Naturally, I have many reasons to love life outside of my hair but like any gal worth her salt, you always feel just a bit better when you know your hair looks good. As you might know, I was undergoing the great to cut/not to cut debate, and fell out on the side of “cut a little but breakdown and get highlights”. I had stopped highlighting about a year or so ago in a burst of cautionary “we’re in a recession here and i’m blonde enough” phase but that left my hair in a sad, sad state of dreary affairs. I’d like to think that I’m still naturally blonde and I love myself just the way I am, but the truth is, a little extra help never hurt, especially in the dead of winter.
So…now it was time to find a salon here in Vienna – especially since my one foray when we first moved here left me looking like a sitcom character from the early 90’s, and am happy to say that the search didn’t last long. Not only did I find a salon, I found a legit one in Seven P. Here’s why…
I sauntered in last week asking for cut and color but not really providing too much guidance on what I wanted – that’s typically how I do it, figuring if someone is a professional, who am I to tell them what they should do to my hair. And typically this works out for me – save one ill-fated visit to Bubbles on Capitol Hill in DC that resulted in a minor scalp burning injury and the stylist confessing she doesn’t typically work on “white people hair”. But that’s beside the point.
The cut was spot on but our first try at color ended up being not quite right. I didn’t catch it at the salon but within a day or two noticed that I looked a little more like this:
and a little less like this:
And here’s what makes Seven P stand out. First of all, if you’re new to the salon, they offer you a complimentary blowout within two weeks of your cut and color to make sure that everything is to your liking, and to make sure you’re hanging in there on the styling front. If you don’t like it, they’ll fix it. Second, they make good on that. I came in a couple of days later, and they got me scheduled for a correct – turned out that a few key lowlights evened everything out, and the color went from being okay to being great, which makes a big difference. And third of all, they speak english, have a great selection of magazines, and teas served on silver trays while you wait.
Max is your man for a cut, and Daniela’s your gal for color. Interestingly, Max makes the initial cuts while you’re standing up. I asked why, assuming that it had something to do with the hair being more even but it’s so that he can see your entire proportions – i.e. so that your haircut matches your entire body and not just your shoulders. Worked for me.