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Published March 14th 2019
Hair one minute - gone the next
Finding a good stylist isn't easy - trust me - I've tried! And when I find a good stylist - I stick to them. Let me tell you the story of how I found my Hair-Guru at Kadamba Hairdressing (Eco Salon) Murwillumbah (hereafter shortened to 'Kadamba').
When I moved to Murwillumbah after living in Central Queensland for five years, I needed to find a good stylist. My hair was long - I mean, five-years long!
Kadamba wins the vote!
I asked for recommendations from locals, and Kadamba scored the most votes. I mean, you just about trust your stylist with your life, don't you? One wrong move with the scissors could be deadly (in a hair kind-of-way). You need to know those scissors are in the right hands.
Kadamba's success is due to the vision and commitment of its owner, Georgina. By gathering together a team of dedicated stylists, and applying her own unique interior design, Georgina has crafted a salon that is welcoming, professional and successful.
I wanted to take the plunge and have my hair cut short(ish). But, I needed to see how good Gary was with the shears before crossing the great divide between long, and 'Oh No!'. I settled for a fringe-trim, and a few inches off the back. I figured if Gary could do a good job with that, I'd work my way up to shoulder length, and then short.
Gary Scored an A-Plus!
When I left the salon, I couldn't resist checking my image in every shop window I passed. My hair felt good and it looked great! And my fringe was cut straight, just the way I like it. Oh, and did I mention the divine aroma of the Moroccan Oil Gary used as he put the finishing touches to the style? There is something about that oil that is almost intoxicating - I love it!
Over the next few months, I ambled down to Kadamba for the usual trim - each time braving a few inches shorter. Gary always managed to add a little change to the style, often just tweaking the fringe a little, or shaping the sides in a layered effect. This is where the relationship between client and stylist really matters. I might have an idea of what I want, but I rely on Gary's training and expertise to know what would look best. Gary has never let me down.
I made the usual routine appointment and told Gary I was ready to go short. After a discussion about how short I wanted to go, Gary picked my hair up in a pony-tail, and 'Snip!', - it was gone. No messing around - he just did it. He then cut my hair into a very manageable, shorter style. Once again, I left the salon knowing that my hair looked great! It's nice to have people compliment you on your hairstyle, but ultimately it's how you feel about it that matters most. And I loved my new style!
I'll have what she's having!
From the moment you arrive at Kadamba, you are pampered! They offer coffee and a selection of other drinks. I can't tell you about the other drinks because once I hear 'coffee!', I don't hear what comes next.
The head massage Gary offers before I even get settled into the chair is divine! I've often thought about taking my pillow and asking for a head-massage, just so I can doze off in that perfect state of calm. Omm....
Sadly, I don't think their customer service extends that far.
One of the many things I love about Kadamba is the discreet position of the basins for the hair-washing part of the process. Let's face it folks, our head tilted backwards over a basin probably isn't our best look. I have always avoided salons that have you out front for all to see - when you are at your most vulnerable. But not at Kadamba. There's an area at the back of the salon that is screened, quiet, and very peaceful.
And it would be remiss of me not to mention the soft chair that lulls you into a perfect place of calm, while the stylist gently massages your head (again) while washing your hair. I always hate when this part ends.
Oh well, back to the styling...
Lilly prepares for another pampering session for a lucky client
With the tools of their trade at the ready, your stylist (in my case, Gary) cuts, snips, combs, brushes and dries your hair into an incredibly beautiful style.
The focus has been on Gary but all the stylists at Kadamba have great reputations. Clients have discovered their guru in one of the other fabulous team members, but for me, it's Gary.
I've only mentioned styling so far, because that's all I've needed. Oh wait - there was the time when I had my eyelashes tinted at Kadamba before a big overseas trip. That was awesome! It made travelling a whole lot easier - no messy mascara to worry about.
Did someone say, Rainbow?
I haven't ventured into having my hair coloured because it is already blonde(ish), thanks to my Swedish Grandfather and the hot Australian sun, oh, and 'old-age'.
But if you want the beautiful colours that I see on hair these days, Kadamba has you covered, literally. Their approach is less about damaging chemicals, and more about organic, natural care-full products. And they are also about protecting the environment, and that's got to be good for all of us.
It isn't just about cutting, colouring, styling, the massage, the soft comfortable chair at the basin, or the coffee - that makes Kadamba stand out. Kadamba has taken all the elements that make for a great hair experience, and put them together in one unique salon, with carefully selected products and a real passion for what they do.
I know what you're thinking by now - "How much does all this pampering cost?", right?
My first experience at Kadamba was what I call, 'a chandelier service on a lightbulb budget'. I used to determine where to shop by whether or not they had chandeliers. Anything from a chandelier-type store always cost a lot more.
Kadamba has the fancy lights - but not the fancy-light price.
So now I've taken the plunge and gone back to short hair, I make sure I meet with Gary every six weeks. Maintaining a good cut is vital.
Did I mention that Gary was once the stylist for some movie stars? Hmmm - now there's something you could chat about while he works on your golden-locks. But you'll have to ask him about it because he isn't into random name-dropping.
If you haven't found your hair-guru yet, make an appointment at Kadamba.
Drop in and have a chat to Georgina or any of the great Kadamba team