Today I got my hair done by my favorite Ohio Aveda stylist, Cirrus.  I know!!! She has a great name!!!  If you are not familiar with Aveda products there is a lot of chemistry involved.  The color (yes—I color my hair–don’t hate me!) is measured out and mixed together to make magic on my head.   I usually have 3 bowls of magic to achieve the look.   It is a pretty cool process, actually, and I got hooked on Aveda salons in Mason City when my stylist moved there.   I love the attention they give you at a salon. For years I did the $12 haircut places and saved money by doing that.  Then I decided that I wanted to splurge a bit and now I will never go back to those strip mall places.  When I came to Lima in July I googled Aveda salons and the closest one was well over an hour away.  Cirrus was worth it.

Now for all of you uninformed out there in blogland –the whole process of highlighting and coloring hair is just that—a process.   It is not for the faint of heart.   You have to sit and endure having foils or papers put in your hair.  You have to sit and let it process.  You hope there is not a fire because if there is you will have to leave with those crazy looking foils on your head.  The salon in Mason City uses more of a paper product and so I always felt like I was one of those judges or something when I got my hair done.  

But I digress.  As I contemplated that this would most likely be the last time that Cirrus did my hair I got a little reflective.   Finding someone who does your hair right and who actually listens to what you want the end product to be is rare.  I have had that in Cirrus.  And she is sweet.  She is young enough to be my daughter but we have never run out of things to talk about.   Like our joint love of Pinterest.

I appreciate it when I find someone who actually listens and does what I want.  I remember one stylist I went to in Pennsylvania that my friend used.  I told her what I wanted and when I left I came out looking exactly like my friend—at least my hair.  Not the look I wanted.  So today I am grateful for professionals who take their job seriously and who really listen.  A great skill and makes me happy!    I realize that that is not as plentiful in this world as I would like.

What do you find when you go to a stylist?  Do they do what you want  or do they have their own agenda?



  1. Ever since I’ve moved from Colorado–7 years–I haven’t found a stylist that suits me. Currently I am growing out my hair to donate so it isn’t an issue. And it helps my travel fun!

  2. My cousin does my hair and makes it just like I want it. She does a great job!

  3. I think we have all used someone that has their own agenda… but, when that happens I have them fix it – if fixable (color) and usually don’t go back. I have been using someone great for the past 7 years or so, but she just moved across the country… I see bad hair in my future

  4. I have had issues with finding someone reliable. But for some reason the girl who has been doing my hair for the last 5 years or so seems to have suffered memory loss because she hasn’t been able to do what she used to do and I have refused to let her touch my hair… ugh. Lately, I’ve been doing it myself!!!

    • See–that is what I am talking about!!! Sometimes they kind of flake out on you!!! But good for you that you can do it yourself! Mine would look like a disaster!!!

  5. I have NEVER been able to find someone to do my hair the right way! and I have colored my own hair for years! I just don’t have the patience to sit in a salon!!

  6. I don’t think I can express in words how much what you have said means to me. I stumbled upon this on looking up pictures of Buddy & Holly to explain to my mom Buddy’s condition.
    Meeting you has been so wonderful for me. I have loved every conversation we have had and it was really hard to watch you walk out the door knowing you will be moving back and continuing on with you adventures.
    Tell Carlton I thought of him this morning at 8:00 am, I’m sure he will know why 🙂

    • Oh Cirrus–that totally made my day!!!! I was so happy to have found someone to do my hair that wanted to do it like I wanted it done and who had skills!!! Thank YOU! I wish I could take you back to Iowa with me!!! Thanks for taking the time to comment!!! And I know exactly what you were talking about seeing at 8 am!!! 🙂 I will tell Carlton!

  7. I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful friend do my hair for the last 25 years, at least. I followed her from shop to shop when she was starting out. I took a chance on the “new” girl and have never regretted it.

  8. Helen Brown says:

    When I moved to Sebring I went to 5 different places to have my hair done and some were awful. I finally have one that tries very hard to get my hair done like I want. She says my hair is one of the hardest to work with.The older I get, the worse my hair.

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