An Artist in Residence

Lately, this blogger has had art on her mind. Art comes in many forms and in many mediums; even hair can be a work of art. So in thinking about it, a hair stylist is the consummate artist. Everyday they get to work on a living, breathing canvas. My curiosity piqued, I went back to Detour’s newest location, deep in the heart of Hillcrest to see if I could find a hair stylist who at heart was also an artist. What I was to find took me by surprise and left me with a smile a mile wide on my face.

I met with Cristina, who wears her dark hair in a very chic, extremely short haircut. From the moment I saw her, I knew that I had found the artist I had come looking for. Cristina is definitely the real deal. She studied costume design while attending college in Orlando. It was in college when she first picked up a scissors and had a go at cutting hair. Once she tried it, she knew that she had talent. After leaving college, the Aveda School is where she did her training as a hair stylist. Interestingly enough, she became a men’s hair specialist.

As we talked, I watched Cristina with her client. She treated her client just as you would see an artist painting a great masterpiece. She gently applied the color to the client’s hair, and then massaged it through, taking care to evenly distribute it throughout the client’s head. She did this all the while talking with me. It was quite fascinating to watch. Perhaps she has learned this skill from the portraits she paints. Recently she had the opportunity to show her portraits at a local gallery and was quite successful, selling several of them.

It was Cristina that brought up the topic that would surprise me and make me smile though. She told me that she loved vintage hair. At first I had to stop and think what she was talking about. Vintage hair? When I think about vintage hair I conjure up women from the 1940s wearing French twists, Gibson Girls and the like. Certainly this woman with the incredibly chic buzz cut standing before me could not mean that! When I told her that I loved those styles she shook her head excitedly in acknowledgment and told me she loved them, too! When I asked her if she could pick one decade of hair that she liked the best, what decade would it be? Her answer really surprised me. She told me it would be the 1960s, because that was when one of her idols, Vidal Sassoon, came onto the scene and literally turned everything onto its head.

Before Sassoon, women were still going to the salon and getting their hair “done”. Having it set, put in curlers, being put under dryers. Then you would go home at night and roll your hair and sleep in some type of hair wrap as to not disturb your hair “do”. Being a wash and wear girl myself, an involuntary shudder went through this blogger, let me tell you! Sassoon did everything different. He played with angles. He used geometry. There was no setting of hair; women weren’t subjected to having a “hair do”. Instead, they were free to experiment, women’s hair was set free and in a way so were women. Cristina loved how Sassoon played with angles and his use of geometry, and it has really influenced her in her career.


So this blogger went looking for an artist who is also a hair stylist. What I found was not only an artist, but someone who knows the history of hair styles throughout the 20th Century, and a costume designer, too! If you are looking for a multi-talented, multi-faceted stylist then Cristina is your stylist. Cristina truly is Detour’s Artist in Residence. Detour Hillcrest is located at 142 University Avenue, San Diego, and the phone number is 619-297-9000.


Detour Salon

594 S. Coast Hwy 101,

Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone. 760.634.1999

Fax. 760.634.2299



142 University Ave Suite B,

San Diego, CA 92103

Phone. (619) 297-9000