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A shampooist in an uptown hair salon warns a matron not to lean too far back on the sink. The salon is being renovated and the sink needs adjustment.

The shampooist is new. This time last year, she wasn’t a shampooist.
She was a chemist in a country now erased by a war.

This is an adventure, the matron observes, gingerly tilting her head back until it rests on the porcelain.

Yes, an adventure, the shampooist says, reaching for a towel to cushion her neck.

– Helen Klein Ross

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