I am going to be 100% honest about this place. They are wonderful braiders..the ones who are experienced and seasoned. I have seen them do some wonderful work and I have seen the less experienced braiders do terrible work. I once had a braider braid my edges too small and the braids along my edges started popping off one by one. Needless to say, she didn't last there. Acknowledging the problem, the manager gave me a discount on my next braiding. I only allow one person to do my hair because she knows my texture, she's good at braiding, and her cousin used to braid my hair for years and referred me to her. I always receive compliments on my braids when does them...ALWAYS and I have been a customer with her for nearly 2 years with my braids being redone every 6 to 8 weeks and I was a customer of her cousin's for nearly 3-4 years. You do the math. It is expensive, but you are not in a major metropolitan area that is saturated with professional, accredited braiders like Brooklyn, Dallas, Atlanta or Chicago. It's Nashville, TN. It's more expensive because they have a monopoly on the business. If you can't afford it - go else where. There are plenty of amateur braiders out there - just ask at your local hair shop. Yes, they can come off as rude, and I agree they do need better finesse when dealing with customers... but there are also customers who come in with ridiculous expectations. Prime examples (since I am in there so often): There was a woman who wanted kinky twists, bi-color (blonde and honey brown), and long. Well that's great, but the hair she bought was too short. She was told this. She refused to listen and then was not happy with the length of her hair when they were finished. Kinky twists shrink when they dip them in the hot water - they are supposed to! Another woman was upset because she didn't think it was going to take that long to braid her hair - seriously?!? You are not getting a relaxer. Allow at least 8 hours with breaks. You must discuss what you want with done with the braider before they even begin in case the hair you buy is incorrect, or too short - or let's face it, the style just can not be done (which is rare, but it does happen). There are so many factors that are in play when you are getting your hair braided - length of the hair you buy, texture, color, your hair color, your hair texture, your hair length and TIME. You must allow TIME to get your hair braided. You will sit for 4..6..8 hours or more. That is the nature of braiding. If this place wasn't reputable in the least bit, there wouldn't be frequent men, women, and children who come to get their hair braided, including me. Yes, I know I could probably go to someone's cousin twice removed and pay cheaper, but I also know there is a level of accountability that this shop has that cousin pookie does not.
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This is always a great experience - and guess what! your hair comes away looking fabulous. Marilyn Lipsey, who has done my hair for over 21 years is the person who began this salon and has made it what it is today - a fantastic hair salon with a wonderful group of stylists. The atmosphere is warm, fun, professional, and very pampering. All the stylists discuss what you want your hair to look like when you leave, they talk to each other about your hair and the best way to accomplish this. I can honestly say I've never seen anyone leave there unhappy. Coloring, highlights, cuts, styles, etc. are all done with great thought given to the clients wants, but also to their hair types, etc. Everyone in there is always busy, either making a client comfortable, bringing us water, etc., discussing different techniques for our color, cuts, etc. or watching and learning from each other as beautiful hair color and styles are created. This is a great place for women and men of any age!!!! Trust me, remember when I said I was with Marilyn (I would follow her anywhere) for over 21 years - well that makes me a good deal older now and my hair still looks great!!! By the way, I think honesty is a necessity for my hair stylist, and I'm happy that they are honest or I would probably still have the wild, kinky hairstyle of my youth, which would look horrible on me now!!!!
I've been going to Aura Salon for years for coloring, cuts, treatments, etc. I get compliments on my hair regularly. My experience there is always wonderful. Everyone there is always friendly. Jeanna the owner is actually my stylist and she is amazing! Once a month, I'm reminded why I don't go anywhere else, because the Jeanna's work is above reproach. Not only is she superbly talented but she is genuinely a wonderful and sweet person who cares about he work and her clients. I've seen the work of the other stylists too and I'm always impressed. I've recommended this salon to multiple friends and will continue to recommend Aura to everyone without hesitation. I know from experience that if a cut, etc. isn't exactly what you wanted, speak up, because they make every effort to make the customer happy. I can't say enough good things about this salon and the people there. Aura salon is the first salon that I've found where I am completely happy every time I go through the door. I'm always greeted when I walk in, and I always feel beautiful when I walk out.