as he wants to?
       Some of you may be nodding in sympathy with these women.  You are probably thinking that they have all had bad haircut experiences.
      Well, so have I.  When my sisters and I were little, my mother used to send us to a lady down the street who cut hair in her house.  She did not put a bowl on our heads and cut the hair along the rim of the bowl, but the haircuts looked as though she did.  She gave us “pixie cuts” that looked like those BEFORE pictures on the commercials for hair replacement.  And we had home permanents that made us appear to have been recently electrocuted.
      This is why, as soon as I was earning my own money, I started looking for a good hairdresser.  For a time I frequented a fine salon in Boston.  But the stylist kept giving me cuts that resembled those pixies from the lady down the street.  Then I went to a local salon, part of a chain bearing the name of a hair superstar, and for a time did well–good cuts, interesting styles–until the day the stylist went insane and gave me a permanent that looked like the ones my mother gave me.  I complained to a friend, who introduced me to
      ISAAC.
      Isaacl_2004 This was a long time ago.  I won’t say how long because I intend never to stop lying about my age.  But Isaac looked at my hair with an expression of shock and awe.  “It’s all burnt,” he said indignantly.  And he cut it all off, very short, and turned an atrocity into a thing of beauty.  Since that day, Isaac has been my one and only stylist and a dear friend.  Since that day, I have never, ever had a bad haircut.  I sit in the chair and let him do as he pleases.  All I ever say about the proceedings is “Should we try a different color?” or “Should we let it grow?” or “Should we cut it short again?”  A creature of habit I am not, and my hair has been every color and every length.  The one thing it hasn’t been is hard to maintain.  Isaac knows I have neither skill nor patience with blow dryers, curling irons, or other beautification tools.  Wetting it, throwing some goop on it, and running my fingers haphazardly through my whatever-color locks is the summit of my achievement.
      Apparently, a lot of other women give up the search too easily, or settle for untrustworthy hairdressers.  It’s a lot like the search for love, the way we do it in romances.  In both cases, the woman needs to find a man (or vampire or whatever) she can trust implicitly.  In both cases, she ought to settle for nothing less.
      It might even be more important to trust your hairdresser, because your average hero is not usually wielding sharp or very hot objects about your head, and applying the mysterious contents of various jars and bottles.  Apart from doctors and dentists, few people get closer to us–and the doctors and dentist don’t have nearly the impact on our appearance as well as, in many cases, our self-confidence.
      This realization gave me some insight into what it was like to have a lady’s maid.  To be a lady’s maid, you had to be a hairdresser along with a seamstress, stylist, manicurist, pedicurist–well, a full-service salon and boutique, in other words.  I found myself wondering what it was like to have someone al
ways so close to you, who knew every personal detail there was to know about you–maybe even things your mother or your spouse didn’t know.  Wow, that was some significant trust going on there.  I know these ladies had a lot of money to throw around, and many were spoiled to a degree we can hardly imagine without imagining Paris Hilton, which I for one had rather not do.  But would they ever settle for someone they couldn’t trust?  Should anybody?
      What about you?  If you were sitting in Nick’s chair, would you be terrified or palpitating with anticipation?  Do you have an Isaac?  Or are you still trying to get over a traumatic hair experience? 
      

63 thoughts on “Crowning Glory”

  1. Well, as long as he’d promise not to cut it TOO short (my dh and I have a pact that includes the length of my hair and the presence of his beard *g*), I’d be happy to let him have at it. I’ve noticed that for those women who want to keep a certain basic length of hair, he’s happy to oblige 🙂 My one fear would be him giving me a style I’d have no hope of maintaining once I’d left NYC.

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  2. Well, as long as he’d promise not to cut it TOO short (my dh and I have a pact that includes the length of my hair and the presence of his beard *g*), I’d be happy to let him have at it. I’ve noticed that for those women who want to keep a certain basic length of hair, he’s happy to oblige 🙂 My one fear would be him giving me a style I’d have no hope of maintaining once I’d left NYC.

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  3. Well, as long as he’d promise not to cut it TOO short (my dh and I have a pact that includes the length of my hair and the presence of his beard *g*), I’d be happy to let him have at it. I’ve noticed that for those women who want to keep a certain basic length of hair, he’s happy to oblige 🙂 My one fear would be him giving me a style I’d have no hope of maintaining once I’d left NYC.

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  4. I had one – I used to fly to see her – but it stopped working out (she went to one day a week, I had kids). Then I had a long series of Absolutely Horrible cuts. I kinda figure it’s just hair, so I’d ponytail it or hat it till I decided to try someone else.
    This last cut I got I actually really like – I think I’ll go back and see if I’ve finally found someone new.

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  5. I had one – I used to fly to see her – but it stopped working out (she went to one day a week, I had kids). Then I had a long series of Absolutely Horrible cuts. I kinda figure it’s just hair, so I’d ponytail it or hat it till I decided to try someone else.
    This last cut I got I actually really like – I think I’ll go back and see if I’ve finally found someone new.

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  6. I had one – I used to fly to see her – but it stopped working out (she went to one day a week, I had kids). Then I had a long series of Absolutely Horrible cuts. I kinda figure it’s just hair, so I’d ponytail it or hat it till I decided to try someone else.
    This last cut I got I actually really like – I think I’ll go back and see if I’ve finally found someone new.

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  7. Hmm. I haven’t let anyone else cut my hair since about 1965. No doubt my friends would say, ‘yes, and it looks like it, too’, but sucks to them. I can’t imagine being afraid of having it cut: for heaven’s sake, hair grows all the time. Cutting it is not an irrevocable act.

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  8. Hmm. I haven’t let anyone else cut my hair since about 1965. No doubt my friends would say, ‘yes, and it looks like it, too’, but sucks to them. I can’t imagine being afraid of having it cut: for heaven’s sake, hair grows all the time. Cutting it is not an irrevocable act.

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  9. Hmm. I haven’t let anyone else cut my hair since about 1965. No doubt my friends would say, ‘yes, and it looks like it, too’, but sucks to them. I can’t imagine being afraid of having it cut: for heaven’s sake, hair grows all the time. Cutting it is not an irrevocable act.

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  10. Wow! Hair. I have a hairdresser. She’s been my hairdresser for about four years now. My husband goes to her. So does my daughter. I moved to her because my last hair dresser, introduced to me by my husband, retired after trimming my hair for 15 years. Like my old hair dresser, I see my current hairdresser but twice a year. I wear my hair long, twisted in various braids, knots and ropes. My current style is held in place with a large, orate metal barrette (silver butterfly or gold toned rose from Walmart) and an ivory or black caul or snood.
    And, yes, I’ve had those home perms from Hell. Started second grade with an electrified frizz. A mother’s best intentions for her hair challenged daughter. Since I left home, many, many years ago, no one touches my hair but me and my twice a year hair dresser. Like, Ag said, hair grows. But I like mine long. So, you won’t get me into one of those NYC chairs. Free or no. It takes me less than three minutes to do my hair in the morning and it, IMHO, looks like a million bucks. (at the very least, it turns heads)
    Nina
    btw, Loretta, love you new do!

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  11. Wow! Hair. I have a hairdresser. She’s been my hairdresser for about four years now. My husband goes to her. So does my daughter. I moved to her because my last hair dresser, introduced to me by my husband, retired after trimming my hair for 15 years. Like my old hair dresser, I see my current hairdresser but twice a year. I wear my hair long, twisted in various braids, knots and ropes. My current style is held in place with a large, orate metal barrette (silver butterfly or gold toned rose from Walmart) and an ivory or black caul or snood.
    And, yes, I’ve had those home perms from Hell. Started second grade with an electrified frizz. A mother’s best intentions for her hair challenged daughter. Since I left home, many, many years ago, no one touches my hair but me and my twice a year hair dresser. Like, Ag said, hair grows. But I like mine long. So, you won’t get me into one of those NYC chairs. Free or no. It takes me less than three minutes to do my hair in the morning and it, IMHO, looks like a million bucks. (at the very least, it turns heads)
    Nina
    btw, Loretta, love you new do!

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  12. Wow! Hair. I have a hairdresser. She’s been my hairdresser for about four years now. My husband goes to her. So does my daughter. I moved to her because my last hair dresser, introduced to me by my husband, retired after trimming my hair for 15 years. Like my old hair dresser, I see my current hairdresser but twice a year. I wear my hair long, twisted in various braids, knots and ropes. My current style is held in place with a large, orate metal barrette (silver butterfly or gold toned rose from Walmart) and an ivory or black caul or snood.
    And, yes, I’ve had those home perms from Hell. Started second grade with an electrified frizz. A mother’s best intentions for her hair challenged daughter. Since I left home, many, many years ago, no one touches my hair but me and my twice a year hair dresser. Like, Ag said, hair grows. But I like mine long. So, you won’t get me into one of those NYC chairs. Free or no. It takes me less than three minutes to do my hair in the morning and it, IMHO, looks like a million bucks. (at the very least, it turns heads)
    Nina
    btw, Loretta, love you new do!

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  13. Hi Tal!
    Cool Babrie picture. Love the hair.
    As for wigs… what a fun way to instantly change your look w/o enduring hours in the hair dresser’s chair.
    🙂
    Nina

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  14. Hi Tal!
    Cool Babrie picture. Love the hair.
    As for wigs… what a fun way to instantly change your look w/o enduring hours in the hair dresser’s chair.
    🙂
    Nina

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  15. Hi Tal!
    Cool Babrie picture. Love the hair.
    As for wigs… what a fun way to instantly change your look w/o enduring hours in the hair dresser’s chair.
    🙂
    Nina

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  16. Well, hair and I don’t get along–haven’t ever since I was born. It’s oily, very fine and straight. I can still remember my first perm when I was 9. Maybe that’s why I hate living behind a beauty salon having to smell perm solution every so often. In the 60s I also tried a wig but I felt so uncomfortable in it, I hardly ever used it.
    I’ve tried long, short, short short and everything in between. Since I have a bad problem with my hands and arms, nothing really works well. Even washing it every day is sometimes beyond me.
    I’ve spent a lot of money on “great stylists” but have never had a really satisfactory style. Right now it’s not bad but it’s still difficult for me to maintain–especially when I feel drained and as energetic as a cooked noodle.
    The actual temperature here is only 90 but with the 67% humidity it feels like 115. And tonight we won’t get much relief. Last night it was only 66 with 100% humidity. Tonight it’s only going down to 77 with 100% humidity. That’s what you get, I suppose, for living in a large triangle surrounded by the Great Lakes.

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  17. Well, hair and I don’t get along–haven’t ever since I was born. It’s oily, very fine and straight. I can still remember my first perm when I was 9. Maybe that’s why I hate living behind a beauty salon having to smell perm solution every so often. In the 60s I also tried a wig but I felt so uncomfortable in it, I hardly ever used it.
    I’ve tried long, short, short short and everything in between. Since I have a bad problem with my hands and arms, nothing really works well. Even washing it every day is sometimes beyond me.
    I’ve spent a lot of money on “great stylists” but have never had a really satisfactory style. Right now it’s not bad but it’s still difficult for me to maintain–especially when I feel drained and as energetic as a cooked noodle.
    The actual temperature here is only 90 but with the 67% humidity it feels like 115. And tonight we won’t get much relief. Last night it was only 66 with 100% humidity. Tonight it’s only going down to 77 with 100% humidity. That’s what you get, I suppose, for living in a large triangle surrounded by the Great Lakes.

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  18. Well, hair and I don’t get along–haven’t ever since I was born. It’s oily, very fine and straight. I can still remember my first perm when I was 9. Maybe that’s why I hate living behind a beauty salon having to smell perm solution every so often. In the 60s I also tried a wig but I felt so uncomfortable in it, I hardly ever used it.
    I’ve tried long, short, short short and everything in between. Since I have a bad problem with my hands and arms, nothing really works well. Even washing it every day is sometimes beyond me.
    I’ve spent a lot of money on “great stylists” but have never had a really satisfactory style. Right now it’s not bad but it’s still difficult for me to maintain–especially when I feel drained and as energetic as a cooked noodle.
    The actual temperature here is only 90 but with the 67% humidity it feels like 115. And tonight we won’t get much relief. Last night it was only 66 with 100% humidity. Tonight it’s only going down to 77 with 100% humidity. That’s what you get, I suppose, for living in a large triangle surrounded by the Great Lakes.

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  19. What a beautifully preserved 1960s Barbie! Or is it a reproduction?
    In most of these “before – after” shows or magazine features, the women’s hairstyle looks worse afterwards than it did before, at least in my experience. The one thing that really does make the women look better is the make-up and usually that is so elaborate it cannot be maintained under normal conditions anyway.
    I’ve had a series of horrible hairdressing experiences during my childhood and teens from having my hair cut very short against my will (my mother thought it was practical) to the hairstylist from hell who always ignored my wishes and tried to foist one of those spiky, fluffy 1980s hairstyles on me, even showing me pictures of a pop star and telling me that she could make me look just like that. The problem was, I hated the pop star and I hated her hairstyle. This incident was the reason I started letting my bangs grow out (the rest was already long) and stopped going to the hairdresser’s altogether. Now I cut the tips once or twice a year, and that’s it.

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  20. What a beautifully preserved 1960s Barbie! Or is it a reproduction?
    In most of these “before – after” shows or magazine features, the women’s hairstyle looks worse afterwards than it did before, at least in my experience. The one thing that really does make the women look better is the make-up and usually that is so elaborate it cannot be maintained under normal conditions anyway.
    I’ve had a series of horrible hairdressing experiences during my childhood and teens from having my hair cut very short against my will (my mother thought it was practical) to the hairstylist from hell who always ignored my wishes and tried to foist one of those spiky, fluffy 1980s hairstyles on me, even showing me pictures of a pop star and telling me that she could make me look just like that. The problem was, I hated the pop star and I hated her hairstyle. This incident was the reason I started letting my bangs grow out (the rest was already long) and stopped going to the hairdresser’s altogether. Now I cut the tips once or twice a year, and that’s it.

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  21. What a beautifully preserved 1960s Barbie! Or is it a reproduction?
    In most of these “before – after” shows or magazine features, the women’s hairstyle looks worse afterwards than it did before, at least in my experience. The one thing that really does make the women look better is the make-up and usually that is so elaborate it cannot be maintained under normal conditions anyway.
    I’ve had a series of horrible hairdressing experiences during my childhood and teens from having my hair cut very short against my will (my mother thought it was practical) to the hairstylist from hell who always ignored my wishes and tried to foist one of those spiky, fluffy 1980s hairstyles on me, even showing me pictures of a pop star and telling me that she could make me look just like that. The problem was, I hated the pop star and I hated her hairstyle. This incident was the reason I started letting my bangs grow out (the rest was already long) and stopped going to the hairdresser’s altogether. Now I cut the tips once or twice a year, and that’s it.

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  22. Hair! I never knew I had good hair until Steve cut it. Steve’s my hairdresser. After I’d discovered him he left the salon. I had no idea where he’d gone, but recalled him telling me that his sister’s boyfriend once played with my husband in a band. I made my husband track down his former band mate and ask him where his girlfriend’s brother was cutting hair now. Turns out he opened his salon in my town! Yippee!!!
    I’ve had my hair cut by Sahag (the Jennifer Aniston shag) and Steve is better. Too bad I’m a lousy self-stylist –Cathy

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  23. Hair! I never knew I had good hair until Steve cut it. Steve’s my hairdresser. After I’d discovered him he left the salon. I had no idea where he’d gone, but recalled him telling me that his sister’s boyfriend once played with my husband in a band. I made my husband track down his former band mate and ask him where his girlfriend’s brother was cutting hair now. Turns out he opened his salon in my town! Yippee!!!
    I’ve had my hair cut by Sahag (the Jennifer Aniston shag) and Steve is better. Too bad I’m a lousy self-stylist –Cathy

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  24. Hair! I never knew I had good hair until Steve cut it. Steve’s my hairdresser. After I’d discovered him he left the salon. I had no idea where he’d gone, but recalled him telling me that his sister’s boyfriend once played with my husband in a band. I made my husband track down his former band mate and ask him where his girlfriend’s brother was cutting hair now. Turns out he opened his salon in my town! Yippee!!!
    I’ve had my hair cut by Sahag (the Jennifer Aniston shag) and Steve is better. Too bad I’m a lousy self-stylist –Cathy

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  25. Love, love, love the Barbie and her smart ‘do!! She’s a classic.
    My hairdresser has been my friend as well as my hairdresser for a long time — years ago we met in a group of college friends, and she went to work in a salon near me. We hung out together, our kids grew up together, she cut my hair regularly. She’s German, gifted with hair, and she’s one of the few people I’ve known who’s as short as I am, which has been fun for both of us. And WOW, does she understand my hair…which is not the easiest to tame — thick, curly and wavy both, with a crazy curl tendency and a rebellious disposition, doing whatever the hell it wants regardless of how I coax it. Changeable with weather, takes forever to dry. I wore it very long in college, and as short as I am, with hair that thick, and big glasses, I looked like Cousin It. Truly.
    She talked me into cutting it shorter. O Wise Woman! And she can tame it into looking actually good, and staying that way for a bit, and then I’m on my own for weeks until I see her again. I do not have the hair-gift in my fingertips. My hair laughs, haha, when it sees me fumbling with the brush.
    Last year she moved out of state. Husband transferred. Shock! Noooooooooo! All her customers were desperate. She’s that good. So she arranged to come back every 6 weeks or so for a few days, and crams all her clients into a week, pleasing everyone. Bliss.
    You’re so right, Loretta. Hairstylists are so very important, and when you find one you trust, who does right by your hair and brings out its best qualities, and makes you look and feel better, you will travel any distance, drive, fly, take a train, give up a day, whatever it takes.
    ~Susan

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  26. Love, love, love the Barbie and her smart ‘do!! She’s a classic.
    My hairdresser has been my friend as well as my hairdresser for a long time — years ago we met in a group of college friends, and she went to work in a salon near me. We hung out together, our kids grew up together, she cut my hair regularly. She’s German, gifted with hair, and she’s one of the few people I’ve known who’s as short as I am, which has been fun for both of us. And WOW, does she understand my hair…which is not the easiest to tame — thick, curly and wavy both, with a crazy curl tendency and a rebellious disposition, doing whatever the hell it wants regardless of how I coax it. Changeable with weather, takes forever to dry. I wore it very long in college, and as short as I am, with hair that thick, and big glasses, I looked like Cousin It. Truly.
    She talked me into cutting it shorter. O Wise Woman! And she can tame it into looking actually good, and staying that way for a bit, and then I’m on my own for weeks until I see her again. I do not have the hair-gift in my fingertips. My hair laughs, haha, when it sees me fumbling with the brush.
    Last year she moved out of state. Husband transferred. Shock! Noooooooooo! All her customers were desperate. She’s that good. So she arranged to come back every 6 weeks or so for a few days, and crams all her clients into a week, pleasing everyone. Bliss.
    You’re so right, Loretta. Hairstylists are so very important, and when you find one you trust, who does right by your hair and brings out its best qualities, and makes you look and feel better, you will travel any distance, drive, fly, take a train, give up a day, whatever it takes.
    ~Susan

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  27. Love, love, love the Barbie and her smart ‘do!! She’s a classic.
    My hairdresser has been my friend as well as my hairdresser for a long time — years ago we met in a group of college friends, and she went to work in a salon near me. We hung out together, our kids grew up together, she cut my hair regularly. She’s German, gifted with hair, and she’s one of the few people I’ve known who’s as short as I am, which has been fun for both of us. And WOW, does she understand my hair…which is not the easiest to tame — thick, curly and wavy both, with a crazy curl tendency and a rebellious disposition, doing whatever the hell it wants regardless of how I coax it. Changeable with weather, takes forever to dry. I wore it very long in college, and as short as I am, with hair that thick, and big glasses, I looked like Cousin It. Truly.
    She talked me into cutting it shorter. O Wise Woman! And she can tame it into looking actually good, and staying that way for a bit, and then I’m on my own for weeks until I see her again. I do not have the hair-gift in my fingertips. My hair laughs, haha, when it sees me fumbling with the brush.
    Last year she moved out of state. Husband transferred. Shock! Noooooooooo! All her customers were desperate. She’s that good. So she arranged to come back every 6 weeks or so for a few days, and crams all her clients into a week, pleasing everyone. Bliss.
    You’re so right, Loretta. Hairstylists are so very important, and when you find one you trust, who does right by your hair and brings out its best qualities, and makes you look and feel better, you will travel any distance, drive, fly, take a train, give up a day, whatever it takes.
    ~Susan

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  28. I couldn’t go to Nick, because I have my Mary (whom I visited last week, as a matter of fact.)
    Confession: I’ve never watched the US version of What Not to Wear. Trinny & Susannah rock my world, accept no substitutes.
    T&S were on Oprah recently. I don’t even watch Oprah, but that day I did.
    When I lived in big cities (Altanta, Denver, etc.) I always had my hair done by a guy. With an accent. And an attitude.
    It’s all about time and place. For this time and in this place, I’ve got Mary.
    It doesn’t seem to matter what anyone does to my hair, I and it usually look basically the same. Even if I go shorter, which I definitely do in summer.
    There are days when I’d love to be more adventurous, more hip and stylin’. But I long ago accepted that I just don’t have the face for it.

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  29. I couldn’t go to Nick, because I have my Mary (whom I visited last week, as a matter of fact.)
    Confession: I’ve never watched the US version of What Not to Wear. Trinny & Susannah rock my world, accept no substitutes.
    T&S were on Oprah recently. I don’t even watch Oprah, but that day I did.
    When I lived in big cities (Altanta, Denver, etc.) I always had my hair done by a guy. With an accent. And an attitude.
    It’s all about time and place. For this time and in this place, I’ve got Mary.
    It doesn’t seem to matter what anyone does to my hair, I and it usually look basically the same. Even if I go shorter, which I definitely do in summer.
    There are days when I’d love to be more adventurous, more hip and stylin’. But I long ago accepted that I just don’t have the face for it.

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  30. I couldn’t go to Nick, because I have my Mary (whom I visited last week, as a matter of fact.)
    Confession: I’ve never watched the US version of What Not to Wear. Trinny & Susannah rock my world, accept no substitutes.
    T&S were on Oprah recently. I don’t even watch Oprah, but that day I did.
    When I lived in big cities (Altanta, Denver, etc.) I always had my hair done by a guy. With an accent. And an attitude.
    It’s all about time and place. For this time and in this place, I’ve got Mary.
    It doesn’t seem to matter what anyone does to my hair, I and it usually look basically the same. Even if I go shorter, which I definitely do in summer.
    There are days when I’d love to be more adventurous, more hip and stylin’. But I long ago accepted that I just don’t have the face for it.

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  31. Hair! I could talk about hair until your eyes bulge and your gills turn green. We seem to move every three years, so finding a single hairdresser is a nonstarter from the get-go. Just as I find one I really like… Sigh.
    As to wigs–I’ve played with them since I was a kid. I’m here to tell ya, the only way to do a wig is to pay Big Bucks and have it styled to suit you. Wigs were apparently designed for Barbies.

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  32. Hair! I could talk about hair until your eyes bulge and your gills turn green. We seem to move every three years, so finding a single hairdresser is a nonstarter from the get-go. Just as I find one I really like… Sigh.
    As to wigs–I’ve played with them since I was a kid. I’m here to tell ya, the only way to do a wig is to pay Big Bucks and have it styled to suit you. Wigs were apparently designed for Barbies.

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  33. Hair! I could talk about hair until your eyes bulge and your gills turn green. We seem to move every three years, so finding a single hairdresser is a nonstarter from the get-go. Just as I find one I really like… Sigh.
    As to wigs–I’ve played with them since I was a kid. I’m here to tell ya, the only way to do a wig is to pay Big Bucks and have it styled to suit you. Wigs were apparently designed for Barbies.

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  34. Hair is definitely a subject women are passionate about! I had the occasioinal horrible corkscrew permanents as a child–they were state of the art then.
    I also suffered occasional overnights at my paternal grandmother’s. She’d had only sons, so perhaps a desire for daughters made her yank my rather short hair painfully into stubby little pigtails. It HURT. And didn’t look good.
    Basically, I like a neutral look, though humidity tends to make my hair memorable in a rather unfortunate way. I’ve been going to the same hairdresser for over 20 years, and she really is named Mary Smith, which doesn’t give at all a sense of her. Her maiden name is long and Italian, she has very dark hair herself, a great deal of hairdressing skill (don’t judge her by me )–and one of the warmest hearts in the world. Going to her salon is a way to feel better about life.
    Mary Jo, thinking there could be a book in this topic

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  35. Hair is definitely a subject women are passionate about! I had the occasioinal horrible corkscrew permanents as a child–they were state of the art then.
    I also suffered occasional overnights at my paternal grandmother’s. She’d had only sons, so perhaps a desire for daughters made her yank my rather short hair painfully into stubby little pigtails. It HURT. And didn’t look good.
    Basically, I like a neutral look, though humidity tends to make my hair memorable in a rather unfortunate way. I’ve been going to the same hairdresser for over 20 years, and she really is named Mary Smith, which doesn’t give at all a sense of her. Her maiden name is long and Italian, she has very dark hair herself, a great deal of hairdressing skill (don’t judge her by me )–and one of the warmest hearts in the world. Going to her salon is a way to feel better about life.
    Mary Jo, thinking there could be a book in this topic

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  36. Hair is definitely a subject women are passionate about! I had the occasioinal horrible corkscrew permanents as a child–they were state of the art then.
    I also suffered occasional overnights at my paternal grandmother’s. She’d had only sons, so perhaps a desire for daughters made her yank my rather short hair painfully into stubby little pigtails. It HURT. And didn’t look good.
    Basically, I like a neutral look, though humidity tends to make my hair memorable in a rather unfortunate way. I’ve been going to the same hairdresser for over 20 years, and she really is named Mary Smith, which doesn’t give at all a sense of her. Her maiden name is long and Italian, she has very dark hair herself, a great deal of hairdressing skill (don’t judge her by me )–and one of the warmest hearts in the world. Going to her salon is a way to feel better about life.
    Mary Jo, thinking there could be a book in this topic

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  37. Cora, the Barbie is a 40th anniversary reproduction. I have an actual early Barbie who is not quite so perfect. The sides of her face turned green from the fake gold earrings she wore. You may see her and her sister, also vintage, and not so green, in the future.
    Nina, some people have great long hair, and know how to do wonderful things with it. But a great many of us have neither the proper hair nor the skill, so we’re better off with a shorter length. But in every case, the style needs to be something you can approximate at home, and that’s where the truly talented stylists distinguish themselves from the others. Clearly, several of you ladies have found your Isaac and understand his/ her rarity and value.

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  38. Cora, the Barbie is a 40th anniversary reproduction. I have an actual early Barbie who is not quite so perfect. The sides of her face turned green from the fake gold earrings she wore. You may see her and her sister, also vintage, and not so green, in the future.
    Nina, some people have great long hair, and know how to do wonderful things with it. But a great many of us have neither the proper hair nor the skill, so we’re better off with a shorter length. But in every case, the style needs to be something you can approximate at home, and that’s where the truly talented stylists distinguish themselves from the others. Clearly, several of you ladies have found your Isaac and understand his/ her rarity and value.

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  39. Cora, the Barbie is a 40th anniversary reproduction. I have an actual early Barbie who is not quite so perfect. The sides of her face turned green from the fake gold earrings she wore. You may see her and her sister, also vintage, and not so green, in the future.
    Nina, some people have great long hair, and know how to do wonderful things with it. But a great many of us have neither the proper hair nor the skill, so we’re better off with a shorter length. But in every case, the style needs to be something you can approximate at home, and that’s where the truly talented stylists distinguish themselves from the others. Clearly, several of you ladies have found your Isaac and understand his/ her rarity and value.

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  40. We’ve had our current hairdresser for about 12 years. And we’ve moved since we started going to her. So now she comes to our house.
    Yup, personal home delivery haircuts! It’s really wonderful, even if we do have to vacuum the cut hair up afterwards. 🙂
    Loretta–I’m right with you. I simply can’t be bothered to style my hair, mostly because it’s thick and straight and drags out anything done to it. So wash and go works for me.
    That said, I like changing up my hairstyle every few years. Otherwise, I get bored….
    ml

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  41. We’ve had our current hairdresser for about 12 years. And we’ve moved since we started going to her. So now she comes to our house.
    Yup, personal home delivery haircuts! It’s really wonderful, even if we do have to vacuum the cut hair up afterwards. 🙂
    Loretta–I’m right with you. I simply can’t be bothered to style my hair, mostly because it’s thick and straight and drags out anything done to it. So wash and go works for me.
    That said, I like changing up my hairstyle every few years. Otherwise, I get bored….
    ml

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  42. We’ve had our current hairdresser for about 12 years. And we’ve moved since we started going to her. So now she comes to our house.
    Yup, personal home delivery haircuts! It’s really wonderful, even if we do have to vacuum the cut hair up afterwards. 🙂
    Loretta–I’m right with you. I simply can’t be bothered to style my hair, mostly because it’s thick and straight and drags out anything done to it. So wash and go works for me.
    That said, I like changing up my hairstyle every few years. Otherwise, I get bored….
    ml

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  43. Loretta, I’m so glad you wrote the Hair Blog! I don’t know if you remember this or not — but our first conversation (at some long-ago New England conference, back when they were still in Boston) was about Isaac, and hair in general. We bonded over the fact that we both had a heavy dependence on Sebastian’s Potion 9, the one sure, non-silicone way to beat unruly hair into submission.
    And yeah, I’d let Nick cut’n’color my hair. That’s probably a $600 haircut in Manhatten, and I’ve never seen a bad cut on that show (though maybe the bad ones are sent down to the subway). You didn’t ask, but I’d let Carmondy do my makeup, too. Heck, if I got that magic Visa card, I’d gladly throw my wardrobe into the studio trashcans as well….
    Susan/Miranda

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  44. Loretta, I’m so glad you wrote the Hair Blog! I don’t know if you remember this or not — but our first conversation (at some long-ago New England conference, back when they were still in Boston) was about Isaac, and hair in general. We bonded over the fact that we both had a heavy dependence on Sebastian’s Potion 9, the one sure, non-silicone way to beat unruly hair into submission.
    And yeah, I’d let Nick cut’n’color my hair. That’s probably a $600 haircut in Manhatten, and I’ve never seen a bad cut on that show (though maybe the bad ones are sent down to the subway). You didn’t ask, but I’d let Carmondy do my makeup, too. Heck, if I got that magic Visa card, I’d gladly throw my wardrobe into the studio trashcans as well….
    Susan/Miranda

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  45. Loretta, I’m so glad you wrote the Hair Blog! I don’t know if you remember this or not — but our first conversation (at some long-ago New England conference, back when they were still in Boston) was about Isaac, and hair in general. We bonded over the fact that we both had a heavy dependence on Sebastian’s Potion 9, the one sure, non-silicone way to beat unruly hair into submission.
    And yeah, I’d let Nick cut’n’color my hair. That’s probably a $600 haircut in Manhatten, and I’ve never seen a bad cut on that show (though maybe the bad ones are sent down to the subway). You didn’t ask, but I’d let Carmondy do my makeup, too. Heck, if I got that magic Visa card, I’d gladly throw my wardrobe into the studio trashcans as well….
    Susan/Miranda

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  46. Loretta. you look so good in that photo, even better then Barbie 🙂
    when I’m back in the states I have a great hairdresser who is so good and relaxing. He talks as he works but it some how sooths… So you come away with a relaxed mind and a wonderful doo.
    It is something like the perfect Hero, finding the perfect hairdresser and I do prefer a man. They don’t make me feel so indimidated for some reason. How is that???
    Mary M. Kampot, Cambodia

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  47. Loretta. you look so good in that photo, even better then Barbie 🙂
    when I’m back in the states I have a great hairdresser who is so good and relaxing. He talks as he works but it some how sooths… So you come away with a relaxed mind and a wonderful doo.
    It is something like the perfect Hero, finding the perfect hairdresser and I do prefer a man. They don’t make me feel so indimidated for some reason. How is that???
    Mary M. Kampot, Cambodia

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  48. Loretta. you look so good in that photo, even better then Barbie 🙂
    when I’m back in the states I have a great hairdresser who is so good and relaxing. He talks as he works but it some how sooths… So you come away with a relaxed mind and a wonderful doo.
    It is something like the perfect Hero, finding the perfect hairdresser and I do prefer a man. They don’t make me feel so indimidated for some reason. How is that???
    Mary M. Kampot, Cambodia

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  49. Isaac Mann is an old friend of mine! We go WAY BACK to the “disco” days I have sported many Isaac hair styles, all fantastic! Gotta love him. Tell him & Jimmy I said “hello” from Florida.

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  50. Isaac Mann is an old friend of mine! We go WAY BACK to the “disco” days I have sported many Isaac hair styles, all fantastic! Gotta love him. Tell him & Jimmy I said “hello” from Florida.

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  51. Isaac Mann is an old friend of mine! We go WAY BACK to the “disco” days I have sported many Isaac hair styles, all fantastic! Gotta love him. Tell him & Jimmy I said “hello” from Florida.

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