The new year is here, and the first thing we all think of when the clock strikes midnight is…..?
How can I improve the wy my hair looks this year?
Maybe it’s not the first thing you think of, but self-improvement is especially strong in everyone’s mind when the old year is packed away and the new year, is unfolding.
I have had my share of bad hair styles, and I’m sure if I live long enough, I’ll be adding more of them to my personal photos albums. But I’ve recently visited a salon that has convinced me that everyone can make a change for the better with their hair, even if that change isn’t drastic.
Clyde Elezi is the owner ofThe Drawing Room Salon at 148 Spring St, 2nd Floor, (between Wooster Street and Broadway) , New York, Call: (212) 226-2600. He is also the former Creative Director of Cutler Salon (where he re-styled Holly Kisser to help her win Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel”). Clyde was recommended to me by another hair genius whose judgement I greatly respect. He gently suggested that I ought to see Clyde and do something new to my long but unexciting, ho-hum, hairstyle (he didn’t actually say it was “ho-hum” but I knew that is what he was thinking).
I had read Clyde’s bio and I knew he worked with plenty of high profile clients such as Cynthia Rowley and Liev Schreiber, but I can’t lie, I had plenty of anxiety ascending the steps to the Drawing Room Salon. I already knew that Clyde was seriously talented, but I’m no supermodel, and I have hair that is thick and frizzy, and hard to manage. When you go to a new stylist, or you just want a change in your own style, I’ve been advised to “have a clear idea” and “bring photos of the style you want,” and so forth. But I never have a clear idea and frankly, all those hair articles features women saying things like: “I want to look like “Rhianna,” (or some other singer or movie star), as they point to a pleasing photo from a magazine. But I am not a movie star, and I am wise enough to know that my face, my body, my lifestyle, and my hair cannot possibly end up making me look remotely like someone else.
I didn’t really have a clue what I was going to find when I entered The Drawing Room Salon. That’s enough to make anyone feel less than confident. But the Drawing Room, open about a year, was very cheerful and non-threatening. It was hip, but it was quiet, almost tranquil. Somehow, the bright colors, smooth wood floors, and big windows overlooking Spring Street (and Custo Barcelona’s store across the way) were a confidence builder. I was warmly greeted, and the modern but unpretentious salon won me over. I began to relax. And, then I met Clyde. That sealed the deal. His easy manner assured me that I would not leave regretting leaving my hair in his capable hands.
When I spoke to Clyde, he really listened. He’s not one of those cookie-cutter stylists who has a signature look you must have, or else. While he is famous for precision cuts, he makes sure that he takes your personal features, lifestyles, preferences, and of course, hair, into account before he picks up the scissors. In my case, Clyde must have sensed a risk-averse beauty editor, because he snipped a few inches of split ends off the back, but didn’t suggest I go for a completely different style, instead he sliced long but precise layers into the front so that my hair had shape. The layers tapered, so that some of the bulk of my hair was eliminated, without having to actually thin out my hair and risk more frizz. Clyde made it clear that he could do more, but took baby steps with me, and I was grateful (and the mini cupcakes offered during the blow-out didn’t hurt either)! The result was a sleeker, more modern version of my hair which suited me perfectly. I walked down the street feeling like I could take on the world!
But the real test of a good haircut is whether or not you can reproduce it at home. Although my hair isn’t quite as straight and swing-y as when it was painstakingly blown out for more time than I’d ever have the patience for at home, I can still reproduce the look — and it still looks great!
Whether you’re a New York native, or just passing through, a visit to The Drawing Room Salon will make your day, week, month and year. The Drawing Room caters to men, as well. Go together and leave looking fabulous!
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