There are very few people who have been in my life as long as my hairdresser.
She’s been my go-to for all things hair for nearly 2 decades. I’m reminded of our lengthy relationship every time her second child celebrates her birthday. She was pregnant with her daughter the very first time I sat in her chair. That daughter is now a freshman in college. However long we’ve known each other, it wasn’t until recently that I realized how much more she has been to me than just a hairdresser.
It’s funny to think that being Southern has a certain expectation of the bond you form with your hairdresser, but it’s true. I’ve witnessed those same bonds being formed and cherished over decades between my grandmothers and their hairstylists whenever I would tag along with them to their weekly in-house hair appointments. We’ve also all watched it several times, in the classic, Steel Magnolias. Other than understanding the different shades of pink (blush and bashful), the true main storyline is the unbreakable friendship a group of women form inside a Louisiana beauty salon.
It’s practically imbedded in our Southern roots…
…a woman’s best friend is who she trusts the most with her hair. I trust my hairdresser with more than my hair. We share secrets and update each other on life events and special occasions. She’s styled and colored my hair during every phase I’ve even gone through. She’s offered to shave my head when I started chemo. She was the first one to give my hair life, once it started to grow back. She styled my hair for my wedding and gave first haircuts to my children. Her shop is warm and welcoming, along with her smile and her laugh. It never feels like a hair appointment. It always feels like I’m just visiting a friend and playing “catch-up” about our busy lives. She’s special, and I’m very thankful for her. So, if you’re fortunate to have someone like this in your life, be grateful. A true southern hairstylist is one-of a kind!
Thank you for your years of listening, your amazing talent, your sincere heart, and your ability to always make me smile. You are a true Southern Belle, and I’m thankful you’re my hairdresser too.