Meleesa the Salon

Meleesa the Salon is a sustainable cruelty-free salon located in Huntington Beach, California. AKA. Surf City, USA. Meleesa (the owner) and Tara are the most welcoming people and it was such a pleasure being able to work with their team.

You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.

She asked me to write on a blank sheet, one reason why I find myself to be beautiful.

One reason. Any reason. White canvas, pen in hand, I began to write:

I am beautiful because… (wait, what am I supposed to write?)

I am beautiful because… (there is nothing that comes to mind.)

(Let’s try this again. It shouldn’t be this much of a chore to come up with something.)

I am beautiful because… (still drawing a blank.)

There was something strangely difficult and extremely uncomfortable about inking that piece of paper with the line, “I am beautiful.” But for some peculiar reason, those three little words were pushing my buttons. Like, they had somehow said something erroneous and inappropriate, and I found it offensive. And, the longer we made eye contact, the more awkward it became and the eye rolling, more frequent. It’s not like it was a foreign language. The word, “beautiful” has been used in description numerous times before that it was hardly a stranger. And then it hit me. It hit me hard like a train wreck.