Salon Monaco Tampa
143 South Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609
Hair Transformations by Krista
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It's a very busy place right in the heart of Kennedy/South Tampa with minimal and restricted parking. Considering those factors, they do a decent job managing that dynamic. I booked my appointment online, but I also called a few days before to tell them that I had a Groupon. They were friendly on the phone and my appointment started promptly. The reasons that I cancelled my follow-up appointment have a little to do with hair care, and a lot with the finances surrounding my services. I purchased a Groupon for $39.00. That voucher was good for either a Haircut with KeraTriplex Keratin Treatment, Haircut with Partial Highlights or a Haircut with a Single-Process Color. I chose the haircut with single process color. Understandably there was a consultation and my hairstylist claimed that she couldn't do what was on the Groupon without doing other procedures 1st. We discussed price and it amounted to probably an additional $50.00 to strip my hair. She swore she was giving me a deal, and I agreed to this. So in my mind, I have this Groupon that I've already pre-paid for that covers the cost of a haircut (which for me is about 1-2 inches off the end, no layering or anything,) and the dying of my hair. During my consultation, she asked me what type of shampoo I used. I probably named off about 5 different brands, all of which she assured me were unacceptable. This then led to her showing me the products they have for sale. My hairstylist swore up and down that I needed to purchase Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde because it is sulphate free. Now, I wouldn't claim to be an expert but I have long, thick brunette curly hair that needs constant conditioning and moisturizing. She used this line of products while I was there and it left my hair dry and brittle. Where I agree about the sulphate free shampoo, I'm sure there is a line that would better suit someone who needs moisture. But I think it was more important to sell me a name brand fad for a commission instead of really analyzing my personal haircare needs. When all was said and done she charged me a higher price for the stripping procedure, as well as an a-la-carte price per 2-3 additional bowls of color. At the checkout counter she brought up a full-size Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner ($18.95 each,) for me to purchase to take home even though I had previously said during our tour of products that I wasn't buying that today. I declined that purchase, but after everything I was charged: $105.62 to walk out the door. This didn't include the $39.00 groupon that I had already paid or the $20.00 tip. So altogether, $164.62 for a very impersonal and average experience. Additionally, I would point out that regardless of the regular price of salon services at Monaco, the length of my hair, the state of my previous color upon arrival, I purchased something that said a full single-process color would be covered. By charging me for additional bowls, that makes this groupon "deal" a complete bait and switch. I did make a follow-up appointment that day, but have since called to cancel. They didn't ask why, just said ok and we hung up. This proves my point exactly: at Salon Monaco you are just another number and it's more about the location and the fancy decor than about servicing all clients and building lasting relationships for repeat business. I would not recommend them, and I may launch a complaint with Groupon because they should know that businesses are utilizing them to advertise 1 service and not following through. I will be trying another salon in a couple of weeks. Better luck next time.
02/13/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I highly recommend Salon Monaco for men who want to have hair color treatments in Tampa. As a guy, I do not want people to notice that I have been to a salon. I like going to Salon Monaco whenever I need a hair color re-do because their treatment always look natural on me. Nobody notices that I had changed my hair color, which is good because I feel awkward every time people comment about my new looks. If you have the same problem as mine, Salon Monaco might be the solution that you need.
The colors are all very subtle and your hair looks thicker in a way. I’ve had my hair dyed before but it’s always just been one color. My stylist gave me highlights on my hair’s roots so that I’d look “more refreshed” as they say. I actually like it. My girlfriend said it brings out my eyes. If she likes it, then I like it too. Plus, their team of stylists were just the best. Such nice people.
I am loyal to a barbershop. The day I needed a haircut was the day the shop was closed for renovations. I didn’t know any other place so one of my female co-workers recommended Salon Monaco. I was hesitant at first because it’s NOT a barbershop. But since I was in bad need of a haircut, I tried them out and was nicely surprised by how good the people were there. I think my stylist sensed my hesitation so he made me feel comfortable and asked me what I wanted for my hair. They kept it neat and simple, just the way I like it. No fuss. No pushing of a new hairstyle.
Hairiness runs in the family. My back is covered with hair and my wife is not a big fan. It all started with a dare 2 weeks ago. She said she’d do all the dishes for a month if I get my back waxed. She went with me to Salon Monaco the next day to have it done. I was honestly scared. Yes, there was some pain but I actually like the way my back looks and feels now, and so does my wife. The staff was nice enough to put me at ease and the process was faster than what I had imagined. Given the right reward, I’d do it again.
I wanted pink hair. And so, I did. Their hair color bar had the Ticke Me Ink treatment and that’s exactly what I went for. Pink is not my favorite color but I like how it looks on me. I have very pale skin but my dark brown eyes seem lighter with pink hair. I’m keeping this for an entire year!
I’ve always admired the loose wavy curls I see on the celebrities. It’s like they don’t try so hard to make their hair look nice. Salon Monaco gave me a special hair treatment that didn’t produce the type of tight curls that you see with a perm. I grew my hair out just for this hairstyle and I AM LOVING IT. My stylist listed a few hair products that will keep my waves intact. Best hair decision ever!
Lisa is now 7 and she likes her hair a certain way. I felt a bit sad when my mommy hairstyling skills weren’t as impressive to her as it was when she was younger. I decided to take her to the salon with me for some girl bonding time plus she also needed a little trim. She LOVED the salon. She discovered her inner salon gal early on. They provide haircuts for kids under 12 and they did a good job at it (even though it was just a trim). More than anything, it was the experience in the salon that made that day so memorable. We will be doing this monthly no, according to her.
Salon Monaco has over 20 types of services that range from hair styling to spa treatments. These services are reasonably priced and are guaranteed done by trained professionals. Their list of color and highlight treatments are further subdivided into different categories like one-tone, two-tones, three-tones, lowlights, highlights, and color correction. Furthermore, the salon also provides gift certificates which you can personally design. Basic treatments like shampoo, haircuts, and blow dry are priced at $35 below, which is affordable in retrospect.
The thing I like most about Salon Monaco is their facilities. I’ve never seen the place disorganized or a-mess with hair. Their staff is also the most professional and warn group of stylists you’ll find anywhere in Tampa. They make you feel comfortable and they have a great selection of services that range from hair treatments to spa treats like waxing and facials. It’s the perfect weekend hang-out place for me and my closest friends. I’ve been a regular for 2 years now and not once have I been disappointed.