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I had just taken my coat off when Brenda came upstairs. I noticed immediately that something was different about her hair. Normally it is dark blonde with lighter blonde hi-lights, but stripes of dark purple had appeared since I last saw her. I tried hard to appear casual when she anxiously asked me if it looked okay—these situations calling for tact and diplomacy.

Wanting to look her best for a special weekend at church with two big concerts, she had gone to one of the more upscale salons in the mall and asked for chunky blonde hi-lights. When Brenda gazed into the mirror after her hair was shampooed her eyes widened in disbelief and horror. Her hair had purplish stripes alternating with brassy blond. The stylist seeing the look on her face, in the mirror, asked a question to which the answer should have been obvious, “Don’t you like it?”

Stunned, Brenda said, “This is not what I was expecting.”

“I can fix it,” said the stylist.

“No,” said Brenda, “don’t touch it! I just want to leave.”

Back at home, Brenda heard Jay coming down stairs and warned him, “Don’t freak out.”

Jay didn’t say anything.

“Aren’t you going to say anything?” said Brenda.

“What do you want me to say?” he asked (men know that these situations are loaded with possible wrong answers and asking for the right one is a smart thing to do).

Brenda said, “That I should fix it.”

“You should fix it,” he said.

She had no one to turn to but her regular hairdresser, Tanya. Tanya answered her panicked phone call by squeezing her in. She looked at it and said she didn’t know how much she could help—if she put more chemicals on Brenda’s hair it would break—but she would try her best to tone it down. When she’d finished there were still dark stripes all over but the edge and the brassiness had been taken off.

On Sunday, Jonathan told us about The Hairdresser’s Code. All salons, he told us, have lists in the back, of people who are not their regular customers. The Hairdresser’s Code requires that if another hairdresser’s customer shows up at their salon, they will be given “special treatment.” So, dear friends, be forewarned if should you be tempted, even for a special occasion, to cross the hair-line. Especially for a special occasion!

Proverbs 17:22 (New Living Translation)
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,

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