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Where Can I Get My Hair Cut on Martha's Vineyard?

For eight years, the same man has been cutting my hair. Now he's 3,000 miles away and my bangs are getting in my eyes. Can you suggest a good hairstylist on the Vineyard?

I haven't had a hair crisis since 2005, but I can feel one coming on now.

Back in '05, reduced to concealing my latest bad haircut with a hat, I consulted some of my Napa Valley friends who seemed always to have their looks together.

They agreed that I should give Ryan Johnson a try, though they weren't so sure how we'd hit it off.

Turns out we got along just fine: A bad-boy stylist with Sassoon training, rock'n'roll attitude and a hobby building guitars out of exotic woods, Ryan did my hair for about eight years, along with that of Napa Mayor Jill Techel and other locals both prominent and obscure.

A fan of blues slide guitar by artists like Son House and John Mooney, Ryan also turned me on to some music I would never have discovered on my own — The Cat Empire, Jim Bianco, Seasick Steve.

The only other stylist who touched my head in that whole period was the man who was Ryan's first teacher, Ross Taylor. Ross cut my hair for the six months I was living in Seattle taking care of a cousin who was undergoing stem cell therapy for cancer.

Once my patient was out of the woods and back with his family, I returned to Napa and Ryan.

He'd be cutting my hair still, every five or six weeks, if I hadn't made this recent move back to Martha's Vineyard for Patch.

So now I appeal to the community: Who on the Vineyard does a good job cutting short hair on women? Are there any Sassoon stylists here?

(Or should I just grow it out?)

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Louisa Hufstader February 21, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Thank you, everyone, for your recommendations! I'm grateful and overwhelmed.
Tot Balay February 22, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Just don't let Mom get at you with her Flowbee...
Louisa Hufstader February 22, 2013 at 02:18 PM
She already offered it, Tot! I feinted and got off with a rice cooker instead.
Mark Seruya February 28, 2013 at 07:08 PM
She is tops!
Louisa Hufstader March 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Warmest thanks to all who gave me suggestions on this thread. I went today to Peter Charpentier at the Hair Studio and I'm very happy! He was quite complimentary of Ryan's work, too, which was nice to hear. Photo #2 with this article shows Peter's cut.

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