hair post [part one]

I receive daily emails asking about make-up, clothes and hair.  So I figured I would tackle the hair topic and share with you my favorite hair resource.  I do most of my hair biz in Atlanta.

Have I ever told you about my hair situation?  Hmmm, let’s see how would I describe it.  Okay got it – I’ve got lots of hair but it’s very fine.  It’s also one part straight, one part wavy and three parts frizzy.  It’s what I call schitzophrenic hair.  To make matters more interesting, I live in a climate that’s so humid I may as well dump a bucket of water on my hair every time I step outside my front door.   Not pretty.

That being said, I have learned to be VERY picky about who cuts my hair and what products I use [which is the next post].

Meet Sam.  Good friend, masterful Stylist.  Originally from St. Louis, and trained in England, Sam worked as a Senior Stylist for 14 years at a salon in Buckhead where we met.  Now he has his own fabulous salon in Roswell, ioSalon.  Here he is doing his hair magic on me earlier this spring.

Sam is without a doubt the best hair professional I have ever had handle my difficult hair.  Believe me, I’ve been around – even once flew up to New York on a whim for a cut.  I love that he isn’t scissor happy yet can give an edgy cut.  He’s had my hair at different lengths which perfectly fit my lifestyle at that particular time.  He teaches me all the tricks, the best products to use and how to keep my hair natural and healthy.  No one can give a cut like Sam.  He’s worked with my hair through pregnancies, hormone changes and even pulled me through a crazy hair thinning phase I had during an especially stressful time.   I was so freaked out about my hair when it thinned, but he helped me grow it all back.

For any of you North Atlanta girls, you’ll love to know that Sam’s salon is in your neck of the woods.  Roswell to be exact.  Lucky you if you’re in the Atlanta area…I have to drive six hours to see him, ha ha.

Here is the result of Sam’s spring cut.  Peter was behind me hooking up our u-haul on our way to endure the big move we had to pull off with our Georgia house this April…gotta squeeze in those cuts whenever I can!

If you are looking for a lifetime stylist, Sam is your man.  You can give him a ring at 770-643-1471.  Tell him I said hi.

ioSalon has a website here and FB page over here.

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  1. Jenn says:

    IO! Really? I take my kids to the library right across the street from that place at least twice a week! I had no idea. I’ll have to check it out. We live minutes from there in the historic area. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kerry says:

    My hair sounds exactly like yours, except that I’m older, so I have the gray version!
    I have an ongoing conversation with my best friend, who also has “our” hair, as to the best way for it to be cut. Seems every stylist I’ve used in the past several years (I haven’t found anyone worth sticking with) uses the “slithering” and point cutting techniques and they are disasterous for hair that turns wavy/frizzy in the humidity. Do you have any suggestions? Does Sam use those techniques on your hair? Products?

  3. Michelle says:

    I’m from NC and my girl Leah was truly an artist, knew exactly what I wanted everytime….I moved to the midwest and it took me YEARS to find another stylist. It’s funny now but, I actually considered not moving because I’d lose Leah. That’s a true story.:)

  4. Katy says:

    I can not wait for part two! I hope it mentions a good shampoo :)

  5. Dawn says:

    Sam sounds wonderful!! Wish I wasn’t at the other end of the East Coast ! :( What did he suggest for the thinning hair?? I’ve had the exact same problem, and thank GOD I had a lot to start with!

  6. Allison says:

    Your hair looks beautiful, Seleta, and very healthy.

  7. Tanya says:

    I might just have to make the 2.5 hour drive over – just in a whim!

  8. liza says:

    Sounds like my hair…and he’s sounds fabulous. Love the italian reference in the name …”io”

  9. Ginny says:

    Nothing better than a good hair stylist! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Julie says:

    I always enjoy your posts about beauty and health.. If you have the time could you please share what you learned through your “thinning phase”, I myself have been battling with thinning hair this last year. I have sought advice but has been blame don hormones and aging (even though I am in my early 30’s). I would so appreciate it. Thanks for putting together a variety of wonderful posts in your blog.

  11. Carole says:

    Seleta told me about Sam at the end of last year. Her hair always looks great and she never hesitates to give Sam the credit he deserves. In January of this year I was ready to break out and make a change. I was going to a wedding in Las Vegas and insanity came over me and I made an appointment with Sam for a haricut on Seleta’s recommendation. I had been going to the same hairdresser for the past ten or so years years and wasn’t unhappy in the least bit – just wanted to see if Sam could do the same for my hair my hair that he does for Seleta’s. (Who wouldn’t want to look like Seleta?) As I sat in Sam’s chair, I questioned my sanity and gave myself a mental lecture on my decision to try a new hairstylist the day before I was getting on a plane. To my relief, when Sam was done, I was happy. But, the real test of a good style is the next morning when you’re on your own and it’s up to you to do something with the new hair cut. I was ecstatic! Sam is amazing My hair was so easy to style, I was in heaven. Sam has been cutting my hair since January and I’ve never been more pleased. He’s completely intune to blonde hair showing evey little scissor cut and making sure my hair looks smooth and even I know I made the right decision that day. Plus, Sam’s great to talk to while he’s working, I forget I’m not on a social visit. Bottom line – Sam’s going to have to throw me out of his chair to get rid of me. I have no regrets for following Seleta’s advice and would recommend Sam to anyone without hesitation.

  12. cathy says:

    Just wondering also how he helped you through your thinning phase!!

  13. Lizziefitz says:

    Holding my breathe for part 2 . No pressure , I just might turn blue and pass out , but really… Take your time;)

  14. Beautiful! Can’t wait for your post on products. I have very curly hair that I can blow dry straight without a problem in the winter, but living in southeastern Carolinas wrecks havoc on my hair in the heat and humidity!

  15. This most be a hair post week, because I just did a post about hair myself. Hair’s important, and finding the perfect hairstyle, well that’s just the icing on the cake!

  16. Erin says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing about your thinning phase–I am going through wedding stress right now and have noticed my hair is thinning as well! I would LOVE to hear your secret!

  17. j says:

    I am in stitches over here regarding the comment from” lizziefitz”! I feel her pain though~ LOL. Am DYING to know your secret for frizz free hair. Mine seems to have taken on a life of its own and looks like Monica from that FRIENDS episode when she got off the plane in Puerto Rico!

  18. Decatur Mama says:

    Really curious to hear what hair products you use. Your hair always looks so lovely–it’s heartening to hear that it gets frizzy like the rest of us!

  19. Dina says:

    Thank you for sharing about Sam! I am right around the corner and need a local stylist…right now I have mine done when I visit my parents in FL!

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