Gabbing, giggling and gathering -- hallmarks of any beauty shop -- are what prompted a group of women from Simply You Hair and Nail Studio in Lodi to see "Beauty Shop" at the Stadium 12 movie theater Wednesday morning.
Some of the hair stylists, manicurists and clients wanted to see the movie, so they decided to make a girls' day out of it.
"It's a tribal thing," said Kathy Kinderman, hair stylist and co-owner of the salon, who has been a hair dresser for more than 30 years. "We're quite the group."
The group of about a dozen people ranged in age from 22 to 80-plus thought the movie sounded funny.
"Beauty Shop" stars Queen Latifah and is about a woman who moves from her old hair salon to work in a new, upscale one in Atlanta, Ga. where her flamboyant boss (Kevin Bacon) criticizes her frequently. When she can't take it anymore, she starts her own beauty shop, and laughter and good times follow, though Bacon's character tries to ruin her shop.
"Lodi may not be the hood, but we have a sisterhood," Kinderman said.
The women noted that similarities between the movie and the real beauty shop included sisterhood and interaction between clients and stylists.
At the Lodi salon, the stylists are like psychologists and they will listen to their clients' stories, said hairstylist Danielle Atkins.
"We talk about everything from soup to nuts," Kinderman said.
Regular topics include husbands, boyfriends, reality TV shows (like who got booted off "American Idol" or "Survivor"), plastic surgery, sex and mothers-in-law. They don't talk about other people in town -- that's "the code," said manicurist Brenda Burghardt, who has had her license for 13 years.
There's also a closeness in the beauty shop. When people walk in, they know one another.
"It's like Cheers. You find your place, and everyone knows your name," Burghardt said.
"It's a fun shop," said client Doris Grace. She has been a client of Adenna Streyle for 20 years and has followed her wherever she works.
Client Mona Reynolds said the movie was real to her. She could always get input at the salon about something going on in Lodi, just like the women in the movie.
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