Friday, February 24, 2012

I have the best hairdresser!

I have been with Tristann Ford Gordon at Unity Salon in Salt Lake City for ten years. I have followed her through four salon changes and will probably follow her to the ends of the earth. I have only had one other stylist that was as talented, Les at Moods Salon in Vancouver, but I didn’t like him NEARLY as much as I like Tristann.

As mentioned earlier, I have been colouring my own hair since I was fourteen. I don’t have much experience with permanent hair colour, I have usually stuck to the wash/fade out dyes.

Soon after Huey was born, my husband mentioned to me how he wanted me to go blonde. Normally, my husband doesn’t care about my hair or what it looks like (long, short, curly, straight, blonde, black, red…) so I thought it might be fun to go blonde. I hadn’t been blonde since I was a child. Huey was born with blonde hair, and my husband has dark brown hair, so folks would look at us and ask, “Where did he get his blonde hair from?” I got sick of answering that he got it from ME, of course, so I decided to go blonde. I went to my local grocery store, to the hair colour aisle, where I always went to get my hair colour (hair stylists around the globe are letting out a collective gasp) and picked out the blonde that I wanted.

I have told you about my super duper thick hair, right? Well super duper thick hair is tough to bleach. The texture of my hair is coarse in places and fine in others, so the bleach took really well in places, and not so hot in others. For the most part, my hair was bleached out Billy Idol blonde, but in the places where it's super thick, it was a sort of orange colour. It did not look at all like the hair colour on the box!! I have never experienced that before.

Just after I did this, I met Tristann. We clicked as friends first, and then she offered me free hair dressing if I would teach her how to sew. DEAL! I hadn’t found a stylist that I loved yet and I had been living in Salt Lake for five years.

I set an appointment with her, took Huey with me and said, I want you to match his colour. I had never had my hair coloured by a professional before, and let me tell you: since that day, I have NEVER bought hair colour from a drug/grocery store and never will again.

She matched Huey’s beautiful sunshine blonde perfectly.

Tristann is a genius with colour. I have had every shade from blonde to dark chocolate brown with her. I have had every kind of type of highlights. She always gives me the most beautiful colour. When I want to make a drastic change, she sits down with me and hashes out all the reasons why, pulls out the samples, and talks me out of a colour that will not match my skin tone or eyebrows. The copper colour I have now is all her. I have never been disappointed with my colour. I used to be one of these people that changed hair colours every time my roots would start to show. I have had this same copper for over three years. It is my very favourite colour and suits me perfectly. I have never been this satisfied with a hair colour. I love it and Tristann is the one who helped me get here.

Now let’s talk about her skills with the scissors. I have a thick, dense, forest of hair that varies in textures. Tristann has tamed the enchanted forest and given me the most beautiful hair. I have been pixie short and down to my bra strap long and everything in between with her.

I was getting tired of constantly changing my colour, so I decided to grow it out for Locks of Love. Tristann matched the colour of my natural hair, and cut it all one length so I could grow it out. She kept me in trims so it would stay healthy, and a year later when it was long enough, she was the one who cut it all off for me.

She has a client for life and as long as she is doing hair, I will never ever leave her.

If you live in the Salt Lake Valley and are looking for a new stylist, you cannot go wrong with Tristann Ford Gordon at Unity Salon.

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