The overwhelming trend of the last ten or more years in hair salons has been an emphasis on production - getting your hair done as an event. This for me at least has inevitably meant several hours in the chair of beauty and several hundred dollars on the latest new product suite.
Even though I tell myself every time that this time I will not buy more, shampoo, more conditioner, more wax treatment packs, more rejuvenation sachets, more gel, mouse, foam, or silky washouts I still end up with a holdall full of products called things like 'Diamond Sheen Mechanism', 'Hyrdrofolicus Activation Sequence' or 'Deep root moisturising youth reviver course'. Why do I fall for it every time.
I literally have a bathroom cupboard, plus the shelf on the back of the bath, plus half a dozen wash bags stuffed full of these products. And the products are stuffed full of chemicals. Even the ones that claim to be greener than green and more eco-enviro-animal-testing-free than Prince Charles' morning boiled egg.
So imagine this. You go to a salon where there is no loud dance music, one member of staff, a view of the Harbour bridge, no products, no fuss, no after cut sales spiel. Seems a little unlikely? Well there is one maverick hair cutter in Sydney swimming against the tide. One fish in the shoal facing in the other direction.
Dario Chicco at Voi Haircuts has been cutting the hair of the famous and bohemian set since the 1960's when he was cutter to the Rolling Stones, a James Bond, and countless ballerinas, actors, artists and straight out cool cats.
Dario's style is unique. He does not use any chemicals save for a little basic diluted shampoo. He does not blow dry with a round brush - "nothing kills hair quicker" - and he does not sell product. Even his cutting style is completely unique. He uses curved scissors and has a style of cutting he refers to as hair sculpture.
There is not much he doesn't know about hair cutting, having worked with many of the greats of the last 40 years at fashion shows and events across the world. He can literally cut your hair into shape.
I've been going to see him at his salon in Kings Cross on the 7th Floor of the Diamant Building, just behind the legendary Kings Cross Coca Cola sign for a little over six months now. After three months my hair just looked so much healthier than it had done in ages. The natural protective oils returned after years of being stripped back to the raw follicle every month and have given my hair a rich and healthy lustre. I also never really look like I've had some kind of brutal restyling, I just walk out of Voi Haircuts looking fresher.
Dario has also taught me how to manage my hair which has been really easy as he cuts in a way that enables your natural hair shape to look its best without any effort at all. The way it is meant to be.
I simply cannot recommend him highly enough. But don't pick Dario if you are looking for ironed straight hair, colour change, or heat treated, extension-woven, chemical shiny hair… because it doesn't matter how much you ask, he won't do it.