Then, on one of my trips to Bombay, I went to Mad O Wot, and had it cut in a flattering short style that seemed to suit me, and showed off my curls in the best way. It's still big, but it's nice big. Or maybe the only difference is that I've learnt to like it.
But, getting back to Delhi, I found it hard to maintain. My friends who regularly get haircuts here have hair that is straight-straight-straight. You could chop it off to chin length and it would look sleek and sexy and Parisienne. I look like a mushroom. I wanted to find a hairstylist in Delhi who would get my hair, who would understand that it poufs in dry weather, that there's an insane amount of frizz and that it needs a certain style to be its own glorious self. So far, all the hairstylists I'd been to had said, "Madam, aap toh straight hi karwa do." Which, no.
(Have you ever been the shortest person at a party wedged between two women with freshly straightened hair? You can tell, because the ends look... battered. And they keep touching it, over and over, and flicking it over their shoulder, and those ends are HARD, and once I nearly lost an eye. I still have PTSD about that.)
So, I did what I always do when I want something. I asked my Facebook, and my Facebook delivered. I was given the number of a Martina Wu, with a salon in Shivalik who was apparently MAGIC.
Martina Wu used to work at Ambika Pillai or something before she started up on her own. She's teeny tiny. Her salon is always crowded. On weekends, she'll line up three people in a row and walk down the line, taking snips out of their hair. Except, when she FINALLY gets to you, it's like she's only focussed on you, you chat, she laughs at all your jokes (even the bad ones) and she listens. I can't tell you how wonderful a quality that is in a hairstylist. She commented on my hair being rather dry, I waited for the inevitable "why don't you straighten it?" and when she didn't, I suggested it myself because you know how I feel about my hair, I want to disown it, I want to wake up in the morning with shiny straight hair that BOUNCES and always looks good, and she wrinkled her nose and said, "I don't think so, but whatever makes you feel more secure."
And she did a great job. My hair is shorter again (I have a wedding this weekend I need to tidy up for), I've been sent home with a shampoo and conditioner that'll get rid of the dryness. (We'll see, but such is my faith in Martina that I trust everything she says). And even though it was an extremely long wait, I got scarlet nails and toes to match, so all was not wasted.
Go, fellow curlies! (Wouldn't that make a great dystopian universe teen novel? A land where everyone's hair is straightened and curliness is a sign of rebellion?) Full disclaimer: she's better with short to medium length hair, like mine, but I also believe, having worn my hair in many different ways that for people with hard to please hair, shorter lengths are far more flattering.
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