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Kristin Booker • November 11, 2013

Beauty Black Book: William Scott Blair at Original & Mineral

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One of the greatest struggles I have had my entire life is with my hair. Don’t read more into it: I think every woman has things she wishes were different about herself and, with me, it’s the battle of taking better care of my hair. I spent decades losing patience with it and trying to force it into shapes and colors that just weren’t good for it, and as a result have struggled with serious issues with breakage and damage.

I think this is something we do to ourselves as women: we punish ourselves through our relationship with our hair. When I decided to let life be a little better for myself, I decided to treat myself and my hair to restorative treatments that soothe my strands and my nerves.

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB

I now have the Hair I Always Wanted to Have, but that is due in large part to a good number of beauty experts who help me manage my mane and my expectations. One such place is Original & Mineral, and I wanted to introduce you to my beloved hair guru there: meet William Scott Blair.

This is me with one of my beloved hair gurus, William Scott Blair of Original & Mineral.

This is me with one of my beloved hair gurus, William Scott Blair of Original & Mineral.

I mean, how CUTE is WSB, kids? Plus, he can whip up some hair. Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

I mean, how CUTE is WSB, kids? Plus, he can whip up some hair. Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

William and I met via a press preview for the launch of Original & Mineral’s new Meatpacking District location. If you’re not familiar, O&M is an Australian hair care line that focuses on reducing the amount of chemicals we use on our hair whenever possible. It focuses on the health and structure of the hair by adding nutrients rather than using chemicals to take things away.

I instantly fell in Hair Love with William and he works my hair about once a month if I can get in to see him. In addition to being quite adept with my texture of hair (and ALL textures, to be honest), he’s also one of the experts who works on runway hair, having worked on a few shows during New York Fashion Week, including Opening Ceremony.

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

 

He is also all about talking fashion models, so when you sit down, just say the name “Lindsay Wixsom” and watch him come alive. ALIVE, I say.

Anyway, back to the importance of the brand. For those of us who insist on altering our hair in any way – color and/or other processes – it is vital to maintain the remaining health and vitality of our hair. O&M treatments and products are like sending dozens and dozens of roses to your hair, and the results will simply amaze you.

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB

Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB

William is the man who delivers a Hair Facial to my strands about once a month that clears debris and residual product from my scalp, stimulates it so the follicles underneath stay happy and healthy, then fortifies it with a masque that delivers hydration and moisture to my chemically-altered strands. This Hair Facial will have your hair so healthy and shiny you will think it was washed with the tears of angels. Yep, s’that good.

Slightly-fuzzy photo (learning to shoot myself in a mirror = daunting)

Slightly-fuzzy photo (learning to shoot myself in a mirror = daunting)

O&M has plenty of hair goodness for you in the form of gorgeous permanent and demi-permanent hair color, cuts and overall treatments, like the Hair Facial, that can really help transform the health and style of your hair. Look, I can’t tell you what to do with the texture of your hair. What I can say is that you should pick your battles wisely and only do ONE process, then baby it to death and apologize profusely with amazing hair treatments such as this.

Hair color? Check out O&M. AMAZING color + no damage = happy hair customer. Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

Hair color? Check out O&M. AMAZING color + no damage = happy hair customer. Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

The hair color station at Original & Mineral. Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

The hair color station at Original & Mineral. Photo: Kristin Booker for FSB.

If you’re in NYC, go check out Original & Mineral. The results of any treatment will have you bouncing out like Beyonce, whipping your hair all over the place.

Book an appointment:
Original & Mineral Salon, 55 Little West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-2445
originalmineral.com

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