Conversation at hair salon
No space is safe! Conversation at ho-hum bi-monthly trimming between southissouth and stylist (black, male and gay, if that matters to anyone convinced by the mild security of identity politics, which I am not).
Can you cut it so I can wear it curly?
Do a lot of your clients have curly hair?
Yes, almost all of them. But they flatten it out.
All of them? And they all straighten it? All the time?
You´d be hard-pressed to find Brazilian women who didn´t.
Why do you think that is? I mean, most of the world–the Latin American world–has naturally curly hair.
Because it´s what men want!
But how do we know what men want? If all women straighten their hair all the time, how do men know the difference?
Men just prefer straight hair.
But that´s exactly my point. How does anyone know what anyone wants when only one image keeps getting reproduced?
I´m pretty sure of it.
How come women´s cuts are more expensive than men´s?
Because women´s hair is more complicated.
But I´m only getting a trim. That guy over there is getting more length cut.
Women´s hair is really more complicated. Ask any salon.
OK, but your men´s and women´s manicures are the same price. Could you say that men´s hands or nails are more complicated?
No, just their feet.