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Daring Stylist Gives Boss Fresh Look

Imagine how Krista Calhoun must have felt when her boss, Gail Sagel, owner of Faces Beautiful in Westport, asked her to cut her hair – which hadn’t felt a scissors’ blade in a decade.

Sagel's waist-length dark brown hair had become her signature look, so making a major change required a stylist with courage and talent. Calhoun proved to be the perfect choice to do the deed. “Krista is great at reading people, finding out what their real personality is,” says Sagel.

Calhoun explains her philosophy. “A person’s hair reflects how they feel and act,” she says. “Sometimes, their hairstyle reflects a change in their personality, other times changing their hair can prompt an inner change to follow.”

To get the right read, Calhoun talks to a client to see how much change they want, as well as getting a handle on their personality and their lifestyle. “I want to give them a style that reflects who they are, but it also has to be appropriate for their ability to care for it.”

Whenever Calhoun does significant cutting she doesn’t allow the client to see until she’s finished. “Otherwise they tend to want to hang on to a past image of themselves,” she says. “I want them to see their new self all at once, when it’s finished.”

And how does her boss like her new style, which was created before the holidays? “I love it,” she says. “It’s lighter, easier to take care of and more modern. I loved having long hair, but I feel like this new look signifies entering a new decade, and leaving the past decade behind, making a fresh start.”

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