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I've been going to Fatou's for 3 years and I would always get the style I wanted but the last time I visited, this was not the case. I asked for small box braids and showed her pictures before even stepping into the shop and she said ok. So when I go into the shop and gets ready to braid my hair, she asks to see the picture again. I show her again and she does one braid and shows me the size...its a medium width box braid. I told her to take out a little less hair and she did exactly that...she took only like 4 strands out and it is still a medium box braid. I honestly just decided at this point this will be my last time comming into this salon. I dont understand why she asked to look at the picture (which clearly shows small box braids like I asked for) when she just ended up doing what she wanted to. I know I should have spoken up but I just didnt care anymore. The fact that I showed her pictures and asked for small and she still did medium was ridiculous to me. A customer in a past visit went through the same thing I just did but she actually spoke up and told Fatou her problem is that she does not listen very well to customer's requests. Overall, I did enjoy the years I've been going here but now I am going to find a different place. As you see in other reviews, some people never had this problem.I hope this review helps you in your decision to go here or not.
My hair was not done like I wanted it, lady didn’t take her time to make lace front look natural as possible . The sew in was very nice but I just feel like she should have took her time to pluck and make my hair look as natural as possible for the outrageous price I paid I could have gotten it done better other then that atmosphere was fine .
I have been getting my hair braided at Fatou’s for over 5 years now. Fatou and her staff are excellent. Talented, creative and just hands down the best. My box braids always look amazing and I never leave disappointed. I always get tons of compliments on my hair. The salon is clean and stylish and Fatou takes great care in accommodating her customers. Her pricing is also very reasonable. If you are looking for top notch braiding, Fatou’s is the place to go. You will not be disappointed!!!
I love fatou and everyone who works for her she is a great professional woman and I was always welcome in the salon regardless of skin color. I always feel welcome and I sometimes bring my daughter which she never has any problems about. My hair always turns out fantastic and I'm always recieving complements on it. She is also great at getting me in for appointments even last minute! All of the women who work there listen to what I want done and never let me down. I've reccomend this place to many friends and everyone who compliments my hair. I even bring my daughter here tpto get get hair done
I lovee my box braids, Fatou was very fast, very neat, perfect size, perfect length, exactly what i wanted. Excellent service!
DO NOT GO TO VERONICA! It is sad that I've been going to this salon for over 5 years twice a week for the cost of $40 to $160 plus Veronica's cash tip (ranging from $10 through $20 OR MORE each visit in addition to having her come to my home on her days off to do my hair - I would give her $50 cash or more, picked her up from her home and drove her back). My stylist WAS Veronica. Six months ago she chucked my hair only to see it break while she washed it. I always said to anyone and everyone just how much I TRUSTED Veronica and have sent her clients throughout the YEARS. However, I gave her a break six months ago and she gave me a lame story that it was all my surgeries that was causing my hair to break. Bull s!#=_!!! My doctor confirmed yesterday that she had severally caused a burn to my scalp. PICTURES WILL BE ATTACHED OF MY HAIR BREAK ING AND NUMEROUS TOWELS RUINED TWO TOWELS $45 each. When she chunked my hair again just about a month ago, my HAIR AGAIN BEGAN TO BREAK WHILE IN THE SINK. VERONICA BLAMED ANESTHESIA WAS STILL IN MY SYSTEM FROM MARCH, 2014 (IMPOSSIBLE). WHEN I TEXTED HER WITH PHOTOS SHE WAS RUDE AND UNACCEPTABLY UNPROFESSIONAL. ... The problem with her ALWAYS is that she is texting CONSTANTLY, which I never cared .... UNTIL IT EFFECTED HER SERVICED DIRECTLY ONTO ME.
This salon is a woman's get away for a few hours. Home away from home, positive, energized, laid back atmosphere. I love this salon and all the ladies there, they are loving and caring. They not only take care of your hair but they feed your soul.
Don't give you the hairstyle that you asked for and overcharge you for something that you did not even ask
BEWARE !!!! DONT WRITE ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THIS SALON OTHERWISE THE OWNERS WILL HARASS YOU ON FACEBOOK .I WROTE ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE I HAD AT THIS SALON AND RECEIVED A LONG MESSAGE FROM NADIA ONLINE. Telling me I'm pathetic ,ugly and looking for Attention. How unprofessional and ghetto is this??? Now I know for a fact that she did my hair the way she did that day.
I have had issues in the past but wanted to tey one more time. I explained exactly what I wanted. I told her if you can not do it then say so before you start. My hair takes forever to grow and it took me 4 years to finally get the length back. I told her 2 inches in the back and a feather style on sides. She angled it to the front and cut over 6 inches off the back. I spent 3 hours crying today. Everyone says don't worry it will geow back. Well it will take 3 to 4 years to grow back after this bad cut. I have to give a rating and would say a big fat "0". Fact is if you can't do the cut say so cause at least I would respect you. Fo not give a cut you think the peraon should get.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.