Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shear Genius

I am borderline insane.

For a couple of months my friend and I have been wanting to visit New York City, but flight and hotel rates are astronomical. Since they don't seem to be dropping in the near future, we planned for a September trip.

Something many of you may not know [...this is where the whole "insane" bit may come into play], I fly to New York to get my hair cut. Before you pass judgement and cast stones, allow me to explain. My hair is half curly, half straight and all frizz, and it takes a special person to control it. When I lived in the city, the angels descended to Earth and led me to Corvette, the most amazing man to ever comb his fingers through my hair and tousle it just so [Hi J, I love you!].

My curls were standing straight as I thought about being reunited with him come September; Corvette is nothing short of shear genius.

Around 10AM this morning I received insider information: Corvette is leaving me. As of Wednesday, he is going on tour as Madonna's personal stylist for five whole months. I am both ecstatic and enraged all at the same time. So, I did what any crazed normal girl would do. I immediately booked an appointment for Saturday at 1PM in New York City. I live in Houston.

So, yes, I am traveling 1,630 miles to get my hair cut and as ridiculous as it may sound, I have no qualms about it. We only get one shot at life and I can't wait to board that flight tomorrow afternoon.

[Photo via Lula.]

57 comments:

Sara Christine said...

You might be the coolest person I know. And I don't even really know you. You ROCK. Please please post pics of your hot new haircut!

a said...

i have a head of hair that doesn't sound very dissimilar to yours. i used to drive three hours every six weeks to have mine done when i met my soulmate stylist - but i'm now giving a local girl a try - so far, so good. have a terrific time on your journey. i know you'll get a fabulous fix!

Courtney said...

Sara Christine: You would have done the same when left in total shock. Seriously, I was having minor heart palpitations thinking of not getting a decent haircut until 2009! Yes, I have a wonderful person here in Houston that I go to in dire need, but he's no Corvette.

Elizabeth H. said...

You can but shoes and clothing on sale, but you war your hair everyday.

Darby said...

You BETTER TAKE PICTURES before and after of your head! You are a crazy person! And you better blog all about it. And I want a picture of Corvette too... just so we know he exsists! :)

Kimberlee said...

Courtney that is the best story ever!!! - you are my hair idol!! - seriously - if you hadn't told me he was going to style for madonna (um, how cool is that) - I'd be booking my own flight to New York for him to deal with my seriously effed up hair. - HAVE FUN!

Kate said...

Care to recommend anybody else in NYC? I'm hoping to find somebody to cut my hair in August when I go. Maybe Corvette could give you a rec. I have straight-ish hair. It's not good.

Courtney said...

Kate: I know a lot of people who go to all the other stylists at MudHoney at the Sullivan Street location. I would imagine any of them would be fantastic...and their prices aren't bad! $80-85 for a cut. That's cheaper than people in Houston.

Krissy said...

I'd love the see pictures! I only wish I could find someone so talented that I'd have to fly to see them :)

Jenn said...

oh no, I was just going to invite you and J.J. to my bday dinner Saturday night :( Hope your hair looks fab though!

Anonymous said...

Are you crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Courtney said...

Anon: Yes, I sorta am. But we prefer to use the word "spontaneous" in our household :)

Emma @ White and Wander said...

So now, you can say you basically know madonna through association! That is cool! Even though that new JT song is now making my ears bleed, that is still something I would milk for all it's worth xx

Emma @ White and Wander said...

PS - have you read Pip's blog? You would love - she is a funny banana just like you ... http://tresdodgeois.blogspot.com/
xx

Little Miss said...

No, that sounds perfectly sane. I used to travel back to Montreal to get my hair cut after I vowed to never pay NYC prices.

I've clearly broken that promise two years in, but I'd be willing to cheat on my current hair dude for a chance at yours. Even if its in 2009.

So post-haircut, should all the NYC cafe-habana-corn-loving, desert-truck bound blogging girls meet up? (apparently I'm jealous of the Houston bloggers).

Totally sane. I understand. Great story.

Cote de Texas said...

I'm only furious at you for not telling me about him before!!! I'd fly with you myself - you KNOW how horrible MY hair is!!!!

and I love those pix from Fl. I see a house that looks like Seaside there.

please sir said...

That is AWESOME girl! Sounds so glamorous too - and Madonna's stylist?! He must be amazing. Have a ton of FUN and eat good pizza and a black and white cookie for me :)

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Courtney - these are the reasons that your blog is so fun! I love that his name is Corvette and the whole Madge factor makes him even cooler.

Little House on Green said...

You're effing cool & I'm totally jealous. I'm 33 and have never found a hair stylist I would fly to see, I live in LA and I don't even have a good person . . . can I travel in your suitcase?

The Rauths said...

if you're crazy for flying to new york for a hair cut, then i'm absolutly nuts-o because i only get my haircut in dallas...by the same person that i've been seeing since freshman year and that nearly all my girlfriends still see...ahhh what we will do for a good haircut. HAVE FUN!

Always In Style said...

1 - You absolutely positively must post pics

2 - Where can I find this guy, I mean after he's done traveling the globe with Madge? Seriously, I'm in the City and NEED a good cut :-)

Megan said...

Have fun, sounds like it's going to be great. I love NYC in the summer, and a spur of the moment trip just adds to the delight. I bet you're going to have the best haircut chit-chat ever!

SGM said...

You are my hero.

benson said...

I left my Scottsdale stylist Roscoe when I moved and then...twenty years later...we are together again by "shear" coincidence. I left him as a boy...and now, he's a man :) I get SO many compliments after he's had his way with me and I never regret the triple digits he charges..I totally understand.

erika said...

Why is it that hair stylists with crazy names are so much cooler than ones with normal names? When I lived in NY I got my (long straight) hair cut in Chinatown by a guy named "Checkers". He came highly recommended by a fellow long-straight haired girl. I got to Chinatown and no one really spoke English in the salon. Britney Spears was blaring and I was a little worried. IT WAS THE BEST HAIRCUT I'VE EVER HAD. You gotta find someone who "gets" your hair.
So, while I already know you are insane...I'd also like to highlight the fact that you are SO FUN and SPONTANEOUS.
Which is what all DINKS should be.
(double income no kids).
Someday when there are little Bartons running around, I doubt you'll jetset for a haircut, so I say LIVE IT UP.
Peace from your friend who would have gone with you if she hadn't been in meetings when you called yesterday,
erika

Kelly said...

i would fly anywhere for a man named Corvette. 'nough said.

have fun!

xo
Kelly

ms. spinach said...

Seriously, what a great story. I think that's awesome.

Whee!

The Lil Bee said...

Dude, I totally get it. I become very loyal to my stylist/mani-pedi-ist/facialist/masseuse/coffee guy...the whole nine yards. And you only live once, so why not enjoy it?! It's not like you're flying to a puny little town with a strip mall to get a trim at Supercuts! Have an awesome, awesome time!!

And, WELCOME!

P.S. If you're still here Sunday night, email me!! I'll be back and maybe we can grab coffee :)

Jennifer said...

It's your HAIR. It makes perfect sense to me.

Jennifer said...

And P.S. and by the way, that bitch better get you a personal audience with Madge herself!

Creative Tonic said...

Okay- FIRST you must score tickets and backstage passes when the Material Girl comes here in November!!! SECOND you must plan a fiesta to welcome Corvette to Houston!!! THIRD I insist you invite all of your Houston groupies!!! Good luck with the cut and FOURTH be sure to ask for a Triple A rate at your hotel!!! Spontaneous is good... hair maintenance a must!!!

Courtney said...

Oh my gosh guys, you are all cracking me up so much! What a morning!!! And just to let everyone know, I had NO clue Corvette did Madonna's hair. This was as much news to me as it is to y'all. But I will do everything in my power to get some scoop to bring back.

Little Miss & Lil Bee: You will laugh at my ticket. I get there around 10PM tonight and have to leave at 6AM on Sunday. Out of Newark! Desperate times call for desperate measures....but one thing is for damn sure, I am hitting up that Dessert Truck if it's the last thing I do (after a haircut, of course)!

Creative Tonic: We should totally have a hair day in Houston when he comes here. I'll see what kind of strings I can pull! And while I paid for a last minute ticket, I luckily have great friends who are giving me their apt for the weekend...but I appreciate the tips in scoring sweet rates.

Elements of Style said...

You are a friggin' rockstar- please be sure to get some Arod/ Madonna insider gossip for us!
I SO need a new hair person- anyone have a great one is Boston????

Little Miss said...

NEWARK? Yeccchhhhhblbbgh. Firstly, I have recently acquainted myself with said airport, and thus, I feel your pain.

36 hours in the city and a stellar haircut? So worth it.

(when exactly is Mr. Corvette leaving? And is he taking any new clients before he leaves? Can the NYC edition of the Courtney fanclub get a date with such a scissor master? These are all the questions you must answer, and we await your return!)

Have a great time!

Courtney said...

Little Miss: Please don't judge me for Newark. It was my only hope for a ticket under $600; I know you well understand.

Corvette's last day is Wednesday of this coming week. When I called yesterday, he still had a few openings, so worth a shot to see if you can get in! MudHoney on Sullivan.

megan said...

what an awesome spontaneous trip!
i cannot wait to see the final cut!

pve design said...

All for celebrating good hair days! Finally found someone who understands my hair.
Glad you have figured out your needs and wants and it is all about wanting and needing excellent hair.
I had to fumble through many bad hair days before I realized that good hair makes all the difference.
Enjoy NY, it is HOT here!

jae said...

Just had to tell you to have a great time from one very curly haired girl.....I get it!

bandelle said...

Oh, have a fabulous time in New York! We'd love to see pictures. It all sounds so glamorous :)

Kylie

Robin said...

you really heading here? we actually are going to be in the city tomorrow...i am supposed to be on bedrest and i am sure you have a nutty schedule...but...

Sidney Ann said...

I see absolutely nothing wrong with your mission. Plus, Corvette is a wicked cool name.

Creative Tonic said...

Oh... one more thing! FIVE- you MUST check out Doughnut Plant. I just learned about it on a crazy-hilarious episode on the Food Network! They have something called (and they have it trademarked to boot!) a "Tres Leches" Doughnut- they actually inject it with all kinds of sweet milk! Bring some home... they don't mail order! Look up Lower East location on internet... read about this guy too.

htownjenny said...

Since I know now that you have your priorities in order....

Where do you like to stay in New York? Or do you have friends with couches for that sort of thing?

Louisa said...

Classic!

You're not insane! (I've done that, too!) And my stylist's name is nothing close to as cool as Corvette!

When I lived in London, I had my hair cut in Boston. I'm sure there are wonderful stylists in London but I am somewhat risk-averse when it comes to haircuts...So, I strategically booked my flights home to coincide with my need for a trim. :)

Have a blast in NYC!

simply seleta said...

This is not insane. This is a woman thinking clearly and making sure she is hooked up for the next 5 months.

I'm literally checking flights for NY, husband and I were thinking of going on the fly anyway. Thanks so much for the tip.

BTW, I fly to Atlanta to get my brows done by a serious brow diva. She has worked on many celebs and is beyond amazing. Everyone I know thinks I am crazy. No, crazy is running around looking like Bert from Sesame Street.

Cheers!

Courtney said...

HtownJenny: Lately, I've always stayed with friends. When I went with my Mom over Christmas, we stayed at the Chelsea Savoy, inexpensive, clean, and great location...not a swanky joint, but I don't need that in a hotel when I'm in NYC!

Big Sis said...

OK, "crazy is running around looking like Bert from Sesame Street."...EFFIN HILARIOUS!

SEE?! I TOLD you, ALL us gals know the SHEAR WORTH of a good cut; esp on BAD hair!

Go on wit ya bad self, lil sis! And you said you wished you had MY spontaneity????...Mission accomplished!

Petunia Face said...

I'm not gonna' lie--that's some batshit crazy there. But this coming from a girl who goes to Supercuts so take it for a grain of dull scissors.

Have fun!

Pippa said...

I don't think its crazy at all - My boyfriend used to go interstate to Melbourne to get his hair cut all the time. He said no-one could get it quite as good as his hairdresser there. and he was right!

Sarah said...

That is madness. But maybe if he swings through Houston with Madge in the next few months, he can give you a trim?

jae said...

I just had to tell you to be safe. I will pray for you that Dolly is weak and only annoying.

P.S. Don't venture outside...hurricane force winds will reak havoc on your fabulous looking hair.

ALL THE BEST said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!! I must see your hair before I leave Houston!!

mary said...

I came here after reading about Corvette on Seleta's blog. And, honestly, my hair is so insane that this is absolutely something I would have done in my (non-homeowning and pre-marriage) 20's.

I must see the results of this trip!!

franki durbin said...

nothing wrong with demanding it be done right. At least you're not flying in daily for breakfast because the man at the Four seasons gets your eggs "just right" ;)

Rachel F said...

I live in Houston and am going this week to NYC to get my hair cut and colored too. I tried some places here (Houston) since moving from NYC (one year now). But I just haven't found a place to replace yet. Thanks for making me feel a little less alone...

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

I love it! A good hair dresser is PRICELESS!

Stephanie said...

*gasp* how wonderful! Totally jealous!