Hairstory

- Edition 7, Chapter 4 -

Salina


 

Salina Le Bris is a strategic communications consultant, and an aspiring yoga teacher who has promised herself to “age gracefully.” She let her hair go gray, but describes it as, “Really mousy. It wasn’t sharp. It wasn’t elegant. So I stupidly dyed it black which was like trying to be something I wasn’t.”

So began the search for a new color, but Salina realized that her usual DIY approach might work this time around. “I cut my own hair, I color my own hair, but I thought, ‘I’m not a pro. I don’t know what I’m doing.’” Hairstory producer and colorist Cat suggested the Hairstory experience, “to see whether I could go silver or gray in a very elegant way. And my expectations have been exceeded. It’s a very complex color that I didn’t think was possible in a jar. How do you create something this complex?”

This is my first professional cut in 20 years since I shaved my head with my son’s clippers, which freaked out everyone; it wasn’t pretty.

About her cut, Salina says, “This is my first professional cut in 20 years since I shaved my head with my son’s clippers, which freaked out everyone; it wasn’t pretty.” Since then, she has become adept with clippers, and was surprised to see Wes cutting her hair with scissors: “I watched his every move because I was curious to how he was going to shape it versus how I shape it. He asked me to stop trimming my neckline and let it grow in, which I did, and I now have a more natural, less harsh line which I’ll maintain.”

We consider ourselves lucky to have a visual record of Salina’s time with us at all. When she came in for her casting call, she saw a model being photographed and said, “It almost gave me heart palpitations. I have been married twice and both times I didn’t have a wedding because I didn’t want to be the center of attention.” But she found courage in reminding herself, “This is a gift, a blessing, so I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. And I have. When you approach something positively as I did this, it was easy to be in front of everyone. There was no self-consciousness, only gratitude.”