Hafeezah Nazim, digital assistant
I had beautiful long hair for the first half of my life, and spent the second half trying to grow it back after a bad ear-length cut I got in middle school. After this truly traumatic experience, I spent the rest of middle school and high school straightening it every single day to keep it looking as long as possible. Eventually, it was the hot tool damage that won, and my hair never managed to grow past my shoulders. It wasn’t until college that I realized that my dream of luscious, long locks was no longer a viable option (I mean, my hair was fried) and began to embrace my shorter mane.
However, recently I decided that it was time for a change. I had been considering a blunt, short bob—a length I’ve never tried, but one that seemed versatile enough to work for my facial structure—for some time, so when this opportunity came up, I thought, Why not just go for it?
When it came time for my hair makeover, I stepped into the Antonio Prieto Salon with sky-high anxiety. Remember: I have never cut my hair this short in my life. However, upon being greeted by Dan Islava, who would be my stylist for the next two hours, I immediately felt a sense of relief. We began by talking about why I wanted to take the plunge and how short I wanted to go. I explained that, though nervous, I thought this length would be flattering. Islava agreed, and we went for it.
To prep my naturally curly hair, Islava first washed my hair with Kérastase’s Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo, then applied the Nutrition Concentre Óleo Fusion Treatment with an added discipline booster for extra frizz control.
After I was all dried off, Islava began to cut off inches of my hair, sending me into a frenzy of both relief and anxiety. Once it was all over, Islava used Kérastase’s Fluidissime Spray to smooth, control frizz, and provide thermal protection against blow-drying and straightening. To ensure I stepped out into the heady September afternoon in style, Islava finished me off by adding a drop of Essence Absolue Oil by Shu Uemura through my ends, to seal in that extra dose of shine and moisture.
It sounds cliché, but by the time it was all over, I felt like a new woman. While I thought sporting a new, blunt cut would cause me to apply more heat (and thus, more damage) to my hair, by using Islava’s tips and extra steps to take care of my hair's health, my mentality toward my hair totally changed.
Was the experience nerve-racking? Yes. But sporting a new look can do wonders for your self-esteem and confidence. This was the first time I let my guard down, and it certainly won't be my last.