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Style by Salon Acote

Lately, I have been having a hair crisis. You see, I used to have an ultra short, ultra blonde pixie cut (you can see it on my About page). I've been growing it out for the past two years (yes, it takes that long) and I am starting to get to a length where I can do things with it again. There are still some strange layers from the different lengths of the pixie and I would like to go back towards my natural color, which is a darker blonde. Why must the only descriptors for my natural color include words like "dishwater blonde" and "dirty blonde"? These really don't sound attractive. No wonder I have gone "platinum blonde" and "honey blonde" - those just sound prettier!  Finally, I am always on the quest for the elusive Big Hair. And when one's hair is naturally stick straight and doesn't hold a curl (I once had a perm that lasted three days), Big Hair is seriously hard to come by. Anyway, it was fortuitous that in the midst of my hair crisis Salon Acote invited me to one of their styling parties last week!

It was unusually cool for June, that evening, and the rain had been drizzling for days. But as I made my way down Newbury Street, I could hear the invigorating sounds of a jazz band drifting from the open windows of Salon Acote. It's a gorgeous, two story salon, with a breathtaking porch in the back and wide, open windows that look down onto Newbury - perfect for lounging and people watching. With a glass of wine in hand, I sat down in the comfortable salon chair to chat with my stylist for the evening, Melissa, about my hair woes. 

Folks, Melissa is a hair savant. With merely a curling iron and some Oribe hair spray (which smelled so good there is literally no way it can actually be hair spray) she turned my flat, volume-less locks into bouncy, beautiful Big Hair.

Melissa said, "You're going to look crazy, but then you are going to look great!"

Look at this! Gorgeous! I hear wonderful things about all the stylists at Salon Acote - I've gotten tweets about Mihal and word on the street is that Gaston is a genius. I'll definitely be back!

P.S. Salon Acote provided some great tips for Winter Hair Care - see that post here

Dress: Zara (seen here)
Necklace: Daisical
Ring: Modcloth
Watch: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Forever 21


  1. Love the result - such beautiful, wavy hair! Ooh I'm jealous of your hair (in a good way though, haha) xoxo

  2. Your hair looks amazing! You certainly pulled off the pixie cut well, too! I could never be so daring - it's a character flaw ;)

    And you're so right about "dirty blonde" vs "platinum blonde" - I've never thought about that before, hilarious! :)

    sorelle in style

  3. ah she did a great job! adorably so!
    ha, and i think i might just have to pick up some of that hair spray! ;)

    positively, raeshelle!

  4. @le sorelle, Miss A, Dotty Thanks! Now, if I could just get her to do my hair every day...I'm not so great with the at home re-creation.

  5. @Raeshelle I swear, that Oribe hair spray smelled amazing. I didn't want to wash my hair it smelled so good!

  6. Whoa, brava on the pixie cut - I'm WAY too chicken to do anything above the chin (and even now I'm too chicken to do anything above the shoulders.

    I used to go to Acote when I first moved to Boston, but I found a gorgeous, straight man who happens to do beautiful hair (and he's extremely affordable) in Somerville. Once you find the perfect stylist, it's hard to go anywhere else.

  7. Anonymous6/28/2011

    And THAT is my every-other-day hair routine! Hairspray + curling iron baby! Melissa did a great job! - erin

  8. I love it! You look great doll!

  9. @Michele Agreed - once you find someone who can really do your hair, it's hard to leave them. I need to find that special someone.

  10. @Anonymous Really? Because I will say it took a while. WAY more time than I have patience for in the morning. I think this is my problem - I know what it takes to make my hair look good but I really do not have the patience to do it.

  11. love the white leopard dress! <3

  12. Meow!!!! So obsessed with the leopard print.. I am all about animal prints right now.. Love it..

    All the best, Angel

  13. You look beautiful! That's what I wish my hair could look like, but alas I'm not very coordinated with the hot tools.

    You know I'm always a fan of that dress, too.

  14. Is there anything better than a trip to the salon? Instant mood booster. Your hair looks fabulous too! I always want waves like that but never seem to be able to manage anything other than a spiral curl......sad.

  15. So cute!! Wow, I can't believe your perm only lasted for 3 days! Those are strong chemicals! Lovely outcome of your hair! I totally agree on the terminology of somethings. Why do things have to be "dirty" just because it's not "one" color...sheesh

    Live Life in Style

  16. I like your nails! Nice idea :-)

  17. @Noelani She made spiral curls! That was the "You're going to look crazy" part. Then I flipped my head around so they all felt out into soft pretty waves. That was the "Then you're going to look awesome" part :)

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