Readers, I was a very awkward adolescent and teenager. I mean, probably the majority of us were. But I really struggled. I hated make-up, doing my hair, I had (and have!) glasses, I had braces, you name it. I was just ….awkward. Despite all this, I had a friend who said we should apply to be receptionists at our local high end salon when we were 16 years old. Apparently this salon had faith that I could be a decent receptionist, and I got the job. I stayed with that same salon for over 10 years- through my high school years, college, graduate school, and my fellowship program. That experience really changed me and helped shape a part of my identity; it encouraged me to have confidence, embrace differences, embrace creativity, and appreciate my gawkiness. But let’s rewind to my 16 year old self. That’s when I met Donna Gentile. Donna was a senior stylist who worked right in the front of the salon. She was fabulous, always smiling, genuinely caring for her clients, and of course, always offering the BEST styling to her clients. I was in awe.
Okay, so let’s fast forward to today. Donna now owns her own salon- Salon Coccole
. I’ve been to salons all over the world, and Salon Coccole
remains my most favorite. Donna has watched me grow up over the years; she did my bridal hair, you guys. Is there anyone you place more trust in on your wedding day than your stylist? I think not. My hair was a dream, and my Oscar de la Renta fascinator was the icing on the cake (photo below).
Okay, I’m gushing. But I’m gushing because Donna is a true role model to me. After all, she’s the ultimate #bosslady. So, when she said she had trained in a new technique to cut hair, I was obviously all in- no questions asked. This brings me to my main point: the new up and coming hair cutting technique called the Calligraphy Cut. Y’all, they don’t use scissors! They use a very fancy Calligraphy Pen which is a hair cutting tool (photos below) that cuts hair at a very specific 21 degree angle. The surface of the ends of your hair become larger, enabling your hair to have more volume. This is a very scientific hair cutting technique and stylists have to be trained and certified to use the tool. In fact, there are only 50 salons in the US right now that are trained to use this tool and technique…and of course, Salon Coccole is one of them. #blessed. This cut leaves your hair feeling light as air…but somehow a million times more full. First time try-er…long time fan.
Below are some pics of this new fabulous cut that I want to tell everyone about because I feel that strongly about it. No, I’m not paid by Calligraphy Cut or Donna to shout this from the rooftops. I’m just thrilled about this hair revolution. I’m never turning back. Don’t take my word for it (I mean, you should, but there’s others who feel this way too), just Google “Calligraphy Cut” and you’ll see what I mean. In the meantime, if you’re lucky enough to live in the Chicagoland area, make the trip to Salon Coccole! The haircut ranges from $70-$110, depending on your stylist. Even though I’m the same nerdy girl on the inside, on the outside, well, let’s just say Donna turned that around for me. As my mom always says, “your hair is your crowing glory.” It’s not really socially acceptable to walk around in a tiara, so I’ll be sporting my fab Calligraphy Cut.
Want to know more? Contact Salon Coccole for an appointment! You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also read more about Calligraphy Cut via their website. My hair was cut and styled by Donna and my girl Shana does my “ombre/balayage with a twist” color; both can be found at Salon Coccole.