I was reminded in the first 5 minutes how true the old saying was: " the difference between a fairy tale and a war story is the fairy tale begins .... once upon a time and the war story begins......This is no shit!!!
John was heavily into his war stories and assuring us that all his exploits were classified but he could give us some details.......Yeah right!!I was sure that John was a hippie during Viet Nam and still had hair to the small of his back!
About 8:30 the wife came over and we retired to the the trailer for the evening. " You smell like a camp fire," my wife exclaimed, " jump in the shower and I have a surprise for you when you come out!"
Needless to say I was stripped and in the shower in record time. I came out with a towel around my waist and the wife suggested I put on some pants in case someone came to the door while she showered.
She came out in a bathrobe and sure enough there was a knock at the door. I walked over and opened the door to find a cute little redhead with a permed hairdo smiling up at me.
" HI, I am Rusti is your wife up?" I stepped aside and noticed she had a large cloth bag over her shoulder as she walked over to the chair that was suddenly sitting in the middle of the floor. The large box of
curlers was on the counter and I looked up at my wife not knowing whether to move the box out of sight or hope Rusti did not ask about them. No such luck.
Rusti moved behind the chair and set her bag on the counter. With a grin at the wife she said "OK big boy have a seat you're first tonight,"
They both busted out laughing at the look on my face and then Rusti opened her bag and removed a cape. combs.barber shears and a an electric clipper which she placed on the counter on a towel laying there.
" What do you think, Rusti ?" the asked as she ran her fingers through my hair ." Set the top on small rollers and buzz the side and back to maybe 1/2" ?"
Rusti guided me to the chair, gently pushed me into the seat and whipped the cape into place. She then stepped back in front of me to see what she had to work with.
" Well that would look good but with the length he has we could do a bob and just buzz the nape and do a tight perm rod water set for curls galore." she offered and looked at the wife for approval.
" Well you are the pro. While you do him I am going to do my nails before its my turn." the wife said.
" Tell you what. I'll get Susie over here to give you a manicure and she can bring over by hair dryer. He can set under it while I do you and I will pick it up in the morning.," she offered. 'She and I trade haircuts and manicures all the time. Besides she loves to use my favorite color "After SEX".. My wife agreed and Rusti make a quick phone call before starting to section off my hair and starting the rollers. I was recruited to hand Rusti the end papers. She sectioned off a line of hair and started wrapping the hair on pink roller rods as she chatted with the wife. By the time the second rod was wound tightly into place there was a knock at the door . Susie turned out to be a tall blond who placed the hair dryer she carried on the counter before opening a small tackle box and removing her files, buffer and cuticle pusher and placed a towel on the table. She smiled at me and started working on the my wifes fingernails. Rusti was methodical and very neat in her wrapping as she worked her way across the top of my head and stopped with the last roller in the mohawk pattern just below the ear level.
She paused to ask Susie if she wanted to get rolled up after my wife was set. "No but I do have a job for you at my camper. John is telling his war stories again and I want you to give him a shaved high and tight.so he will at least look the part since he was NEVER in the military!! I warned him" she said.
" Oh that does sound like fun," Rusti said " I like doing buzzes almost as much as roller sets and perms! You know I wish I still had a case of DIppity Do, that stuff would solid put a curl in your hair. My mother loved that stuff." She started her second section still rolling to the rear and making sure the rod was snug before being secured. Susie had finished shaping and buffing the wifes nails and started putting a base coat on. The second base coat followed as Rusti finished up her last perm rod. A blue hair net was snugged over the rods and I was moved to a chair at the table. The hair dryer was lowered into place and I relaxed as the heat flowed over my head and flowed across my face. Rusti had the wife sit in the chair and removed the towel from the wifes hair and brushed through it. There was a discussion between the three ladies and alot of looks in my direction. The wifes hair was put up on 2" velcro rollers and in a brick pattern as Susie put a coat of RED polish on the wifes nails...........then slid over in front of me and took my hand and started buffing my nails. I pulled back but she smiled and patted my hand and continued buffing, till she had finished both hands. A moment later she slid back in front of the wife and put a second coat of color on her nails. I was given a clear coat and cautioned not to smear them as Susie packed up her supplies and left to go back to her trailer. I was under the dryer for 35 minutes by the time the wife was rolled and she was manicured. Rusti came over and decided I
traded places with the wife and Rusti got her settled in place and put her hands under the nail dryer Susie left for her use. Rusti removed the hair net and borrowed our blow dryer and made sure the unrolled hair was dry. After sorting though the guards Rusti clipped the selected guard into place, plugged in the clippers and pushed my head down till my chin was touching my chest. She looked at the wife who nodded. The clippers sprang to life and the firs pass went up the nape to the roller line. A flick of the wrist and the hair landed on the floor. She swept her fingers up the pass the clippers had made and switched the clippers off. She stepped over to the wife and cut the dryer off and held the hood up' She motioned me to come over and showed the wife how short the buzzed pass was.
"Shorter or not?" she asked smiling down at the wife. "What size is that?" she asked.
'That is 1" but I have guards in 1/8th inch increments or I can take off the guards and skin it down to stubble," she answered. " Or I can go get my razor and borrow some shaving cream and leave it baby butt smooth if you want to try that. Trust me it is fun to run your fingers over slick scalp!"
The wife smiled and got a dreamy look on her face. " Hey don't I get a say in this?" I asked . I got a double NO!!!!!!!!!!!! as they giggled like 2 school girls.
The wife motioned for Rusti to lean down and whispered in her ear. Rusti suppressed a laugh and said "No problem"
I was sent back to the chair as the dryer hood was lowered and restarted. A quick sort through the guards and Rusti snapped the second guard into placed. Her hand was back on top of my head and the first pass was repeated as she pushed my head down. She made pass after pass till she was satisfied that it was all the same length. The silence startled me a little as the clippers went silent. We again made the trip over for the wife
to inspect the buzzed area. Rusti shut the nail dryer off and slid it out of the way. I was turned and knelt down by the wifes chair and her fingertips swept up through the short hair
. " You said the shaved nape was a real treat?" she asked. " Yes it is but do you want to see the whole look first. I can shave him tomorrow before we leave" Rusti replied. " Tell you what, you finish drying and send him over with the dryer tomorrow around 9 and let me know if you want it shaved."
"OK Deal " the wife smiled," "You stay under the dryer and let him take you down. I would keep him in curlers tonight and you take him down tomorrow," said Rusti " If he doesn't do well tonight I can shave him bald if you want." The wink Rusti gave my wife as she left let me know she was sure there would be some wild times tonight, and she was not wrong.
The wifes phone rang about 8:30. "Hey Rusti, Yeah all the curlers are out and he reminds me of Lil Orphan Annie. Except the nape. OK good idea, sure send them on over,OK Bye." She turned to me and said, " John is on the way over to pick up the rollers and hair dryer. She shaved Johns head last night and wants me to see if I like the look,........ for you. Susie is coming over with him to put a top coat on my nails. He'll carry the nail dryer, rollers and hair dryer back to Rusti. Why don't you step into the bathroom and turn on the shower till he leaves. Susie wants to see your hairdo, she might let John get the same thing in a year or so."
I had just stepped into the bathroom and turned on the cold water when the knock came on the door. A few minutes later the door closed again and I glanced out the window in time to see Johns shaved head move across the campground to Rustis trailer.
I shut the shower off and stepped into the trailer and watched Susie apply a topcoat to the wifes nails. She finished and stepped behind my chair and ran her fingers through the tight curls.
" What do you think," she asked the wife., "Curls or slick scalp?"
" Susie had me rub his scalp and it was soooo smooooth " she seemed awful thrilled." You have an appointment with Rusti when we meet up with them next year if you don't keep me happy. You have been warned!"
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