During my many years of traveling I have had my hair cut in many places including Paris, Beverly Hills, Sydney, New York and several renowned establishments in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Is it possible that I found the very best stylist in Dubrovnik? Believe it or not, the simple answer is yes!
After shopping at the Green Market for fresh harvested vegetables and fruit, I was waiting for the bus with other ladies and their bags full of goodies. Looking around I noticed a sign for a beauty center on a nearby building. The glass caught my eye but what made a huge impression was the old olive tree on a third level outdoor terrace. I had to investigate who would have an olive tree growing there. I found out it was the Srsen Beauty Center, owned by Ivan and his lovely mother and located near our Gruz harbor on the top floor of Robna Kuca Minceta building.
It was more than three years ago that I made that first appointment, wondering if I would find some one who would style my hair rather than just chop. As I stepped off the elevator I was completely astonished when I stepped into a dramatic entrance made of glass and marble steps with a view of the harbor that took my breath away. It took me a bit of time to remember that I was in Dubrovnik and not Beverly Hills; the decor of the salon was more than elegant. “But,” I wondered, “Would I receive a hair style which would not disappoint me? Was this salon all flash and no substance?”
One of the ladies escorted me to sumptuous black leather sofa in front of the row of shampoo bowls. As she draped me, another attendant came over and popped up the leg rest. The essence of pure comfort embraced me as my hair was shampooed followed by a heavenly scalp massage. My eyes closed as I drifted off to dream as the background music lulled me into total relaxation. Gently, I was moved over to a stylist chair, looked into the mirror and marveled at the view reflected before me. The entire salon is enclosed with glass affording a view of the entire Gruz harbor, mountains and the Tudjman Bridge. And there on the terrace was the very old olive tree which had brought me to this incredible location.
My mind began to wander if anyone could possibly live up to my hope for a top-notch stylist as I heard a gentle male voice bid me Dobra Dan. As I glanced upward to the voice, I was looking into the face of an Adonis, a handsome young man with a tender smile who continued the conversation in perfect English. It was Ivan Srsen, the talented young man who has become my stylist and friend. I had just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Never once has Ivan asked me how I wanted my hair cut, he just began to create a style becoming to my features and age. It was his dream from a very young age to become the best possible hair stylist and I can attest his dream has become reality.
It is with some reluctance that I share this short video of Ivan doing scissor hands as I see only my wrinkles and double chin and cringe, but focus on Ivan and watch as he does his magic. And ladies, he is single!
Planning your magical romantic wedding in Dubrovnik? The ladies at Srsen are experts at creating that very special hair style. If the opportunity arises to visit our town, make an appointment for a day of pampering. Email for an appointment and you will not be disappointed.
All photos used with permission from Srsen Beauty Center.
Video taken by my dear friend Beth.