Director of the Institute of Information Machines Professor Marya Kovaleva, who lives with two adult sons-obwitus, feels that she is tired of everyday life, and decides to somehow diversify her existence, for example, to cut her hair. Waiting for the queue in the barbershop, Marya Vladimirovna reflects on how she will start a new life – you can go to Novosibirsk and get a one-room apartment there, and you can marry a friend of youth, in love with her, and go to him in Evpatoria… Suddenly she hears a “sharp boyish voice”, which offers ladies from the queue “to be served.” It turns out that this is not a master, but an intern, a boy of eighteen “with a tuft on the top of his head.” In turn, he looks contemptuously, and himself “all of them
At work, Marya Vladimirovna is a rather strict and sharp boss, whose deputy, Lebedev, is a “foolish, talkative old man”, and the secretary is a beautiful but stupid girl named Galya; Marya Vladimirovna does not find a common language with Galya, who is keen not only for work, but for young people, movies, rags and dances, but the boss and secretary are still tied to each other. On the day when Marya Vladimirovna, to the amazement of her colleagues, comes with a new haircut, Galya once again goes to the store for a scarce commodity, Lebedev has a conflict, and the director stays alone in the workplace, but despite this, for the first time in a long time has time to solve a complex scientific problem.
After some time, Galya, embarrassed, asks Mary Vladimirovna, who is cutting her so beautifully, and she sends her to Vitaly, who by this time passed the exam for the master and became a very popular hairdresser with a “solid” clientele. On a youth evening in Galya’s club with Vitali come together, and Gali has a beautiful hairstyle that turns her from a pretty girl to a beauty. After this evening, Galya and Vitaly begin to meet. Every three or four days Galya comes to work with a new hairstyle and with a happy face, but it does not last long, and one day Marya Vladimirovna finds her in tears. It turns out that Galya fell in love with Vitaly seriously, and he is indifferent to her. Maria Vladimirovna offers Gala to talk with Vitali, and she gladly agrees. Vitali also explains to Marya Vladimirovna that ” he was interested in Galya as a suitable material for the hairstyle, “and now he” exhausted her head. “In addition, Vitali says that he and Galya do not have any living space, that they are not ready for marriage” either by age or economically. “Marya Vladimirina finds this approach cynical: in her opinion, the most important thing is whether Vitaly Galya loves this question, which puts Vitaly at a dead end, because he is still young and does not understand what it means to love. “Marya Vladimirovna believes that love is a constant sense of the presence of a person Vitali “fully understands” this is interpreted and comes to the conclusion that “in this sense” he does not like Galya.
And at work in Vitaly’s trouble: his employee dies, the oldest hairdresser Moses Borisovich, and in his place comes the vulgar painted blonde Luba, “large, heavy, like bitoyug.” She immediately disliked Vitali, who beat off all the clientele. There are other envious women at the professional ladies’ master, and one day Marya Vladimirovna finds him already in tears, not Galya. It turns out that many do not like that Vitali formed his clientele and that he serves not all in a row, but only those who can “get it for his development”; as a result, Vitaly steals a notebook, where the addresses and phone numbers of clients are recorded, and they transfer it “to the trade union organization to parse the case.” Marya Vladimirovna wants to help and calls the head of the sector of local hairdressing Matyunin, but in vain. Vitali decides to leave the hairdressers – among other things, tired of “depend on the good wishes of customers, which I do not even always respect.” Marya Vladimirovna advises him not to hurry, but soon he arranges for the factory as a pupil of a locksmith, deciding to turn over “for a ten-year period, then for an institute,” but she promises to always serve Mary.
Marya Vladimirovna herself does not know whether to rejoice over her or upset her news. There is a vague feeling that she “overlooked something” here, although in general she hopes that something good has happened and mentally wishes her good friend Vitaly a happy journey…