have spent all of my life singing the
"I-was-born-with-frizz-curly-hair" blues. Envious of my
friends with their sleek, straight locks, I have spent endless
amounts of time berating my hair with every hair straightening and
de-frizzing product on the market.
I have spent countless hours with every available device
– the flat iron, the
hair dryer with the flat brush, the rounded brush, only to find
that the slightest hint of inclement weather or an inkling of
perspiration would instantly return my hair to it’s comfortable
state of being – a chaotic, frizzy mess.
No amount of avoidance of the swimming pool parties,
romantic walks in the rain or picnics in the park on a humid
summer day could keep my uncontrollable tresses from their deadly
return. And then came
the solution that I had been searching for throughout my entire
life – the Japanese
Hair Straightening technique at Le Salon Chinois.
my visit to Le Salon Chinois, I would never have imagined
that I could actually reverse a problem that I had become so
accustomed to dealing with on a daily basis. I could not
comprehend the possibility of actually fulfilling my dreams of
spending a beautiful day on the beach, swimming in the ocean, and
having my hair dry to perfection, enabling me to walk straight to
that beachfront restaurant looking like I had just walked out of a
salon. I could not
fathom how I could spend a humid day in the park, followed by a
workout at the gym, and my hair would maintain its sleek, smooth
texture without a hint of frizz. These were situations that I had
only fantasized about. Who knew that my life was about to
drastically change forever.
can best define my experience at Le Salon Chinois as the
closest that I will ever feel to experiencing a miracle. Upon
entering the salon, I immediately felt welcomed by the extremely
friendly and attentive staff.
The spacious salon made me feel much more at ease than many
other boutique salons, which are often congested, and much less
airy then Le Salon Chinois.
The very sleek design and comfortable ambience provided a
very inviting environment for me to embark on my journey.
venture began with my stylist explaining that there were three
steps to what would become the hair of my dreams.
The three steps consisted of the perm solution stage,
the flat iron stage, and the neutralizer stage.
To prepare for this three step process, my hair was washed in a
very impressive, fully reclining leather chair, by far the most
relaxing chair that my body has ever had the fortune to experience
in my long history of visiting salons. My affair with these
comfortable chairs would become more important throughout this
process, as the procedure entailed numerous visits to the hair
my initial wash, perm solution was meticulously applied to my
hair, about ¼ inch at a time. I invited the timely process, as it
was a way to ensure that each strand would be equally as straight
and sleek as its neighboring strands.
After a series of applications followed by an equal amount
of can’t-forget-about-those-comfortable-chairs rinses, my hair
was dried and flat ironed with two thermal flat irons of different
of varying sizes, a section at a time. After this stage, my hair already looked FABULOUS.
At that moment, I could have walked out of the salon as a
very happy (and sexy) client.
However, my stylist explained that the neutralizer needed
to be applied in order to complete the process of changing the
direction of the cuticle. Excited
at the prospect, I embarked on my final stage of the process. Very
similar to the initial process of applying the perm solution,
minus a bit of time, my hair was divided into small sections and
treated with a neutralizer, accompanied by one final wash.
the neutralization, my hair was exquisitely cut in a fashion that
perfectly framed my face and emphasized my new smooth, stunning
hair. The most
thrilling component of my entire experience came when my hair was
dried in a brief five minutes, the only tool being the magic
fingers of my stylist – no products, no brushes, no irons – my
dreams had finally surfaced and come true!
The five-hour process was worth every minute, as I would
now have numerous
extra hours each week that used to be spent getting half the
results that I had now been given. A week later, I feel like a new
week, I have sweat at the gym, gone swimming at the beach, spent
hours on end in humid weather, and my hair has stayed just as
gorgeous as it was on that miraculous day when I left the salon.
Friends of mine comment on how stunning my hair looks, and
how they had experienced past upsets at salons who had advertised
having Japanese Hair Straightening techniques, only to find
that their frizzy
curls returned immediately, much like many other imitation hair
straightening techniques. At
Le Salon Chinois, when they say that the cuticle of your
hair will completely change, they really mean it. Their claim to
completely transform your hair from curly, untamable locks to
sleek, straight tresses is 100% accurate.
I am still shocked by the results.
I’d write more, but I need to empty my drawers full of
hair care products and devices, followed by a walk in the park on
this wonderful humid day in New York City!