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Topaz Salon

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(61 Reviews)

1509 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

(512) 851-2070

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Today: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tomorrow: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
17
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IN BUSINESS
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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
Neighborhoods
South Lamar, Zilker
Categories
Beauty Salons, Barbers
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Price Range : Average

By Appointment Only: No

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RadioJanice

05/13/2012

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So Glad I Found Selena

Over the years I have walked into Topaz several times and always have found a good hairstylist willing to take the time to understand what I want and take the time to give it to me.

But when I walked in just before Thanksgiving last year and Selena available, I really found a hairstylist I love.

I am not a ""hair"" person. I truly have hated the chore of getting a haircut and I don't want to have to fix it each day or do anything more than wash and dry it. Selena hasn't tried to change anything about my approach, she doesn't push ""products"" on me, or make my life more complicated. She has given me great cuts that I can maintain easily and now -- after facing gray for a long time and not knowing what I was going to do with it -- she made it easy for me to get some highlights to hide the gray.

Selena is well priced, always willing to find a way to make an appointment work for me, and is fun to chat with, too.

DelilahBirkenstock

05/19/2011

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Paul is the Best Colorist I've Ever Had/Best in Austin

I am at that certain age where I'm deciding between a nice silver with lowlights, so I went to see Paul, because I was tired of that flat, harsh dark look so many women my age have, and that I had.

I went in with three inches of silver roots (very pretty actually) and about four or five inches of the nastiest green/red/splotchy out of a box brown. Seriously hideous.

I went out of there with perfect hair- better looking than when I was a true brunette back in my teens.

Let me just sum up why I will never go to anyone else, and if he retires, why I'll just let my silver hair grow out:

1. He truly, truly, truly knows the science of hair color. He knew precisely what my original color was, even though it was covered over with silver hair (I had a little original left) and covered over with nasty Walmart dye.

2. He studied my coloring and assured me that if I wasn't ready to go grey, he would do it right so that it wasn't harsh or unnatural looking that would clash with my age or complexion.

3. He discussed my options and when I was indecisive, I knew that he knew what he was talking about and trusted him to make a decision about what shade combination would look best .

4. He took three hours to do my hair. I had over one hundred foils on my head when he was finished in about three or four different shades (I have chin length hair).


I'm telling you, this guy really, really, really knows what he is doing.


Besides that, he's a freaking perfectionist. He even has his own choice of lighting above his booth so that he can see the true color of your hair.


So, I expected to and was prepared to pay close to three hundred dollars or more for all this highlighting, lowlighting and color correction. It was about half that.

We worked out a doable maintenance plan, I came home and I can genuinely say that my hair is beautiful. There is dimension, body, beautiful highlights and lowlights where they should be.


I usually look in the mirror after a dye job and simply regret not having my old, sixteen year old brunette hair. But today, I can say my hair looks better now. Honestly.


Paul has got my vote as the best, most knowledgeable and meticulous hair colorist I've used in thirty years of messing with my hair.

peach lassi

04/25/2011

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Detailed Perfectionist, Yet Never A Bore

I have a very frustrating cowlick and needed to look good for a family reunion/wedding (or regret the millions of photos later on). Jacquie Nguyen was a pleasant surprise. She does not cut any corners while perfecting the details of your style, and she was particularly creative with my cowlick--making it more of a highlight when I see it in the mirror now rather than something that refuses to be styled. She is professional, but also will be upfront if necessary. I like leaving the place knowing I got my money's worth! Good feeling.

sunshine bomb

02/21/2011

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Selena Weiss - Miracle Worker :)

Selena Weiss is amazing! I had a major hair issue...I had seen a stylist elsewhere and she seriously messed up my color trying to turn brown into blonde. When she tried to correct it from minor brass, it turned into MAJOR brass. It literally looked like I had an orange blob on the top of my head (a co-worker said it looked like I rubbed lemon on my head then leaned toward the sun). The back of my head didn't get colored and remained dark (compared to the orange color on the top it was HORRIBLE) and there were orangeish blonde chunky streaks on the side of my hair. Can you say tiger? Needless to say, I was having a 911 hair emergency. I got Selena's information from a friend and contacted her for help. She immediately set an appointment for me on her day off (Sunday). When I showed up the salon was SO cute...very relaxing...and fortunately next to a starbucks ;). Selena checked out my disaster and knew exactly what to do. The orange blob is now a nice shade of light blonde with lowlights (what I originally wanted) and the back of my head matches the front. The chunks are gone replaced by natural looking highlights. What a lifesaver! Seriously! I will not let anyone else touch my hair from here on out! Thanks SO MUCH, Selena!!!

DigitalMortal

10/21/2010

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Nice salon, Aydrian is a pro!

Topaz has a cool atmosphere, and you get a free beverage for showing up!
Getting your hair cut by Aydrian Rayda will be the highlight of your day.
She's a cool person who will understand you when you describe your perfect haircut. She also gives awesome suggestions if you're not sure what you want.

I feel relaxed in her hands knowing she's going to make me look good.

yolanda711

10/18/2010

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Love me some Aydrian!!

I've been going to Aydrian for over a year now, and I couldn't be happier!! I have fairly thin hair that I am in the process of growing out, but Aydrian knows exactly how to cut it to give it great style and volume! I also get my roots and highlights done, I can tell her to jazz it up or make it more natural, and she knows the exact colors to use to make me happy. She knows what I want and what my hair needs! I get tons of compliments on my hair, and there is no hesitation in referring Aydrian! Besides being a great hair stylist Aydrian is super nice and friendly, she makes getting your hair done an enjoyable experience! Check her out, you won't be disappointed!

perkinsch

10/18/2010

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Aydrian is amazing! Best cut/color and head massage

I went to Aydrian recently and loved her! My cut and color were great and just what I wanted but better! I know I'm going to keep going back to her. What I really loved more than my perfect bangs that hit in just the right spot and the gray covering brilliant brown hair color was the most AMAZING SHAMPOO AND HEAD MASSAGE OF MY LIFE! I left the salon the happiest ever had.

ReyRey B

07/21/2010

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Erin Armstrong @ Topaz Salon

Before I talk about this, let me give you a little background: I've been going to Erin Armstrong (former Gardipee) for several years. I come from 5 generations of hair dressers/stylists/beauticians so I KNOW hair and I'm very picky about who does mine. Erin was introduced to me by my best friend and I was hooked from day one. Even since I've moved from Austin to Houston, I still travel to Austin every 6 weeks or so to get my hair done by Erin. Not only does she do fantastic hair (color and cut), she also gives great advice on how to keep my hair manageable and healthy...which is why when she became certified in the Brazilian Blowout, I was first on her list to get the treatment.
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! My hair is thick and fine..which means that it tangles and frizzes without effort...after I got the Brazilian Blowout, my hair is the smoothest it's ever been. Extremely manageable. I highly suggest it: Once more, though, I highly suggest ANYONE receive any hair treatments, highlights, colors and cuts from Erin. She is one of the best stylists I've ever come across...Re price: let's just say, you pay for what you get...I don't have any qualms with the price because I have 100% faith in her work...and that's saying a lot coming from my family. Go see Erin. Your hair needs her.

amanda512

02/25/2010

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MONIQUE IS AWESOME (and does extentions!)

I moved out here from California and (gulp) had to find a new hairdresser. Monique at Topaz is by far my favorite hairdresser in Austin. I've been going to her for a couple of years now and I've never left unhappy. She does really great hair cuts and uses great color - my hair turned out exactly like I had hoped it would.

Added bonus - she does EXTENTIONS!! Sooo hard to find someone who not only does extentions but does them well. Really reasonably priced, real hair and they look amazing. She helped me pick out the color, order the extentions, etc. and they match my hair perfectly. Mine are put in using little bonds and you seriously cannot see them or tell that it's not my hair. Mine usually look great for about 4-5 months and don't fall out.

Seriously can't rave enough about her.

One Love

01/20/2010

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Doenst get better than Aydrian

I didnt dislike my current stylist, I just wasnt wowed by her. My coworker who's hair always looks fantastic referred me to Aydrian. And let me tell you, WOW!! I have longer, layered hair and didnt want to lose much length, because of this I always assumed there was not many options. Boy was I wrong. Aydrian was able to rework my layers which gave my hair movement, volume, and life it had never seen before. My highlights were equally as impressive. Aydrian gave me a very natural highlight but still managed to add interest. If you dont love your current stylist go see Aydrian, you will love her!

lazycat32

01/15/2010

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Love my Courtney!!

I was going to the same stylist for years and of course she moved out of state! I tried going to other salons, but hadn't had any luck and just wasn't truly happy with my hair. One of my friends told me about Courtney. So, being the nervous client I always am I sent my boyfriend in for a cut with her. She was so fun and did an awesome job! I got to see one of her female clients on the way out and was very impressed. A couple weeks later I went to see her and was so happy, finally again! My hair is very fine and curly and everyone always layers it in such a way that it looks good flat ironed, but awe full when i let it air dry! She recognized my concerns and assured me that she knew what she was doing :-) she even offered to dry it curly then flat iron it for me too! It was great both ways!
I'm very happy I found a stylist again! I definitely recommend Courtney at Topaz to assure you will have fabulous hair!

A101

10/19/2009

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Rahel at Topaz, love it!!

So i have seen rahel a few times i have followed her from her old salon to Topaz. I absolutely love the move and change to Topaz. I still get the great same service but in a more unique, fun, and relaxed environment. I trust her with my color and haircuts because she has never let me down. Not only do i love the job she does but she has really become a friend to me. I always look forward to my appointments because i love how i always look and having a glass of wine during my visit is a great perk. Everyone should give her chance because she will truly deliver!!

Maryjay77

08/14/2009

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Vicki is awesome!

I moved here from Califorina recently and needed to find a stylist. I went to other salons in the area and just got a trim because I was never really impressed until I went to Topaz and found Vicki. She really listened to me when I told her what I wanted for my hair cut. She didnt mess up my bangs either! She gave me great advice for taking care of my hair too. She made me feel relaxed enough that I trusted her with doing some highlights. I've gotten so many complements, from my niece who's 12 to other women in line at Target! I love my Hair and I'm so glad I found Vicki.

ru ribuzz

07/15/2009

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Great Salon all around!!

Lorraine at Topaz is FANTASTIC! I am fairly new to Austin and it is typically hard for me to find a hair salon that understands my frizzy, extremely curly, and at the time I went into Topaz, half curly/half chemically straightened hair. I have now been to Topaz a few times and each time I get my crazy curly hair blown out perfectly straight, with body, and Lorraine performs a masterpiece each time that my husband has even commented as to how great it looks. Also, the cut always comes out just right and my color still holds it luster almost 2 months in. Highly recommend Lorraine and this wonderful salon:)

AF2554

05/31/2009

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Amy T. is the last stylist you will need to look for...EVER!

I first went to Amy T. for corrective coloring. I called the salon I first found her at & they scheduled me an appointment with her. I'm so glad they did because she was able to fix my hair & it came out way better than I expected. I have tried so many other salons & they always color my hair a green tone plus they never cut my hair the way I want. I have blonde hair so it's hard for me to find someone that can color my hair without messing it up. Amy colors & cuts my hair perfect every time. She's not only a great stylist, she also has an awesome personality. She makes you feel comfortable & at ease from the moment you meet her. She takes her time to listen & work on your hair, which shows how much she cares about her profession, her clients & that definitely makes a great stylist!

TiffanyY

03/16/2009

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Amy Taras at Topaz Salon

Amy Taras was the fourth stylist I tried when moving to Austin--it's hard to find someone who understands how to cut curly hair, let alone color it. Amy's hair IS curly, so I felt comfortable that she knew her stuff as soon as I met her. Her cuts are great--not only great-looking right out the door, but up to several months later. She asks what you want, but she also has opinions, if you want to hear them--and they're always good ones, though she never tries to pressure you out of your comfort zone. When I decided to try coloring, Amy made sure I was happy with the highlights, bringing me back in to fine-tune the first process at no additional charge. Curly hair can be hard to highlight--it's easy to overprocess and frizz it, and if the highlights aren't put on right for your curl, they look unnatural. Amy is uncanny at being able to color what seems like each individual curl. I've never had so many compliments on my hair--or a hairdresser I trust more.

DDM2

02/13/2009

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Vicki at Topaz- best cut I've ever had.

I'm a nightmare to deal with when it comes to my hair. I hardly ever know what I want, and even when I do I never know how to explain it to my stylist. Somehow Vicki at Topaz figured it all out and gave me the best cut I've ever had. I came in with some vague ideas what I wanted to look like. Vicki listened, asked some questions, gave me some suggestions, and then worked her magic. I've never received so many compliments on my hair as I have since I've been going to Vicki. She is fun as hell to talk to too.

I've since referred a friend in desperate need of something new to Vicki for highlights and a cut, and Vicki made her look 100 times better.

TarotByArwen

02/04/2009

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Curly Genius

I researched hair cutters before choosing Tanya Steele at Topaz. She is a genius with curly hair. Just had my hair done yesterday and wow. My hair has never looked this good.

Not only was Ms. Steele punctual, but she gave me great advice on how to avoid frizzy hair. She didn't try to push product on me but explained to me what she liked and why. She has a great chairside personality as well.

Ms. Steele listened to me. She explained why I needed a bit more length off than I wanted and I agreed. Rarely have I encountered someone with such fabulous people skills combined with stylist know how. I do know one thing.

I will go back to Ms. Steele. The only way anyone is ever touching my hair again is if she hangs up her shears. If you want someone who not only knows hair but also knows people, you really owe it to yourself to let Tanya Steele style your hair.

jessamine24

01/07/2009

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nightmare experience, horrible bussiness practices

Topaz is horrible. The stylist, Christal, dyed my naturally blond hair dark reddish brown when I asked her to even out my color that had grown out from a summer of using sun-in. I was horrified by how dark she made my hair, it was completely the opposite of what I described. She offered to fix it but actually made it worse. My hair looked like a birds nest and wouldn't even get curly anymore like it usually does. When I complained to the manager Donna, I was told that the salon ""independently contracts it stylists"" and they were not able to refund me. She did offer to have me come back a THIRD time to fix my hair, but after two bad jobs I didn't trust them anymore (I did go somewhere else and paid out the rear to have it fixed). Donna had Chrystal call me and we argued without getting anywhere. Chrystal claimed that she couldn't refund me since she lost time and money trying to fix my hair. I told her that wasn't my problem since she messed it up in the first place. She kept repeating her lame argument even though mine made so much more sense, and we could not agree on any resolution. I talked to Donna again and she insisted that there was nothing to be done, even denying me a gift certificate to the salon or some free products as reparations. Now I may be mistaken, but when a salon hires a stylist, shouldn't they take responsibility for when the stylist screws up?? Or can anyone walk into Topaz from off the street and cut/color hair? Shame on Topaz for hiring someone who does not know how to color hair, and not wanting to take responsibility or make any kind of amends. I truly hope they change their horrible business practices and exercise more discretion when they hire stylists. If you go to this salon and get bad results, do not expect anyone to care or do anything to help your situation. You will just have to deal with it.

meg2210

12/18/2008

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Tanya Steele: hip hair specialist!

""Tanya Steele has been styling my hair for years now. When she said she was moving to Topaz salon, I gladly followed. I have NEVER been unhappy with the way she styled or colored my hair. I always love it! Sometimes when I'm feeling adventurous I just tell her to cut my hair however she wants, and it always looks amazing! She also did my hair (and my bridesmaids hair) for my wedding. Everyone looked chic and hip, but still elegant and timeless. If you're looking for a new stylist in Austin, I strongly recommend Tanya Steele.""