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Hair and Beauty Secrets
One point I’d like to make “perfectly clear,” before I’m accused of cosmetic-company favoritism. Dr. Laszlo’s hair and skin recipes, and his company, are now a part of that big boy, Cheseborough Ponds. I believe that the Laszlo name and products had been purchased by Ponds before I became a Laszlo patient, which is probably how they became available for public consumption in the first place. They were on the public market once before about seventeen years ago and I was a faithful, mail-order user at that time. But back then Dr. Laszlo discovered that he was unable to control the mail-order questionnaire bit to his perfectionist’s satisfaction, so he withdrew the products immediately. Meaning that I only got about six months’ good out of them before I was forced to return to the usual commercial misinformation via advertising, and therefore ended up needing Dr. Laszlo badly.
When I saw Dr. Laszlo, however, it was as my doctor or perhaps I ought to say, hair and skin specialist, for Dr. Laszlo never got his medical license to practice in this country, due, he always said, to his lack of facility with the English language (remember all that Hungarian notetaking?). I couldn’t have cared less. What he did for my own hair and skin was proof enough of his uncanny abilities.
Now Dr. Laszlo is gone. He died this year at an age, they tell me, of nearly eighty. I would have sworn to fifty-five. Miss Gabrielle has retired, and the Laszlo Institute has been removed from its mahogany-paneled “House of Silence” to sleek, new modernistic headquarters. I
only recently met the Ponds people, and they are nice people, too. Only one of my old friends remains she is Livia Inkey, who was with Dr. Laszlo for years. It is to her that I turn if problems strike (which they usually don’t).
She hadn’t heard my Dr. Laszlo stories until recently and, when I spoke with her last, she said that she checked out my checkered hair and skin history on my chart. According to her, I must have a mind like a recorder. For the whole experience is now microfilm history. So if there are any hair and skin-doubters among you, the whole thing is there probably in Hungarian for anyone to see.
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