It’s funny when you look around the world and realize that appearance is the only thing that matters to most people. Everybody needs the newest style of hair or the most expensive pair of shoes. If Paris Hilton wore Avon one day, it would sell out the next. As soon as she switches to Mac, Avon would be bankrupt. We always have a tendency to conform to popular trends, but that isn’t today’s topic. Today I’m showing the irony in this obsessive behavior that is demonstrated in the uniforms worn in beauty salons themselves.
Picture yourself as Fran Drescher, walking down the street in Queens, heading to get your hair done. You walk into the salon in your dress that resembles colored Saran wrap. Everybody in the salon is basically dressed in similar attire, but the hair stylists, the makeup artists, etc. are all wearing slacks, a t-shirt, and the same old pink apron. The people who specialize in beauty are the ones that ignore their appearance the most according to this observation.
Now you’re a new person, literally, not metaphorically, and you’re in LA to get your makeup done for some crazy party or whatnot. The makeup artists there have about two or three colors on each eyelid, which is just the beginning of their insane makeup. Their eyelashes are roughly two inches long, their eyeliner looks like it was put on by one of those extra thick sharpies, and their eyebrows are at an awkward 90 degree angle. They feel like they look amazing I’m assuming, but some of them look absolutely ridiculous. Sure, they will make you look gorgeous with just a subtle amount of makeup because it is their specialty. It seems like they don’t even bother to look into the mirror and fix their own though.
Let’s go to San Francisco this time. You’re going to your favorite salon to your supposed heterosexual best guy friend, but let’s face reality and say he’s kind of in the closet. The average gay man usually is assumed to have absolutely amazing fashion sense, as stereotypes might argue, but the ones that work in salons seem to be the few that missed out on this “fashionista” type gene. They rock their tight leather pants, deep-V shirt, and sometimes even stilettos, yet this is a rare sight. The point is that the ones that are around this type of business, dealing particularly with one’s physical appearance, are the ones with the most strange apparel.
I’ll continue my focus on the men now. Let’s go into the life of someone like Pauly D or Vinny. When they go to get their hair done, they go to a barber. Basically this is just a macho beauty salon though. Simply because they cut hair instead of paint nails, gossip, or deal with any new hair styles, they don’t really care about what they look like. They will shave a guy’s head bald only for the $20 they make. They couldn’t care less about what they look like, so they will show up in a t-shirt and jeans, even though they honestly do work in a job that could be classified as anything to deal with “beauty.” They stay relaxed though in sweats rather than wearing leather to show off how those squats at the gym are helping to firm their butts.
Beauty Salon Apparel
Common beauty salon apparel includes the all famous tunic. Sure, the people wearing it appear to be going through an Asian Renaissance phase in life, but it works for them. This isn’t very fashionable and is still fairly unexpected when walking into a top quality salon. These tunics do have a purpose though. Their rarity makes employees of a salon quite identifiable, which makes life easier for customers. Tunics also allow efficient movement abilities so that Mrs. Lee can pull a quick crouching tiger move to catch a falling blow dryer.
Last, but not least, is one type of beauty salon wear breaks this cycle. Most employees wear black, the most slimming color. Picking a color for a salon is easier than having to abide by a uniform. Employees can still be identified quite easily, yet their choice in clothing is on a looser leash. They can wear any type of clothing as long as it is in the proper color. Usually when I go into a salon like this, the workers display a much better and more expected type of fashion, abiding to the latest trends and styles.
What I have come to learn is that the clothing of employees in beauty salons is like no other. It is rarely like Target where you were a giant red and white target on your left breast, yet it still isn’t like Nascar where sponsors, like Revlon or Maybelline, have their names lining each thread of clothing. They aren’t all fashionable, and even when they are, they rarely try to overachieve. It seems that a stereotype in the fashion world has once and for all been broken.