“Hey, you let your hair grow out!”, my friend said. We hadn’t seen each other in months and my hair is getting a bit shaggy.
“Nope, just haven’t taken the time to schedule a haircut”, I replied.
What I was too embarrassed to say was that my old hair stylist retired and I’m freaking out. Shelley was amazing, wonderful. She understood that SMALL TALK is torture to an introvert. We would share things of mutual interest, but we were also comfortable when there was silence.
Hair salons are intimidating, especially the ones trying to be modern and chic. I feel so out of place there. Everything about them is designed to make you be noticed. I don’t want to be noticed. I just want to be me. With a hair cut that won’t embarrass me.
Not that I normally get bad haircuts. I get nice ones. It’s just that every time I get a haircut people always feel like they have to comment on it. Is it really necessary to do that? I know they mean well, mean it as a compliment, but I get embarrassed by it.
The only reason I get haircuts is that I have baby fine hair that splits if it goes to shoulder length. It doesn’t curl. It just lays there flat against my head. I get it cut so that it stays out of my eyes. I don’t have the hair for a glamor hairdo.
Dear New Stylist,
No, I don’t know what I want. If I knew what I wanted, I’d cut it myself. I’m not going to look through magazines of styles because that prolongs the agony, and I don’t know what would work for my hair. Isn’t it your job to know that? Just keep the hair out of my eyes. I don’t want to do small talk. I promise to tip you just as much for silence as I would for you to play thousand questions. Heck, I’ll probably tip more for silence. Speak softly to me. Ignore my twitching. Get me in and out fast. Please!
I should open a hair salon for introverts. There’s be comfortable chairs for reading while you wait, with good magazines. The place would be quiet and serene. Your stylist would speak softly to you, letting you set the tone of the conversation. You’d come out feeling pampered and relaxed. You’d also get a free tee shirt that says, “Yes, I got my hair cut. Get over it.”
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.