STORY BY SIMONE (GREATFUN4KIDS)
In the past the thought of a haircut would fill me with dread. I used to fear the hairdresser the way some people fear dentists. Put it down to bad childhood experiences I guess - the mere sound of snipping scissors would have me breaking out in a cold sweat.
After years of growing my hair long so as to avoid haircuts, my friend put me onto this little salon in my local St Lukes Mall about a year and a half ago. I am not the most regular of customers (I still have residual phobias), but whenever I go there, I always come out smiling.
Lately I've been taking the kids there for haircuts as well. They are very patient with my two-year-old's squirming and all the stylists are great - they listen to what you want. Plus - they are even cheaper than Just Cuts, but without the fear factor and randomness. You can book appointments with your favourite stylist or just walk in.
Today I just walked in. It was quiet. Most of the stores in the mall weren't open yet. Who did I see in the coffe shop next door to Kess? My neighbour! She had been in yesterday to have her hair coloured - it looked lovely. Fifty bucks, she said. Whaaat?! Too cheap. If I'd known that I would have flagged away my $20 home dye job and relaxed in a chair for a head massage instead.
Anyway. My stylist was "Irina" (I'm guessing her name); a tall gorgeous Russian. She doesn't say much but she knows what she's doing.
"Chhhvat you vaaant?" she asked me in that cool-as accent. I was just going to get a trim, my usual boring safe option. But looking admiringly at her sleek hairdo I suddenly blurted, "Um could I have what you've got? Do you think that would suit me...?"
So a fancy blow-wave was an affordable luxury on top; $50 total. Still cheap as chips.
There are Kess Salons all over Auckland. I can't vouch for the other Kess Salons but the St Lukes one ROCKS.
►KESS ST LUKES: Ground Level, St Lukes Mall Mt Albert
PH 09-845 1020
►KESS ALBANY: Westfield-Shop 212 A Don McKinnon Dr, Albany
PH 09-448 1972