The Taming of the Shrew is an almost impossible feat. At a certain age, many of us have stopped watching the trends of the minute, especially in fashion and beauty. The stylists and fashionistas are ruled by twenty or thirty-somethings. There are very few trendsetters designing specifically for the mature woman of today (Except fashion icons such as Donna Karan).
If sixty is the new forty, is fourteen the new eighteen? Being a boomerbabe at this time in history, we are paving the way to aging with grace for future generations. (Except for the plastics, who create a never ending saga of seeking the fountain of youth from a scalpel, as if becoming a statue from a hammer and chisel.)
After years of searching for the perfect hair stylist, the high of going to the salon and getting a haircut, color and blowout does not feel as great as it once did. After menopause, we have much less volume while the grey is takes over like weeds in a once beautiful garden. When we see ourselves in the overhead fluorescent lights, the lines and wrinkles are exaggerated. (Unless you’re at a ‘smart salon’ with fabulous lighting.) It’s resembles the same trauma of the poorly lit dressing room when trying on a bathing suit, or even a bikini!
The worst part is that now all of these stylist-star-wannabees have an attitude. In the old days of Los Angeles, post-Shampoo (the movie) era, there were only a few stars who earned the right to be super, especially John Peters (who later became a Hollywood mogul and married Barbra Streisand for a short spell.) But now, the ‘haute fashion know- it-all’ types, who have become even more snooty, uppity , and have such an attitude of opportunism and snobbery, you may not even get an appointment. You may not even be privileged enough to go to them, they are too busy with the Celebs.
Sometimes the Taming of the Shrew is not your hair, but the stylist!
“Whether it’s good or evil, a person’s hair comes to symbolize honor, social station, and otherwise serves as a human peacock tail, representing a life rather than a fashion statement.” Thusly, having it. From another view, a forced haircut serves as the symbolic initiation of worse things to come.”
TV Tropes Foundation
So if you end up with a traumatic hair experience, it can take its toll on your ego as well as your psyche.
For some of us, not willing to settle for mediocrity yet not willing to be treated like a nobody, there is a fabulous salon with a stylist that is the epitome of a real mensch*. Sharon Slama is owner and Celebrity Stylist at MikiSharon Salon on Robertson Boulevard, in the heart of WeHo. Born and raised in Israel, Sharon became fascinated with beauty during his travels as a young man in Europe. With a slew of salons across the globe, one in Tel Aviv, another in Chicago, he is located in Los Angeles.
When sitting in his chair, speaking with him about his craft, you can see that he is passionate about creating beauty for each individual client. Not swayed by the trends sweeping across the tabloid magazines, Sharon will connect with you and your unique essence, while maintaining a sense of personal style in addition to bringing out your own natural beauty.
When a client requested a Keratin Straightening Treatment on the first visit, he immediately responded truthfully, and let her know he did not think she should do it. She had naturally curly hair that just needed some of his styling and conditioning treatment to manage the curls and create the best possible outcome for her unique look. He offered to do her color, using his unique technique including color and Balayage. ‘Balayage is a French coloring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the color is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. Balayage can be used in even the shortest pixie crops, however the best results is in hair below the shoulders,” says Anni Hall, of Vogue, Australia. Many celebs are sporting the look, such as Rose Byrne, Lauren Conrad, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker.
“Sharon is a great guy. Probably the best chair-side manner of any hairdresser and a he made my experience very pleasurable. I also LOVE his deep conditioning cream. I need to get some ASAP! It really took the frizz out and helped my curls. I am so glad he did the color and not the Keratin. He is so honest and focused on making sure his clients stay natural and healthy hair come first! He really knows how to take care of his clients and seems so sincere. It is like a breath of fresh air to be with someone so talented who has remained authentic and without the pomp and circumstance of the ‘stylist star’ persona of self-importance. I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience his talented work. I will go back again!
Susie F, Los Angeles Designer
Lately, there is a lot of buzz around hair care products that include the nutrient rich Argon Oil, which is extracted from the ripe green olive-like fruits of the argan tree, Argania spinosa of SW Morocco, and used in cooking, medicines, and cosmetics. In addition, the ever-popular Keratin Straightening treatment is all the rage. So the dynamic duo at MikiSharon has creating their own brand of styling and hair care products to meet the demand of beauty products with the finest ingredients. Since Keratin is fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of hair, it is the perfect ingredient to strengthen and support healthy hair.
Check out the products here:
LOS ANGELES 310.855.1105
TEL AVIV 972.8.865.3333
*Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש mentsh, from German: Mensch “human being” means “a person of integrity and honor. In Yiddish, A mensch is a particularly good person, like “a stand-up guy”, a person with the qualities one would hope for in a dear friend or trusted colleague.