" I have an appointment for tomorrow at 11 PM," she said," Guess who owns the salon?"
"It must be Ginger,right?" I replied.
Ginger and I lived together after college and was the first to give me a shampoo and set,
after she had set her hair one night. "Curler night for EVERYONE," she said and then
added "Besides I want to see you in curlers if I am in curlers.Go jump in the shower and wash that mop of yours."
Ginger had a hair dryer that hung from a shoulder strap with a hose going to the bonnet on her head and plugged into the socket over the counter. When she had it all adjusted and working right she motioned me to a chair..
.The sectioning clips were aligned on the pocket of her smock ready for use. She had a basket of curlers and a rat tail comb on the counter and a kitchen chair in place when I came out of the shower.A pink cape was tightened into place around my neck and she whispered something into my ear. It was not possible to hear what she was saying with the dryer going but she had a grin on her face as she regarded her work for the evening.
She thrust the basket of curlers in my lap and held up one finger indicating I was to hand her one curler at a time. Ginger sectioned the sides and pinned them out of the way. My hair was shoulder length and she started with the bang area and rolled from front to back with 1 1/2" rollers. Each curler was secured to the scalp with 2 bobby pins to insure they stayed rolled tightly.
.She moved to my right side and and pointed to the 1" rollers.The rollers were rolled to the rear parallel to the top rollers. These were rolled with narrower sections of hair and were closer together.
The next section took less curlers of course and she soon had the side rolled high and tight. She paused and cut the dryer off and told me she was going for a "special" look.
" The right side is going to be a mass of tight curls and the top and left side will be a looser curl,for good contrast," she told me." How about I just go with this set and take down the back and cut it into a bob with a buzzed nape?"
I didn't know if she was joking or not but before I could ask she turned the hair dryer back on and combed the nest section and pointed to the 1 1/2" rollers. She finished rolling the left side and took the basket out of my lap and placed on the counter.Ginger turned the dryer off and checked her curlers to see if she was dry. Again she cut the dryer on and plugged in her Peanut trimmer.With a firm hand she pushed my chin to my chest and turned the trimmer on. She carefully cleaned up my neck line and dusted off the area with her brush.She was still limited to the length of the hair dryer cord but managed to cross to the box on the table and returned with a section of netting with which she covered the curlers and tied at the nape. Satisfied with the results she pulled out a chair and grinned at me for another 10 minutes before cutting off the dryer and removing the cap.
"Your turn." she said placing the bonnet over the rollers and hairnet and settling it into place. She hung the power unit on the back of the chair and and turned it on. The hood inflated and I felt the warm are flowing around the curlers and warming my scalp.She crossed over to the fridge and grabbed a beer which she opened and handed to me, and moved down to the hall and returned with her nail polish and ".toe spreaders" as I called them. She dropped to the floor and inserted the "spreaders" between her toes and opened her nail polish and smoothly applied a coat to each toenail.
She carefully stood and walked on her heels over to me and leaned in to ask, "Ready for another beer?" I nodded yes and she smiled. Walking on her heels still she went to the table and picked up two napkins. "You have to earn the next one. Relax and enjoy". With that she twisted a napkin into a tight roll and threaded into in and out between my toes and opened the green polish and applied a coat to my toes. A second coat was applied to her toes and I received my beer reward before I got my second coat of polish.The dryer was cut off and she removed the bonnet long enough to spray the curls with hairspray before replacing the bonnet and putting it on low.
I watched as she removed her curlers and fingered the curls into place. I was held in place by the hood and hose as she slowly disrobed and leaned in to kiss me. "Only 10 more minutes and you get to pay your stylist her fee, And just in case my "tip" is not larger enough. I can still take some of the curlers out and buzz the nape for a really cute bob cut" she threatened with an evil grin
She slowly danced around the kitchen but each time she passed me caressed me so as not to forget here presence.By the time 10 minutes were up I was ready to give my stylist her fee and a tip she would not forget for a long time.
I suddenly was bought back from the stroll down memory lane to the present by wife staring into my face and asking "What are you thinking about? You have an such smile on your face!"
I wonder if Ginger still does shampoo and sets on men? Maybe the wife and I can both get a shampoo and set with a manicure. Hummmmmmm