DailyCandy.com, September 4, 2013
I draw hair inspiration from cinematic nut jobs (see: Sienna Miller, Alfie; Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Catherine Deneuve, Repulsion).
The look (wild and unkempt with precisely sliced layers and major fringe) can be a challenge to achieve, so I was psyched to meet the pros at Barrow, a new salon in the FiDi.
Helmed by SF native Michelle Snyder (a shear genius who’s snipped or styled the locks of Zooey Deschanel, Sienna Miller, and Karen Elson), the fourth-floor outfit is the salon equivalent of a foreign fashion magazine: rich on the details (don’t miss the bird wallpaper in the bathroom),quietly chic, and staffed by a troupe of beautiful, talented people.
I sit down for a consultation with Snyder and colorist Eileen McCarthy to assess the damage: blah layers and overgrown ombre. McCarthy suggests coloring my hair one shade richer and darker than my natural tone and brightening with balayage (a technique in which color is applied by hand rather than with traditional foiling or cap highlighting) to add light and dimension. I’m scissor shy (long hair 4-evah), so Snyder swears to stick to a slight trim; add frothy, face-framing “man catchers” (a.k.a. layers — Snyder’s words, not ours); and maintain a Bardot bang, which keeps the sides longer.
Five hours, three washes, and several sheets of Saran Wrap later (it prevents dye dry-out), my hair has gone from beachy to bedroomy. The color — a glossy, caramel-kissed amaretto — brightens my complexion. And what I haven’t lost in inches, I’ve gained in volume. Snyder’s precise razor cuts are like a push-up bra for your hair.
You’d be crazy not to book an appointment.