Have you ever craved a true transformation? While I feel like I’ve been transforming so much internally over the last year, when summer arrived I craved a physical shift as well. I’ve been a loud advocate for dressing for the you you happen to be right then there, and in many ways, that goes for hair as well. Though I loved how my hair grew, I craved an overhaul in it’s health, color, and style.
So, one morning I woke up and just went for it…
One of my good friends, Jessica, is a hairstylist and works at Edris Salon, and spent the past year talking up Edris’ skills. There were so many moments I wanted to go for it, but the time never seemed right. One day Jess texted me that she had a dream about my hair (we exchange dream texts often!), and from there we made an appointment for me to see Edris in two days! Edris is such a master, so I was nervous (and embarrassed) about not seeing a hairstylist in well over a year(!!).
Once I got to the salon, Joshua immediately got to work on my color. He combed my hair out, parted it and really quizzed me on why I wanted to dye my hair, what I wanted to feel like, and more importantly, who I wanted to be. It was then that I realized how important it was that I felt good with whatever way my hair looked. But more than that, I needed to make sure I could manage a color and style within my lifestyle.
If I had any specific idea of what the color would look like, Joshua got it. He told me I’d kind of be addicted to it, and he was right! It feels fresh and joyful. Like a real change, but a change into the me I am right now.
After my hair was washed and conditioned, I was in shock by how good the color looked! Truthfully, it made me kind of teary.
Edris then blew it out and we did a few fun boomerangs, and she then went to work on cutting it. During the cut I learned so much about my hair! What to use, what not to use. There have been countless of times I went to a salon and just left with a color or cut and zero knowledge. Edris catered our entire conversation to not only my cut, but to my complete and overall care. It is such a rare quality, especially in the natural hair community. Everyone’s hair texture, color, and lifestyle isn’t the same, and yet, I feel as though there’s so much mis-information sent out in the world that is supposed to fit one specific head of hair.
I don’t think I could have smiled any harder, you guys!
Once it was cut, they washed my hair again, and then Edris styled it. The last time I did finger curls was when I had super short hair, so to see her work her magic and create that style was fascinating. The cool part of all of it is that this style is so easy to do at home yourself, if you are looking for a defined curl.
I love how spring-like the curls were after they dried. The style stayed for over a week, so if you’re looking for one that keeps, I highly recommend the finger curl.
Thank you for the wonderful day and new hairdo, Edris!
What are some ways you transform your look when you’re in need?
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