I walked into Posh Salon defeated. My hair and I were fighting, and I was losing. Despite the cash I kept spending on a variety of hair straightening products, my hair was as frizzy and impossible as ever. And everyone knows what a series of bad hair days can do to you. It was time for a change.
After consulting with salon owner Tara Uciferro a week earlier, I made an appointment for a Keratin treatment. “You’re absolutely a perfect candidate for it,” she told me. She was actually surprised I hadn’t received one before, seeing that my hair is thick, wavy and generally difficult to style. Keratin Complex, made by Coppola, is a hair smoothing system that Tara has been using since it came on the market five years ago. Along with the Brazilian Blowout, it’s one of a few blowout treatments that have become so popular recently. She also recommended a color immediately before the treatment, which she explained would make the dye job last longer.
As Tara applied the color, she told me about her recent professional and personal
journey. A salon pro for 18 years, Tara worked for her mentor Maria for the better part of her career in East Greenwich. When Maria sold the business, Tara took the steps that led her to open Posh on the East Greenwich/Warwick line last September. In an interesting twist of fate, Maria is now working for her as a stylist. And just a few weeks after the grand opening, Tara found out she was expecting her first child.
Her vision for the salon matches her candid personality. It’s laid-back and comfortable, with her staff collaborating like a team. Her clients, some who have been with her for over 15 years, appreciate her honesty on what will work best with their hair and lifestyle. For me, that meant something that would cut my dry time while smoothing out my unruly curls. As for the color, we talked about adding some red tones to my brown, but she assured me that it wouldn’t be fire engine red.
I sat with the color for about 20 minutes in Tara’s chair, and then had a triple hair wash by Khirah. She took me over to her chair to complete the Keratin process. As she worked it through, she told me a little about what to expect (straight and smooth hair for about five months) and how to achieve it (use sulfate-free hair products). It took about one-and-a-half hours to apply the serum to my hair and seal it in with the heat from a flat iron. As soon as I put my fingers through my dry hair, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off, both literally and figuratively.
For best results, I was advised to keep the product in my hair for three days before washing it. I spent those 72 hours wondering what my hair would really look like once I got my own hands on it. As much as I love the look of a professional blow out, it’s discouraging because I can never achieve that look at home. So when I finally washed and dried my hair, I was not only amazed that the dry time went from 40 to ten minutes flat, but that I had pulled off salon quality hair on my own. Now that’s what I call posh. 3890 Post Road, East Greenwich/Warwick line. 255-3075.