Politer readers may wish to substitute the F in that acronym to make it Thank Goodness It’s Friday 😉 This week has been lots of little things adding up and when it comes to keeping your stress levels down, that can be tricky with a seemingly omnidirectional front. At least if that’s not an oxymoron: how can it have a front if it’s from all sides? 😋
Shall we talk about nice things instead?
You might have noticed a few midweek posts called Script and there’s no judgement of you haven’t 😉 With the negativity and BS from certain outlets – the media and the government – it can feel like you are trying to hold up a heavy wall. Behind it, there’s a couple of the usual suspects, all leaning hard against it yelling their vitriol. Sure, a few allies have stepped in and I’m grateful for that. But, woo, even being on the edges of trying to hold things up is tiring…. which coming from a part timer like me, I have to ask how might it feel to those who’ve transitioned and are now under the shadow of that wall.
Writing to our local MP makes it feel like you’re talking to that wall. I’ve had more constructive and helpful conversations with interactive telephone systems.
Press one to hear the party line of doublespeak or press two to be ignored…
So, I’m turning my hand to what I usually do with things get tough: take the mick and write about things. I hesitate to use the word satire because A) the short posts don’t seem biting/witty, B) it’s not the 60s, and C) I didn’t go to Oxbridge 😉 If they are not your bag, that’s cool. I’ve heard it said that you write for what you’d like to read. You might add if someone else digs it, that’s a bonus. There’s only so many times you can say X won’t work or that’s not how it is, so let’s try something a bit silly.
Keep your hair on
This time at Chameleons, we had a visit from TrendCo; our friendly wig experts, Nicola and Steph. I think this may have been the first visit in around twenty months. The lockdowns and furlough schemes put pay to our usual tri-yearly meet ups.
I feel quite lucky that the group has folk who are willing to come along and give up their evening to do so. That and the TrendCo team know the group’s ages and preferences around styles, colours, and cuts. There’s a mix of synthetic wigs and also ones made from human hair. ProTip: don’t buy one made of cat hair unless you like being chased by dogs 😋 The human hair ones are amazing and have both a great fall/feel in their motion, plus last longer than a synthetic fibre. Yes, they are more expensive, at least, unless you know two specialists…. 👍
Listening to some of the newer members talk about the help and advice they’d heard was really good. Yes, I know you can buy wigs online and fairly inexpensively. However, having experts who can offer different styles, give suggestions, and indeed trim a wig so it’s just right for you; well, that’s time and money well spent in my book. Oh, and if you’re a first timer, trust me, wig stores have been dealing with us trans folk for years.
We used the changing room as a trying on place, as not everyone is comfortable taking their wig off in front of others. I’m glad we kept the large portable mirrors in our move upstairs.
As the evening went on and members had chance to have look and a try, I thought I’d try a different look just for fun.
I’m used to straight hair, so I’m pretty sure I’d not quite teased the waves in this number properly. Nicola did a better job later, but I didn’t take a photo. I could say Blonde Moment, but it’s more likely just me 🙂
Once folk had their try ons and paid up, it was time to say goodbye to our visitors. After that, we put the tables and chairs back to our preference and chatted.
As it’s not a What Happened at Chams post without an outfit shot, here’s the usual hair and a tunic I bought in the summer sale. Thanks to Val for sticking around to help and take a photo. ❤️
Given all that had gone on, I felt a lot better as Nicole and I locked up at the end. It was great to see a few new faces and also new members coming back for their second visit.