Clean sections is clean work.

I asked Sylvie if she’d like a haircut before we left. She went a bit shy, a bit red, and didn’t really know how to answer. She asked if I thought she needed one.

She didn’t, but I thought it was a nice gesture to ask. I was indifferent either way, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d be in the mood to do it anyway. After a day, she said, in slightly broken English, that she thought it would be nice. On our final night, the four of us enjoyed a meal, and some wine, and when our little ones were in bed, she went to wash her hair.

I took my tool belt, picked out my favourite pair of scissors and a comb, gowned her up, and began.

The wide tooth on my comb carves a neat line through her wet hair, from her crown, over her occipital bone, to her nape.

It is a feeling I love. The cleanness of the section, and the ease with which I do it makes me happy.

She has nice hair to cut, and a good head and face to work with. We hardly speak whilst she has her cut, and, under no pressure, I find myself enjoying the freedom to create a new shape for her.

I know she was nervous before, she said she doesn’t like getting her hair cut. It’s a complement that halfway through she says she feels relaxed; though she needn’t tell me, I already know. She sits with her eyes closed and head slightly bowed, and I can feel the calm in us both.

As I finish with my scissors, I scrutinise my work. It’s nice, opening up around the eye socket has lifted her face, and the texture is looser and more playful. It suits her spirit.

I was a good hairdresser.

7 thoughts on “Clean sections is clean work.

  • 29th August 2018 at 9:25 pm
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    You still are, and an eloquent writer.

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  • 30th August 2018 at 8:25 pm
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    I totally agree. A joy to read.

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    • 1st September 2018 at 11:34 am
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      Ah hello Clare! Missing our Saturday morning chats and banter. Hope you and your hair are doing just fine. X

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  • 1st September 2018 at 2:11 pm
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    Yes – you still are a great hairdresser, Craigy, and a fine writer, too. A beautifully observed piece told from the heart.

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  • 2nd September 2018 at 10:33 am
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    You are exceptional anyway but you are also great with those scissors. Much love to you all. Xx

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  • 12th September 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    I love this one…You will always be an amazing hairdresser. I’m loving reading your blogs, you write so well (and Liz of course ). Get a bit behind sometimes because you left me all your clients and I’m so busy haha.
    Haven’t had much time to miss you lol but I always think of you when I sit in your chair and still call it Craig’s chair xx

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  • 15th September 2018 at 8:19 pm
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    Exceptional skill…with scissors and beyond. Thank you for sharing your adventures. X

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