Not-So-Extreme Makeover

It’s makeover day here at Boardroom To Ballroom!  One of my favorite days when it comes around every few months – haircut and highlight day! The winter months are dragging on, and a fresh crop is definitely in order.

Finding a salon is always hard, no matter where you live. Here in NYC, I used to find the celebrity hairstylist factor to be pretty enticing. I bounced around to a few salons, usually being shocked by the price and not overly giddy about the results. Then, I went through a Gilt Groupe phase, where I purchased cuts or highlights for a lower price. This I found problematic for a few reasons:

1. Salons were generally not the most established or were struggling for new clients
2. During the run of the coupon, the salon was packed and the staff was exhausted
3. You can’t pick your stylist. Luck of the draw.
4. Stylists who volunteer for the lower rate tend to have less experience

For all the reasons listed above, the experience can be absolutely amazing or downright dismal.

Then, one day in 2012, I met my perfect hairstylist match. I happened to be leaving for a trip and needed a last minute trim that was close to my office. I made an appointment at the Paul Labrecque salon (located inside the Reebok Sports Club) on 67th and Columbus, and was placed into the careful hands of Jovany. He has a gift for both color and cut (which, in today’s world of separate specialties, I do not take lightly). He is thoughtful and quiet, but is always ready with a laugh or a story if you feel like chatting.

The “before” was taken early Wednesday morning. I’m wearing a dress by Tucker for Target, pants by Express, belt by Banana Republic. (Side note on this outfit: I am still a huge fan of the dress-over-pants trend that really isn’t a trend anymore, for the simple fact that it allows me to wear dresses to work that would otherwise be too scandalously short. Plus, I love the slimming effect of tone-on-tone dressing – navy in this case.)






Wednesday evening, after cut and highlights:

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Happy as a clam and delighted with my new look.  Thanks again, Jovany!