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Hair, Nails & Friendship

Brian has just completed puting the relaxer in my hair. and posed for the picture.
Brian has just completed putting the relaxer in my hair and posed for the picture.

Just when I thought I was getting back on track…BAM!!! The situations that caused this derailment were very good indeed.

Thursday was a day of much-needed pampering with my cousin, Charese. The first stop was the salon where I met Brian the most insanely, gifted, stylist I’ve had work this hair of mine. If you recall during my makeup tutorial I mentioned that I like wearing wigs partly due to the versatility in being able to wear many different styles with the added benefit of time saved with not having to style my hair. This is something I’ve done for many years although pre-vision loss I would go for months on end styling my own hair and when I got bored I’d simply buy a new wig.

To give you a better idea of what was in store for Brian I need to go back several months when I was having a severe case of hot flashes. You know the kind where you feel like you’re gonna spontaneously burst into flames? Well, that’s how I felt and it reminded me of the time a few years back when I went to a different stylist and while she was preparing to apply chemicals to straighten my hair she says to me “are you having a moment?” to which I said “yes, how’d you know?” Apparently, whenever I have one of these episodes the heat rises up inside of me straight to my head and she could actually feel it. I can’t tell you how grateful I was when she brought out the fan and aimed the soothing, cooling breeze my way.

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So anyway, back to what happened several months ago. I’m so hot I want to peel away my skin when I get the bright idea of <GASP> chopping off my hair. Before you go all OMG I was okay with this solution because I had my trusty wig to wear in public. So I grab the scissors and start cutting and before you know it I have about a ¼ inch of hair left and if I had clippers I would have used them to shave off the rest as I am nothing but determined.

The results of my impromptu haircut may have been scary but one of the upsides to vision loss is I couldn’t see it so it was okay and honestly I felt so much better without all that hair. Even when my hair is very short it is so thick it’s like choking my scalp so I had to lighten the load. I’m saying all this so you can get an idea of what was in store for poor Brian.

Before I unveil my hair (I wore a scarf to the appointment) I tell Brian my hair tales of woe to prevent him from going into heart failure (I know how serious these professionals take to hair care). I gingerly pull back the scarf and Brian (bless his heart) says “oh this isn’t the worst I’ve seen” again, I can’t see his facial expression so I decide to roll with it.

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Front View

Several laughter-filled hours later, Charese tells me that my hair is beautiful. Brian has worked a miracle and all it took was a relaxer, color, cut and style (who knew?). But seriously even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to mirror what Brian did the next day I received compliments from friends.

Next stop on our day of pampering was a pedicure. If you’ve never done this I highly recommend it as it’s so relaxing. I’ve been dying to get my toes painted blue and now they are and they look so cute (or at least I think so).

What’s a day of pampering without a special treat? It was off to Big Shot Bob’s for the most delectable chicken wings. There are so many flavors from which to choose it’ll make your head spin.

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Back View

I got home around 9:00ish at night and was surprised about an hour later when my friend Lori came in from New York to spend the holiday and her birthday weekend with me. I thought she was coming on Friday and I was thrilled she came earlier than expected. We had a great time and on Friday we even surprised one of our friends by dropping in on her then later going to Red Lobster (yes, another one of my faves) to dine on shrimp, salmon, those luscious biscuits and  triple chocolate cake for dessert. (I’ve heard that calories don’t count when friends visit from out-of-town).

The weekend was filled with running around getting stuff for my condo, catching up with other friends and visiting more restaurants. We even went to see X-men and closed out Lori’s birthday with a salute to her at Red Robin (had a mouth-watering Black Angus Burger).

Tomorrow I talk exercise.

So long for now.

“We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.” ~Olin Miller

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