California, like many places across the county, has moved into the Purple Tier. Frankly, I think the color spectrum could be improved. How am I supposed to know that Purple is worse than Red? Can we just do Red, Orange, Yellow, Green please? I feel like those are all colors we understand…but I digress.
We have moved to the tier that shuts down restaurants, gyms, churches, and…*gasp* hair salons. Despite the fact that we kinda knew the numbers weren’t good and ‘purple’ (whatever that means) was in our future, I didn’t see my stylist. My husband has actually been coloring my hair every 8 weeks or so since the pandemic. Colorist? Yes. Stylist capable of cutting hair? No. He is not. So now, we hit ‘purple’ and my normal stylist is shut down. I cried. A lot.
Outdoor hair cutting is permitted but the only ones available right now are the discount chains. Yup. Supercuts and Great Clips. Queens and Kings of the $15 haircuts. I’ve never been anywhere other than salons but desperate times call for desperate measures. My daughter also needed her first haircut. Yes friends, I know she she’s 5. We’re always a little late to the game. Brushing her hair has been like brushing a dollar store doll. Horrific knots and jagged ends.
The discount hair chains don’t do appointments so I simply drove up and waited for what surely would be the most painful and traumatizing experience of my life. I parked. I did some deep breathing. I put on my mask. I signed in online.
There was no wait. The stylist was seriously, AMAZING. She did an AWESOME job on my daughter and an AWESOME job on my hair. Seriously friends. I paid $30 combined for our haircuts and they were just as good as the ones I’ve been paying a lot more to have done. Even with a $10 tip, I was still wayyyyy under what I normally pay just for me. It was fast. It was painless and IT WAS UNDER BUDGET. I may have installed the app on my phone. I may have already calendared my next haircut. This might by an every other haircut thing now.
I’m tired of focusing on how awful things are. Can we take a minute to say, “Covid sucks but every once in a while, we’re going to try new things. We’re going to make new discoveries. We’re going to grow a little. We’re going to do a happy dance.”