For the last 10 years I'd been going to the same hairdressers. They were always great and not surprisingly, I always ended up with the same look. The same perfect natural golden blonde colour. Then my personal hairdresser decided to up and move to Sydney! Nooooo! I thought. What am I going to do? She understands me! I can't lose her now! But alas, our time together had come to an end. There was nothing to do but accept it and book an appointment with her just before she left!
Her departure lead me to rethink my choice of hairdressers. You see a lot has changed in my life since I started my relationship with their salon. I've gone from unemployed actor, to office worker, to full time mummy and now part time writer. I've moved house FIVE times since then. Moved from the central city out to the suburbs and started driving everywhere and paying for parking. I hate paying for parking.
So I started considering the idea of 'getting the do done in the burbs'. I mean sure, the city girls are good but are they really '$250.00 just for a colour' good? And is it really worth the haul into town? The savage hunt for a free park or the exorbitant price for a paid park? And then there's the drive home when you're sleepy from hours of fussing. Is it possible that out in the suburbs I could find a hidden gem? In amongst the nana-sets and blue-tints there could be some amazing hairdressers who just can't be bothered with a daily commute into the city? That's when a friend of mine suggested I try Salon Savoy in Tawa, Wellington. Only about a 15 minute drive from Wellington City but a lot closer for me!
Off I went for my 10am appointment and after a nice quick drive I pulled up right outside the salon! Front door parking! And it was FREE! How nice and relaxing. No hike from the parking building, no frantically feeding coins into a parking machine or battling with the credit card option about 10 times before it finally works. AND no asking the girl who sweeps up hair if she wouldn't mind topping up my parking after the usual 2 hour paid parking limit expires! Nope, just door to door service. I could get used to this!
While I was enjoying my Cappuccino, my stylist Jo introduced herself and we talked about what we were going to do with my slightly summer frazzled mop. I told her what I was used to having and explained I wanted to do something a bit different. I wanted to try for a classy version of the Courtney Love rocker chick blonde. And also give it all a good chop. She listened intently, which is always so reassuring. There have been times in the past that I've ended up with completely the wrong hair colour because either the stylist wasn't listening or the salon has a junior stylist take the request who then Chinese Whispers it back to the senior stylist, who is actually doing the colour (Rodney Wayne!) That's just asking for trouble really.
Courtney Love and her trademark rock chick blonde
Jo got to work on the foils while we had a good chat. It was so nice to have some adult conversation for a change and lovely to get a chance to sit and do nothing for a few hours. Though a full head of foils takes a while, our conversation flowed so well it really didn't feel that long. Finally I was kitted out with a full foil helmet and left to bake for a bit while I read my book.
It seemed only a little while later and it was time to take them all out. The assistant Morgan then rinsed all the colour off, shampooed, conditioned and gave me the best scalp massage of my life! Seriously, if it wasn't for the slightly uncomfortable basins I would have fallen asleep in a puddle of drool! Luckily, Jo told me that they are in the process of getting new basins that are much more comfortable! I can't wait to try them out.
The perfect pale blonde
Price wise I was pleasantly surprised. A full head of foils, toner and a cut came to just over 200 dollars. Much better that the $250.00 for just a colour in town, plus parking! But the best part was the absence of hard product up selling. To be honest that's another one of the reasons I left my old salon. The product pushing was getting so bad it was intimidating! It really doesn't reflect well on the salon when the staff are too pushy. It makes you think "Gosh how badly are they paying them if they so desperately need to earn that product commission?"
I left Salon Savoy felling relaxed and refreshed and looking amazing! So will I be gettin' the 'Do done in the Burbs again? Hell yeah! I can't wait!