i feel like a princess with all of this special treatment
I was actually lucky enough to get a same-day appointment with East 42nd Street Salon in Minneapolis! I went in at 3pm and left there at 5pm. My haircut took 2 whole hours. Two hours. I walked in, my hairstylist (I think his name was Styles? I called him Kyle — oops) asked me a bunch of questions about what I didn’t like about my hair, what I did like, and what I wanted to change. It was very different from the typical “describe the look that you want” line of questioning I’m usually confronted with. He did ask me about length, but when I started saying I wanted curls framing my face he stopped me, told me to slow down, and asked me some more questions about my hair as it is rather than how I wanted it to be.
When he finally started cutting, he literally went curl by curl. It probably took him 20 minutes to get through the bottom layers of my hair. CURL BY CURL!! I don’t know if I can accentuate that enough here. I have a lot of curls on my head. Because he didn’t wet down my hair, he saw how each curl laid on my head and how it laid in relationship to the others. He also showed me that there’s a specific place in each curl that you have to cut so that it can still grow without looking choppy and weird. As he said, “You have to cut it where the curl begins”. By the time he finished going through all of my curls, my hair actually looked pretty nice. It was pretty flat since it was handled so much, but the shape was great because there weren’t any weird hairs sticking out everywhere.
I got my hair washed after the cut so that we could see how it would look after it dried and he could do any final alterations to it. It was pretty nice — he walked me through how I should be washing, drying, and applying product in my hair. Then I sat under a dryer for awhile (it took forever – my hair is really thick) and we went over my hair again.
To be honest, I wasn’t that crazy about it. My hair was flat and less curly than in the picture above. The dryer kept it from being frizzy, but it still wasn’t that great. The overall shape of the haircut looked good though. Even though I left with crappy, flat hair (due to him handling it again so much after it was dry, the dryer, or his method of putting stuff into my hair), I still had high hopes. Those high hopes cost me $45.
Today, I completely disregarded everything he taught me regarding washing and drying because it left me with gross hair. The results:
I really love it! I don’t think I’ll be getting a “regular” haircut ever again. $45 is worth a great haircut, and what’s even better is that it’s very low maintenance and I don’t need to go in to get another cut for 3 – 6 months.
The best part? Styles (.. or Kyle) is also a dance instructor at a nearby dance studio. He gave me his card, and he’ll be teaching me and Dan a little dancing! WOO HOO!!