I just got a hair cut. Nothing too wild or extravagant, just a trim and shaping, no big deal.
Normally, when I go for such a thing, I prefer as little conversation as possible. Part of this is because I already have a hard time hearing, and when you add in the white noise of hair dryers and other conversations, plus the removal of my glasses so I can’t read lips, I’m rendered effectively deaf. And part of it is because I just really enjoy having my hair played with, and would rather just zone out and enjoy instead of having to think and focus.
But today, my hairdresser was all sorts of chatty, and she spoke clearly enough that I could hear her well, and I just didn’t have the heart to be all curmudgeonly and antisocial, so we chatted away for however long I was there. Which is fine, I suppose, though the silent treatment really would have been OK by me.
Willem was appalled on my behalf, because he has an even stronger preference for a conversation-free hair-cutting experience. And I wondered, what’s the general consensus? Do most people go to the salon with the plan to chat the whole time, or would you rather be able to tuck into a cheesy magazine and just tune out for a while?
(She did a fabulous job, by the way. I won’t bother grabbing the camera for proof, because that’s just not my style, but trust me, I have really good hair today. The true test, of course, comes after the first shower, when we see if it looks decent on its own… because I don’t even know if I own a hair dryer, much less use one with any regularity.)