Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!” …Oh DANG!
…DANG, DANG, DANG! Ever make a HUGE mistake?
A mistake of even being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Where someone else’s actions had a disastrous effect on your life?
My daughter just had one such thing happen to her yesterday when she went to the hairdresser… yes… THAT HORRIBLE THING happened…
Her regular hairdresser was away, and she felt she needed to have her hair trimmed a little for a photo shoot she had scheduled. So… she went to the small chain salon (now an insignificant speck on her radar), beside the Big Huge chain store in town and let the man about to cut her hair know the following facts:
- While her baby was still sick and fighting for her life during her second battle with cancer, she made a vow not to cut her hair, until the baby was 5 years in remission, then to cut it and donate it. (Little trims to deal with split ends not included.)
- She was only wanting a trim.
- She showed him a photo of how she wanted the front fringe.
- She wanted a wash, a trim, and a blow dry
What happened? Only everyone’s worst nightmare.
Before: Her hair at its longest point in the back was almost down to the top of her hips when it was straightened. Absolutely Gorgeous.
After: It was just a couple of inches past her shoulder. A good 6-8 inches were chopped off.
I say CHOPPED off… however hacked off with a weed eater would be more descriptive. It wasn’t just the length of her hair which was difficult to deal with, but it was hacked, with chunks taken out of it, uneven from one side to the other, and pieces sticking out. (Even after she put smoothing serum into it and flat ironed it tonight, you could still see chunks missing, and she is very good at fixing her hair.)
She didn’t fully realize the extent of the damage until she came home, in shock. When the shock wore off, the anger and the tears of anguish replaced it.
Her hair was shorter now than it was a year ago, and it would still need to be made shorter to correct the damage done to it.
Her anger and feeling her daughter’s cancer journey and recovery was treated so callously was over-boiling and prevented her from falling asleep until 5am.
Never mind that the “hairdresser” didn’t wash out all the conditioner from her hair, leaving it greasy, or that he kept wacking her hard on her arm with his comb, but he was also intent on sending her out into the cold, wintery air without blow-drying her hair.
He gave her the all-time worst hair experience EVER.
I went to the salon and spoke with the manager, who said she was also the district supervisor for other salons. I made sure in my explanation that she understood the magnitude and the meaning of what had been done. She said she would deal with the man.
I told her my daughter is so upset over her treatment that she will email the home office and she will post her experience on social media so other local people can avoid a similar fiasco. She said to go ahead and do so, after giving me a refund for the haircut, as if the money were the issue at hand!
So. How to turn this enormous lemon into lemonade?
I texted her, saying this was out of her control, and since the Universe has been so good to her lately, that perhaps something good will come out of it that she couldn’t have imagined before. I told her she needed to write share it on her Facebook page.
She did. Then she texted me back to tell me to look at her page.
She posted her very traumatic experience. Then she posted that she has decided to turn the hair fiasco around and enlist people to join her in her cause for Tiana.
To commit to not cutting their hair for a certain amount of time and then to donate it for children with cancer. It doesn’t have to be for 5 years like she is doing.
She asked people to post their commitment on her page, and see how many people can get going with this and to something wonderful for those who are going through so much!
So my dear friends, that is how to do it!
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Rooselvelt
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right,
for you’ll be criticized for it anyway.” – Eleanor Rooselvelt
“Never sacrifice your class to get even with someone who has none.
Let them have the gutter. You take the high road.” – Unknown