I met JoElla in the YMCA gym’s locker room. The woman has a passion for hair, and while I was sitting under the dryer after a swim, she started playing with mine. It felt good.
Although JoElla did not work in a salon, and never had, her obvious gift was “hair.” I watched. I had never seen an an Afro American stylist braid another Afro American’s hair. It was fast, fascinating and the result was beautiful. She seemed to be enamored of these braids she was creating for others and offered to do create a “do” for me.
It took me two weeks and several interactions and invitations jokingly offered in the locker room, before I said: “What the heck? Why don’t I do something different?” OK. Fun and done.
I was surprised at the positive reactions around me to the result of the French braiding she quickly managed to accomplish with my hair. Clearly not my style, but tremendously exciting to try something, and wear something, far out of my comfort zone. I still feel the joy, and the pleasure, of playing with this woman who had such fun with my hair.
Is it time for you to play around a bit and try something new for yourself?
Is it time for you to have more fun offering your gift to others?