January 12th, 2010

Island folk have their own mystique. They are leery of outsiders, and often have strange names for them. We have two island provinces in Canada, and the larger one has such a unique culture that the rest of the provinces poke fun at its people.

“Newfies” are your basic, salt of the earth, hard working people. For the most part. I can always spot a Newfie woman, certainly by her charming dialect, but more so by the content of her conversation. When a woman lists off how many floors she scrubbed today, how many loaves of bread she baked, who she gave them to, and a whole list of chores she has performed, you can safely bet that she’s old school Newf.

Children of old school Newfie women have tightly braided hair, their starched dresses as spotless as the houses they live in. I got a sense of what it might be like to be on the receiving end of this work ethic when I had my hair done in Newfoundland. The stylist, not lazy by a long shot, really put her back into the ordeal procedure. There was more yanking and pulling of hair than I had ever experienced.Did I mention it was my hair that was being yanked?

I asked the stylist if that was how her mother did her hair. Duh. I already knew the answer. It behooved me to explain that a customer might go to a salon for some pampering. You know? A pain-free experience?

Her position was that Newfie women came to her to get the nostalgic Mom experience. “It’s how we always does it, missus.”

Who was I to argue? I was a “come from away”.

I think she was pissed that I didn’t tip her. Because really? Her shop was the cleanest I’ve been in.

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8 Responses to “Yanking it Newfie Style”

Krissa Says:

So do you have a new cut, or just a new “do”? And why didn’t you tip her? Karma, karma, karma….
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Ree Says:

So, you Scotiers (hee?) are the messy Canadian islanders? ;-)
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Hyphen Mama Says:

Hmmm, maybe I could do with a little Newfie “do”… maybe all that tight pulled hair would give me a faux face lift?

Thank gawd I wasn’t born a Newfie … all that scrubbing and cleaning and hair pulling sounds exhausting. When do they blog?
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lceel Says:

I had all this witty shit running around in my head but I lost it all when I read Hyphen Mama’s comment where she asks “When do they blog?” L.Frigging.O.L.
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Linda Says:

My stylist is my SIL. She is gentle gentle gentle. I still go home with a headache.
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warriorwoman Says:

i lived on the rock for a couple of years. this story is as true as it is funny.
i’ve had some bad “do’s” from newfie “stylists”.
i did find one good one, and gay to boot. (you might need to speak newfinese to get that last part)
then he moved away.
i always suspected he outgrew his surroundings!!!
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Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo Says:

pics or it didn’t happen…

shelagh Says:

“comes from away” always love that.
I love having my hair washed at the hairdressers. The cutting is always nerve wracking:)
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