I went to Strand, based on a recommendation of a friend. Now that I've found Strand (and Jason, a stylist there), I will never go anywhere else in the Athens area. I am very particular with my hair. I went to Strand to get 8 inches of hair cut off for a hair donation. Jason was very patient, meticulously measuring my hair and repositioning the rubber bands that held it together, so as not to take more than the 8 inches that I requested. He listened to what I wanted, and offered a few additional suggestions so that I could get the look that I wanted in a way that looked great for me. He ended up spending over an hour on my hair, which I thought was awesome, especially considering that the cost is lower than most other area salons. I left with the best haircut I have ever had. I couldn't be more pleased. If you are looking for a great salon, with amazing stylists at reasonable prices, Strand is the place for you. The atmosphere is quaint and friendly. It is not at all pretentious as many other salons are. I was treated like a person, not a time slot.