by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
We played snowbirds this past winter and stayed at an Airbnb in Greenville, SC. I got a cut and color a week before we left. Because I had to find a place to get my haircut during our southern stay, I stretched it out to six weeks (I usually go at 4 weeks.)
I chose a franchise place and had sticker shock. It was nearly three times what I paid my (indie) hairdresser at home. Being a cheapskate (and as someone who isn't thrilled about navigating a strange city), I decided not to get my hair cut in March. (Bad decision on my part.) Instead, I headed to the store and bought a box of hair dye. It had been years since I dyed my hair myself, but it was doable and though I was a little shaggy, I figured I could live with it. After all, I would be home in a month and could get my hair cut by my regular hairdresser.
And then Covid-19 hit hard. We cut short our southern stay by two weeks when New York shut down. It was an eerie trip back north, with the roads jammed with RVs hurrying back to Canada and lots of big trucks and virtually no passenger vehicles--long lines at fast food joints and nowhere to stop for bathroom breaks. But we made it home and except for curbside pickup, we've pretty much stayed home.
Although they've reopened salons in my state, my indie hairdresser hasn't reopened. She has a setup in her home and has an elderly mother. There's no way she's going to expose her mother to Covid-19. And although the risk isn't as great where I live, I'm not willing to expose myself to it by going to a strange hair salon, either.
Mr. L is another matter. He let me cut his hair, and while it's still rather shaggy, it looks a lot better than mine. Of course, Mr. L sees me through the eyes of love, so he's oblivious to my many bad hair days. (At least he hasn't mentioned it.)
Thanks to online shopping, I now have three boxes of hair dye and it's long past time to attack my roots. By tomorrow, I'll be young again!
Have you avoided the hairdresser and any other services since this whole pandemic arrived?