Medford >Beauty > James Joseph Studio
AWESOME! AAAAAAA+++++++ – Where to start???!!!! Well, a bit about me...I am a caucasian, 40-year old woman with a lot of hair...not thick and not thin, just somewhere in the middle; dense, and on the dry side (providing that detail so you know for comparison's sake...as a 20 year old Asian girl will have completely opposite needs, for sure!).
I have been unhappy with my mid-length, naturally wavy hair for years. Too unruly and difficult (can anyone say "frizz"???) to deal with, so I pretty much lived the last 5 years of my life in a ponytail on a daily basis. I can't remember the last time I left a salon feeling truly good about myself, and optimistic about how I would be able to do my own hair the next day.
I finally made the decision to go short for the first time in my life, and knowing what a dramatic change that would be, I asked for an appointment with someone who had extensive knowledge. I was blessed with an appointment with senior stylist ELLEN MACKIN. I went into this not having a clue as to what I'd prefer...just something short, easy, and fun. She took the time to listen to my concerns and wishes, offered advice, and clearly defined her game plan. I was immediately on board, and trusted her completely....heck, I figured if I hate it, then how's that any different from where I am now?
The experience in her chair...A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. This girl did not skimp, or rush, or take any shortcuts (total time: 1 hr & 45 minutes). At one point, she actually saw one strand that needed correction and addressed it. I laughed! She also took the time to wet the hair down afterwards and show me what to do after I wash it; step by step.
I was heading to a wedding immediately after, so I wanted her to style my hair to the nines, and she went to town. When I pointed out my grays and asked her to make sure they were camo'd...she said she loved them, and we should be confident in who we are. All-around, she didn't see or point out any "imperfections". Quite the opposite, as each time I brought up my flaws, she squashed the negativity.
The end result???? Well, I actually cried in the chair and told her it was the first time I have ever felt so good about my hair in many, many years. Quite an emotional experience! I had to hug her! She was truly a gift!
The feedback from all my friends and family at the wedding? Well, let's just say it was a humongous hit! Everyone was shocked to see I went so short, and floored at how good it looked. My family is brutally honest, so I knew they weren't just "being nice"...that doesn't happen in my family!
I woke up the next morning expecting terrible bed-head, but no! I just fingered my dry hair for 5 minutes, and was out the door looking fab. Miracle!!!!!!!!
A little more expensive than what I am used to at $65....but so worth it!!!!!! I feel like a new woman. I don't think I could ever thank Ellen enough, and encourage everyone to make a leap of faith with her. You won't regret it!!!!!!!!
great experience- again – Another fantastic color and cut from Monica. Very affordable, easy parking, low key salon. Love it.
EXCELLNT SALON! – I started coming here when my stylist, Dori, moved here from her old salon. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, the staff are really nice and attentive, always there to offer coffee, water, etc. Dori is absolutely the best stylist I've ever had, I have the hair from hell, but she's worked really hard to find a style that works. And she's a great colorist -- I've had some bad experiences at other places with color that faded or looked flat - but never here. And there's this woman, I think her name is Amy, who gives an incredible shampoo/scalp massage. The prices are reasonable and they seem to schedule well because I never have to wait.
GREAT EXPERIENCE – The special is the service and the quality of cut. Bryan has cut my hair for over a year and not once have I walked away unhappy. The style is so great my friends want to know where I go and he is such a gem I give them his card. He has consulted with me each step of the way and wiith the proper products to use. At no time have I had to say NO NO NO or you messed up. He is a true professional and a credit to the business. He does not deserve the bad press being given. When somebody messes up let them know - go back and I am sure like any true professional they stand behind their product.
Avoid If Possible. – Just came home from this studio. Location is okay and parking could be better. The receptionist was friendly and polite. I am very disappointed about my hair cut. When I pay for a 50+ dollar haircut I expect nothing less then perfect. If I wanted a okay haircut I would of went to super cuts or hair cuttery. If I was a model my career would have been over due to this hair cut. I wanted a fohawk and end up having a pointy bangs. The funny part is that I came in with long hair so I can have a fohawk and my hair artist told me next time when my hair is longer down the middle ill get a fohawk. So disappointed in this hair cut. I should of just went to super cut where I have low expectations. Ladies and gentlemen this studio is just another pretty place with pretty people at a pretty location. If you 50+ dollars to spare with low expectations this is the studio for you.
worst haircut ever – I went for a haircut with Bryan a few weeks ago based on a friend's recommendation. Despite my telling him that I wanted to grow my hair out and I only wanted it shaped, and despite my specifically telling him NOT TO USE A RAZOR, he sliced and diced my already thin hair and did the exact opposite of what I requested ( literally, when i saw the razor in his hands to cut my bangs i stopped him, he used scissors then picked up the razor and used it before i could stop him again). I was going to just let this very bad experience go, but after several weeks of trying to dry this horrible cut, and getting just as angry every time I look in the mirror, I decided to write a review. I will not be going back to him. I don't understand the language barrier that exists between "stylists" and their clients- they seem to always turn a deaf ear to what we request and yet we pay for their ignorance, not only out of our pocket, but the months we have to wait until their mess grows out.
great cut, friendly service, not expensive – I really loved my haircut from Tara. She was warm, conversational and very kind (like a best friend). I enjoyed talking with her so much. She listed to my requests and completed the haircut in about 40 minutes. Simply beautiful person. The haircut was excellent, exactly what I requested; well shaped, cut the length off exactly as I asked and lifted some of the heaviness off. I look great. Only $50! Going back for coloring next.
The entire staff in medford is very nice, they listen to what you desire and there is absolutely no pressure to purchase any extras!! She didn't even mention what product she was using on me until I asked.
The salon is very relaxing, beautiful, and the hot cup of green tea was delicious. I would go back again.
Editorial Review – Like its parent location (Newbury Street's James Joseph Salon), this salon provides hip haircare, but at even lower prices.
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