Saturday, March 12, 2011

Finding the "One"

"I think the most important thing a woman can have, next to talent, of course - is her hairdresser." Joan Crawford

I had the chance to be in Toronto for work this Friday & Monday so I am currently enjoying a fun weekend at my parents house in the suburbs - also known as Barbie & Ken's Chateau. In addition to visiting with my family, there was another visit I needed to make... to my hairstylist! A girl's relationship with the man (or woman) who cuts her hair is a complicated one and once you've found the perfect hairstylist, a woman should never let him go. I've spent the last 5 years struggling to find "the one" who would treat my curls with kindness and give me a cut that is stylish & sophisticated. I've had too many one-appointment-stands where I've left the salon looking like Shirley Temple! I work in the beauty & fashion industry so I like the mantra of 'tress to impress'.

My father, however, could not understand why I would wake-up at 7:00 am on a Saturday to drive downtown Toronto for an 8:30 am appointment just to have my hair cut. He asked me why I couldn't find a stylist in Oakville... and then, why I couldn't just get an appointment in a Montreal salon? But the distance or time doesn't matter to me, it is all about my love affair with Eric. He is my One!

Through work, I've come into contact with the fabulous Eric Del Monaco who just opened his own salon on Richmond Street West in Toronto. Del Monaco Hair Studio is an industrial glam salon where you're guaranteed a chic cut whether you're meeting Eric himself or sitting in the chair with the other artists like Justina or Steven. While I no longer colour my hair (I'm loving my natural ombre highlights right now and figure I have my thirties ahead of my to fight greys), I've seen the colours & highlights that have left that salon and they are gorgeous crowns of glory for any lucky lady.

This morning, I spent 45 minutes in a chair chit-chatting about vacations and styles for spring while being pampered. And it wasn't just the luxurious decor and funky jazz vibe that left me feeling relaxed, it was the knowledge that my cut and my hair was in safe hands.

My hair appointments are not as often as they should be (every 5 months) mostly because of distance. But they are part of the 'personal care' expense on my rolling 4wk budgets every now and then. For $85 plus tips, I left the salon feeling like a million-bucks. While my dad will never understand, I know that Eric is an amazing return on investment.


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