Monday, June 7, 2010

Sometimes 2 more inches isn't that significant

Prior to my Locks of Love donation in March, I paid a visit to my stylist guru at my salon for his wise counsel. As you know, Locks of Love is a nonprofit that provides wigs for children suffering from any medical condition that causes hair loss.  

In lobby of salon, my maestro comes to check the entire length of my hair. Most programs require 10 inches of hair from the shortest layer. He casually suggested Pantene as an option because they require an 8 inch minimum donation. 

His comment, “And sometimes 2 more inches isn't that significant but if you can get away with eight inches, you don’t need ten.”

From one of the leather sofas in the lobby, an immaculate woman, not even glancing up from the magazine she is reading,  says very clearly with a dry, dry sense of humor, “I think that depends on who you ask.” 

It is completely silent. For several seconds. And I had a choice. Snicker like a 9th grade boy OR tip my head in curiosity as if I personally didn't understand what she meant. Of course I did what any accomplished grown up woman would do: I snickered like a 9th grade boy. So did the women behind the counter. OH the juvenile hilarity. And other women seated in the lobby laugh as well. My stylist, only tilts his head slightly, and says, “Girls.”

To which I reply, “I didn’t say it.”

He replies, “Of course. Don’t let me step on your angel wings.”



Apparently two inches might not be significant to the people at Pantene, but for the ladies in the salon, 2 inches were the source of much childish entendre.

And this is the rare scenario in which philanthropic ideals and girls acting like 9th grade boys in the back of the bus can co-exist.

80 comments:

Julia said...

haha I would have snickered like a 9th grade boy too.

When I cut off my hair for Locks of Love it was almost down to my butt - I cut off 17 inches. I wonder what that sassy lady would have had to say about that! Surely if 8 were not enough for her, and 10 were just right, 17 would have been too much to handle!

*snicker* :)

jinksy said...

When applied to hair, my mind boggles at the thought of eight inches, let alone ten! My scissors start getting trigger happy as soon as my grey mop exceeds a measly three inches at its longest - and way less than an inch at its shortest!

Maria said...

What a wonderful thing to do; to donate hair for a cancer stricken child or woman. This is a cause especially close to my heart, as I have a dear friend whose not quite three year old little girl just recently started chemotherapy...

On her behalf, I thank you.

And, what a wonderful choice, to giggle! If only we chose that option more often!

Sunshinemeg said...

LMAO! Great post = ) Have a great week.

Dual Mom said...

I think I have to agree with the immaculate lady. Two inches makes the world of difference in some cases!

Slamdunk said...

Wow, and I miss all of this banter by only needing clippers for the home haircut. Perhaps, I should just go and sit in a lobby and hang-out for these gems.

Intense Guy said...

At least with hair - you don't have shrinkage due to cold water...

I remember when my neighbor across the street moved in - and the postman accidently put his "equipment extending" pills in my mailbox. Talk about an uncomfortable way to meet a neighbor....

Jules said...

So, what length ARE your angel wings?

Jules said...

So how long ARE your angel wings?

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I would have snickered too.

mo.stoneskin said...

I find immaculate woman absolutely terrifying.

Simply Suthern said...

I think the proper male response is: "I aint cuting 2 inches off for anyone". Sometimes it is fun to let childishness run amuck however I havent met many women who would go back to the awkward middle school years.

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

I think snickering was the only option.

I did Locks of Love a few years ago...a few days later my mom was diagnosed with cancer.

ModernMom said...

LOL Sounds like a perfect day at the salon...oh and I would have snickered too!

Jennifer said...

Bwhahahahahahahah! I snickered just reading it. What else could you do? You go Jenny, donating hair for cancer patients. I'm sure you've made someone's year. If I had that much hair, I'd give mine too.

Teddy Started It said...

HAhahaha! Love it!

I was thinking about lock of love yesterday when I gave my girly her 1st trim. (I've never cut her hair, she's 3 1/2). She desperately wants short hair like mine. Part of me wanted to take her in and have it all cut off and donated. Her hair is SO fabulous, I love the idea of sharing it with her. I also LOVE the idea of showing her exactly WHY she'll never wear her hair short like mine. She'd look like a chia pet. But what I love most is killing two birds with one stone;D

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

okay it's official I am immature because as i read this the response in my head was the same!

I prefer the woman's comment to behaving. No good ever comes from behaving.

Brian Miller said...

haha...ahem...what are you talking about...smiles.

ellen abbott said...

Snicker? I'm pretty sure I would have laughed out loud.

Mommy Loves Stilettos said...

Ha! I definitely would have snickered too :)

Susan Erickson said...

too funny....but then any good salon needs a little girl talk....and those last two inches are the crucial ones.....

AmyLK said...

What a good morning giggle! I wish I could grow my hair for locks of love! Such a good nonprofit.

Kristina P. said...

Tee hee, love it.

Aging Mommy said...

Oh I was thinking the exact same thoughts as the lady on the sofa as soon as I read the title of your post :-)
It seems there is no age limit to juvenile humor, I am living proof of that :-)

brainella said...

Snicker, hell. I'd have burst out laughing.

carma said...

yep, I also make like Beavis and Butthead when I hear that kind of stuff :D

Dumblond said...

Snickering?! That's all?! I would have let out a donkey like bray of laughter! Of course, that's what I would have done if the joke didn't go over my head, which is usually the case...

Cara Smith said...

When in doubt...I giggle!

Sara said...

Love it! My favorite was the stylist saying "Girls." bwhahahah! Locks of Love is a great way to give.

Linda said...

I would have snickered and smiled big time cause ya know...two inches can make a BIG difference....and you know I am talking about hair!! I enjoyed this funny moment and love the fact you donate to locks of love!

Johana Hill said...

LMAO Ithink that depends on who you ask!

This post, for some weird reason (not so weird if you know I'm a food junkie), of a perfect slice of sponge cake!

South Florida Lawyers said...

The moyle already took mine!

Bossy Betty said...

I have no idea what you are talking about. Could you explain please?

Science Teacher Mommy said...

I would love to be 5 foot four, instead of 5 foot two.

Is that what we are talking about?

Eva Gallant said...

My mind is totally boggled and tittallated at the same time at the thought of 10 inches.......oh, you were talking about HAIR length!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Very quick woman. However, there are variables...like grilling, laundry and jewelry...they add inches in my imagination.
Have a great week.
Mary

shortmama said...

I definitely would have giggled...or come up with some other snarky comment to go along with hers

Cathi said...

haha...you did the right thing...:)

Joann Mannix said...

Hi! I'm back from a week off.

I would not have snickered. I would have given it a big "Whoo-Hoo!" Cause, 2 inches makes a VAST amount of difference. Not that I'm counting...

Emily said...

Hilarious! I would have laughed too. Actually, I probably would have made that comment!

Erin said...

I would've been snickering (or more likely howling with laughter) along with you.

I am considering chopping my hair off to send down south, as they are using it to make booms to soak up the oil. I'm trying to find out if they are actually using hair booms yet before I do it, but don't know where to start.....I would otherwise donate to Pantene, but I have highlights.
;-(

The Random Blogette said...

I so would've started laughing. No snickering here! I may have even added snort too! And wow...I haven't had long hair since high school. I can barely get it past my shoulders before I pull out the scissors..or call my hair stylist! That's awesome!

Little Ms Blogger said...

There would be no debate going on in my head because I'd be giggling.

M-Cat said...

Size (or length in this case) does indeed matter.

J.J. said...

I've been told that I have an obnoxious laughter...and you would've heard it if I was in that salon. I'm nothing if not a 9th grade boy. ; )

Tami G said...

LMAO!!!!!!!
love it!
I would have TOTALLY opted for the same choice.....
gutter mind...
oh well...
what fun is life if you can't LAUGH?!!!!!!

Andrea said...

Oh that's funny! I would have snickered as well. Your maestro sounds like a funny guy...angel wings!! love it.

Mighty M said...

Your maestro was just asking for snickers with that comment.

Candice said...

Oh, I am quite sure I would have done more than snicker. I would have laughed out loud!!

Kate@And Then I Was a Mom said...

Suh-nort. Actually, double suh-nort.

I need to go to a salon as fun as yours.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I'm meeting my friends today to see Sex and the City and then go out for drinks afterwards. I hope we have several moments of snickering like 9th grade boys. And I will think of you.

The Robin's Nest said...

I love that at the root of it we are all 9th grade boys at heart! What a great world to live in.

Jaime said...

yeah. i would have snickered like a 9th grade boy too :)

SmartBear said...

PRICELESS! I wish I could say I would snicker...but knowing me I would be rolling on the floor laughing and then buying a round of drinks.
Best,
Tina

Jen said...

You have the best stories :)

Elz said...

13 yr old humor never gets old!

Michael Rivers said...

Sometimes we get way too politically correct. Childish entendre is what makes life great!

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citymouse said...

Kudos to your salon-mate! I love dry, reserved humor.

Kristin said...

You would have found me laughing at that one. And I'm hoping to make my big cut next month. Fingers crossed I'll have the ten inches without cutting off my whole mane. Crazy curly hair does not do well short!

Little Ms J said...

I would have laughed too. I tend to leave my angel wings at home.

Little Ms J said...

I would have laughed too. I tend to leave my angel wings at home.

Babes Mami said...

That lady is the future me.

TC said...

If I hadn't made the comment I probably would have wished I did....

Herding Cats said...

I just love that your hairdresser chided you like a school teacher. How awesome!

injaynesworld said...

That woman would have been my new BFF on the spot. Only a person with a stick up their ass wouldn't laugh at that.

Vodka Logic said...

That is hysterical.. I love acting like a 9th grade boy. Peter Pan in my mentor.

Mommy Lisa said...

I love proper ladies...with good timing.

Melinda said...

at least you just snickered I wouldn't burst out in ridiculous loud laughter then embarrassed myself LOL
stopping by from sits

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

The group had a conversation like this over drinks (of course; rehearsals always end with a trip to the pub) last week. The guys just don't [want to] get it.

Knarf said "Ok, girls (meaning ShaMoo and myself), exactly how do you KNOW that size matters that much?"

To which I replied...

"Ever try to brush your teeth with a toothpick, Frank?"

The look on their faces was absolutely priceless as ShaMoo and I high fived each other across the table.

Point made.

Very childish, and very very funny.

Joan said...

One day, I will be that immaculate woman with the dry humor. Oh, it's my dream.
:)

Tracie said...

I probably would have been the one saying it. :)

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I totally would have laughed too. How could one not laugh?!

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh, I totally would have laughed...

Mom in High Heels said...

I'm afraid to say that I'd probably have said it. Yay for immaculate woman. Angel wings! Loving that.

Luna said...

lol, love this post. i would have laughed too.

The Constant Complainer said...

That made me laugh too. I'm sure most would just snicker and act like a giddy school boy. LOL.

I can't believe I'm actually sharing this story, but a woman once tried to pick me up in a Subway under a similar guise. I was ordering a sub and I asked for a "footlong." She looks at me and says, "So, is it a foot long?" Yikes. Staring, snickering, laughing. Wow. I got the hell out of there!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I love your stylist. And the whole salon. A TV sitcom must be made out of this!

Just Breathe said...

I would have giggled too! Actually I could have been that woman because I love when someone gives you the perfect chance for a comment like that!

Caleb said...

Wow- glad someone caught that! I think that goes up for nomination on "that's what she said" of the month. Though, since you at least got it, the credit would have to go to the haircutter-guy who said it.