Do you guys have a favorite salon?
Most women do. I'm a bit of a vagrant where hair salons and stylists are concerned... up until this past year, I had yet to visit the same stylist more than two or three times. It's difficult for me to explain my dissatisfaction without seeming particularly difficult or fussy- which I promise you, I'm not. The truth is, I've really wanted to find a hair person to be loyal to. I've wanted to be a regular somewhere. And it's not for lack of branching out... here's a quick runoff of the local salons I've sampled: Bluebird, Tigerlily, District 96, Studio 23, Ahshe, Salon Lux, Bladerunner, Hep Kat, Faces, and Bliss Spa.
Feel free to take my opinion with a large grain of salt- as I've an abysmally inadequate understanding of the business of hair... In my experience of the salons listed above, I've had some cuts that I was quite happy with, but never the one that was exactly what I had hoped for. One of those turned me away when I had an appointment (twice), two made me cry, one stylist left me to smoke a cigarette in the middle of my appointment, and another cut off my necklace with a pair of scissors. Really.
The truth is, it's taken me 3 decades to know what works for my hair, and what doesn't - but I've found that it takes a particularly open and truly collaborative stylist to really listen and take that knowledge to heart. At long last, I'm happy to say that I've found my hair-soulmate. I finally understand what it is to have a stylist who respects me and listens- and whom I trust implicitly. I love that when I give her a layman's idea of what I want, she enhances that thought with her technical training, skill and experience to reach an outcome that we're both very happy with. We make a good team. My friends... it. is. amazing.
I'm thrilled to announce that my stylist and I have just marked our 1 year anniversary; a first for me.
So after that nasty nursing ordeal this past week, my first thought was to console myself with indulgent and fabulous hair. So I called Kimmy at Salon Lux, and she did not disappoint. She pampered me with that yummmmmmy Aveda tea, a heavenly arm/hand/neck/head massage, aromatherapy, and all the cut/color/fabooshness one could hope for. I left her chair feeling like the mega-watt star of my own hair commercial! I'm so serious, you guys. My hair swishing, my Aveda goodie bag swinging... I swear I was suddenly 3 inches taller, and 10 Lbs. lighter too. If you were downtown, you probably heard a theme song as I crossed Higuera Street. Yeah, Kimmy's that good.
What's your opinion on hair stylist-loyalties? Who's your favorite?
Do you have a great salon/stylist relationship? I'd love to know. :)
*See Kimmy at Salon Lux
1040 Court Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401