Thursday, October 21, 2010

Talented Salmon

In an effort to give you all something interesting to read, I decided to get my hair cut this morning.

See, there's this lady I met, and she showed up at soccer practice with gorgeous hair. When you move a lot, the only way to get a good haircut is to find someone with beautiful hair and demand that they give you the name of their hairdresser. So I asked, and she told me: Talented Salmon.


Well, it turns out his name is Samman, not Salmon. But don't you like it better the way I wrote it first?

She told me how to get there, and I tried, I really did. But alas - I got all tangled up in the streets of Sweifiyeh and gave up. So yesterday, when I saw gorgeous hair lady, I asked again. (Some say I'm persistent. Some say I'm annoying. Again, I go with the first description.)

She pulled out her cell, called up Mr. Fish, and the next thing I knew, I had an appointment for 10 am today.

This time I found him, but I had to call her from the road so she could talk me in - pesky left turns trick me every time.

Turns out Talented Salmon is, indeed, talented. He was like Edward Scissorhands on the clippers, and he took a good two inches off, more in places. I was getting nervous, but then he leaned in and looked closely at my hair. He asked, "this hair - it is your natural color under highlights, yes?" I nodded affirmatively. "Yes," he said. "It is beautiful, this hair. A beautiful color."

So, of course, I'm now a client for the next three years, right? No matter what happens to this beautiful hair of mine, I'm sold on Salmon.

It's a great cut I have now. It took all of 10 minutes. But then - then he pulled out the hair dryer. That took a long, long time, with clips, and rollers, and brushes galore.

Now? Now I look like a 70s porn star. I look like the Fourth Angel. I look kind of floozy-ish. I'd post a picture, but, well, let's just wait for the curl to die down a bit, shall we?

Instead, Here's a picture of the hair salon. Note that it's pink: those of you who are participating in this week's FS RoundUp will know what that means. And yes, I did have to go up those creepy stairs to get to his salon.


Bfiles said... [Reply]

oh come on, a picture, please!
I do love his sign, though!

Z. Marie said... [Reply]

I love that's it's called a "beauty center."

Emily said... [Reply]

Yes! Finding a good place for hair is priceless. Really. Having to go from salon to salon waiting for bad cuts to grow out can be so frustrating.

Jen said... [Reply]

You should just call it Talented Salmon...maybe they'll end up changing the name permanently! Could also be a good name for a band....

Jersey Beth said... [Reply]

I thought you were fearless!! Where's the picture?? :-))

Julie said... [Reply]

This post made me laugh out loud! My favorite part is that he obviously has a high opinion of himself ("talented.") So was he saying you should grow out your highlights and go back to the natural color? Most hair stylists do the opposite. So funny.

Becky said... [Reply]

Your post has been included in the weekly State Department Blog Round Up

Thanks for your wonderful contribution!

Elaine said... [Reply]

My own hair has been a cross to bear all my life--fine, fly-away, dead straight, no body, and nowadays, there is not even that much of it... so I feel Immensely Deprived not getting to see your beautiful hair. Are you also wearing thigh-high white boots?

Connie said... [Reply]

Compliments like that deserve repeat visits! Have you noticed that some of the 'salon's around here have signs that say 'saloon'?

Catherine said... [Reply]

I have to say that your post reminded me of when I was posted in Abu Dhabi and had to track down a "talented" hairstylist as well. Tracked down the "diva" at the Embassy and she directed me to a local hotel which housed the salon. The hairstylist was awesome! Much like the talented Samman.. I tell you, women were lined up waiting to get their hair touched by this guy! It was like he was making love to your hair..:)

SassAndSweet said... [Reply]

Loved your post.... and now extra crossing fingers that I might get Amman (from my bidlist) so I can check out the Talented Salmon!!

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