FINALLY! Someone who "gets it" in Thurston county. I have been searching for years to find a curly specialist who subscribes to the CG method (which makes my hair happiest!) and she is even in the same area as me. She listens, does great work, explains very well, is easily accessible, and overall provides an excellent experience. I already got compliments from strangers on my way home from my appointment--always a good sign!
After long, painful searching for a stylist who recognizes that curly hair is not the same as straight hair, only curly, I have been to what feels like every upscale salon in multiple metropolitan areas. Turns out, the expert is in a strip mall in Tumwater, behind a Dairy Queen! From now on, even if I'm up in Seattle, I'll make the trip down for a cut. I got a great cut, fantastic tips, and actually went home with my hair looking great! (With curls, the best I can hope for is a stylist who doesn't insist on blowing it dry, usually). And now, a week later, my hair is so happy and healthy! I paused in giving a 5 sheers rating, since I didn't go in for a couture cut, but the cut I got was just SO GOOD that even if Yukiko ends up being terrible at something designer, she'll still be light years better than the other stylists I've seen.
Yukiko has the ultimate combination of natural talent plus technical knowledge that makes her an incredible stylist. When you sit in her chair, Yukiko's drive to learn all that she can about curly hair is apparent and you know that you're in good hands. I was able to completely relax while she cut my hair--and my cut turned out to be even better than I had imagined! Yukiko made my hair look beautiful and she took the time to customize my products and my haircut as well as teach me new techniques to make my curls look their best. I could not be more impressed! Yukiko is the gold standard for hair stylists and I'm so lucky to have found her!!
Awesome, awesome, awesome! I went in pretty confident I knew my hair. Quickly I realized that there was sooooo much I didn't know! Yukiko is not only great at styling hair, but she is also an expert when it comes to the health and longevity of your hair. She looked at my current hair products, assessed the chemical content, and was able to give me concrete things to look for and avoid when it comes to the types of hair products I use. As our time went on she showed me many techniques to encourage my curl while keeping it hydrated. She is also quite funny and VERY nice, so overall it was THE BEST experience I have ever had in a salon. Not only did I walk away feeling like a hair expert, but I also came away with a killer haircut. I recommend Yukiko to any and everyone, regardless of hair type. Her knowledge of hair health is needed to navigate the endless rows of hair products! Go to her. You won't be disappointed.