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"Are you blonde?"
"No. I am from California, but definitely not a blonde."
A little snippet from my phone conversation a few days ago while making an appointment with a new hair stylist. Desperate to cover my gray roots during the time my regular hair stylist is closed for August vacation (the entire month!), I called a nearby hair salon recommended on salir.com.
She was speaking Spanish with a beautiful French accent. I asked if she is French. Confirming that you are both foreigners is a quick way to form a connection. In the instant you both realize you are foreigners, there is an immediate unspoken understanding of what it takes to live away from your homeland.
Yes, she is French and "where am I from?"
"California," I answered. Being a hair stylist, her mind made the next connection. Californians are blonde.
So, we both had a smile, when we met and she saw that my hair is the exact opposite of the typical California Girl - brown, thick and wavy-curly-ish.
My gamble was worth it. My hair looks fantastic. The French stylist was friendly, knowledgeable and expertly cut my hair. Plus, she carries on my stereotype of French women - effortlessly chic and stylish with flawless skin. What is it about all the French women I know? They always look fabulous and appear as if they spent no time in the effort.
So, there you go - we all have our stereotypes.