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Beauty Shop for Rent galley give-away!

After announcing my BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT galley give-away last Friday, I thought I'd start the week by sharing a story written by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.  (And between you and me--that was a really good decision!) 

In my early twenties, I didn't have a regular stylist.  I would just go to any salon that offered walk-in appointments, and take whoever was available first.  This, however, changed after a nightmare experience with a stylist who really ticked me off.

It started off with me going to the wet station for a quick shampoo, and then I had to sit and wait for the stylist.  And wait.  And wait.  She finally strolled over fifteen-plus minutes later, reeking of cigarette smoke, and hardly looked at me while I explained the cut I wanted.  She mumbled acknowledgment,  and then proceeded to comb out my half dried hair.

She stopped.  Stared at my scalp.  Jumped back and screamed:

"OH MY GOD, she's got a TICK in her hair!"


"I'm not kidding, SHE'S GOT A FREAKIN' TICK IN HER HAIR!" 

I was mortified.

She kept pointing at my head, looking to her fellow stylists for help, saying, "What do I do now, what do I do now?" Of course, none of the other stylists moved, and everyone else in the salon stared in astonishment at me like I was a total leper.  So, I reached up, pulled the little sucker out, went to the bathroom to flush it down the toilet . . . and then hauled out of there, with my hair knotted and kinked like Edward Scissorhands.

--Your anonymous friend.

Oh my.  No wonder the writer of this story wanted to remain anonymous.  Wow.  If that happened to me, I wouldn't want other people to know about it, either. 

Well . . .

Okay, OKAY!  It was ME, alright?  I'm the tick magnet, the parasite person, the arachnid anchor.  And really, it was just a small tick, not like one of those big swollen gray ticks, so that girl totally overreacted.  Totally overreacted!  BUT, I did learn some valuable lessons that day:  To do a tick-check before each and every appointment, and to get a regular stylist!

Hehe! ;)

Now that I've shared my most embarrassing moment at a salon, what about you?  If you'd like to win an advance reader copy of BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT, then see this post for contest details!  Since I'm all about choice, you have four options to choose from. 

So get to it!  Send me your stories or photos.  You don't want to tick me off, do you?


Oh... Oh...
You poor baby. How horrible. But what a rocking story!

I met one of the Harcourt editors about a week ago. We were talking about your promo filers...and you, of course.

The filers are just the coolest. I can't wait to see BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT.
Hehe, I wanted so badly to use my experience in a BSfR scene, but none of my stylists would be that terrible! ;)

And thanks! Harcourt has been so wonderful. You'll have to tell which editor it was later!

Oh, Laura!

Oh, Laura,
I so feel for you, and I so much want to smack that stylist, wherever she is today. As someone who grew up very poor, on a farm with lots of woods nearby, I had ticks pulled off me on a regular basis. It would be mortifying to have been in your position, but it could have happened to me, too, that is for sure. I feel for you, even today! Lois

Re: Oh, Laura!

Yeah, really! Tick happens to us farm gals! ;) And I can't remember the salon's name, but it's the one that was beside Woolworth's . . . when there was a Woolworth's!
Ew, sorry about the tick!

But wanted to let you know, I got your nail file today, and it is soooo cute & fun! I may show it off at a writing party I hope to go to this week! What a neat idea. (Handy, too, LOL.)

By the way, I will soon be sending one of my beauty shop horror stories (I can easily remember several salon horrors, but one stands out as the worst...), and probably also several scary hair pics! If you were judging the entries instead of drawing randomly, I think I'd have this one in the bag!
Cool, I'm glad you like the emery board! And I'm looking forward to seeing those scary hair pics, hehehe . . .

btw, that cartoon in your userpic, that's from School House Rock, right? It's been driving me crazy trying to figure out which one!
The "Eek!" pic is from the Interjections song.
Interjections! {Aw!}
Show excitement, {Darn!}
Or emotion. {Hurray!}

How could I forget that one?!?