One of the city vices I haven’t been able to give up are my blond highlights. Maybe that’s because I don’t have to — and because getting my hair done is as enjoyable as sitting on the beach, literally! I even wear my bathing suit.
The talented stylist I trust with my really thick, long (difficult) hair is Jen Palocsay, who moved to the Coco area from California at the same time I did. She and her boyfriend, Brian Farley, moved down here to start http://www.costaricasurfcharters.com, but word soon spread that we had a hair stylist in our midst. Her future clients begged and begged until her mom finally brought down her colors and supplies (I put in a special request!) And a tropical home salon was born. Location? Jen and Brian’s beautiful beachfront porch; clients sit in wicker chairs facing the ocean. (I recommend making a sunset appointment.) Unless a too enthusiastic salty breeze requires a few minutes inside for careful color application, the entire hair appointment is spent outside on the porch, taking in the gorgeous Hermosa beach, chatting, maybe drinking a beer or two.
The only trick comes when it’s time to rinse, done in the outside shower sunbathers use when coming in from the beach. Let me tell you — it is freezing! And this time, two crazy gringas in bikinis washing each other’s hair caused quite a stir. (I guess it’s because we had Brian taking our picture.) Shivering and begging Jen to hurry, I didn’t notice until we were done that an entire construction crew had stopped their work to watch the show. (Really?) The lengths us ladies will go to for our hair!
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