A stylist who “gets” your hair is priceless and I’ve been dreading the time when I needed to begin the search for a new one. Yesterday, I could procrastinate no longer and made and appointment with one of the senior stylists at the salon I used to go to here in Kamloops.
Technically it’s not really the same salon given that the name has changed, it’s under new ownership, and there are a whole new batch of stylists working there, but still there was something comforting about taking my chances at the same location I went to seven years ago.
This morning I left home early to run a few errands before my appointment at the salon formerly known as The Cutting Lounge that now bears the name of Ra. I’ve learned the hard way that I usually need to come straight home after my hair appointments to restyle my hair in a way that’s more suitable to me so needed to get a few things out of the way first.
I liked the stylist assigned to me right away. We began with a consultation about the style I was looking for (nothing radical, just a trim) and I warned her about the persnickety nature of my tresses and the double crowns that have been the bane of stylists far and wide. I imagine it must be difficult starting with a new client, especially one with stubborn hair, but she seemed up for the challenge.
She’s a relative newcomer to the city and we chatted easily about some of the great things about living here while she combed and snipped, asking questions now and then about my preferences. I liked what I was seeing and was optimistic about the final outcome when she worked product through my freshly shorn hair and and pulled out her blow dryer. This is the point when things often begin to go south.
It was different this time though. Oh the quiet joy I felt as I watched her work. She got it! She was making my hair behave the way we both knew it could if handled correctly. I needn’t have done my errands pre-appointment after all. I could easily have gone shopping and run errands all afternoon with my post-appointment hair.
I tipped her nicely and made a follow-up appointment; I’ve found my new stylist. I was so enamoured by her work that I was even inspired to snap a selfie to illustrate this post!
Now if only finding a family doctor would prove to be this easy. But that’s a story for another day.