Christmas is over and it’s time to get prepared to ring in the New Year. You know what that means….off to the salon. If you haven’t already made an appointment for hair and nails, then good luck getting in my friends!! Kathryn and I have been going to Louis at Visible Changes over twenty years for our hair and we have seen and experienced all kinds of things at the salon. It is a perfect place for people watching and such. But one of things that we have always joked about is that you never know what is going to happen at the shampoo bowl!
Like most salons, Visible Changes position their new hires at the shampoo bowls. Even though most of them already have their license, they must first start at an entry level and work up the seniority ladder. So when we come to Louis for our hair we always anticipate the shampoo experience that is ahead of us.
Each individual comes with a different interpretation of what the perfect shampoo bowl experience should be. Being the receiver of all of this is another story in itself. Over the years I think Kathryn and I have lived through it all. Mostly our shampoo experiences have been good along with some great scalp massages, but those are not necessarily the memorable ones, so we thought we would share.
First, you never know what kind of relationship your shampoo tech has with the water hose. I am always anxious to see if they have tamed the wily beast yet because if you are not careful it will turn on you in a second leaving everything in its path a wet mess. Sometimes they misinterpret where your hairline really is and you end up with your entire face washed clean! Then there is the water speech….”Hot water opens the hair shaft and cold water closes it!!”. Grrrrreeaaat. Now I’m awake!!
Oh and you learn all the drama that is happening in their lives in under two minutes which most of time is really good stuff. Nothing like living your life vicariously through your shampoo tech. For some people, it might seem annoying or too much to handle but for us it’s part of the visit which over the years we seem to look forward to. It reminds me of a quote by Forrest Gump. “ Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your gonna get”.
Kathryn and I realize that attitude is everything. Reacting to any situation with hostility or anger is counterproductive. Learn to react with understanding and compassion and some laughter. Don’t take things too seriously or the interesting things in life will pass you by. Quite honestly we have enjoyed our times at the shampoo bowl!!