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Acote Salon

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132 Newbury St 2nd Flr (at Dartmouth Street)
Boston, MA 02116
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(617) 262-5111
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Alex Safar, the French owner of Salon Acote, is ahead of the curve -- no, make that ahead of the curl -- to offer his clients chic cuts, color and styling. I've been getting my h...

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THis was my first time getting my eyebrows waxed in Boston, as I'm from out of state but go to school here. I looked online for salons and spas and reviews and decided this place...

OO la la -- Boston's most french salon 12/8/2011

Alex Safar, the French owner of Salon Acote, is ahead of the curve -- no, make that ahead of the curl -- to offer his clients chic cuts, color and styling. I've been getting my hair done there for years, and I always exit there looking like I stepped out of the pages of Vogue. I'm always thrilled and never disappointed. Alex is phenomenal with cuts -- that's his specialty, although his color is also fantastic. Her personally does the Keratin treatments on my hair. Before Keratin, I used to beat and blow-dry my hair into submission -- now I have the straight, silky tresses of my dreams. Alex is the real deal if you're seeking classic cuts and color that are the epitome of chic. And, did you know that Salon acote will do your hair for FREE on your wedding day, if you are already a client? That's a fantastic offering that every bride in Boston should know about. I just had a highlight performed by Stephanie, and she also did an awesome job. Sit there, have a complimentary cappuccino (Better than Starbucks!), listen to the European music, and take in the French flair of this salon. Salon acote, je t'aime! more

Jana is phenomenal! 7/26/2011

I've been living in Boston for 7 years now, and after several stylists in the city, I've found my last! I've been seeing Jana now for a couple of years and she continues to surprise me. I have long, straight hair that lacks volume - she knows exactly how to cut it to take weight off and make my fullness more obvious. She teaches me exactly how to use products to add volume. If I bring her a picture of a color I like, I walk out with exactly what I wanted. Jana is always ahead of the wave when it comes to trends in hair, and I can always count on her to show me what's new and what would work for me. Salon Acote has a relaxing atmosphere that's exactly what I'm looking for when I want to have my hair done. Coffee, wine, music, a great hair wash... It's all part of the atmosphere that makes me love this salon. Definitely recommended. more

Mihal Scissorhands 7/25/2011

Guys, if you're looking for a stylish cut that isnt your typical ""buzz n' fly"" barber-style doo, Mihal is your man. I have lived in Boston for 10 years and have worked my way up and down Newbury's salons disappointed by the lack of creativity and inconsistency stylists have when it comes to mens' cuts. Mihal is fantastic. You can usually judge a stylist by how they keep their own hair and Mihal rocks some of the coolest cuts I've seen this side of the pond. On my first visit I asked Mihal to give me a haircut that worked for my face/head. He talked to me for about 10 min before even touching my hair. I didnt realize it at the time but he was getting a feel for my personality and it showed. He meticulously gave me one of the best haircuts I've ever had and it really complimented my personality. A week after it looked even better!! The second time I went back - same thing. Third - again. I've recommended Mihal to about 5 of my closest friends and they all had equally great experiences. I really like the vibe in Acote as well. The receptionist makes a bangin' cappuccino and they usually break out a bottle of wine for their guests (thumbs up for that one!). I think the most I've ever had to wait is 10 min but when I do I like to chill out on their patio. As for music... best is Boston. Period. I usually have to come in after work and Mihal is always willing to stay a little later as needed. His prices are excellent and cuts consistent. Overall, the place is solid. Highly recommended. more

Great experience with Danielle. 7/25/2011

Danielle has not only styled my hair (she does an amazing blow-out) but she also cut a friends hair and did an absolutely terrific job. She brought her from a plain hairstyle, to a sharp, short cut. The dye-job was amazing as well, and looked exactly like the picture my friend brought in. It wasn't an easy change at all, but Danielle did exactly what she wanted. For me she's done blowouts and up-dos and both have been amazing. I definitely recommend coming here - there is a stylist for all your needs! more

ALEX MANAGER TURNED MY HAIR BRASSY & ORANGE!! 12/16/2010

This is glassgirl's follow up to the 2nd time they ruined my hair! So i came back after Jana turned my beautiful hair into a brass nightmare and spoke with Alex, son of owner & manager. He spent 4 hrs fixing it and slamming Jana's work. He said with the amount of brass she put in may hair especially my hair line it would take 3 visits and months to repair it. She already bleached it 3xs so it was very brittle. It did take that long&I loved his color after a few months he said i'd be happy. Unfortunately it took this long. Then i went back today to retouch my roots and 4 1/2 hrs later, after i was forgotten about my hair was back to the horrible BRASS! I asked him 2x's to talk to me while he was nxt to me w/ another client & he refused. finally i started to cry & asked him how can we fix it & he rudely said to find someone else and blamed ME! I couldn't believe how rudely he treated me & now I have a horrible Brassy head of mess for the holidays. I wanted to put negative 10 stars but they make you put at least one. He didn't even spend any time checking my hair & put 3 different grills in charge. He said my hair was fine when clearly it looks like a $10 dye job!!! STAY AWAY IF YOU CARE WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE! more

ALEX TURNED MY BLONDE COIF TO ORANGE&GREEN W/NO APOLOGIES! 12/16/2010

That's Alex in Photo at Right side. I wrote in 2 weeks ago after my hair devastation, my beautiful blonde healthy locks that were turned bright orange at roots & green everywhere else courtesy of Alex, one of the proprietors of salon Acote. I have since found a fabulous stylist that was able to see me on emergency right before the holidays and stayed until very late focusing on only me to start the repair process of my devastated ruined hair. He looked at my photos from right before my hair was ruined and at what Alex did to me. He explained what exactly Alex did to ruin my hair and explained in detail how he was going 2 start the repair process. He is very skilled and knows what he is doing. He works with only 2 clients at a time unlike Alex who was working on up to 3-4 people and forgot about me which is why I have this hair disaster!! Alex forgot about me stretching himself too thin and, as was explained to me from my new stylist, He then 'Freaked' so to speak, when he saw my hair bright orange & immediately put toner all over it making my roots a less brighter orange and the rest of my beautiful blonde coif GREEN! Now I have to wait up to six months for my hair to get stronger from all the over bleaching and maybe in about 3 visits and A LOT of $$ Money $$ later, will my hair start to look like it did did before i walked in that Crap Salon where the Stylists simply don't care about you nor their quality of work. STAY AWAY FROM SALON ACOTE for your Hair's sake!!! more

NEVER AGAIN!!!! 5/10/2010

IT'S AS EASY AS THIS...when you first walk in its like being in a club, music is too loud, people are NOT friendly. But I must say that the coffee was AMAZING. There was an older guy who sat at the bar talking to other males about how ""woman are bitches"" some FRENCH guy, how typical. There is one stylist ""blond"" she wore a dark grey skirt and literally you could see her butt cheeks hanging out of the bottom, and this is suppose to be a classy salon on Newbury St.? WOW!!! The girl that cut my hair had the worst personality I have even encountered and could not cut hair to save her life. She wouldn't even say goodbye to me when I left, she just ran to the back of the salon and was texting on her cell phone. The guy Alex I think his name was, he must have stopped about 3-4 times to answer his cell phone in the middle of some woman's cut/blow dry, is this what we pay $200+ for, to have our stylist's be rude and answer their cell phones in the middle of OUR time? NEVER will I recommend or go to this salon EVER again. Pros: Good coffee more

I feel pretty 6/22/2009

let me preface by saying that I am not easy to please. I have very simple hair however hairdressers seem to take too much off or not put enough layers. I didn't want a drastic change just to shape my hair. I got my hair done by the owner, Alex and was thrilled. He was charming, talented and I loved every minute of my experience. This salon does a lot for their clients. Alex was telling me that they put on fashion shows, have cut a thons for chairty and throw parties for the clients. I was amazed. I have never heard of this. I have also never seen a salon with a beautifully landscaped patio attached. It is breath taking. I am so happy i found this spot. If you want to feel relaxed and beautiful. Go see alex. The best part is that i can recreate the look he gave me on my own. I am so happy. Pros: beautiful space and talented hairdressers more

Must See Allison 6/22/2009

I have always heard great things about acote but for some reason never tried it. I went with one of my friends the other day and I didn't want to leave. The friendly and helpful receptionist told me that when I called I would be placed with someone that is good with my type of hair. Right away I was excited, because I don't think i have easy hair to cut as it is curly but I only wear it curly half the time. When I got there I was greeted by Allison who seemed cool right from the start. Before we did anything we talked about my hair. Looking at her, she had straight hair, but she told me that she has extremely curly hair. I felt at ease right then. She really listened to what I wanted. She understood my problems, because she had similar hair. The shampoo was amazing and the haircut was even better. I told her that I was going to a birthday party that night and she asked if I wanted it styled a certain way besides just a blowdry to look great for the party. There is such great customer service at this salon and everyone seems to get along. There was great coffee, music and conversation. I think i had a better time at the salon than i did at the birthday party. However, my hair looked fab. I will defitnately be back. Pros: talent, cleanliness, ambiance, total package more

TOTALLY AWESOME 2/27/2009

I have to tell you, I have had good haircuts before, and usually i just go to a barber shop or what ever is nearby my place, but recently I got my haircut at acote because I had a coupon and figured what the hell, why not treat myself to a fancy newbury street haircut. Well I got to say, there is a lot to be said about a fancy newbury street haircut. My hair has never looked this good. I am not sure if I just lucked out in who I got to cut my hair, his name was Richard, and after chatting a little bit, it was obivious he was no novice to the field or to that salon, but again I have to say that I look great. He asked me exactly what I wanted my hair to do and after examining my hair and me for that matter he was direct and honest about what could be achieved with my hair. Above and beyond the great hair cut, the staff was really cool and upbeat and setting was relaxed. I figured I would walk in a place with a bunch of pretentious snobs and that was not the case. Very refreshing. I will definately be back to see Richard soon. Pros: Great service and friendly atmosphere. more

Amazing salon. 2/2/2009

I come to Boston once every couple of months and I always come to Acote. I do not trust any other stylist. I can't get enough compliments about my hair. I have been coming here for six years and I have never been disappointed. Each time I come in I feel at home. I'm greeted by the friendly staff and offered numerous goodies. Since I have been going there for so long there are always familiar faces and everyone asks how i've been. It's nice to feel welcome. The place is exquisite, always clean and they even have a rooftop patio that you can't get enough of in the summer time. Alex always makes me laugh. My hair comes out perfect. Whether I want to go a little bit lighter or darker. He is always accomodating and makes me feel at ease if I am nervous about changing the cut. He makes sure to give a thorough consultation because cutting. I appreciate this. Sometimes I just come in for a blowdry and style if i have an event to go to and it is always done right. There have been numerous times, where danielle, susan and allison have styled my hair making me look chic and fabulous. Acote will always welcome you and they are consistantly fabulous with their services. I trust everyone at Acote with my hair. I would defitnately recommend this salon to all of my friends. Even my fiance get his haircut there now too. Pros: stylists, salon, cleanliness. everything more

Unbelievably awful experience. 1/30/2009

Although I've been to this salon and had a good experience myself, I recently recommended it to a friend and she left with SECOND DEGREE BURNS ON HER SCALP, literally. Her stylist was overbooked and left her under the heat lamp for far too long. This was about a week ago and her hair is starting to fall out - the burn was that bad. For a salon in this price range one expects not only a quality haircut and color, but also to leave physically unharmed. I will never be returning to Acote and will make sure that none of my friends do either. more

relaxing 1/27/2009

My girlfriend recently talked me into seeing her stylist at Acote Christina. I had been going to a barber shop near my office downtown and she thought it would be a good idea to upgrade a little. I honestly wasn't that into it the guy that cuts my hair does just fine and It looks ok. My girlfriends hair is really nice so I decided to try it. I had a really good experience. I didn't realize how much better I could look with a little extra attention to detail instead of the usual 2 on the sides. Its a little longer then I usually wear it but it does look more professional. I really liked christina she was cool funny and down to earth. I also hate to admit it but I liked the really relaxing shampoo and head massage. They served expresso and I was in and out pretty quickly.. I will be going back its a lot cooler then where I was going and I heard they have killer parties. Pros: expresso , clean, professional,relaxing massage with shampoo more

upbeat and fun saturday activity 1/27/2009

Last Saturday I went to salon Acote and had my hair cut. It was my first time and was told on the phone that when I arrived I would be placed with a stylist that worked well with my hair type. I was given to a stylist called Mihal. He looked cool from the start. He and I decided what to do with my hair and I felt comfortable right away. Everyone in the salon was super friendly and offered me snacks and fancy coffee. The music was really fun and I felt like I was at a party. I loved the way my hair came out. He gave me these really awesome bangs that are kind of funky but still wearable. It was the first time I came out of the salon looking great and was able to recreate it at home. I also figured out tons of my friends go there too. So next time we are all going together. In the afternoon (they serve wine!!) So we can all hang out and get our hair done. So fun and not to expensive. Busy on saturday so expect a short wait but it doesn't matter because its a fun atmosphere. Pros: wine,music,stylist,cleanliness more

Must go to acote 12/29/2008

Acote is AMAZING. SERVICE is two thumbs up. After being stressed out because of the holidays, this place really calmed my mood. I was going home to Kansas and wanted to look good as I would be seeing my ex. I wanted to do something radical, but never have the courage to do it. After consulting with my stylist, she suggested that we either radically change the cut or the color and not both, as it would be too extreme ending up not satisfied. She was right. I am so glad I listened. I was in a mood. I went from having goldem highlights to chocolate brown hair and I love it. I kept my haircut pretty similar except cleaned up my dead ends. At the end of my blowdry, my stylist suggested if I wanted a change in the look of my haircut that she could either make it pin straight or curl it and have some loose waves. I went for the loose waves because I love Blake Lively on gossip girl and she was right. The haircut looks completely different and now i am ready to go back home with confidence. Thanks acote. I love the salon, the people, the place and even though it was before the holdidays they were willing to take new clients. this place is great. more

Don't miss out on Salon Acote 12/29/2008

You must go to Acote. there is a fun upbeat atmosphere. The most talented stylists and you feel like a million bucks when you leave the salon. After having a bad day, Acote knew how to cheer me up. When you walk in they hang up your coat, offer you espresso and show you where to be seated. this salon is great. Before you get a cut, you get a consultation and then the best shampoo of your life. This was my first time at acote and it was so worth it. Allison showed me how to style my hair. She told me what type of product would be good for my hair and what size brush would be needed. She wasn't pushy and really knew what she was talking about. She told me to keep my regimine simple. I love the way she cut my hair and now it looks like i came out of the salon on a daily basis. Thanks allison. I will defitnately be back. She also told me the pros and cons about bangs. I went for it and I love them. I love acote. Everyone was friendly and I was taken right away even though it was an evening appt. I would defitnately recommend this salon to anyone looking for great service. Pros: shampoo and stylist Cons: none, i loved every minute of my experience more

Best Experience at a Salon 12/26/2008

WOW! I am not the type to write reviews but I felt compelled to write something. I saw Alex Safar for a highlight and haircut, and he transformed me. I am so happy I went here, from the service, to the interior design, and not to mention the beautiful results. I will be back every 6 weeks, I have never been so happy to find a hair salon. You will not be dissapointed at Salon Acote. Pros: Decor, Alex, Coffee, Friendly Staff Cons: Nothing more

Boring ... 11/26/2008

I wish I had the same stylist that these other reviewers had. I dread getting my hair cut because I hate it every time. I have pretty long hair and I had no idea what i wanted to do with it. I called Acote because of all the great reviews and they said that because I was a first time client, they said when I arrived they would look at my hair and place me with the best fit stylist. When I got there the hostess told me to wait while she got the manager to come give me a consultation. I thought that was great. Much to my dismay there was no consultation - I was given a random stylst. I told the stylist that everytime I get my haircut I always think it is boring when I leave. So I told her that I simply did not want a boring haircut - pretty much anything! Everything she said I wasnt thrilled with and kinda nodded it off, reiterating that I did NOT want a boring cut. And what did I come away with? BORING! After being told 4 times that her next client was waiting, and feeling very uncomfortable in the chair, she was done. She said ""how does it look"" and all I could come up with was ""healthy"" because all the split ends were gone. Not to mention she tried to get me to schedule an appointment for highlights (I have never colored my hair, nor do I want to). She said she cut it 4 inches ... which was more like 6 or 7. I cannot do anything with this cut ... so I will wear my hair in a ponytail for the next 3 months, like I usually do after I get a haircut ... Pros: Ambience, Euro-style Salon Cons: Hated the cut, hair on the smock and chair (YUCK) more

GREAT TALENT 8/25/2008

The best hairdressers in boston work at acote. Not only is this place not intimidating; they have reasonable prices for being on Newbury st. Not knowing what I wanted. My hairdresser gave me suggestions on what I should do for my face shape and lifestyle. She was brutally honest which i liked because some of the haircuts that I like may not look good for my type of hair or for being in college. As we flipped through pictures, she was very supportive and helped me decide a look that was perfect. Even when i kept changing my mind, she stayed patient and i was greatful for that. I love me hair, she showed me how to style it myself and I will definately be returning to acote. I love me new style more

Friendly and Accommodating 8/25/2008

I thouroughly enjoyed my experience at Acote. My girlfriend has been getting her haircut, color, waxing etc at this salon for years and has been trying to get me to go to. I am a guys guy and that it was girly to go to a salon. After receiving one of the worst haircuts of my life at a barbershop, i decided that i would listen to her and try it. I will never go back to a barbershop. Guys you do not know what you are missing. They have espresso, wine, a wonderful shampoo and a good haircut really does change your appearance. I have somewhat difficult hair as it is wavy/curly and my hairdresser knew how to cut it perfectly. He left it a little longer that my barber would have, but he said he took out the bulk, with special scissors. What ever he did. I look great, feel great and will be returning to Acote. I hate to admit this but my girlfriend was right. Guys you need to go to a salon. The service here was spectacular. Pros: staff, clean, fun, talent more
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