Gotta say…having a friend who owns a salon is cherry! I mean that bright, shiny, sweet topping that makes ordinary ice cream a treat. Pam Fodor, owner of Boston Avenue Salon texted her request for a model early this week…and I jumped at the chance. To be honest, I had no idea what she was planning on doing to me, but I’m pretty much game for anything that has to do with hair and make-up so I booked for early Thursday to coincide with our businesses, Peace of Mind Books, Aquarian Age Massage, and Spiritworks Gifts celebrating A Very Cherry Christmas down on Cherry Street. I wanted to look extra holiday-special to be on hand to assist our patrons.
I arrived on time to find Lynette in the chair surrounded by technicians. I was then directed to a chair and instructed to get my feet in the warm bath to begin soaking. Always the gracious hostess, I was offered a beverage of choice (Pam has a wonderful selection of wines) handed a style magazine along with my glass, and sat back and watched the transformation of Lynette play out. I was glad to be second in line. Lynette is also a personal friend of Pam, and she and I were chosen to be test subjects in order to assist the girls in getting their technique down to a smooth 2 hour make-over. Lynnette was in the chair a little more than 2 hours, but she and I are both a little chatty and we were offering our suggestions as to what we thought they needed to do differently when they began my make-over.
After my foot soak, my pedicure began. It went smoothly, then i was transferred to the other station where my manicure would be handled and my make-up would be applied. Teri Mays did my pedi while Kylie Durham did my nails. I chose a beautiful deep red to match my dress, and after seeing my toes, wished I had worn peek-a-boo heels! My nails turned out fabulous! Kylie is a perfectionist and they look amazing!! Teri then began my make-up. I was nervous to be honest. I have never had anyone do my make-up…even when I’m on stage. I always do my own. But I trust Pam and as Teri was doing the application we discussed her experience and technique and I relaxed into the experience. I asked her to give me a day to night natural look. She did an amazing job! All my skepticism vanished. She matched my complexion perfectly and did exactly what I had asked.
Then it was Pam’s turn to do my hair. I chose an up/down with a teased crown and side swept bang. She dried shampooed me and worked her magic! It looked amazing! She even tied a bow into the back of the hairstyle for an extra festive look!
All in all, my chair experience went very well. A couple of tweaks were needed to get consistancy levels raised for the actual paying clients, but I was in and out of the chair in under 2 hours as promised. And I received numerous compliments on my look when I arrived to host our version of A Very Cherry Christmas!