Wednesday, August 16, 2006

"The Chef of Salon de la Salon"


His hands moved so fast, they were one big blur before my eyes. He was like an Asian chef, the flashing of shiny metal, chopping sounds and pieces of his art project flying left and right. He talked to himself, words of approval and the look of a perfectionist crossed his facial features. I held my breath and blinked away the tiny hairs that flew into my face. I sat very still, afraid that one wrong move might mean the loss of an ear or eyebrow. He shouted at the onlookers to appreciate his expertise and demanded their praise. He was a professional, performing to a rhythm no one else could match. In a flash, he was finished, mere minutes passing like sand slipping from my clenched hand. "Hwa-la!" he said, while spinning me around in the chair, my eyes trying to focus on the face in the mirror. I slowly raised my trembling hand to touch the feather like remains that were still attached to my head. My mind needed a moment to adjust and I felt momentarily light headed...literally. He sung to me, "Well girlfriend, don't you just adore it, or what?!"................

I did......I adored it, he was right! Piles of hair covered the floor around me and I began to run my hands through this new do. Other women around me said, "Damn girl, you are brave!" and I felt courageous. I walked in with long tresses and within moments I sat there looking like a newly hatched baby chick....and I loved it. He gave me quick instructions as I stared at myself in that mirror....I made my next 6 week appointment...still staring...paid the bill...looking at my reflection....got into my car and pulled down the visor so I could look at myself some more...smiling. I drove home, periodically looking at myself in the rear view mirror to make sure it was still me. It was.

So, here's to all of you....a grateful "Thank You" for the added support and kind words that helped me get through this slightly painful, but totally worth it, experience.

(I feel sassy, somewhat sexy and definitely liberated... :)

23 Comments:

Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

i'm crying!!!!!!

i love you dar.

you are pixie~licsious. i am going to have to hug Mr. Hair Chef.

love love love it. sexy, sassy you.

love,
your lil sis

11:28 PM  
Blogger bb said...

you look so happy, at ease and confident in these photos, and of course b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.

here's wishing you health and happiness, brave, mischievous pixie x x x x

12:01 AM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Awwwwww Darlene! YOU are a SWEET, SWEET chick any way you LOOK at it! I LOVE it, it looks so carefree!!! Mrs. M will be surprised! lol I'm soooo GLAD YOU love it too! I wish I could give you a big tight bear HUG! I'll be thinkin' of brave YOU today! xooxoxx ps. aren't YOU glad you found a great hairdresser?*sigh*

3:33 AM  
Blogger Alexandra G said...

You look totally beautiful! And that takes guts to cut so much off in one sitting-enjoy your wonderful new do'!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Yolanda said...

I love it so much.It makes you look younger and happier. I love getting haircuts as it always makes me feel lighter physically adn in my spirit.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous angela marie said...

ohhhh dar! sexy, sassy-frass,soulful you! I LOVE IT!!!!!

I can see your beautiful eyes, gorgeous cheek-bones, angel lips!

xx muah!

7:51 AM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

oh Oh OH!!!
I love it!
I love the way this hair cut makes you feel in your tiny type (shout this my dear, shout it out)!
I love the bit of mischieviousness this brings out in your eyes!

Fantastic!

8:21 AM  
Blogger M said...

You look fabulous!! I love it! So funky!

9:28 AM  
Blogger brittany said...

hubba-hubba!

you look radiant!

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You look like Titia!

I have always loved short hair on you...


What's the big deal?

So you Dont get long ass hair in your food anymore.............or try to mop up all these strands off the floor or even worse............wrapped and tied ''military style'' around your MOP!............lolol!!

Oohh and how about the vaccum cleaner ??... No more cutting the wod of hair that acumlates so bably....that you can donate the wad to a dolly maker???!!!!!

RRRRRRRRofl!!


you be beautiful...... love the cut girl..


Pamiesings

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Totally awesomely cool!! It looks fantastic!! You are so gorgeous anyway, you would look great even if you were bald!

That is a most delicious haircut, whoever did it, thumbs up!

Ohh, I just love your bravery and how true you are to yourself. You look so very sexy. Does your hubby love it?? Did he feel like he was with another woman?? ((giggle))

Hugs & Kisses!

12:55 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

You just look younger and wow, so hot lady.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Hello Darlene,
You look so incredibly radiant and super healthy. Glowing!!! I love the result and I especially love your bravery.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous mom said...

My beautiful first born!!!!

I absolutely love the new do.
You look soooo happy and have that
"what kind of trouble can I get into look."
I love you Dar
MOM

4:39 PM  
Blogger b/sistersshoes said...

Mon Me`re~
Vous magnifique!

So so good to see you in my comment section...Weeeeeeee

I love you too!

XXXXXXXXXX dar

5:18 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

You look so STUNNING.
Beautiful.
Your beauty is radiating even MORE and further than before... is that even possible?
Well it IS.
Wow.
Love you sista.
Bx

6:37 PM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

LOVE it. your face shines in this new cut!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

You look so very sexy and sassy!

This is such a fabulous haircut.

Terrific and beautiful.

Hugs and kisses

7:46 AM  
Blogger Romina Bacci said...

YOU are the beauty queen

that belongs in a magazine!


you look beautiful!!
i love your new look

Welcome New D!!!! :)

8:20 AM  
Blogger Madeleine said...

you look energised and revitalised by this move!?
so much more than a hair do- a new you, shedding of the old skin and allowing the new one to grow. how liberating.
i remember having a similar haircut after my son was born, losing all the long locks. but i mourned it and grew it straight back (mainly because i looked like a chubby faced boy) damn. i wish i could look THIS good.
you foxy chic!!
(you one of those people who could shave her heads and look fantasteeeko!!

gorgeous, girl!
xoxoxoxo

12:32 PM  
Blogger Laini said...

You look awesome! It's really a completely different look, and SO cute -- I love it. Some day I imagine I will have to learn to style my hair so I can wear it in a shorter and more "grown-up" style, but I have not got your cute cheekbones to make something like this work. So glad you like it!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love it. It's looks beautiful and young - totally sassy!

Big hugs, love..

xx

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...I just discovered your page along with your sisters. You both give me goose bumps. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. Miss you!

<3 Tiffiny

11:07 AM  

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