GREAT HAIR DAY: BEING A HAIR MODEL FOR JAPANESE STUDENTS

YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAST HAIR CUT!!!  Or at least that was what Fran Leibowitz, the author, once said and it stuck with me like white on rice!  I think that makes a lot of sense, especially if you are a wild and crazy redhead like myself! You do remember

the story of  Samson and Delilah in the Bible? Great hair can make the difference between a so-so day and a fabulous day. Humor me, okay?

ME WITH STRAIGHT HAIR WAITING FOR THE BIG MOMENT IN FRONT OF THE CROWDS

I really want to entertain you with this bit of a personal experience since it was such a gas!

So, guess what happened to me last week?

I was invited by Eiji, the owner of the Eiji Salon on Madison Avenue in New York City, to be a hair model for a demonstration class he was giving to a group of about 150 young Japanese students who were in the city studying to be hair stylists.

The event took place at Milbon , (a Japanese top brand in hair care products) which is located downtown in Tribeca and the room was packed to the gills with students and stylists that work with Eiji...and only speak Japanese!

THAT’S ME IN THE CENTER WITH THE RED HAIR!

So being totally flattered by the invite, and knowing that my hair stylist, Cynthia Varon always does a fabu job on my hair, I showed up at 7AM one morning to go through the preparation before the demonstration.

Here’s the gig:  Your stylist, in this case Cynthia, cuts your hair and blows it perfectly straight.  Then when it’s your time to do the deed, you go on stage in front of the crowd, have Eiji explain…in Japanese…the technique behind how your hair was cut, and then the students gather around you putting their fingers through your hair trying to get the essence of your haircut. That was a very interesting experience! Everyone is speaking Japanese, so forget about communicating with any one. Just relax and allow the fingers to go through your hair.

 

CYNTHIA VARON STYLING MY HAIR

Next, just to show the crowd the yin and the yang of your haircut, the stylist…again dear Cynthia…works her magic with gel and a hair blower and voilà you are a curly head!  Now you parade up front and then through the crowd so everyone can look closely at your haircut and take a gazillion photos of you. Since you are modeling, you must smile at all times and seem like you are enjoying every moment of it…which I actually was…and let the crowd snap away.

CAMERAS FLASHING AS I WALK AROUND THE ROOM

For the record, I was the oldest model there. Everyone else I think was 18 or 21, or at least looked it. AND they all had flowing tresses. We  also were treated to a professional make up session  (comes with the job description, right?), which I adored.  Love when someone puts their mark on me and reinvents me in their vision.

So, there you go. One day a successful blogger and interior designer, the next day a hair model. Life in the fast lane, I suppose. However, as my father used to say, “Don’t give up your day job just yet!”

Hope you enjoyed this little diversionary post.  It was such a hoot for me, and so out of my ordinary box I just had to share it with you.  AND what a great story to spice up the dinner conversation when I got home!

 

CIAO, CIAO ‘TIL NEXT TIME!