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    Twenty-third day of the Seventh Moon,
    Nineteenth Year of Recent Awakenings


    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty and in upholding the duties charged to me as Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit the account of
    A Visit to the Salon.


    Early in the seventh moon on a Thor's evening, the Styling Salon was buzzing with people having their hair done and the stylist tending to all of them. On behalf of those who have never been to the Styling Salon, I visited to investigate and report to you.

    The Outer Bailey Stylists Salon is downstairs from the Dining Hall and off to the northeast corner of the Crafter’s Hall. The salon is simple, elegant, efficiently arranged and smells of sweet herbs and flowers. Fabric on the walls and a spectacular ceiling carved with dancing dragons and unicorns set it apart from most other rooms in the castle. With a bowl of chocolates provided for guests to help themselves, and a warming brazier, it is a cozy and cheerful space. Sera Vasilisa is queen of this domain. She has been a stylist for about a year and enjoys bringing smiles to people when they see their new look, “Making people happy through my craft could carry me for years.” Sera Vasilisa is not obligated to style hair, but does it because it's her passion. She loves making people feel good about themselves and only rarely has to deal with rude or impatient people.

    Ser Aldrick said he is a regular client who was there for sera Vasilisa to tend to his beard. Sera Nariseth has lush vanilla blonde hair and said she comes, "As often as I can. I enjoy seeing so many colours and faces come and go with joy in their eyes."

    As she washed ser Meoris's hair, sera Vasilisa shared some tips, “You should always start with the scalp and then work your way down to the rest of the hair, since the scalp collects the most oil and dirt. Also, you want to be gentle with wet hair as it's very weak when it's wet. So I gently press the hair into my towel and let the towel absorb the water instead of being rough." After washing, Ser Meoris had his hair rebraided, commenting, "She always does an excellent job with my hair. When I have questions, she has the information I need, or knows where to find it. And she gives very good advice on styles that I might like to try.”

    For the purposes of research for this chronicle, sera Vasilisa had permission to style my hair using her own creativity.

    Before commencing, sera Vasilisa donned an ivory suede apron, to preserve the cleanliness of her garments. After considering my complexion, the decision was taken to change the colour of my hair from its usual plain black to something more exotic. Sera Vasilisa said, "One of my favourite things is to take people out of their comfort zone. With hair especially, we often tend to keep what we're comfortable with because we're afraid to try new things.”

    A towel was wrapped around my shoulders to protect my clothing from the dyes. Taking hair dye and a brush and comb, sera Vasilisa set to work on my hair. She applied the dye then let it set for a while before rinsing it out with warm water. After colouring, she set to work with scissors to alter the length. Next was an enjoyable head massage as sera Vasilisa worked in some jojoba conditioner, a dark green cream with a pleasing fragrance which had the effect of altering the texture of my hair.

    Considering my now long, sinuous, burgundy hair, the stylist wove it around my head and upswept into a fanciful chignon with wispy tendrils framing my face. She said, “I went with this one because you're a writer so it pulls your hair out your face but leaves some wispy tendril for femininity.”

    Since I was there doing research for this chronicle, sera Vasilisa generously demonstrated two further styles. Firstly she altered my hairstyle to braided-back which is long and worn in flat plaits that spiral along the scalp, winding into an elegantly braided bun at the back of the head.

    Because this style felt far too elegant for this chronicler, Vasilisa promised me, "My priority is to make sure you leave satisfied” and she then styled it a third way where the hair is pulled into a ponytail, accented with thin braids.

    When asked about the price sera Vasilisa said, “This one is on me. Most of the guidelines are free, but we allow people to buy things above their rank and link. So if you're a commoner, you're allowed to purchase an honoured guest style. If you're an honoured guest than the honoured guest styles and under are free for you.”

    The services offered are styling, colouring, hair cuts, beards, washes and manicures. Sera Vasilisa also offers cosmetics and eyebrow maintenance. “Hairstyling is the method of altering someone's appearance by changing the design of their hair, hair cutting involves shortening or lengthening hair by means of cutting it with a pair of scissors, hair colouring is the process of using a dye mixture to give a person's hair a new colour, hair washing is a professional washing of the hair from the stylists that involves a water pitcher and specialised hair soap and conditioner, eyebrow maintenance is done two ways, both are slightly painful. To ensure all eyebrows fit into that neat appearance we do our best to give, we at times have to pluck or wax them. It is mostly harmless and your eyebrows will thank you for it, manicures are given to shape and refine your nails as well as clean them, and finally facial hair maintenance is the maintenance of the beard. This is specifically for men only and it keeps the hair on your face looking polished and neat. Either by washing, brushing or trimming."

    Sera Vasilisa is amazing. She has Master Hairstylist skills and is an artist in the salon, using the medium of hair to create her masterpieces. Sera Vasilisa’s styling bells are every Thor's day at six late in the Outer Bailey Salon and Mistress Ezraella's styling bells are five late in the Inner Bailey Salon.


    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask all readers please indicate to me through discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, The Office of the Chronicler, and the
    Denizenry of Her Majesty's Realm.

    Sera Tine
    Junior Chronicler


    Tine
    Junior Chronicler
    Unity Harlequin
    Administrative Assistant to Doctor Dolph Li'astri
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