Finding a perfect hair stylist is like finding your one true love. You’ve got to get out there and meet people, figure out what you like and don’t like, tolerate some really bad small talk, and make mistakes that leave you looking at yourself in the mirror thinking, what the hell was I thinking?
And even when you do find the one, she might mention over a blowout that she’s moving to San Fransisco. True story, people. (Amber, from Art + Science, I still think about you.) For years after Amber, I slutted around Chicago’s salon scene until I met Julie at Salon Blonde. Julie took me on a hair journey unlike any other. She introduced me to the power of hair color. Julie made me a blonde, a brunette, a redhead–all within the span of a year. But then I left her for L.A.
And I’ve been in a dry spell ever since. I’d gotten one, yes, one hair cut since leaving her. It was a fairly good haircut, but my heart just wasn’t in it. I was still grieving for Julie and our hair color dalliance. But what was I to do? Fly to O’Hare every time I needed a bang trim?
But then I discovered Refuge. Well, to be fair, my boyfriend did. After repeatedly getting the best haircuts of his life at Refuge (from Jessica. Boys, take note!) I finally followed suit and booked an appointment with Refuge’s owner, Miriam. Maybe I’m ready to love again? With Miriam, I barely had to explain what I wanted. She just kinda understood. Sigh. That’s exactly what I need in a stylist. She was super cool, laid back, and gave me a great haircut. Plus, Refuge is very reasonably priced. Bonus!
Miriam also recently opened a beauty school across the street from the salon called Goldbear Academy, a state-of-the-art beauty school that offers cosmetology, esthetician, makeup, massage, cosmetology and continuing-ed programs. This school seems like such a cool, lower-priced alternative to the other cosmo schools in L.A.
Oh and get this: Refuge is going to be featured on Tabatha’s Salon Takeover Season Two on Bravo! Miriam says to expect fireworks between her and Tabatha. I’m setting my DVR now.
Refuge is open 10-8 Tuesday through Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday