2010 was the last year I colored my own hair. Armed with a box of Revlon DIY coloring system and a whole lot of determination, somehow I thought it would be good idea to take the future of my tresses into my own hands. Nothing could have prepared me for the unveiling, which turned out to be a disaster of an accidental reverse-ombre. To my horror, I was literally wearing a mane. The brassy, bronzing color burst outwards from my face into the middle of my locks, resembling me to a young, lost lion.
Gone are the years I trust myself to color, let alone cut, my own hair. I leave that to the professionals. Since moving back from Austin, TX, I'd been searching for a good salon within a 5-mile radius to our home. I didn't really want to drive 20-30 minutes to Midtown or East Atlanta every time I wanted a trim or a quick fix. After weeks of doing research and being on the fence about suburbian salons, I found myself with a both consultation and an appointment with Krystyna of Vintage Salon.
Vintage Salon is cute and humble, and their decor is infused with southern, rustic charm. In contrast, the stylists themselves all exude young, fresh, and city vibes. Michelle, the owner, can't be missed with her exuberant energy and her fiercely worn undercut. Krystyna herself is a ball of enthusiasm donning a long bob and those hip kinds of Warby Parker glasses. More importantly, she is a great listener and a thoughtful stylist, excited to find the right cuts and styles that reflect her clients' tastes and personalities.
Surprisingly, it didn't take Krystyna much to convince me to try an undercut and do peeks of purple on an angled bob. Cut my blowdry time by more than half? Only worry about styling and straightening the top part of my hair? Easily hide my cool, new undercut when I needed to be professional in the workplace? Frankly, I was sold on every key point.
Finding a go-to salon in the metro Atlanta area can become an arduous task. So if you're reading this article because you're unsure of whether you should visit Vintage Salon, know this: you have nothing to lose by scheduling a free consultation and talking to a Vintage Salon stylist. The mane thing you'll lose with scheduling an appointment is hair (forgive me readers, I had to do it).
Have you been to Vintage Salon in Smyrna, GA before? How was your experience there? What makes a good stylist or salon? Let me know in the comments below.