Gross Point Blank

A new, $6 me

I was sitting in a Prosser restaurant a while back when a gal walked in. I was so captivated by her hair I didn't look at her face.

Hmmm, I thought to myself, great hair.

When I took another glance a few minutes later, I realized it was one of my friends from Grandview.

"Wow! Your hair is amazing!" I told her.

She proceeded to tell me she'd gotten it done at the Sunnyside Beauty Academy.

I was shocked.

A similar situation happened with co-worker John Fannin's wife, Joni. I complimented her hair and she told me she'd gotten a great cut, very inexpensive, at the beauty academy.

I've always been a stickler for my hair. When I find a hairdresser who's great, I stick with that person 'til they retire or move away.

My hairdresser of years and years only cuts hair on the days she's not working as a manager of a store. Appointments with her are slim-pickins. And she lives in Granger, a long drive and oodles of gas to get there and back from Prosser.

The other day, fed up with my hair, I decided to give the beauty academy a shot.

It was nothing like I expected.

At the Sunnyside Beauty Academy, you walk in and you've got an eager gaggle of gals willing to work on your hair.

Uri was my student beautician for the day. Scissors in hand, she began to cut my hair.

Uri took her time, softly talking to me while cutting away, then stopping to ask if my hair was the OK length.

Granted, getting a haircut took longer than what I'm used to. But these students are going to get graded on how well they do, so quality far outweighs the time you sit in the chair.

When the cut was finished, Gail (school owner and instructor) walked over to critique Uri's work.

Where else can you go for a haircut where the stylist is going to be that careful, that thorough? And then have to face scrutiny from the salon owner?

No where else.

And you can't beat the price.

I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks, all for a $6 haircut.

Who knows. Maybe next time I'm sitting in a restaurant, a friend'll think to herself, "Hmmm. Great hair," realize it's me, and I can send her on her way to the Sunnyside Beauty Academy.


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