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I got my hair cut. Inspired by Stacey's post, I searched for a local salon that had a stylist that performed the "curly cuts"...otherwise known as the Deva cut. Yelp directed me to the Michael Helene Salon. There were lots of great reviews and it's close. I called on Wednesday to make an appointment, hoping to go during spring break. As luck would have it, there was a cancellation for an appointment on the SAME DAY!
I arrived and was greeted by the friendliest two women at the receptionist desk. I filled out a two page questionnaire and started to worry and thought that this seemed like such a fancy place. I don't belong at a fancy salon. The worry disappeared immediately when I realized how sweet and welcoming everyone was. I felt like they were happy I was there.
Lauren greeted me and we started to talk. She asked me why I was there and I explained the whole story. I love my hair, but I know I've never had the right cut. I explained how my friend Stacey has the most beautiful curls and she recommended this cut. Lauren listened. Sometimes she asked a question, but she mostly listened.
She made some recommendations. We talked about my hair. She knows her hair. With each syllable she uttered, I knew I was in good hands. Sam, her assistant, was there and so funny and helpful. (Plus she wore the coolest purple lipstick!)
During the cut, which is a dry cut, we talked. Lauren and Sam are so personable, it made the time fly! Lauren explained every step of washing and conditioning and setting and styling my curls. When she was setting them, she was squishing my hair and it made a squishy sound. I never knew my hair sounded so fun. Sam told me that it's the sound of "happy hair".
I asked lots of questions, a sign I'm comfortable, and she explained clearly. I think she noticed my eyes glaze over because as Sam was setting my curls I noticed she was writing something. She wrote out instructions for me. Oh my goodness, she knows me so well!
Weeks ago when I'd started asking Stacey questions about this cut, she'd said, "It's life changing." Oh my goodness, IT IS! My hair feels different. I feel different. I'm scared that I won't be able to recreate this, but I have my trusty instructions, new products, and the phone number to the salon.