Tresses dressed in Lucerne

This item appears on page 51 of the February 2012 issue.

Over the past 33 years I have used many beauty salons all over Europe, and I have nearly always found that European hairdressers do a very poor job when compared with most American hairdressers.

However, in October ’11 I happened to find a fantastically good hairdresser in Lucerne. Her name is Evelyne Nussbaumer and she is a stylist at Rolf Fax Intercoiffure (Gerbergasse 6, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland; phone 041 410 61 10 or 041 410 60 13).

This shop is located close behind the large Bucherer store and fronts on a small square. I walked in with no appointment, but Evelyne worked me in at once and I was finished in about 35 minutes.

I had a shampoo, blow-dry and styling with a curling iron plus lots of back-combing for a total cost of CHF60 (about $66). This is far more than I normally pay in the US, but everything in Switzerland costs far more than it does in the States, and at least I got a wonderful job for the price. Also, hairdressers in Switzerland do not really expect tips, but I did tip a little as thanks for working me in and getting me out so quickly.

Evelyne told me that hairdressers in Switzerland are required to have three years of training and that she also had 10 years of experience. Her English was perfect, so there were no communication problems. I wish I could have brought her home with me.

Sierra Vista, AZ