Post-Irma Hair Cuttery Kindness: A Perfect Stranger Offers Di A Free Blowout. She Takes It.
NOTE FROM DANA: Before we dive into Di's stormy story, I want to let you know that if you're reading this today, 19 September, you can still get a free shampoo + blowout at Hair Cuttery. Go here for locations near you.
After waiting on a 3-hour gas line in Marco Island and leaving husband and kitteh behind on Isles of Capri so I could earn a living, I drove to Tampa Wednesday afternoon, post-Irma, to stay with my husband’s cousins Nick and Mercedes. While grocery shopping with my delightful hosts Thursday, a gracious young woman named Stephanie Cline approached me with her business card, offering a free blowout at the neighboring Hair Cuttery salon on Dale Mabry Highway.
So emotionally struck by Stephanie’s kindness, it took a few seconds to realize how bad my hair probably looked. After all, I hadn't taken a proper shower since early Saturday morning, before mandatory evacuation. Upon returning to our home Monday afternoon, my outdoor-hose-cum-makeshift-shower — while powerful — probably contained contaminants. Upon leaving Naples, the dominant news story was about the unsafe water quality, meaning while I thought I was clean, I was probably just a host of, and for, bacteria. Ugh. Combine that with noxious gas generator fumes blowing all night long plus OMB shards coating my hair...
...well, thinking our dear readers in Florida certainly get the un-pretty picture...
I called Hair Cuttery Friday afternoon to get Stephanie’s hours and headed there Saturday morning, The goal: to look somewhat decent for my Saturday night host, FBP’s content chief Dana who recently had power restored to her St. Petersburg home just hours earlier.
Reader, what a lovely salon Hair Cuttery is! It's super clean and hygienic, bright, energizing with product shelves featuring top brands. A warm welcome to boot - think Ritz-Carlton-level hospitality and organization.
I asked Stephanie what prompted her to hand me her card with the kind offer, and she explained that Hair Cuttery understood how many local people were affected by Irma’s resulting water-crisis and power issues, and they wanted to give back to the communities supporting them.
Stephanie escorted me to the shampoo station, and we talked. She is a color specialist, who also excels in cuts and blow drying. She selected from Hair Cuttery’s proprietary Cibu product line containing lush botanicals like almond oil, a multitasking softness, strength and shine booster for hair.
She asked my style preference (straight with a touch of bend at the end); et voilá, 25 minutes later, a perfect blowout. We talked about various blow-out techniques (sharing my 8-brush version while subtly peeking at her drawer of brushes), she shared that she’s tried that method too. And of course we dished Dyson: hint to anyone who knows Stephanie, this is what she wants for her birthday or Christmas.
This post originally started as one of gratitude. But Stephanie is talented, and she and her lovely colleagues run that salon seamlessly. It was a pleasure, and one I’d pay for no prob the next time I visit Tampa. At $20 plus tip, it was well worth it and then some.