Mariposa Salon & Spa
3700 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
It's been a few weeks, but I am still getting compliments on my hair - something that hasn't happened in years. Even my husband, one of those guys who normally doesn't notice those type of things, did a double-take and told me it really looked great. This was my first time at Mariposa, and I went on a weekday morning, so the salon was quiet. I immediately felt welcomed. Jessica is an absolute doll! No really, she looks just like a little doll, but what a BIG personality. She's so adorable and funny, but still professional and informative. She listened patiently, and with a completely straight face, as I went on and on (and on, and on...) about how much I missed my pre-Katrina stylist, how good she was, how hard it's been to find a decent stylist since then, yada, yada. I was SO embarassed when I realized what I was saying (I had what turned out to be a nasty head cold, so I was a little punchy), but Jessica took it all in stride, NOT personally. There aren't many stylists that I've met who would have been so cool about it. She blew it off and actually said it was helpful to her in terms of what I had in mind for my hair color. So young yet so wise! She worked hard to find a good color for me, and I enjoyed watching her work on it while she explained everything she was doing. \r
And Man, did she nail it! She gave me the PERFECT color that I'd been searching for for so long. I've also been trying hard to get my hair to grow long again, so I really didn't want a whole lot cut off. Once again, Jessica was reassuring, and she managed to pull off a small miracle - my hair actually looked longer after the cut. As she said, I ""just needed to cut off those little pointy ends."" It felt and looked incredible when she was done. What an artist. She also made a recommendation for a shampoo to help keep my color as I was leaving the following week for 7 days in Cozumel, and I knew the sun would be brutal on it. She was never pushy or ""salesman-like,"" it was just a recommendation and she was absolutely right. The shampoo really helped and was worth every penny. I plan to return in a couple of weeks, and I'm really looking forward to it.