Did you guys know that I’ve only been a redhead for a short time of my life? I spent most of life as a die-hard blonde. I am not exaggerating when I say die-hard. As any Texas girl knows, we take blonde very seriously. It was truly part of my identity. I’ve been all shades of blonde, but mostly I just loved being a golden goddess. It wasn’t until I found George The Salon that I even considered trying another color.
In May of 2017, I decided to take the plunge and go crimson! I was tired of the same old same old. I was experiencing rapid growth in my personal life and needed my outsides to match my insides.
I’ve developed a very strong relationship with my salon and colorist as you can imagine. To the point of if she ever leaves I will track her down and find her are you listening NICOLE!? I’ve been to salons all over the city in my 13 years in Chicago and I have truly found one that feels like home. George The Salon is probably one of my favorites spots in the city!
Nicole is the best. Beyond having great technical knowledge, she has great vision. When I first came to her asking her if I could go red, her face lit up before proclaiming YES! We looked at pictures together and talked it through. She was so patient with me coming into the salon and talking about it ad-nauseam until finally, I was ready to take the plunge. ( that’s not to mention all the messages I sent her with pictures and questions) She was always so supportive! I had been thinking about going red for a long time but didn’t feel comfortable implementing it until I met her. Any women will tell you that a good colorist and stylist is as important as hiring the right therapist. And if you’re lucky, you get a two for one deal!
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older and possibly more bougie but I love the ambiance of George. It’s very zen and relaxing like a spa almost. Whenever they wash your hair they massage your scalp. They always offer you a blanket and want you to feel as relaxed as possible. One time I even brought my daughter and they managed to make that relaxing. The receptionist offered her crayons and a coloring page of her choice before her appointment. I really can’t say enough about their customer service!
I’ve been red for over a year now so the last time I was in I wanted to make a little change without going too drastic. We all know the age-old debate of BANGS. Michelle convinced me to take the plunge and go with a longer bang. I’m happy with this option because I can still get them out of my face when I’m working out or sleeping. I think they add a stylish element to long hair that is mostly one length.
Nicole’s tips for maintaining vibrant color are: use a sulfate free shampoo, wash less often and get a gloss in between colors. If you are in the Chicago area you need to check out this salon! I promise you will love it as much as I do!