Friday, September 16, 2005

I Heart Matt

I think one of the hardest things about moving to a new area is finding a new hairstylist. In my experience, a good stylist is even harder to find than a good date. In college I had a great one named Jace. He was Japanese and hardly spoke any English, but MAN could that guy do hair! His specialty was color and I've never been so pleased with my highlights as when he did them.

After moving back to the east, I found myself once again without a stylist. I went to several different places with no luck. Then my sister recommended a hair academy near us. I was skeptical, but after my first appointment I was sold. This place is fabulous. Working in the salon is the last thing the students do before graduating, so they really know their stuff, and they all leave to go work in upscale salons where they charge $100 for a haircut. The prices are amazing too - $16 for a cut and style, and around $40 for color, depending on how much they have to use. The only drawback is that you have to be willing to spend at least a couple of hours there, since they really take their time, but I think it's worth it, especially for the price.

I've been there a few times and have always been pleased with the results, but I'm pretty sure that last time I found my stylist, a totally cute guy named Matt. He's working on his master's degree. He is gayer than the day is long, which in itself is enough to recommend him; it's probably totally un-PC to say this, but I'm sorry - gay men make the best hairstylists. There's no comparison, really. When it comes to stylists, I feel like Homer Simpson: "I like my beer cold, my TV loud, and my homosexuals fuh-LAM-ing." To give you an idea of just how gay he is, he already has degrees in make-up application and color, and in his spare time he does pageant consulting for Miss America contestants. And - I'm not making this up - his last name is pronounced "Girlie." Matt knows more about hair than anyone I've ever met, and he's completely passionate about it, which is so cool to see. He told me that he used to be a clinical nurse but after 10 years "I needed to do something where I could let my spirits soar!" And soar they do. The whole time he was working on my hair he danced around my chair singing along to the songs that came on the salon's stereo - when Erasure's "Chains of Love" came on I had to hold on to the armrests. He gave me eyebrow advice and I wanted to take notes because he has the most beautifully shaped eyebrows I have ever seen. When he was finished with my hair I absolutely loved it and Matt was even more excited than I was about how it turned out. "Oh sweetie!" he kept saying, "you look GORGEOUS! Totally Jennifer Aniston!" How could that not make my day? I've been feeling so shlumpy lately and spending a couple of hours with Matt was exactly what I needed. Now I've found my stylist. At least, until he graduates.


  1. This made me laugh. He does sound really gay. Singing Erasure is the icing on the gay cake. Too good!

  2. Anonymous2:14 PM

    lol...You are a trip. Hey, has anyone heard of the World's Fair for Kids? I was thinking of taking my kids over there. Its in Orlando!

  3. I love my hair dresser, too. She's not gay, but she has strict instructions if she hears I died to get right over there and do my hair. If something happened to her, I don't know what I'd do. She's not gay, but she's pretty damn good.

    It becomes more important when you're all gray.

  4. I have been dreading looking for a new hair dresser. I want the address of that academy.

    PS can't wait to see your hair!

  5. Hey Chelsea- Its Holly from FF. I guess they are kicking everyone off and I wanted to make sure I got an email address from you so we dont lose contact. Can you email me your info?

    Also, On the stylist info, I had the same experience with my Nail tech, a korean man who spoke little to no English, he was the BEST ever. Then he disapeared and I have never had my nails done the same. Some things are best unchanged.

    Anyway, You have been so kind to us, and I would really hate to lose touch. Also, YES!! IF you have a sling I would LOVE to see if it works. I almost bought a Snugli today to see if that would help but I passed on the opportunity. I think he does much much better ( like Arianne said) when he isn't stimulated as much. If we stay at home, life is great.

    Ok.. EMail your info!!

    Holly and Landon

  6. I'm interested to see if you can still manage to spend a couple of hours on a hair appointment once your little guy starts getting mobile. Just prepare yourself, sistah! Everything changes, as they told you before he was born-- but they didn't tell you everything would KEEP changing by degrees for the next 20 years or so!

    Your stylist sounds like loads of fun!

  7. Ana, The only reason I can spend a couple of hours there is because Eric was on Baby Duty. There's no way my little squirmy worm would sit quietly for that long - and I'm sure once he becomes mobile it will only get worse. Thank heaven for days when Daddy is home!

  8. Hello. I was browsing and noticed one of your interests was Mormonism,are u LDS or does the religion just interest you? Just thought I'd ask...Have a great day!


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