Back Room Banter by Robert Vaughan

We were eating our lunch in the back room at the salon.

“Last week,” I said to Kamy, “this lady brought in those sticks that a doctor uses to check your tonsils.”

“Uh-huh,” Kamy said, reading her text messages.

“She wanted to know if I could give her a perm on them.”

Kamy whooped, set her phone on the cluttered counter. “That’s crazy!”

“You bet! I told her, I’m sorry, Mrs. Hammond, but I’m a beautician, not a magician.”

Kamy laughed so hard she almost puked up the lunch we’d just devoured from La Cantina. “One time,” she said after she’d gotten her breath back, “I was doing a color consultation on Mrs. Lee. And I was halfway into it, you know, color charts, swatches, level this, retouches, blah, blah, blah. And I notice something moving on her lap. Like, under her cape.”

“She was a he?”

“Her dog.” We laughed.

“Hey, I need your advice,” she said. “Vincent messed me up last time.” She lifted her extensions in back so I could see.

I thought it’ll take a miracle to fix that. “We can stay after our last clients. I’ll see what I can do.”

“ Thanks! Oh, I’ve got a guy at 2:00 for a wax service.”

“Really?” I’d don’t do waxing, haven’t since cosmetology school. “What’s he getting done? Eyebrows?”

“No, Debbie booked it as a Back, Crack and Sack appointment,” Kamy said.

As the shock registered, my mouth gaped open.


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12 responses to “Back Room Banter by Robert Vaughan

  1. Frieda

    Ouch! That would hurt I think. Great story.

  2. Theo

    A realistic slice of life that turns suddenly, hmmm…dark at the end!

  3. Andrea

    LOL!!! Oh how I know these conversations so well. Hilarious.

  4. You’ve captured the black side of hair salons and the shocking things that come in just as with a hospital ER. Nicely done!

  5. Dez

    Hilariously you in every aspect. Nuff said.

  6. Cynthia

    I can imagine this conversation actually taking place at the salon I get my hair done at! Too funny Robert, you are so great at clever dialogue.

  7. I can’t imagine the type of appointment that they discussed at the end, though the other banter was very witty. :)

  8. Danielle Storm

    This is very creative and realistic…and do men really get that done? It sounds so painful!

  9. Robert Vaughan

    Thanks for all of the comments and the reads everyone! I am thrilled to finally be a part of 52/250.

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