Tales of the Village - Hair today, Hair tomorrow

@boiboing (12207)
Northampton, England
December 5, 2015 2:27pm CST
Our village of 5000 inhabitants has three pubs and three hairdressing salons. I'm not sure quite what that says about the people who live here but I've been loyal to my salon for 11 years now and it really is a community 'hub'. The owner of the salon died back in January after over a year of being ill. The staff didn't like working with him much and they and their customers were all a bit unsure what would happen when he died. Today the salon held a party to relaunch themselves with new furniture, new decor and - after 11 years of never knowing quite what temperature we'd get - new sinks with water that stays at a constant temperature. The biggest change though is the name; it's now named after the deceased owner. His daughter Charlotte is working in the salon 4 days a week managing the place and she has been a breath of fresh air. After years of being treated to a 6-weekly moan about everything that was going wrong, I now get to see a hairdresser who is happy and much more positive about life and work than ever before. Charlotte is not a hairdresser - she's a florist - and she chose not to go into her father's trade because she didn't want to be in his shadow. Her brother is the 'sleeping' partner and both are quite surprised that their father's death brought them into business together, and into the hairdressing trade against all odds. They have an amazingly loyal customer base. Despite the place being scruffy, the water never being at a good temperature and the staff often being miserable, many of us have stuck with them for many years. And finally it's lovely to see the old place get a makeover and a new lease of life. It's not easy to keep a salon going against two others in a village the size of ours but the place is looking stronger than ever. The old man would have been so proud to see his family pulling together with his staff.
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
5 Dec 15
once I would have wondered why someone so miserable stayed doing that, but I can kind of understand now, sometimes you just feel stuck, or actually are stuck.... being an adult can stink! Ima go color.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
@boiboing wow, so much bad luck and bad circumstances!
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
6 Dec 15
@Jessicalynnt But everybody's in a better place now.
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@euphie (581)
• Ballymena, Northern Ireland
6 Dec 15
It's surprisingly difficult to find a decent hairdresser, I've tried so many and got a decent cut once and then my hair looks like a five year old did it. I have a lovely hairdresser now though and fingers crossed he continues to do a good job with my hair.
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• United States
6 Dec 15
And probably surprised that things are better now that he is gone.
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Dec 15
That is great to hear. That the positives out weighed the negatives.
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@garymarsh6 (13203)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 15
So did you come out of the shop with a head full of flowers in your new coiffed look?
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
6 Dec 15
Or maybe they can do a joint venture with the greengrocers and I can come out looking like Carmen Miranda.
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@garymarsh6 (13203)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 15
@boiboing Hahaha. That's the first laugh I have had today. Thank you! Feeling pretty miserable with this flu type bug. I can't even speak.
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@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
6 Dec 15
@garymarsh6 Then you'd better have a song.
Carmen Miranda, 9 February 1909 -- 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star who was popular from ...
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@MALUSE (37872)
• Germany
5 Dec 15
Have you got fresh flowers in the salon now from the florist daughter?
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
5 Dec 15
Yes, actually we have. I think she's planning to try to build the floral opportunities alongside the hairdressing.
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 15
@boiboing That would probably work quite well, especially if you have people booking wedding hair do's x
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
5 Dec 15
@shellyjaneo I think that's what she has in mind.
@norcal (3217)
• Nevada City, California
6 Dec 15
I am afraid that if everyone was like me, there would be no hair stylists. I have my hair cut to my chin, then let it go to my waist. It's ironic, because my daughter is a hair stylist, and owns her own salon. I hope she has clients as loyal as you.
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
6 Dec 15
The old saying about the cobbler letting his children go about with holes in their shoes comes to mind. I bet your daughter is twitching to get her scissors out when she sees you.
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@norcal (3217)
• Nevada City, California
6 Dec 15
@boiboing She has cut my hair several times, and she does a great job. When we've got together lately though, there's been no time for such things. She's got 2 kids now, besides that, her sister and all of her friends are always clamoring for haircuts, I go to the end of the line.
@Drosophila (16739)
• Ireland
5 Dec 15
Who does the haircut then? I guess the brother isn't a hairdresser either.
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
5 Dec 15
There are three stylists. They worked for the dad. The daughter doesn't cut hair but manages the salon and the son lives about 50 miles away and isn't actively involved.
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@Drosophila (16739)
• Ireland
6 Dec 15
@boiboing Ah right that makes sense! starting wonder whether a florist would make a good hairdresser!
@shellyjaneo (1091)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 15
He would be so proud of his children making the salon work and it must be nice for you to go somewhere a bit more pleasant, I guess staying loyal has paid off in the long run, hopefully they will reward your loyalty as time goes on x
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
5 Dec 15
We have all been through a lot together. They feel like extended family.
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• United Kingdom
5 Dec 15
@boiboing That's nice, I have always lived in big cities where you don't really get to know anyone but have just moved to the country so hopefully I will find a bit more community like that x
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• United Kingdom
6 Dec 15
As you say its good to have a new change. I hope it all goes well
@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
6 Dec 15
We loss some...gain more. The make over of the salon will get more customers aside from theloyal ones
@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
5 Dec 15
Much the same with the local barber, although a bit of competition has sprung up this year, in the form of a red-and-white striped pole above the local Variety Store (watch batteries, sherbet dip-dabs, ruled exercise books and window squeegees among other things!). But there is enough custom to go around, maintains the incumbent.