Do you want eyebrow wax?
In the words of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Go scratch.
That’s what happened yesterday in the middle of my pedicure. I think that question has been asked by every woman to ever step foot into nail salons across the US. The real question: Is everyone in the world looking at me as critically as the pedicure lady?
What is it about that question that pisses me off so much? Is it that is such a bold question?
Should I have taken the extra time today and pluck my two straw eyebrow hairs? (And I say two because I could count them on one hand).
Am I upset that I typically look like this, a few stray hairs out of place, because I’m too busy to look at myself in the mirror before I walk out the door? Or is it one of those situations where I should be a more accommodating American, given the fact that this question would not be offensive back in Vietnam?
As a first-generation American I know that my own parents say things that would be extremely offensive to a person that doesn’t have immigrant relatives and knew what to take to heart and what to ignore. Things such as, “Oh, you’ve gained weight,” or “Your kids are going to be extra difficult to push out because your husband has a big head.” And yes, these things were said to me by one of my parents. And for the record, my husband doesn’t have that big a head. Just sayin’.
I am not one to complain much. I really dislike people who whine or complain just to get a discount (or something for free) because of a mild inconvenience. I have too much self-respect for that. But if I am sitting in this pedicure chair for an hour before you look at me, with the water that was once pleasantly warm getting colder by the minute (or 10), and you leave the salon without telling me because you have to pick up your kid at school, the least you can do is refrain from commenting on my fucking eyebrows. Groomed or not.
Is this something they teach at beauty school? Like, do they teach you to ask people if they want an eyebrow wax after your rudely look at their eyebrows? Can beauty school stop teaching this? It’s not good for business; it’s offensive. Besides, every eyebrow wax I’ve ever seen at a nail salon looks like crap.
What do you think? Am I being too sensitive about this, or should I just chalk it up to intercultural differences?