The Package Is You, A Complete Makeover Experience
IT started in her smile, rose to her eyes, and then floated like soft smoke around the tiny room. Past the striking artwork, over the antique writing desk, and amid the fresh, bright yellow daffodils, IT slid into my body on a sip of tea served from a proper English teacup, infiltrating the tension I carried within me. As the “aah” of relaxation cracked through my stress, I looked back up at her gratefully. There IT was in her face…that warm, open, healing love of compassion. It was like getting a big, gentle hug from your mother or grandmother. I knew the next hour or so would be extraordinary. It was.
Don’t get me wrong with all this oohing and aahing, Karen Lane is a no nonsense biologist/artist, who has mastered her crafts. Working for years as a scientist in the medical field left her feeling not quite satisfied. The tug of creativity, art, and beauty called. With a career change to cosmology, she not only finds herself owning and operating her own makeover salon, but teaching theory, anatomy, and science in the Cosmology Department at San Jose City College. For 22 years now, she has found a perfect venue to balance art and science.
Karen has taken the posh salon experience and ratcheted the standard up a notch. Walking into her salon, you will not hear three or four blow dryers or smell any nasty chemicals. No, hers is a private salon. You will be her sole client. She will devote 100% of her attention to you for the allotted time. How often in our electronically pinged lives do we get to experience peaceful, refreshing, devoted attention? What a powerful gift.
An added bonus is Karen’s devoted commitment to designing a nontoxic, allergy free program of products and services to fit your specific needs, be it gluten intolerance, scalp issues, or other allergic sensitivities. Special attention is given to Gluten Free products, due to her own gluten sensitivity. For the first time, ever, I had a cut and color without an adverse reaction the next day. My reactions to the harsh chemicals, even when gluten free, in hair salons were so severe that I knew not to schedule anything important the day after an appointment.
Appreciative of the organic, eco, GF products, I was skeptical of how effective the color treatment would be. “How would it hold up?” I wondered. I happily report after five weeks and counting, I have not noticed any loss of color, shine, or intensity. Tools for the sensitive person are a consideration, too. Unlike industry standard brushes, Karen applies color with a rubber bristled brush, which does not prick the scalp, opening the skin to minute absorption.
Because the products do not contain the harsh chemicals that drive the color, shampoo, and conditioners quickly into the hair, she allows the non toxic products to have a little extra time on the follicles. For example, she leaves the conditioner on for a full 20 minutes. However, for a bit of extra money, she will give you a mini facial during that time. Of course I opted for that! Covered with a “healing” quilt, I relaxed to her feather fingertip massage on my face. My head wanted to flop down when she tried to lift it indicating that the facial/conditioning experience was over. “You have to hold your own head up now,” she had to gently whisper in my ear. I had relaxed into a wet-noodle state.
“Okay,” I was thinking, “This woman certainly has the nurturing gene, but can she cut hair?” I like a haircut where the cut speaks for itself with very little intervention on my part. My normal hair dresser is a master at a stylish cut. With my skepticism in full bloom, I sat in the hair dresser’s chair ready to receive a mediocre haircut for the cause of a blogging review.
As we discussed what would look good on with my facial structure, I knew she had been sincere when claiming to be an artist with people as her canvas. Thus, her other services: make-overs, personal color analysis, ward robe redos. To help people try to safely be comfortable in their bodies and more authentically themselves is her mission statement. If the compliments by family, friends, store clerks are anything to go by, I got a great haircut. Is there any aspect of this business at which this woman does not excel?
For one and a half hours I was steeped in soothing music and nurturing and pampered with wicked expertise the likes of which I had never experienced.
GO! Go to Karen, not only if you are gluten intolerant, allergic, or scalp challenged, just to be wrapped in her MAGIC!
Practical considerations: organicallycoloringyourhair.com
Address: The Package Is You
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Office 408-395-6927, cell 408-204-8945
Rates: Cut & color: $140.00
Just color: $70.00
Mini facials: $20.00