All my life I have struggled with finding a good and reliable stylist. I’ve had 3 solid ones. My first two, when I was younger were great but I also relaxed my hair every six weeks and lived with constant damage. Finally, I found a stylist who was great but far, hard to book with, and hard to get a hold of. Then came my last stylist who I found by chance, was beyond affordable and did a pretty nice job. Where is she now? I don’t know and she tends to fall off the face of the earth for weeks at a time. It shouldn’t be this hard but when you are now all natural, and rock a curl, most don’t know what to do with your hair. I’ll admit, when I booked with Agustine at Teddie Kossof Salon in Northbrook, I didn’t expect much. Sadly, past experiences have lead to low expectations.
I started with color and treatment which I’ll discuss in another post ( I know I am going backward here but bare with me). I sat down with Agustin and confessed my sins. My lack of a stylist had lead to me “trimming” my hair myself. His look was of disapproval but I wasn’t shamed so my guilt quickly faded and I felt comfortable not only discussing all my hair concerns but all my business out there in the street. Our conversation throughout the service was enjoyable and comforting and I felt myself easily trusting my hair in the hands of someone whose work I had never seen.
Never one to say my hair is difficult, something I heard before, he talked about hair health and the direct we are going in the industry in terms of love and acceptance of natural hair and curls. My soul stood up and cheered. Then came the cutting, while most would look to razor my ends or simply do a blunt cut, Agustin curved his sheers to cut my curls in a sickle shape that let the curls fall in a spiral with no effort at all. The choir sung. The blowout, I feared would be full of product, intense heat, time that I didn’t really have and a lot of pulling. It was fast, on a warm setting, and smoother than my baby’s bottom and my edges were safe. PASS THE COLLECTION PLATE. I was looking at the hands of a hair Gawd, okay maybe just a talented stylist with 28 years of experience at the same salon. Reliability. Say it again for the back pews. Reliability. This Mexican immigrant started off washing cars in the parking lot of the salon, where his father worked, worked as a shampoo boy and now, Master Stylist.
We finished off the look by adding my old hair extensions and cutting them to blend into my new cut. I walked out feeling like the protagonist of my own Telenovela, and to be honest, looking like one as well. Moms need glamour, this is my “mom” hair.
Now let’s talk about your worst hair experience, up my ego with talks of this hair (goodness gracious I can’t stop touching it), and if you are in or around Chicago, how soon you can get there?
I also met with Maria, a 22-year color veteran and discussed color trends and the latest in anti-frizz technology for natural hair which helped with drying time and softness. Come back Monday to read all about it.
Teddie Kossof Salon comped all my services in exchange for this post. I am not under any obligation to post a positive review and if you know me, know I won’t post at all if it isn’t. All words, ideas and yes, all this fabulous hair, extensions and all, are all mine.