Last month, I posted about my experience working with the team at Sassoon Salon Seattle while I was living there. I was lucky enough to visit the salon for a cut and color three times during my year on the West Coast, and I loved the team and the results from each of my appointments.
In that post, I also talked about how hard it always is for me, as someone who moves a lot, to find a great hairstylist in my new city. So this time, when I moved back to Chicago and my highlights were in need of some maintenance, I was grateful that I had one last mini-makeover as part of our participation in the Sasoon influencer program. Instead of scouring Yelp and Instagram for a new hairstylist that I might end up hating, I got to go straight to a salon I trusted.
When I went to the Chicago salon, I first met with Jonathan, a hair stylist who had been with the company for more than 25 years. This instantly put me at ease, because 25 years is a long time to be doing something. (In fact, the only thing I’ve managed to do for more than 25 years in a row is be alive.) It’s also one of the things I found most interesting through my experience with the Sassoon influencer program — there is more company loyalty there than literally any other company I’ve come across (and not just hair salons, I’m talking places I’ve worked, schools I’ve gone to, Starbucks I frequent daily…). People get jobs there and they stay for life. Needless to say, Jonathan did a great job with my haircut, and heeded my directions to just freshen up the ends and layers (because isn’t it the worst when you go in for a trim and leave with 2 inches cut off your hair? Two inches does not a trim make. It takes a girl months to grow back 2 inches.
Then, on to my color. I love highlights, but with naturally dark hair, they are a bit high maintenance, meaning that I need to go in for a toner every 6 weeks or so or I look like I got a little crazy with some Sun-In. I saw Sassoon’s Chicago color director, Nicole, for my highlights, and before I even said a word about what I wanted she said she was going to tone down the brassiness and then do a quick touch up around my face. I like a colorist who can also read my mind.
The other thing I love about going to the same salon in different cities is that everyone at the company knows each other. Jonathan knew my Seattle stylist, Lisa, because Lisa used to work in the Chicago salon. And Nicole knew my Seattle colorist, Carmen, since they doing training together. It definitely made me feel at ease as a first timer.
I’ve now visited Sasoon Salons in Boston, Seattle, and Chicago, and I can honestly report that my hair has looked fab every single time I left. I’m already looking forward to my next appointment with Jonathan and Nicole and can’t recommend them enough (but if you need a little extra confirmation, search their names in the Sassoon Chicago Yelp reviews – 5 stars all around!).