It was such a novelty to be back at the hair salon that the Me Before You author couldn't resist snapping a selfie at the wash basin to mark the occasion.
Even bestselling authors aren't off the hook when it comes to household chores.
The American author has been appealing to fans to do the right thing and wear a mask.
The Dr Kay Scarpetta author was happy to autograph this book - even though it was bought at a yard sale.
The 68-year-old Joy Luck Club author believes that if the book is good enough, you won't notice the pain.