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I grew up in Orlando, so I can tell you first-hand that finding a great hairstylist is like looking through a haystack trying to find a needle. By the time I found Joseph, my hair was over-processed, orange, and completely damaged and dull looking. He managed to turn it all around. I am half Moroccan, half American, and my hair is thin but a lot of it, frizzy with no defined curls. He knows how to work with my hair! No stylist can tame my hair like he can. i receive compliments daily about how healthy my hair looks, and how beautiful the color is. Joseph has a gift. He is able to look at you and determine which color will match your complexion, all while working with you to design your hair around the style you want as well. He is also HONEST. He will tell you the truth about the state of your hair, such as if it is too damaged to have anything completed at once. He doesn't waste your time or your money. If you read any negative reviews, that is exactly where those are stemming from. We are so accustomed to walking into a salon and receiving service no matter the condition of our hair. And then we wonder why our hair is in a mess in the first place. Go to him. This man is a hair GURU. Im thankful to say i have finally found a hair stylist i can stick with. 2 years of doing my hair now!
I think this salon is blessed with some real talented stylist. I live in Nashville and come in every couple of months for a week to visit family so I am fine with whoever is available on the day that is best for me. Holly and Matthew are both level 3 stylist. He is younger and has climbed from level 1 to 3 pretty quickly. The first time I saw him his price was 25.00 and now his cuts are $65.00. A little too much for me. Holly has been a level three longer and is more experienced. She was more in tune with what I liked and was describing to her. Her personality is more light and fun too. I also used Josh once he is a level one so I was absolutely stunned when I was charged $50.00 for the cut. Seems a bit high when a level one cut was about half of that a year ago. I will say he took his time though, he paid attention and he listened well to what I wanted and I left with a hair cut I liked very much (except for the price). Josh and Holly have been my favorite hair cuts. An acquaintance of mine uses the owner Scott and can't say enough about how wonderful his cuts are. All in all there is some genuine artistic talent here, I just hope they slow down on raising the prices any further in the near future.Ann T.
My name is Simone. I visited Hot Hair Studio for the first time on March 20th and was greeted by courteous, professional staff. In addition to their superb customer service, hair tech, Lisa, performed an awesome job on my hair with a thorough wash, deep conditioning, blow dry, and perfect trim. It's been five days now and I'm amazed that my hair style has lasted this long. What I also enjoyed about this salon is the fact that they don't overbook like most salons do and that was very important to me. They also offer an array of other hair services, waxing, and facial treatments. They are conveniently located near the Millenia Mall in the Northbridge Shopping Center which is within walking distance from my home. I will be returning on a consistent basis to get my hair done and experience some of their other services soon. I simply could not continue through the rest of the week without giving them a review; for so many times we as consumers bring forth our complaints, but businesses should also receive words of compliments when due. "HOT HAIR, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! The quietest person who visits your salon could have a whole lot to say." :) Simone
It's too bad anyone can post a bad review without any verification. I have been trying to get this Danny Jenkins review removed for awhile now. I wish I could put reviews on customers like him. He is a total control freak who broke the contract immediately. But I still continued on the job. He would not give us a draw to pay everyone. He told me how to perform my job and did nothing but complain about everything. And yes, my sub-contractors get paid when they complete their job. Imagine that. But I still continued on the job. It was a 3 week job, but since Danny Jenkins wouldn't give us the agreed draws I worked with a skeleton crew for 3 weeks and by myself for another week. I completed 90% of the job and he calls me a crook. It's the other way around. This guy had a general contractor friend pulling permits for his house renovation and then hired cheap labor to do the work. Non licensed laborer. And he controlled every move they made. In 30 years of business I've never had a more difficult customer. Since I couldn't and wouldn't complete the job he smears my name. What a joke!
I have 4 VERY large oak tress that were YEARS overdue for trimming. After looking through several company's websites I liked everything TreeWorkNow had to offer...including the important fact they are FULLY insured. I requested a quote online on a Monday night and the next day Jim called me and came to my house for an estimate. The estimate was an incredible price and the time frame was perfect. By the weekend I had a crew of 10 people here doing fabulous work! Every one of them was courteous and professional. After they were done they asked if there was anything else I would like cut and confirmed I was pleased...BEFORE they left. They also did a super job cleaning up...nothing...not even a small branch...left behind! This made a DRAMATIC difference in the entire look of my backyard and I wish I had done it years ago. I will STRONGLY recommend this company to anyone I know that needs tree work done. I could not be more THRILLED with the service, staff AND price :) Thank you guys :) Tamitha Betti
This store gets 2 stars and that is because of the merchandise alone. The items being sold her are so so cute! If you love preppy items and girly style you will love the stuff sold here. Here is why this store does not get more then a mediocre review from me: If you are not white they will not give you the time of day. I have been in on multiple occasions, with money to spend, and I won't get as much as a "hello" from anyone. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, hence why I have been in more then once, but I am never greeted- let alone helped or spoken to. I have other fairer skinned girlfriends though who have been in and they are immediatly spoken to and helped. Its so sad that in such a cool and progressive part of town this store acts like this. Change your tune Primrose Shop, and you might get more business.
Affinity salon is great. I can be picky at times. I came in as a walkin and they took me promptly to the colorist and stylist. The colorist was Brit and the stylist was Alex. Those two know what they are doing and did a great job. Brit picked a color that would go with my skintone and make my eyes stand out. I picked a style out of a magazine and asked Alex what she thought it would look on me. She thought it would look good and styled it exactly from the magazine. It came out beautifully. The Affinity I went to is right next to the Florida Mall in Orlando. Prices are kinda high but if you can afford it, its worth getting a great style and color. All the folks that work there were very polite and hospitable. Make you feel right at home.
Here's the thing, I love my haircuts and color I get there but the appointment staff is really rude. When I call for an appointment they always seem rushed but also very short. Even when I make appointments in the salon there is one in particular that is just plain rude all the time. I'm pretty over it and may shop around because I hate dealing with those people. It's not worth it. Also there have been some mix ups in my appointments not by my mistake, and I've been the one inconvenienced, the salon never apologized or made it right. That's not acceptable in my book. So, while I love the services I get its becoming not worth the other hassles. There are a lot of other salons out there with talented stylists.
I am super picky about my hair, I had one hairstylist for 8 years and when he moved away, I didn't touch my hair for way too long because I was too nervous. After hearing so many rave reviews from friends, I finally caved and booked an appointment.I fell in love with the salon right away! Just being there makes you feel pretty. I met with Alan and he seemed very knowledgeable and I immediately felt at ease. I was offered a delicious cappuccino while he worked his magic. Afterwards, I got an blow out by Edwin and it was the icing on the cake. It was an overall great experience. I could not be happier with the way my hair turned out and highly recommend this salon! The picture doesn't do it justice.
Good prices and good barbers. Stay by if your are in the area ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Finding the right arborists for the job is just like hiring any other professional tradespeople, such as plumbers or electricians. You want trustworthy people who know what they are doing, especially since they are working on or around your home - the most expensive piece of property you own.
Don't hire the first person who claims to be a professional, but only has a chainsaw and a flatbed pickup truck.
What Kind of Work Do You Need Done?
Before you search for an arborist, make sure you know what kind of work needs completing. Do your trees need a simple trim of their leaves and branches, or do you require a more serious task, such as sawing low-hanging branches that could cause damage to your house if a severe storm occurs?
Once you know the extent of the work you need completed, make a list of tree service providers in your area. If you know you have low-hanging branches that could prove to be problematic, it's smart to find an arborist sooner rather than later. Many tree service providers get a a lot of business after storms hit, so you could be waiting for a while if you delay in calling a professional.
You have a better chance of getting a good deal on trimming or tree removal if you get any necessary work done in the winter, as opposed to busy seasons like spring and summer.
Look for Reviews and Ask for Recommendations
Start your search for a tree service by looking at the online reviews of any companies in your area. Remember your family, friends and neighbors are also trusted sources of information, so ask them if they can recommend a tree service to you. Ask them what kind of jobs the arborist performed, how much they charged and if they were pleased with the results.
Are They Certified Arborists?
Not all tree service companies feature certified arborists. If you have trees you want to keep and care for, you need a full-fledged arborist for the job. Ask the company to verify qualifications and credentials before you sign or agree to anything.
Hiring a certified arborist gives you more options. In case you decide you don't want trees chopped down, ask if there's anything he or she can do to spare any sickly trees you might have.
Remember that the landscape of your yard either adds or subtracts to the value of your home, so upkeep of your trees is very important if you want good home equity.
Ask for Proof of Insurance
Before hiring a company, you need to know it's carrying enough insurance to cover any damage done to your property or any injuries that could result from the work done on your home.
Make sure you verify the tree service is insured and for the proper amount.
Request a Walkthrough
Don't sign a contract for the work until the arborist walks you through the details of the job and explains the kind of work he or she will be doing, how long it may take and what kind of equipment will be used.
While doing a walkthrough, ask how debris will be disposed of. Will the service be responsible for clean-up? It could be you want the tree converted into mulch or firewood. If so, make sure you and the arborist are both on the same page before you make a hiring decision.
This is also a great time to ask about the service's qualifications. Ask for a list of references you can contact regarding the quality of the service's work, as well as the tyeps of jobs it has performed in the past.
Compare Estimates and Average Costs
It's always smart to request estimates for jobs from several companies before making a decision. Obtain a written bid for any work.
How much you'll pay for services depends on how tall and large the tree is and what type of job is required. This is why the average cost of trimming a tree varies widely. Trimming or pruning a 30-foot tree can cost anywhere from $75 to $400, while taller species such as oaks and pines may run from $150 to almost $900.
The average cost of completely cutting down a large tree can be well over $1,000 with stump removal. The price of grinding down the tree's stump also varies. Many tree service professionals charge by the diameter, with the average price being $3 per inch.
Keep in mind that the more dangerous the job, the more it will cost to remove or even trim a tree. If the tree is located in a hard-to-reach area or if there are power lines either near it or in the way, a tree service will charge more.
With that being said, it's important to get an itemized invoice that shows how much each part of the job will cost, from the actual chopping down of the tree to the stump grinding and disposal.
A tree service professional, also known as an arborist, does much more than chop down trees and remove stumps from your front yard. As a homeowner, you likely want some greenery on your property. However, out-of-control trees and shrubbery can be hazardous to you and anyone who enters your yard. Trees can also balloon your homeowners insurance rates if a branch falls on your home, vehicle or somebody walking on your property.
Experienced tree service providers can give you insight into how to properly care for your trees and what to do if any of them are diseased. In fact, many homeowners regularly call on arborists to diagnose the health of their trees. Many times, tree service workers must fell a tree if it has contracted an ailment.
However, just keeping track of the fertilizer you use, the soil the tree is in and the amount of water the tree needs can keep some diseases at bay. This is why it's smart to hire an arborist, who can advise you on whether you can save the trees on your property or whether you should cut them down and remove them.
Arborists can also treat the tree and possibly cure it of common diseases such as canker, heart rot, root and butt rot, sooty mold, powdery mildew or verticillium wilt. Some of these ailments attack certain species of trees via the soil or roots, and if they aren't caught soon, the plant could die.
Tree service experts not only diagnose the diseases ailing your saplings, they also provide insect control if it happens that the plants are sick due to pests. Not all tree diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria and lack of water. Some bugs burrow through the bark and damage hardwood and softwood trees. Depending on the species of trees in your yard and the region of the country you live in, aphids, the infamous emerald ash borer or other pests could destroy your healthy trees. Calling an arborist sooner rather than later can help you head this problem off at the pass before you're stuck with a treeless yard.
Not only can an arborist help you ward off tree diseases and pests, he or she can also study samples of the soil on your property to determine if the ground isn't nutrient-rich enough to support vegetation.
Tree Cutting and Removal
Felling trees and mulching them into pulp is the most common job for which homeowners need arborists. However, you might need a tree service if you plan to construct a new home or if you're adding an addition to a pre-existing residence. If a tree happens to be in the way of your plans, call a service company. They can chop the offending plant down and remove the stump from your property so you can start building.
However, if you wish to protect the trees around your home from any construction work, a tree service can also help. An arborist can prune some of the branches to ensure the tree stays healthy but doesn't interfere with new construction or additions.
If a storm hits and damages your residence, a tree service professional is usually on your list of people to call for help after first responders and your insurer.
A professional service can completely remove a tree or just prune and saw off its branches if a storm damages a tree. After sawing or destroying the tree, professionals can then remove any of the dangerous debris from your yard by hauling it off.
Planting New Trees
Tree service companies don't just get rid of sickly or dead hardwood and softwood trees, they also offer their expertise and assistance if you want to plant new ones. If you want to add to the greenery in your yard but you're concerned about the right species to plant or where to put it on your property, seek the advice of an arborist.
Last but not least, tree service companies are also great places to get your wood if you happen to have a fireplace. Many tree businesses offer free delivery and stacking of hardwoods, such as maple or birch. These can make for the best firewood because they burn slowly and don't produce as much smoke as other types.
No industry is safe from hucksters and scam artists, unfortunately, and tree service providers are no exception to this rule. Do your due diligence and always ask for proof of insurance and certification before agreeing to any work. You will also want to be on the lookout for telltale signs of scams. Be cautious of any company that: