This will be my first “review” although to be honest, I have mixed reviews. Always a woman.
Before leaving NYC, I was panicked about 1 thing (well, more like 1000 but this was forefront)—my hair. Knowing it was too early to get highlights that would be fresh for my wedding, I trusted my fiancee to help me find one here. Knowing that Geneva is a very wealthy and very international city, I felt confident there had to be a few good salons.
I started googling reviews and to my dismay, they were not good. On most of the Expat websites, I found these warnings: “Don’t get your hair done in Switzerland” “After having my hair ruined numerous times, I now fly back to London to get my highlights” “There are a few good salons in Geneva but it’s almost always hit or miss” “Do not get your hair done in Switzerland if you don’t speak French!”.
I started to sweat and stress.
I made and introductory appointment at Damien and Co for a consultation with none other than the owner. His English was bleak but I was impressed with his confidence and he touched me on the arm, winking, “do not worry…..”. I should have known. Often in NYC I found that the best salons did the worst jobs as they don’t actually listen. This being said, He convinced me to wait until the Tuesday before my Saturday wedding to do my hair.
I arrived on Tuesday. I was told Damien would not be doing my hair and was introduced to a girl who was lovely but did not speak a word of English. Damien came over and I asked Dragan to translate that I wanted color on my roots (an ashy type blonde just to lighten) with some highlights pulled through as I want it to always look natural even though I enjoy being quite blonde.
He suggested he would put a product on all my roots and that would be enough. I asked him to describe the process. I asked if it was bleach.
“Ah, of course, bleach!”
I said, please do not bleach my roots.
“Ah, but your hair is all blonde, so I lighten and brighten, et Voila!”
I asked again not to have bleach on my roots.
“This is what we do to combine what you are wanting. I promise.”
Dragan left and I was on my own trying to once again stress. “my hair grabs yellow” emphatically trying to stress that I do not like yellow.
“Don’t worry” said Damien as he walked away, once again winking. The other girl came up, “Ca va”…….ummmm…….”Tres Bien” “s’il vous plaît NO BLEACH except a bit to brighten??”
THEY BLEACHED MY HEAD!!!! again………THEY BLEACHED MY HEAD!!!!
I had the panic the moment I glanced an albino-esque color to my forehead through the towel on walking past the mirror. I hadn’t seen Damien since he consulted me but he came to do the drying……
Should I be honored?
I told him, “It looks yellow……remember I said I wanted the yellow out of my hair?” to which he gave me his award winning smile.
I let him keep drying hoping that it would miraculously look better. I mustered a little laugh, “I’ve never been THIS blonde” while trying to let him see the fury in my eyes but not wanting to seem rude.
“You wanted brighter. You wanted your roots blonder. ET VOILA!!!!!!!!” OMG.
Knowing I couldn’t communicate and that my parents were waiting, I left. Poor Dragan. I know the burden he felt on finding me a place to do my hair. I’m very particular. I’m a perfectionist. He didn’t respond well.
For the next 2 days I fretted and fretted knowing I would not settle for my hair to look albino-esque for my wedding. Not to mention that Damien and Co was where I had all my wedding stylings scheduled for our weekend of events. MON DIEU!
I luckily found a place in Nyon with a wonderful stylist named Sam at Lionel B in Nyon, Switzerland. He spoke English and promised he could fix my hair on Friday morning. He saved my wedding. I cannot recommend him enough!!!
Damien and Co Review Part 2 coming……..