“There are no salons where you’re moving,” said my hair stylist of 10 years.
“No salons that carry our line of coloring,” she said.
“Oh, Lord, have mercy,” I said with all reverence.
“Our line is pretty exclusive, but I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “There are no salons with our products anywhere near Wichita. None.”
“I think I’m going to be sick,” I said.
“There are other lines I can recommend,” she said and rattled off the secondary choices. Then she scurried away to pick my poison.
Ten years of successful haircuts and six years of spot-on color. All about to be sacrificed on the altar of corporate relocation.
She returned with my color in one hand and a small piece of paper in the other.
“This,” she said handing me the paper, “This is your recipe.”
“My recipe.” Cue Indiana Jones.
“And here’s my card,” she said. “Any good colorist should be able to translate your recipe. Have them call me if they have any questions.”
Whimper. What have I done?
“This is the last time I see you before you move, right?” she said.
“No!” I said. “I mean, no. I think I have another appointment in December. If I don’t, I’m making one. I must see you again before we move!”
“I’m sure we can work something out,” she said and slathered on the magic.
My mom colored her hair over the bathtub. She had her cosmetology license and her nursing license. All the bases were covered from peroxide to triage. She could bleach your hair, splint your sprain, curl, crimp, suture or stitch.
The thought of me coloring my hair myself terrifies me more than going gray.
There would be no one to blame if I turned my brunette sherbet orange like an apricot poodle. Or platinum blonde like a towheaded surfer. Or jet black like a black, black sheep. Baa.
“Look younger, longer,” reads a Clinique tagline.
Look younger, longer? So at what point after longer am I to concede it’s a lost cause? When do I give up and go gentle into that good night?
One of my friends is a decade older than I am. She’s in better shape and runs faster now than she did when she was my age.
Her hair color? Vibrant, luxurious auburn.
There’s hope for me yet.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 NIV