I had the great fortune to have my hair done by Julianne Runco of June J. Beauty in Danbury, CT, and I’m feeling like a new person!
A mom friend once described going to the hair salon as feeling like the transformation that the contestants experienced in the early 2000’s show, “The Swan.” Generally, by the time we make time for ourselves to go to the salon, the personal grooming situation may be desperate!
Julianne certainly came to the rescue this time! Her salon room is inside a larger group of independent salons and was quiet and cozy. I felt very safe; she and I wore masks and she also wore a visor when working on my hair. Julianne stated:
“My business is an LLC and COVID certified by the State of CT. I am abiding by all state protocols. I am taking temperatures at the door, disinfecting my room for 15 minutes between clients, disinfecting all tools and bottles used, and wearing a mask with a visor while clients wear a mask. Clients also fill out a short health questionnaire and sign it. Lastly, only one client at a time is allowed in my studio per social distancing requirements.”
Prior to the appointment, Julianne had asked for photos of what I would like to do, and then during the consultation, before she started, she showed me the beautiful color palette from Schwarzkopf Professional Color. We chose a color range that would work for my complexion but I deferred to her 15 years of expertise for the final decision.
First, she applied color with a brush for a balayage effect, and to do some color correcting for yellow bands that had appeared over my old color. Then she rinsed and applied an all-over toner to blend all the color together from the roots to the ends.
Julianne was extremely deliberate and precise in her approach. She really took her time and inspected her work.
She then rinsed the toner out and applied a deep conditioning treatment. Finally, she trimmed and shaped my hair, and gave me a super straight blow-out. That was such a treat in itself; as it helps maintain the cut and color for days if I throw it up into a mom bun in the shower. I love that it’s one less thing that I need to think about for a few days in the week!