Letter From the Editor: Hair. Or with Temur Dzidziguri...HAIR.
Last week, I had what I can only call a religious experience. I went to the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon and had my hair blown-out by Temur Dzidziguri. You can call him Temur...or you can be like me and happily call him my hair hero...
Now, I have to backtrack a little before I tell anymore of this story. My hair is my "thing." I was a hair model for a local business as a kid, and while I started out life as a light brunette/slightly auburn-haired child, as I got older my hair ended up being a rich dark brown with tons of natural ringlet curl in it. Which, in
theory, sounds great, right? Unfortunately, I always wanted to have big, bouncy, bed-head-y BLONDE hair. So starting around the age of 25, I started getting more and more highlights until I hit my current super-light shade of blonde hair. I make no secret about my monthly trips to the colorist where you can find me begging "blonder, blonder!" and my love (LOVE) of being a blonde. I did take things a bit far at one point though, and ended up having that wretched long-term Japanese straighening done to rid myself of the ringlets. While it did permanently change the texture of my hair and my ringlets are now a lot looser and free-er, it also did a
lot of damage when combined with the heavy-duty bleaching, and I ended up with a ton of breakage (which translates to unintentional, unwanted, uneven "layers"). But I was finally happy with my beachy curls and my hair finally felt very "me." Until I met Temur, of course...
A tall, strikingly handsome guy with intense blue-green eyes and perfect hair (natch), Temur is originally from Georgia (the one near Russia, not the one near Florida...) and came to the U.S. when he was 18 to go to beauty school (after being the kid who was cutting all the barbie dolls' hair, he knew early on that being a stylist was what he was meant to do). Hired immediately afterward as the personal assistant to the famed Sally Hershberger (originator of her eponymous salons, the mutiple-hundreds-of-dollars haircut, and Meg Ryan's famous
shag 'do), and was lucky enough to train under her as well. And 10 years later, Temur is an in-demand, well-respected stylist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon in NYC's always-fabulous Meatpacking neighborhood. Now Temur caters to NYC's pretty people, celebrities like Lindsay and Ali Lohan...and the occasional editor-in-chief (ahem...) who really wants to do something new with her hair.
I asked Temur what he considers his 'specialty' and he enthusiastically said "I die for short haircuts...I feel like you can [just] get very creative with it...but basically it's all about what hairstyle feeds a woman's personality, face shape [and] lifestyle." Sounds like someone who actually listens (and how many of us have gone to stylists
who just simply don't listen?!), but also someone who really looks at styling as his craft and as an artform. Because he will also "always try to change it up with clients...otherwise they get bored - and so do I!"
And here's what happened. Temur blew out my oh-my-god-do-you-have-a-LOT-of-it hair. He did some fancy little flick at the end of each swoop, creating a slight curl along the bottom (I told him I often have my hair blown-out pin-straight and really don't like it...I crave volume and was probably Texan in a former life). He then moved my part back to make it look like my damaged "bangs" were so much longer. Lastly, there was some simple curling iron action on just the bottom 1/3 of my hair, which created loose, sexy waves. Which of course perfectly complimented the feathery layers above that were somehow both straight, wavy and voluminous all at the same time (I wasn't kidding, this man is a genius...).
So, the end result...well, just look at the pictures of the whole process. I have never felt more modern, more chic, or more like a rockstar in my life. I have spent the past 5 days attempting to recreate what I watched Temur do. I am about 85% there. But that last 15%...yeah, that I will never find. Until the next time I sit in Temur's stylist chair again, that is.
Now if any of you read that and aren't immediately picking up the phone to make an appointment with Temur, well...well, there might possibly be something wrong with you ;) So hurry up and call Sally Hershberger Downtown for Temur's rates, schedule and availability. Because believe me, your hair will thank you.