I hope this very belated blog post finds you all doing well! I must tell you I literally haven’t had the extra time needed these last few weeks to pop in and say hello and share what’s been going on here at the spa as we’ve been so busy lately. I’m not complaining mind you, business is booming, and I’m grateful…swollen feet and all!
New clients have been coming and going so quickly around here that I’m going to have to give Vera and Daffy a raise…they’ve earned it! Of course dear Beatrice from our gift shop works solely on commission, so I’m afraid she’s on her own. But don’t worry about her, she’s doing just fine. Believe you me, no one escapes the spa without making a selection from her assortment of baubles and beads…she makes sure of that! I always say you can never fault a girl with ambition and Beatrice has it in spades.
This week, I’d like you all to meet Cindy, a very sweet girl from New Jersey who flew out special just to visit us here at the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa. She’s a dear friend of Barbara’s who treated her to this trip to California. Now Barbara just loves Cindy (who I learned was named after her daughter!) and just couldn’t bear to see her face another day with her hair in such a state. A beautiful Color Magic, Cindy obviously had seen her fair share of hair play in the past. Lets face it dolls, there is a limit to how many times you should add those “special” Mattel solutions to your hair!
The remains of Cindy’s golden-yellow hair were in high distress and in dire need of tender care. She really wanted me to save as much as I could of what remained and of course replace what she had lost. Luckily for her, the very special blonde shade needed was in stock in our supply closet. So I set about preparing my station for the follicle challenge that lay ahead while Cindy left with Daffy to enjoy her “Pink Bubbles Beauty Bath for Face & Body”. Afterwards a good shampoo and a special deep conditioning treatment were in order.
Now I had barely finished laying out my “tools-of-the-trade” when Daffy suddenly came rushing in from the back, ushering me to her wash bowl without saying a word. I’m very proud of Daffy, she didn’t utter a thing out loud, following our number one rule here in the spa; “Never panic in front of your client!” As you can imagine, it only upsets them and you immediately lose their confidence and trust.
Casually leaning over Cindy whose eyes were thankfully closed, lost in the fragrant smell of our delightful “Pink Bubbles” shampoo, I immediately saw why Daffy herself was also in a lather. The remains of Cindy’s original sunny blonde hair had turned a very pretty shade of “Flame-Red” amongst the bubbles!
“How is everything Dear?” I nonchalantly asked our guest, being careful not to alarm her. “Wonderful! I just can’t wait to see my new look!” Cindy chirped. “I’m sure you’ll never believe it!” Daffy added, offering an unsure smile. Patting Cindy’s shoulder I said “Now you just relax and Daffy will take very good care of you. I’ll see you soon!” I silently motioned to Daffy to meet me out front.
“Now that’s one for the books!” Daffy said when we were out of ear-shot. “I’ll say…” I answered, “I guess that hair still has some “magic” left in it, even after all these years. Well, our next trick better be turning it back…but-quick!” “Or convince her she should become a redhead!” said Daffy “What’s next Boss?” “Well, just rinse and move on to the deep conditioning…and for goodness sake, don’t turn her to the mirror…not yet!”
Playing over the different explanation options I was going to have to soon deliver to our new client in my head, I sat down in my own chair to think it through. Luckily I didn’t have to think long though as Daffy suddenly peeked around the corner and silently signaled me with her finger to come back in. “Oh Geez, now what!” I thought, “I hope the rest of her hair hasn’t fallen into the wash basin!”
Eyes still closed, Cindy’s head lay peacefully in the rinse bowl. She was still oblivious to the color changes happening on her own head…instead she was just relaxing, enjoying her deep-conditioning treatment. To my surprise and I must say relief, her hair had turned from “Flame Red” to a lighter carrot-orange color. As we both watched, it faded even further…from light-orange to gold and then finally back to its original butter-yellow blonde tone…yes, all before our very eyes! I looked at Daffy who simply shrugged her shoulders. I deducted it was first the warmth of the water as Daffy was washing her hair and then the coolness of the conditioner sitting in her hair that was making the changes. Obviously Cindy’s original “Color Magic” hair was temperature sensitive. As I walked back to my station I quickly made a mental note to only use the “cool” setting on my hair dryer. I then decided to take a quick detour towards the break room and poured myself an overdue cup of “Joe” to calm my nerves!
To tell you the truth, when Daffy brought Cindy back to my station, I was a bit anxious removing the pink terry cloth towel that was wrapped around her head…no telling what I, and Cindy for that matter may see. Thankfully, yellow blonde hair fell from the towel and I commenced with the comb-out, silently thanking my lucky stars!
Cindy was very patient as I added the missing hair to her hairline and inner scalp areas that needed it. The color-match was near perfect and though the newer tresses were smoother and softer, the original hair had benefited immensely from all the pampering and blended right in. I then re-set the new hair close to the head and added the pretty pink hair barrette Cindy had brought with her.
Take a look at the results of her hair transformation below:
For a gal whose hair had seen better days, Cindy’s factory original make-up was remarkably fresh looking. The only help she needed was a light touch-up on her black lids. Madge moved in for a quick manicure as well. I’m sure you’ll all agree that Cindy’s final reveal in my mirror was definitely worth her cross-country trip. She just loved her freshened appearance and exclaimed “It’s like magic!” “More like “Color Magic” if you ask me!” Daffy added giving me a quick wink.
Here’s a look at Cindy’s “Before & After” Pics:
When she returned from the dressing room in her colorful play suit and turquoise blue mules, I helped her adjust her matching head band. How cute she looked for her journey home!
Before leaving, Cindy thanked us all again and promised to take good care of her hair…old and new! She also vowed to leave the “magic” hair potions to the professionals!
Thank you Barbara for treating Cindy to a day of pampering and hair service at the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa! We look forward to meeting your next gal “Stephanie” soon!
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Please visit us again next week for another dolly adventure!