It was Leigh's monthly date at the beauty parlor. She loved to go talk to Janice who had been doing her hair for the past twenty years. Janice knew just how she liked her hair - not too long, not too short. It was a style that needed no special care and one that no one ever noticed. That was Ok with Leigh she liked watching people not having people watch her.
When Leigh got to Janice's station she was there waiting for her but so was Janice's daughter Stella who had just graduated from beauty school. Stella's hair was Ok but the ring in her nose and the stud on her tongue was a little disturbing. But what was more disturbing was that Leigh was to be Stella's first client. It was a present that Janice decided to give Leigh for being such a loyal customer for the past twenty years. Not being a person who made a fuss Leigh agreed. She knew Janice would be there to watch over Stella's shoulder and everything would be Ok. That was until Leigh saw Janice put on her coat and promise to be back before the appointment was over.
Stella assured Leigh that all she needed to do was to sit back and relax. That she would take great care of her and just like Nick Arasi on What Not to Wear she preferred that Leigh not look at herself until everything was over. At this point Leigh was too scared to say anything so she just nodded and said a quick little prayer asking God to watch over her.
After what seemed forever Stella was ready to let Leigh see herself. During the past ninety minutes Leigh had heard alot of whispers, a few giggles, and one or two "oh mys" but she was sure that they must be talking about someone else.
Leigh could hear the excitement in Stella's voice as she began to count to three as she twirled the chair to face the mirror. When Leigh looked at herself she was stunned. The person who looked back at her was the girl who somehow had been misplaced twenty years ago. She was the one who had black hair and bright orange bangs straight from the peroxide bottle. She was young and fun loving and it was so good to see her again.
When Leigh was making her appointment for next week with Stella (why wait a month to feel this good) she turned to thank Stella for all that she had done. As she turned she noticed Stella's spiked heels, cool jeans, and one shoulder top. "Hey, Stella," she called "Would you like to go shopping on Saturday?"