While we’d like to think we’re fabulous all on our own, even beauty buffs like us need a professional revamp every once in a while. So when the fine staff at Sassoon Salon Boston offered complimentary cuts and colors to showcase their talents, we jumped at the chance. After all, what better way to illustrate that we could all use a little help from the pros in updating our styles.
Below, learn more about our experiences, and check out the results of the Sassoon Salon staff’s color and scissor wizardry. Stay tuned — we’ll also feature a Q&A with the masterminds behind these creations — Sassoon Regional Color Director Richie Rivera and Sassoon Salon Boston Assistant Creative Director Edward Tedeschi.
Kristin’s Hair Do-over
I arrived at Sassoon sporting hair that hadn’t been cut in six months. It had lost basically all shape it ever had, and my split ends’ split ends had split ends, which also had split ends….so you get the picture. My hair hadn’t been touched with any high or low lights in a year, so my natural color showed through. While I like my god-given, golden locks, there is always room for improvement. Needless to say, I was overdue for a hair overhaul.
I expressed to both Edward and Richie my fear of short hair and of being anything other than blonde. I know…I am exceptionally exciting and adventuresome when it comes to my hair. After laying down the ground rules, I told them to take creative liberty. My hair could be as shaggy, layered and unique as Edward desired and have as many tones as Richie craved as long as I still had below-the-shoulder, “blonde-ish” locks.
The results? An edgy cut complete with a million beautiful layers (I no longer have the appearance of a shrub on my head), an expertly cleaned up side-swept bang and a “natural” glowing blonde sheen. I couldn’t be happier with either the cut or the color, and I couldn’t be happier with the number of compliments I have received over the past two weeks. My hair feels five pounds lighter, and the layers are so skillfully cut and placed that my hair works both blown out and straightened or air dried and curly when I am running late. My color is a lot brighter and full of life and lusciousness thanks to Richard and his masterful coloring. Needless to say, Edward and Richie gave me my favorite cut and color of all time.
Anne’s Hair Do-over
When faced with the prospect of getting a makeover at Sassoon Salon in Boston, I was excited, but admittedly wary. Not that I was afraid of change, per se, as I absolutely love switching up my ‘do — it was just that my hair was finally at a length that I’d been growing out for quite some time, and I had dyed my hair to get rid of my highlights fairly recently. Perhaps my biggest fear was that I’d end up with an incredibly funky ‘do that looks amazing when styled by the pros, but would end up looking like I stuck my finger in a socket when I styled it myself. However, after the masterminds at Sassoon Salon Boston worked their magic, I now know that glorious things can happen when I just let go and trust these pros who know exactly what they’re doing.
From the moment I walked in the door, it was obvious how attentive the entire Sassoon staff is to all its customers. In fact, it’s evident that getting a Sassoon cut or color is more than just the process itself — it’s about the entire experience. Thirsty? They’ll bring you water. Tired? How about a complimentary cappuccino? Worried that your makeover will make you look awful? Relax; the stylists ask scads of questions to help discover which look will suit your personality and fit with your everyday life.
In my case, that look was a rich-hued bob of sorts with an A-line cut (meaning it’s shorter in the back sloping to a longer look in the front). Edward explained that while he thought my current cut looked nice, this sleek ‘do would have the added bonus of creating the illusion of an elongated neck — and it absolutely does. Richie added depth to my ‘do by adding rich, caramel and warm, auburn highlights, which, as he explained, really brought out my green/hazel eyes. He also touched up my roots, which were just beginning to peek out. The results are absolutely stunning, especially in sunlight (these pictures just don’t do them justice!).
While the color enhancements were much more subtle than the six-inches lopped off from the back, when combined, the look is a complete transformation. Judge for yourself!