Before we visit the salon with Liz, some random thoughts on hair — every woman’s crowning glory:
The precise timing of when a “bad hair day” became universally known as a bad day, period, is difficult to pinpoint. We all understand the implications though, all too clearly. Unruly, unmanageable hair can be measured on the same scale as a day that falls apart— in a word, stressful.
Great outfit, new shoes, impeccable makeup — nothing can suppress a bad hair day vibe. I always tell my clients that when hair is “wrong” it’s impossible to feel poised and confident. “Wrong” is not a case of bed-head or wake-up-hair — both usually remedied with a quick shampoo and blow-dry — but a cut and colour calamity. Sometimes, the nightmare is confined to one or the other but they seem to go hand in hand. The dreaded “black beret,” the dried out thatch of straw, the weird greenish tinge — these are all too familiar hair catastrophes. Sadly, they’re often the result of poor communication between the hair professional and customer. A word of caution: always make sure the people you work with have your hair condition as their main consideration.
When you’re thinking of making changes it’s important to explain to both your colourist and stylist what your goals are. When in doubt about their plans — remember it’s your hair — ask to see pictures. Having said that, you have to be realistic, too. You may have worked out a promising style for your face shape, but lacked the expertise to know if it’s right for your hair — its texture, structure and weight. A good hairstylist will be able to tell you right away.
I accompanied Liz to Salon Solis for her colour and cut. At this stage, Liz understood her personal style, or clothing personality, along with the most flattering colours for her eyes and skin tone.
As an image consultant, my job is to tell the colourist and hairstylist what we want but not how to do it – that’s their job. I rely on their expertise to assure me that the hair is in good condition and that the texture and weight will support the style I’m suggesting. If not then we negotiate and settle on a style and colour that will work for my client.
I am very happy to report that for Liz, it was “all systems go!”
By texturizing and softening the interior of the haircut, Ernesto Domanico created a versatile, classic style that can be easily transformed from everyday wash and wear to a glamorous evening look.
Lindsey Bober coloured Liz’s hair using one level darker than her natural colour to deepen the overall appearance and enhance the natural shine. Highlights were applied in a shade three levels lighter to add interest and dimension through the layers.
Ernesto and Lindsey are all about making their clients happy. At Salon Solis, it’s not just any other hair affair. There are no over-priced services; there are no rush jobs and there’s no attitude. They thrive on hospitality and great hair! I encourage you to visit Salon Solis www.salonsolis.com if you live nearby or are visiting Toronto.
Liz has some thoughts to share, too:
“I’ve been going to Salon Solis for just over a year now. I found the salon online after receiving a haircut that I was ‘not so fond of’ and ever since Ernesto cut my hair I won’t go anywhere else. He always has wanted to colour my hair but I was afraid of the maintenance. I hate the ‘roots look’ but I’m not inclined to visit the salon every month for a touch up. On Diane’s advice, I finally gave in and agreed to try something not too extreme. The goal was to add some shine and a few highlights— they really bring out my eyes. Lindsey made sure the colour would require minimal maintenance. I love it! While my hair dye was being coloured Dina gave me a French manicure and we discussed eyebrow shaping. In the end my nails looked great and I agreed to come in and see Dina over the next couple of months for reshaping. I left the salon feeling pampered. Next step, makeup to complete my new look!”
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