Jan 27, 2009
This blurry photo has been brought to you by the letter B (for bangs!), and my happy new hair.
KJ and I headed out to West Seattle to get our hair done by my friend, Michele, pictured here. She and I used to work together at another West Seattle salon that shall remain nameless (sorry, I'm only plugging Michele today), but only for a week. We stayed in touch off and on, and finally hung out last month, which served to remind me how sweet and completely awesome she is: positive without being too cheesy, energetic without tiring me out, smart, funny, laid-back, responsible. I don't normally care about how responsible my hairstylist is, but I've had stylists who call in sick a lot, or who partied too much to make it into work. I need someone reliable, not a coked-up, 22-year old boob-job-waiting-to-happen.
Michele inverted my hairstyle so that it was longer in the front, and fixed my forehead clusterfuck so I have... I dunno, sortof-sideswept bangs. Of course, right now they're pulled back and nowhere to be found, but that's because I'm still in my pajamas. Pajamas do not warrant flat-ironing the hair; only a trip to the outside world does.
[Michele and KJ, the Esq's seester, with her new 'do.]
Go see Michele because:
1. You live in West Seattle, or have a car that will take you there. It's worth the drive (and the drive is nice).
2. She listens. So many stylists do not. I think (and KJ can pipe in her opinion, too) that she listened to what we both wanted, and did exactly that. We were both happy with the end results.
3. The price point is very reasonable, especially since Michelle has been doing hair forever. Also: the hair color line is organic, and doesn't smell AT ALL. That's pretty impressive (and KJ's color still looks good).
4. It's cool to support your local small business owners! Shake your fist at the Gene Juarez Monopoly, no matter how beautiful their bathrooms are--why pay money to go around on the assembly line merry-go-round, when you can have an actual relationship with someone who cares about your hair?
5. I said so. And when it comes to the salon/spa industry (and its' professionals), I have excessively high standards and expectations, as my long-time readers know. Michele met every one of them.
My only gripe was that I don't live in West Seattle; I thought it would be a longer drive, but we left with twenty minutes to get there, and made it in time. It's a sweet little salon, nicely decorated, clean--if you're looking for a nice space, an awesome stylist, a GREAT haircut, look no further. For reals.
***Update: Maybe I should have mentioned the freaking salon name, durrr.
7357 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(She works Tuesday-Saturday!)