I set the time of my ebook, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, in the late seventies and early eighties because it was a crazy time for hair and I was a working hairdresser through it all! In this scene, Josie, the main character, attends the New York International Hair Show. There she learns all the newest trends, including the latest rage in haircutting, the Bi-level aka the Mullet. Until this new trend women wore their hair in the Farrah, long, full, permed and feathered back.
This is the scene from Towel Dry and a Good Cry:
Further down the row I was in, I saw a crowd gathering. A mini stage was set up, and a haircut was going on. The bi-level. I was trying to concentrate on every snip. Someone dressed in black with a headset microphone said to me, “Excuse me. Do you mind if I feel your hair? I’m Michael, with the cutting team.”
“Go for it.”
He ran his fingers through my hair and began scrunching it. “You have the perfect hair for this cut. Would you be my model for it?”
“Really? When, now?”
I had to make a split-second decision. I thought it would be crazy and fun.
An assistant escorted me to a private area. Lots of models were running around in their underwear trying to find what they were supposed to be wearing. Makeup artists were applying, and assistants were washing colors out and blow drying. I was caped, shampooed, and brought up to the stage.
“What was your name again, darling?” he whispered.
“This is Josie, everyone. She’s about to let me cut off some serious hair.”
Towel Dry and a Good Cry is about a young girl, new to the hairdressing business, that learns all too quick that there is more to standing behind the chair than just cutting hair. A story full of laughs and tears lies and fears with characters you’ll love, hate or will leave your jaw hanging open!
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