Louise Marie’s Client Since 1990. Age 50, Male, Magicpacker.

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Louise Marie’s Client Since 1990. Age 50, Male, Magicpacker.

I have been a client of Louise Marie since 1990. At that time, one of the bands that I was playing with was producing a video and she was the hair stylist that was hired by the production house for the shoot. I immediately liked how she got my hair to lay. The more I spoke to her that day, the more I realized how serious and knowledgeable she was. My first cut at her salon left no doubt that I had found a person who would not only cut my hair (and leave it long), but oversee and educate me on how to make it (and keep it) healthy.

In 1990 I was 31 years old and for at least 5 years before that I had been concerned about how much hair I was losing in the shower. In 2009 I turn 50. I have a full head of long dark hair and (my father’s genes aside) I believe that this is due to Louise Marie’s products and the techniques that she has shown me to use them. You only need to use her products to appreciate their quality. I was impressed when I found out that she is her own chemist. These products are designed by her to be good for your hair and scalp. I believe that there is nothing on the market that is as good. On the rare occasion when I was forced to use commercial shampoo I was immediately aware of the harshness of the detergents and the garbage that is added to make these products look and smell the way they do. Her products are organic and mild and I can see and feel the difference that they make. It turns out that even the way you apply shampoo can have an impact on the condition of long hair.

Another thing that other men with long hair might not appreciate is the benefit of having a good quality comb. I am not a person who obsesses about my hair. I have chosen to wear it long. Many of the gigs that I do these days require that I wear a suit, and I frequently have to cross the border to play in the US. I have found that keeping it healthy and groomed makes it less of a problem for people who might otherwise have an issue. It brings to mind a slogan that Louise Marie was using when I first went to her. “Don’t stare, grow your own”

My experience with hair stylist before meeting Louise Marie was not good, partially because I gave them too much credit and let them talk me into haircuts that took years to grow out. The most traumatic of these haircuts was in 1986. I had been growing out layers that had been cut in by previous scissor-happy hair stylists, and was just to the point where the bottom layer could be cut into the one above. That year I was finishing the music program at Humber College and thought that I would get a trim for my final recital. I went to a place that my sister had recommended. I explained to the stylist that I was growing out these layers and needed to clean up the look for this recital. The very first thing this woman did after putting the apron on me was to gather my hair at my back. Then she actually said “say good-bye” and cut off my pony tail (from the middle of my back to my collar). She then took the hair she had just cut off into another room before coming back to finish the haircut. I’m sure the bitch sold my hair.

I have wanted to write a note of appreciation to Louise Marie for some time now. My hair gets cut less than twice a year. As I began to feel the need for a trim this last time, I happened to be driving by her salon and saw that she was no longer there. It was a number of weeks before I had the time in my schedule to call to make an appointment. For that time I did not know where or why she had moved or if the phone number would still be good. The possibility occurred to me that for any number of reasons, she may have closed after 30 years. I was quite relieved when I did call to find that she had moved only a couple of blocks to a new location that is bigger and better for her. I wish her great success at her new location and I will remain her client as long as I have hair and she has clients. And if you are in the Toronto area and happen to see a band with a sax player with long hair, please say hi. All the clients of Louise Marie that I have met are as interesting as she is.
Be well.

Gordon A from Toronto

March 20, 2017

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