E-mail your contributions *here*

8 February 2007

Hairdresser in Izmir

Recently, DominCesme wrote to Izmir Blog asking about a good hairdressing salon in Izmir:

"I live in Cesme and have been to a salon here but they're just not trained to the standard that they are in UK. I want highlights so if you know of a good salon that will colour my hair without turning it peroxide white please let me know."

Izmir Blogger is very sensitive to this subject -having grown my once short hair since I moved here in fear of having to avoid mirrors after the monthly haircut. Also, my first experience in a salon here meant I actually got a bonus shower when having the shampoo rinsed out of my hair. Luckily it was summertime. ;-)

So, if you have your highlights done in Izmir and are happy with your hair salon, or have any suggestions for DominCesme please post a comment to this post and make a woman happy.

One recommendation: the salon
* is located in Konak Pier, they use l'Oréal products, the woman I dealt with is Mucize (miracle in Turkish) and she worked as a hairdresser in Germany for 20 years (speaks German). Prices are apparently a bit higher than in other salons (but everything in Konak Pier seems to be more expensive).

These are the prices they gave me:
Kesim/ cut: 25 ytl
Röfle/highlights: 130 ytl
Kisa röfle/highlights on short hair: 100 ytl
Fön/hair drying: 10 ytl
manikür/manicure: 15 ytl
pedikür/pedicure: 20 ytl

*The salon's name is "cut Diba" Tel: 0232.446.04.51
Enter Konak Pier from the entrance on the left, (along the sea, next to Burger King) turn left immediately after entering, "cut Diba" is opposite a shop called "Vestel". They have loads of L'Oréal ads and products in their window.

Alternatively: Hotels are a good idea in foreign cities. You could try the Crowne Plaza or the Hilton.

A piece of advice: a picture is worth a thousand words (especially when you don't speak the language!) so take a photo of yourself with you or even something from a magazine illustrating what you mean by "natural blond" or "golden blond" or whatever it is you want.

Hope this helps & Let us know how it goes/went! ;-)


Anonymous said...

"they're just not trained to the standard that they are in UK."
How presumptous of her to think that they are not on par with the appropriate standards! She probably didn't know how to communicate what she really wanted, which can happen with hairdressers anywhere around the world!
First she should work on how to communicate herself and understand the locals. Than maybe she can judge their capabilities.

Izmir Blogger said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Izmir Blogger said...

firstly let me say that although I have published your comment, I'd appreciate you signing the judgment you make in saying "how presumptuous" by giving your name. DominCesme did.
Secondly, in the case of hairdressers and hair color I would like to testify to the fact that the results are seldom what was desired even when pictures where shown or wishes communicated in Turkish. It is not always a question of language.... (another judgment on your behalf)
In my experience, and that of others, hairdressers for women here are not accustomed to cutting women's hair short. Moreover, may I point out that a woman who colors her hair, most often goes to the hairdresser for “maintenance” (I mean that although she may have roots as her hair has grown, it is nevertheless obvious what color she likes/uses/has on her hair already and how she likes her highlights is also visible). Despite this, it is not rare for a baby-blond to be made yellow and for highlights to be made too thick and very un-natural looking. When this happens it is a question of training… as well as of habit, fashion, taste and listening to the client's request. Highlighting dark hair is not the same as highlighting light-colored hair. Nor is cutting thick hair the same as cutting thin hair. One learns this by training and experience.
It seems to me that there are different standards for many things here than there are in the UK, Germany, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy etc. (Please note nobody but you mentioned "appropriate standards".) Sometimes this difference in standards is a positive thing for us expats, sometimes less so...
Why do you feel so attacked?!

E said...

There is one in Uckuyular named "Sac TasarIm" that I can highly recommend. It is located in the main street going from Agora to Uckuyular. There is a bus-stop in front of it, a motorcycle-seller just nearly, and on the other side of the street is BP and the bazaar area. His name is Mehmet and he is the owner. He's young, almost 30, newly married and became a dad, hard-working, polite and very stylistic. He tries to challenge your wishes if he believes that what you ask for is inappropriate for you. I don't think he knows English, so go with a friend who can help you, or a picture.

Izmir Blogger said...

HI E.,
thanks for the info.
What area is this hairdresser in?