I've Been Scalped
been scalped. You ladies know what I mean. I have a lousy haircut. My
worst nightmare has come true.
It started a week ago when I decided that I did not
like my hairstyle. My head was a triangle. I've worn it the very same
way for a long time, straight and curled under. It was boring. Maybe
some layers instead of all the same length for a change? Yes, that was
I went to the same hairdresser I always go to.
"How do you want it cut?" she asked, thinking I would say,
"Trim the ends and leave the style the same."
I surprised her. "Could you layer it?" I
So, she cut it with layers to the bottom of my ears.
"I hope I've not made a big mistake," I thought. But if I
didn't like it, my hair grows fast and the layers could be trimmed off
in no time.
To my great surprise, when I washed it after the cut,
there were curls where the layers were. No hot curlers, no curling
iron, I didn't have to do anything except wash it. But the top was
still flat. "Maybe if I have the top layered too," I
thought. When hair is wet, it absorbs water which makes it curl.
I usually comb it while wet, and blow dry. In other
words, I am straightening out naturally curly hair. If I do the
opposite, towel dry and leave it alone, it will be curly. I remembered
from my previous curly days that it was okay to dry it with a
diffuser. It just so happened that I had recently bought a new blow
dryer and it came with a diffuser.
Finally, I found time to get back for more layers, but
my regular stylist wasn't there. "Oh, well, anyone here can cut
it," I thought. They are professionals.
"How do you want it cut?" asked the new
"Well, I had it layered about a week ago and it
is curling where the layers are. Can you layer it all the way up to my
"It is too long in back," said the stylist.
"If I cut the top short, it will look like a mullet."
I didn't want a mullet. "Well, what can I do to
make the top curl?"
"I can shorten the back some and it will all work
together." She was the expert and should know what she is doing,
I figured. "Okay, fix it then," I said.
"Snip, snip, snip." It sure looked like a
lot of hair was falling on the floor, but the top was short like I
"Do you want to look at the back?" She
asked, handing me a mirror.
I was flabbergasted. I had no hair! She had scalped
me. My hair was about an inch long all over my head. I was in shock. I
had let her to use her own judgment, so what could I say? You canít
put it back once it is gone.
I now have what we used to call a poodle cut. You
could call it an Afro, except Iím not African.
I tried styling it at home, but there is not much you
can do with inch long hair. Maybe I can wear a scarf over it like the
Muslim ladies do. But Iím not Muslim.
So, Iím stuck with no hair until it grows out unless
I buy a wig, which Iím not going to do for a temporary situation.
The average hair growth is one-half inch per month. It will be this
way for a while.
My advice: Never let a new stylist cut your hair any
way she wants. You may be scalped, like me.'
At least my inch-long hair is curly.