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Martha's Big Adventure - Good Hair

Martha's Big Adventure -- Good Hair

By Martha Randolph Carr

I can now rest easy after almost two years in Chicago because I've finally found a great haircutter. His name is Anthony Baltazar and he can work wonders with the hair on women's heads even in the Windy City. The word has already spread among all of my female friends that there is a new and gifted haircutter in our midst.

My old friend, Cindy even let out a purr of delight when she heard what Anthony did for a living. Women are always on the hunt for someone who can take what they're stuck with and turn it into something that makes it easier to see who they are in the mirror.

We don't always want the new fad as much as we want to see something that reflects our personality and keeps up with the times and then, of course, we can duplicate ourselves at home. That's a lot and most haircutters fail miserably on at least one of those points. Usually, we all settle and hope for a better cut the next time.

However, the moment I saw Claire a few weeks back I knew something was different. She was standing in front of me and her hair moved easily in different sections and then settled back again in just the right way against her shoulders. Funny, I didn't remember thinking that the last month. Claire is always cute but her hair had turned into something gorgeous.

I made a few phone calls and it didn't take long to find out that magic had at last struck my pipeline of friends. Someone had brought Anthony within our grasp. I even knew whose hair he had already done besides Claire before anyone told me. Other friends' tresses were suddenly framing their face in a particular way and they moved their head like they thought they were in a Breck commercial.

There's nothing like the perfect haircut to raise a woman's confidence. It's better than the right shoes but a lot harder to find. When I first met Anthony and said I was looking for someone to cut my hair he immediately tossed around a few locks of my hair and told me he had a vision of how I would look. The way his face lit up when he moved my hair behind my ear told me my quest was just about over.

A key ingredient to finding someone who can work magic on your head is to first find someone who loves and appreciates women. However, that's not always easy either. Cindy, my neighbor, Mimi and I had been searching for a solid year for the right haircutter. We had been taking turns testing out different places but with no luck.

The last place left me with hair cut unevenly on both sides. I did my best to ignore it and tucked my hair behind my ears. That's a common ploy to just get on with life when the haircut hasn't been horrendous but isn't exactly working for you either.

The real test of any haircutter is if they can take several women with different hair types and different personalities and make them all happy. Again, that doesn't happen often at all.

This story gets even better. Anthony is used to doing hair at photo shoots and showed up at my door to cut my hair. That's right, he came to me and styled my hair in my kitchen like I was a Kardashian instead of just a Carr. When I finally looked in the mirror not only did I see a gorgeous haircut I saw my Waspy upbringing mixed in with my quirky personality and love of the outdoors. My hair looked like it suited me perfectly.

Three days later I finally had the courage to try and style it myself and head out to a large gathering. People I didn't know very well tapped me on the shoulder to tell me how much they liked me hair and by the way, who did that?

A few days later it was Cindy's turn in her kitchen and again, it was like the best kind of magic. Cindy even took him out shopping with her later. This may lead to the fabled ripple effect that's often mentioned but rarely does it happen outside of certain New York or LA circles where women in a group finally look completely pulled together for more than their wedding or a job interview.

For most women with average, busy and happy lives that just doesn't happen all that often. But with Anthony around a small group of us in Chicago just might have a shot. More adventures to follow. Martha's latest book is the memoir, A Place to Call Home. Free eBook at www.MarthaRandolphCarr.com. Email Martha at: Martha@caglecartoons.com.

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