Alissa, owner and Master Stylist, The Water Lily Salon, Asheville, NC
Photo by Natasha Meduri
I haven’t moved much in my life but when I have, these were my two biggest concerns: the dreaded packing, and finding the right hair stylist. I completely confess that I will spend what it takes to find the right person. I have had some great stylists in South and North Carolina. But something happened when I turned 60. After 60 years of perfectly straight hair that struggled to hold a perm, I suddenly found myself with loose wavy curls. My stylist at the time said this was hormonal. Whatever.
Being an academic at heart, I started some research on curly hair and I learned a great deal. Curly hair is different in so many ways. Cutting it is different. It tends to be dry and needs lots of moisture. Too much heat from a hair dryer is a problem. Styling is different. Products are different. So since that time I have been on a search for a stylist who understands all of that. I found her in Alissa at the Water Lily Salon in Asheville, NC.
Alissa is a curly hair specialist. She has curly hair herself. She is also committed to eliminating the toxins from her salon and uses only organic products. The Water Lily Salon is in the heart of downtown Asheville on the second floor of a lovely turn of the century home. A cup of tea is standard with a visit as well as a relaxed atmosphere and great conversation.
I am still coming to know and understand this change in my hair and Alissa is helping me go through the process. Each visit, she asks about my satisfaction with my cut and color. She is very amenable to looking at pictures of styles I like.
I remember as a child that my mother went to the local beauty parlor once a week and had her hair done. This was a Southern gathering place and where woman caught up on the news. Today’s modern Southern Salon is more professional and tailored to the individual needs of the client.
A Southern woman’s hair makes a statement. I am already plotting how to get Alissa to visit me when one day I have to go to the nursing home!