Honestly, Melissa changed by life. I am so indebted to her. I am in my 40s, and have super fine hair, that began thinning at the crown 13 years ago after the birth of my child. I have spent over a decade battling it. I have had every blood test known to man. In sum, it’s heredity, and a hormone imbalance that only menopause will cure. Even so, I’ve tried everything. oils, vitamins, massage, Nioxin, Minoxidil, bio-identicals, Rx meds. I spent a fortune, with no results. The older I got, the more it damaged my self-esteem. When I looked down, or when you stand or sit behind me, you could see my scalp and thin patches. I became a master of concealment. The side part, strategic hairspray, hair fibers, hair pieces. Clip ins that hurt like heck and damaged my hair further. It was exhausting, sad, and so time consuming!Finally, I gave up. I started looking into extensions. Honestly, I was very skeptical. The last thing I wanted was to further my hair loss with “friction alopecia.” I researched nearly all extension stylists in SA. I eliminated the “jack of all, master of none” or one’s that are self-declared specialists who trained via YouTube. I was almost ready to give up. And then I came across “Extensions of Yourself” and Melissa. What a difference! First of all, Melissa is an educated, certified specialist, trained in a variety of methods, has seen it all, & knows her stuff. And it is quite clear that her goal is to help people, not make $. Her compassion is obvious as is her sensitivity to emotions surrounding hair loss. She truly understands what it is like to feel embarrassed about hair. I’ve never met anyone who “gets it” the way she does. In a free consultation, she carefully goes over your options, the prices, and what type of service will best fit your life style. There is no hard sell. She was honest and explained to me that HairDreams extensions can be reused two times, so you don’t have to buy new extensions in 6 months. But others, like Great Lengths, are used once and that’s it, you have to pay for both labor, and new extensions every 6 months or so. Her point was: you can opt for cheaper extensions, but it is false economy if you plan on keeping them longterm. I had been to countless salons that pushed the lower end extensions, fully aware that it means more $$$ for them. After the consult, Melissa encouraged me to think about it for awhile, even when I was ready to whip out my checkbook that very moment! So, I took my time. The cost was reasonable and under market for SA, far less than most salons. I added up all the money I spent on products, the time, the emotional toll it was taking. Two weeks later, I set up my appointment. The hair salon is intimate. You get personal attention without having to deal with the group of gossiping women. It is just you, and Melissa. The process took about 6 hours. I am hyperactive -- but somehow the time flew by. Melissa she puts earbuds in, and listens to music, leaving you free to work on a laptop (free wifi!), read, or whatever. She doesn’t waste your time taking personal calls, texting, or gossiping with other stylists. When she was done, I didn’t even recognize myself. I knew I’d feel better, but I didn’t imagine how much decent hair could improve appearance, and in turn---confidence! It is weird, but having normal hair, can make all your other features look better as well. My natural thin hair emphasized any flaw in my skin, All in all, it has been a life-changing, wonderful experience with Extensions of Yourself. I told Melissa, “I think I will die with my hair extensions in” and I meant it. I could never go back to the struggle I had before I met Melissa. She is truly a blessing. I will be a lifelong client.
I was so not impressed with the service here or the knowledge of the stylist. I've been natural over 8 years and I've successfully cared for my own hair and am usually hesitant to allow others to care for my hair due to previous experience from cocky stylists. I thought this would be a better experience after reading reviews but on second look I can only assume that those with a positive experience probably actually think their curls are a "problem" to be "managed". I on the other hand love my healthy, thick, tightly curled hair. First the stylist used horrible washing technique with shampoo further tangling my hair and poorly cleansing and conditioning. Then proceeded to rip the hell out of my hair with a denman brush and blow dryer without adequately or gently detangling first. I should have known better due to the fact that she obviously disliked and could not care for her own "natural" hair because of the obvious bad sew in weave she had in her hair. And her own professed use of a "lil" relaxer to help her own curls blend with weave.... All I originally wanted was a trim because I haven't trimmed my hair in a while and during our consultation she said that she would just blow dry my hair before trimming. She then proceeded to flat iron my hair. Also with poor technique in my opinion. Hopefully once I wash this mess out my curls will revert back to their original beauty and the cut won't be completely horrible. I first went here for a trim to cut off frayed ends and single strand knots after going about 1.5 years without professional trim... But after all the stress and pulling I feel like I just have additional wear and tear on my hair... Awful awful awful... So mad right now! And overpriced as hell. Which I wouldn't mind paying I the service was up to par.
I had my first appointment with this salon. The staff is very friendly and the place was clean and stylish. I went in a couple of days in advance to ask questions and was quoted $60 for a conditioning treatment, which would drop to $35 if you included hair color. I made the mistake of not getting a firm answer of how much for a haircut. I have mixed textured curly hair that is slightly shorter than shoulder length. I was assured that they have experience with my hair type. The day of my appointment, I was seen promptly and offered a beverage and snack. My stylist gave me 100% of her attention and answered what questions I had. These are the sweetest ladies you'll meet. The conditioning treatment for my hair was beyond what I have expected. My stylist then spent time giving me a wet cut, straightening my hair, and a dry cut followed. She did a magnificent job at taking away the split ends and giving my hair a healthy look. At the end, my hair was only straightened and not styled as discussed prior to drying. I also asked for a product to help prevent frizz, to which one was applied. The cost of what I requested: shampoo, conditioning treatment, cut, and straightening with a flat iron was $130. I inquired about the breakdown of my cost and was informed the conditioning treatment was $65 and the haircut was $65. I left the salon to another indoor location and my hair was frizzy in 15 minutes. My experience was not horrible but I cannot say it was the best. This is the most I have ever paid for these specific services, ever. I enjoy the feel of my hair and it appears to be healthier but I left there without a style and frizz that followed shortly after.
This experience is not what I expected with the private, small studio. But when Carrie gets ahold of you its awesome. She is extremely artistic when applying makeup so she looks at your face like it is a canvas and begins her work. She gets really involved and does what you want her to do. The thing that I loved about it is that I still didn't even know for sure (after two separate trials) on the wedding day what I wanted done with my hair. I couldn't decide. So Carrie took over and began working my hair into whatever she was doing and when I turned around I fell in love! I hadn't seen anything that looked like that on pinterest or google and it was perfect for me and my face. I even changed things about how I wanted my makeup from the last two times I had been with her and she did whatever I asked and never seemed annoyed with me and my indecisiveness. She was so sweet towards my 5 year old sister and gave her a little bit of sparkle too! She worked with all of my girls with her other team members and had patience and endurance for they were there longer than they intended. I was appreciative of her and her team for staying to do touch ups for after the ceremony as well. I really couldn't have been happier with such a passionate person working with me and remaining calm while I couldn't make a decision to save my life. Just let her be her and she will let you be you. She truly is an artist :) and I grew fond of her soft spirit and her loving nature. Thank you Ms. Von Loudon for making me feel like the princess I was afraid I wouldn't be able to feel like due to my inability to make a decision!
I always bring my friends who are in need of a haircut/hairdo to this salon. I've always spoken so highly of Avalon because of all the services they provide. I'm always offered a beverage of choice and treated with dignity and respect by the staff. The customers at this establishment are always pleasant. Booking an appointment is so easy. I come here for Denise because I've established a loyal relationship with her. She is very knowledgeable and I have never left disappointed. My best friend who is in the military came to Denise with damaged and dry hair. With Denise's recommendations, my best friend was extremely satisfied with her now shiny and healthy looking do. As for myself, Denise always does a great cut and color, she listens- and I trust her. Most of all, she's very knowledgeable. I came in with a dry scalp, she treated my hair, and gave me invaluable tips... I woke up this morning with a calm/moisturized scalp, YAYYY!!!Bottom line, Avalon Salon is great. Denise is great, the manager has consistently been welcoming of customers, and the staff have always been wonderful.
I was hesitant at first because I thought she would be expensive for a color based on her experience, awards and being self employed not working at those big salons. I instead choose visible changes. Well, they were a complete disaster. They turned my brown hair red and even after i complained they just threw a toner on and that was it. I was fed up and decided to give Rita a call. She is the nicest person I have ever met. I love her salon, just you and her in there and it's very quiet. Way more personable than those other salons. She takes all the time she needs and keeps working until it looks right. And it ended up being CHEAPER (even before the new client discount) than what I spent for the firetruck hair disaster at visible changes. She also did it so when my roots go back it wouldnt be super obvious so I could wait longer to get a touch up to save money. She was brilliant and I feel so much more confident now. I will be going back soon for a hair cut! From now on she is the only one ever allowed to touch my hair. Couldn't be happier!
Hands down the best barbershop and barbers that I have seen in a long time. They have convinced a cynic that there are still shops out there in the world where true expertise is still on display. The job Jerry does with my cut is nothing short of exceptional. I’m not going to lie, I can't remember how many years it is been since I left a barber feeling like my fade/edge/overall cut was that much on point, but Jerry has some skills. In fact, every barber that I have seen there are master craftsman. O’Neal and Gro$$ are so good at it that you can easily see why this place is called FadeMasters. Man, they will even give you a cut on a Sunday if you call them during the week to make an appointment, and I don’t think I have had that done since my Army days, when I was stationed “downrange.” So, not only would I recommend this place but I wish I could invest because when more people find out how good they are this place is going to stay pack.
When I met Laura I had already had permanent makeup done on my lips and eye brows. The previous makeup artist had tattooed my lips dark red and had tattooed my eyebrows uneven. I looked terrible and my self esteem was horribly low. I looked for every solution possible from wrecking ball to lasers. After one treatment with Laura my lips were lightened to a pink tone. After my third treatment they were a perfect light mauve pink. My original reason for getting my lips done was that I have very thin lips. Laura was able to make it look like my top lip didn't disappear when I smiled. It looks natural too which is great because My fiancé doesn't like the look of makeup and being active duty military I can't have the look of excessive makeup. She was able to even my eyebrows as well. I was on the verge of tears after my appointment with her. I am very particular about how I like my makeup done and Laura worked with me until I was satisfied. -Bonny
I had the best experience getting full highlights at Beauty Storm with Cindy! Normally, I dread going to new stylists because my hair is “problematic”. It’s long, curly, dry, and very thick. Usually stylists have a very hard time working with it and I rarely get what I asked for. But I went in last week for a free consultation with pictures and Cindy really put my mind at ease. Today my appointment ran long (hours) but that being said, I do have a ton of hair. Frankly, I’m happy/relieved that she took her time and did a good job instead of rushing or half-assing the job! And my hair came out perfect. It was exactly what I wanted, and I can’t see myself going anywhere else now. And here is the best part: her prices were incredibly reasonable. I’ve paid over $300 for full highlights before at Ulta salon, and usually mom and pop salons charge at least $200. Cindy charged way less than that. Ladies, if you are looking for a new stylist, look no further!
I am so happy I found this place. Tim did a wonderful job highlighting my long dark hair. He gave me incredible highlights that compliment my skin tone so I didn't look washed out. This is a no nonsense salon. You're not going to get tea and cookies nor will you get that spa feeling. It's a simple salon, with great prices yet the hair color you get is top notch, better than the higher end salons that I've gone to. I like him because he has years of hair coloring experience. I went to another salon that offered tea and cookies and a "Master Stylist" (with 5 years experience) cut and colored my hair. Well, my hair ended up looking and feeling like straw. I don't mind paying higher prices, but at price I paid I should have loved the color and cut. I hated it! That is why I love Tim - he gave me gorgeous looking and healthy hair at a reasonable price. And simply, I trust him. :-)