There are people in life whom I’m always thankful for. No matter how trivial; like the aunty at the ice cream store who always knew to bake my waffles to how I like them, the courier guy who delivers my packages in time & the mute pedicurist who scrubs dead skin off my feet to extreme smoothness without complaining.
Now, I’m offering my devotion & thanks to the latest person who made me feel good about myself & added that spring in my footsteps: my hairstylist.
After two decades, I found Melvin.
Don’t be jealous. Like I said, this happened after two decades of disastrous jobs, starting from my mom. She was my first stylist & frugal being her middle name, she forced me to be her ‘customer’ till I was old enough to pay for my own haircut elsewhere. If you must know, I was once a mushroom head, my mom didn’t allow me to have long hair. When I finally saved up for a decent cut, I’d the okays, the not bads, & the very bads but noone really made it to my Ace list (I admit I’m particular). Till now!
Reasons to change your hair stylist:
- He/she gave you an ok job, nowhere near remarkable
- He/she doesn’t see your vision anymore
- He/she rushed through your hair cuts
- He/she come up with excuses with why you dislike the new haircut
- He/she isn’t polite about fixing your haircut
- He/she can’t answer most of your questions
If you experience any two of these red flags, you should move on. Because you deserve better. Do you really want to just stick with an ordinary stylist just because you know you can count on him/her for a safe job or is it because you feel guilty leaving? Don’t.
To be completely honest, I was skeptical seeing other bloggers write about Salon Vim by Chez Vous. Is the salon really that great? Thankfully for the Gemini in me, I take pleasure in changes & taking risks. Now, I reap the benefits of switching. Check out my new knockout hair!
Back-tracking to the very bad jobs I’d, it included one maggie mee perm somewhere in Braddel which has to be my worst hair crisis ever. Actually, it wasn’t even as stylish as maggie mee, it was a scrunched up bunch of damage. I was left scarred emotionally & not only did my long hair shrink into a lob (long bob), its natural shine said goodbye. I remember tearing, so yes, I’ve had my share of dislikes & I switch hair stylists as quickly as I can.
I know changing a hair stylist is easier said than done. First you must do tons of research (googling plus word of mouth), as if the opinions of salons & stylists aren’t confusing enough, you must then consider the pricing, location convenience, make an appointment with the haughty receptionist & finally surrender your fate into the hands of a complete stranger.
Why Melvin’s a sweetheart:
- His vision is terrific. He understands me without much explanation from my end. Normally I’d recite an entire essay of how I’d want my hair to turn out & still not achieve the look in the end (pfft), but Melvin is genius from the start! Right cut, right perm, right colour.
- His full, undivided attention was on me, me & me. A stylist should never walk away from you if you’re paying for his time & expertise. Besides making sure every strand of hair is perfectly cut, permed & dyed, he even went a step further by making sure I’ve the type of magazines I want, if my tea was topped up, if I was tired or cold, remembered where I like to sit etc. He spent a total of around ten hours with me. Seriously?!
- He listens. Unlike some pompous stylists I met in the past, he’s very sweet about everything & didn’t coax me into something I don’t want.
- He’s sweet! I know I said this before but I just have to emphasize how polite, humble & patient he is. I was late for almost an hour my first visit but he was still delighted to see me! I’d a haircut, spa perm (much less damaging than the usual perm) & colour (by loreal) for ten hours in two visits. No regrets!
PS. the hair wash by Vincent was so phenomenal I’m dedicating another post for it.