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Feb 22, 2008

Nude Woman with Red Towel No 2, mixed media, collage


This mini painting, an aceo, is the latest edition to The Nude Female Body with a Red Towel series.

I spent the morning drawing the image. The afternoon was spent painting the image on a previously prepared support. I really wanted to work longer on a second painting that I had started but had to stop due to a hair appointment.

I love going to the hair salon in Japan. Even though I get a simple haircut. it usually takes over an hour. First, the hair stylist sits down with me to discuss what haircut I would like and what suggestions she has. Then I am escorted to the shampoo area where I meet my "shampoo person. " This is the first highlight of my hair salon experience. I love the shampoo person. She shampoos my hair for about 10 to 15 minutes. This includes scrubbing and rinsing and more scrubbing. I start to meditate with all the scrubbing and am interupted here and there by her polite questions: The water is not too hot, is it? I'm not scrubbing too hard, am I? Do you have any spots that still need more scrubbing? I also get a head massage twice. Once the shampoo and conditioning phase is finished, the shampoo person takes me to my stylist's booth. I get another head massage but this time with some minty, cold liquid on my hair. Then I get a shoulder massage. I am so relaxed by this point. I really need to go more often!

4 comments:

Distressing Delilah said...

Can you send those "hair salon workers" my way!

High Desert Diva said...

Really like this ACEO....!

Your salon experience sounds divine. My new stylist has me in and out in a 1/2 hour....no pampering whatsoever...sigh.

jewelstreet said...

Seriously. Do they do house calls? I'm lucky if a salon person even talks to me.

Gallery Juana said...

I got my hair done in the States last Winter when I was visiting. It was a great cut but I missed the long shampoo and massage. Now I really appreciate getting my hair done in Japan.

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