“Thanks for Listening” – A Guest Blog


I was talking to my gorgeous and funny older sister Roni yesterday, and told her how tired I was. I explained between being busy at work, having a book project, and daydreaming about new Boots, I have a lot of stuff going on and felt like taking a nap. She asked how she could help and I told her to write a blog for me.

I love my sister because she is my sister, but also because she is good people. We’re very close and talk everyday. She lives in Montreal, has two kids, and is a hairdresser. She is also a great writer. Who knew? It is my great pleasure to present the following guest blog. I am off to take a nap and hope you like it. Can I convince her to write a guest blog once a week? I am keeping the faith!

I have been a hairdresser for 30 years. I have been a good hairdresser for 10 years. With this skill comes a PhD in Psychology, Bachelor’s in Chemistry, and Masters in Anthropology. All day long I hear stories. Some make me laugh and some make me cry. People make me think about a lot of things.

I hear the excruciating pain of a teenager losing her first love, and the heartbreaking loss of a new widow. The crying sounds the same and the tears take the same path to the ground. I spend my days fixing home dye jobs, explaining to some women I can help and gently suggesting to others they cut their hair and start over.

People tell hairdressers everything and over the years I have learned when to listen and when to speak. I have learned we are all looking for something when we have our hair done. We just want to see something special in the mirror.

I have a job because brunettes want to be blonde, and curly wants to be straight. It can be exhausting but at the end of the day the one thing I am sure of is that everyone looks better with bangs.

I meet a lot of people at the salon where I work, but even when I am not at work and mention I’m a hairdresser, there are always lots of questions. Complete strangers will ask me what I think of their hair and want me to make a recommendation for them. I have learned to be very careful with these questions because some people don’t want to hear the truth. There are however, some things I get asked more often than not so I want to take this opportunity to clarify a few things.

1) Cutting your hair does not help it grow. Hair grows from the root so when you trim it, you are making it shorter.

2) Cutting your own bangs should be against the law. (Ilana would have been convicted a dozen times already.)

3) Blondes don’t have more fun, they just have it more often

4) If you have short black hair and go to your hairdresser with a picture of Giselle wearing the exact hair you want, remember this, we are not magicians.

Thanks for listening.

Ronite Angel

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