I Let a Stranger from the Internet Have Complete Control of my Hair

This post is so overdue and I am so ashamed. I waited a while trying to set up a photo shoot to capture my hair, and then I kept putting it off because I didn’t have good photos. Then I realized they weren’t going to happen and I put it off because I was ashamed of how long this took. Which is way worse. I’m so so so sorry.

Back in November, I started chatting with Brodi from Aveda Civello here in Vancouver. I was on the hunt for a new stylist, and she asked me to collaborate with her. She brought me into the salon and she was so warm and welcoming and I knew immediately that I liked her. We talked about my comfort zone, and she snipped off some of my locks for a colour test. We then booked for me to come back in Mid-December for a transformation.

I walked into the salon about a month later having a very vague idea of what was going to happen. I knew we were going orange/red and we were cutting off some length. Otherwise, I had no clue.

I showed up that day looking a MESS (see above). She sat me down and immediately started colouring my hair. I was there for about 4 hours, still having no idea what was happening. It was kind of like the makeovers in What Not to Wear where the stylist elevates the subject to her best self, but she’s terrified. I had this strange sense of trust for this woman who I had briefly met one time. But Brodi talked to me through everything and kept making exciting sounds whenever she checked on my colour which definitely made me feel way less nervous.

Once she washed it out, she started cutting. This part made me way more nervous all over again. I’ve had almost every cut under the sun, but for some reason I was terrified. I had really only trusted a select few people with my hair in my life and the few times I strayed without vetting, I was mortified. But alas, this woman who I hadn’t truly vetted had my hair in her hands and there was nothing I could do.

Once all was said and done, and I saw the finished product I was truly over the moon. The colour is something I would have never chosen for myself, but it has changed my entire life. I HATED warm tones with a passion for most of my life, and then this hair colour happened and everything in my life started turning warm toned (hence the colour change on my Instagram feed and blog – all thanks to Brodi).

I left the salon that day a little unsure of the fringe (as I am every time I get a fringe) but felt like the colour was perfect. Apparently, according to Brodi, I was wrong and I went back about week later to fix some of the colour that I hadn’t noticed was darker, but was costing her sleep. This is the kind of stylist I trust with my hair, the kind who is more concerned about the imperfections than I am.

I trusted a total stranger from the internet with my hair, and I couldn’t be happier.

*disclaimer – these services were provided to me free of charge. That being said, all opinions are my own.

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