Heath Ledger bought the space my old one worked from and made it into a restaurant. After several disappointing years of trying trendy Williamsburg spots that didn't make a "t-shirt and jeans" gal like myself comfortable and using Groupon deals for highlights but never really finding a great fit, I took my friends' recommendations and headed to Mousey Brown Salon. I kindly asked the owner if she'd take a chance on me -- we know each other from the neighborhood -- and I'm so glad she did.
I am notoriously bad at bringing in photos (when will I learn?), but Meredith didn't mind at all. I explained my pelt's wavy idiosyncrasies, and she understood the look I was going for (short but not boyish). My natural copper had been highlighted gold in the beginning of the summer, a look I wanted to continue, and Meredith suggested going for a warmer honey shade for the cooler months. No argument here.
After attentively weaving highlights, she popped me under a hood dryer that looked like a psychedelic astronaut helmet -- very cool -- and then washed my hair with peppermint-scented shampoo. When it came time for the cut, I was surprised that she really didn't take too much off but rather was keeping the thickness for volume. She applied curl enhancer and gently blow dried with a diffuser, making soft waves. It was my first experience without a round brush. Meredith taught me to embrace the wave and how to easily re-create the look myself. I felt radiant.
In all, I left with the impression that Meredith was more of an art restorer than a stylist, using a subtle cut and subdue color to bring out the beauty. Can't wait for my next appointment.