The day of the wedding, D’s mom, Mama I, arranged for hair appointments for all of us. While I encourage Gabe to get his hair cut in every country we go to (it is half or third of the price of Geneva), I had never had the pleasure of an international hairdo.
D’s cousin worked at the salon where we went so she was in charge of telling all the stylists what needed to be done. We all selected our styles out of the book and Miss L, D’s sister, translated our preferences.
We enjoyed the different experience, commenting how busy the salon was.
Daughter Awesome had taught me & Gabe that most Brazilian women make salon appointments for Friday, to prepare for the weekend, no matter what the income bracket. She explained that rich went to the rich salons and the poor to the poor salons. You either had your nails, makeup, or hair done. Just for the weekend!
I haven’t had a pedicure in one full year, so I was very jealous of this frequency! Even young girls were in the salon getting pedicures as early as eight. I guess you have to start with the beauty routine early….the Brazilians are such beauties!
Mama Mia and the aunts delighted in the coffee, which the salon girls brought out on a tray, with china. This is something we are used to in Switzerland – a more formal presentation for food & drinks, but this custom blew them away. There was a picture taken of everyone receiving their lovely coffee treat.
While our curls set, we started getting called up for makeup. The makeup was more dramatic than we were used to, which I think was a really neat for the big event. I had already planned to ask for dramatic due to my more casual dress. However, after seeing some of the aunts, I decided that asking for dramatic in an already dramatic country might be a little overkill.
Miss L translated what I wanted to her cousin, and I loved it……. D’s cousin is really talented in this area. In fact, everyone loved their bold Brazilian wedding look.
As things frequently do in Brazilian, time got a little off track with timing. So, D, the bride, had to step in and finish about five of the hairdos while her cousin focused on the makeup.
I will mention that D is a talented hairdresser, so she felt like this relaxed her instead of sitting watching. However, since she has been in the US for ten years, the salon patrons did not know. So you can imagine that they were very curious about our whole group and what the heck was going on!
In the end, we all walked out a lot more glamorous and ready for the big ceremony.
Don’t you love the dramatic makeup and styles???