|Note to Self #5
If you found a way to compare peeling hardboiled eggs to the writing process, couldn't you also tie in another lifelong fascination to story writing?
I was the lady behind the department store cosmetics counter for a decade; I worked as a hairdresser, and also sold a very good (still touted by celebrities) diet program for several years. Always ended up in the beauty business; I've been interested in skincare and cosmetics longer than many cover models and probably their mothers, have been alive.
There was always something about a totally bare face or fried, broken off hair that got my creativity stirred up like a frothy batch of hair lightener. It was a canvas begging me to apply a spot or two of subtle color, a sparkly enhancer, a handful of rich conditioner, or a sharp blade. And all my life, a plain piece of paper or a blank computer screen has challenged my imagination in the same way.
A page of well-chosen words, a few tiny brushstrokes, or several scissor snips and something new is created. It never ceases to amaze me.
And here's a tip to add shine to your hair: Rinse hair for 2-3 minutes before adding shampoo of your choice. Water removes a lot of dirt and/or product buildup. Use a small amount of shampoo and remember lather is not your friend-it is "detergent." One washing should be adequate unless you work in a coal mine. Make the final rinse long and as cool as you can stand it.