Day –20 • February 11, 2012 • Grooming for the road
It was time for our pre-trip grooming ritual. Zoe’s hair was as long as I’d ever seen it and was becoming high maintenance. Beautiful when cleaned and brushed regularly, left unchecked it deteriorated into ideal habitat for local wildlife. Brushings were becoming high drama and not conducive to life on the road. So this weekend we lopped it off. To show solidarity with my child I lopped off my hairs too, all three of them. My suggestion that Zoe show solidarity with me by shaving her head was not dignified by a response.
Not one to waste an opportunity, Zoe donates her excess hair to Locks of Love, an organization that turns cutting room refuse into wigs for kids with hair loss due to alopecia areata and such. A pretty cool idea. This is her second donation, my what a change from her hairless beginnings.
Nichole, Zoe’s hairdresser since about age 3 (yes Zoe has a hairdresser), did Z’s lopping. Nichole is a one-woman beauty shop maven called SalonElan. For me, I just handed Lisa the shears, took a shot of whiskey, and closed my eyes. It doesn’t take a beautician or, really, any skill at all to deal with my three hairs. Here’s a shot of Lisa in the midst of her creative process. Following are the before and after shots. Funny how the after shots always seem happier.