Having lived all over the place in the last 10 years, I have tried numerous salons in London, New York, Tokyo and most recently in Australia. I found myself in desperate need of a haircut while home visiting my parents in Tampa, and thought I would give Bentley Salon a try in my never-ending search for the perfect salon.
Well, the search is finally over. Scott and the rest of the team at Bentley gave me exactly what I have been looking for all these years ? a fantastic haircut in a relaxed & modern salon environment.
Scott, who cut my hair, actually took on board all of my demanding hair issues: he understood that I needed a cut to work with my naturally wavy hair, that I hate spending hours with the blowdryer, and that I wanted a cut that was stylish and modern, but I didn't want to look like a fashion victim. Unlike many of the other salons I have been to, he didn't impose his own ideas on my hair, but still had enough vision to transform my vague descriptions and magazine pictures into a cut that was exactly what I was hoping for.
Scott has all the qualities you want in a good stylist ? friendly, professional, talented and charming. And boy, can he cut hair! I am still stealing glances in the mirror of my new ?do.
The salon itself was friendly and funky. Everyone I dealt with there was friendly and polite, and the salon had a great atmosphere without being pretentious or intimidating (I can?t stand it when salons act as if you are their least important customer, and they are doing you a big favor by styling your hair, grrrrr). I saw several people there having all sorts of color/cuts ? guys, gals, trendy and classic. It was nice to be in a salon where the stylists apparently give the customers what they want - that shouldn't be such a difficult concept, but Bentley Salon is one of the only salons I have found where they actually deliver!
I hope this is useful for people looking for a great hairdresser. I left Bentley Salon feeling relaxed and happy - and how often does that happen at a salon?
My only disappointment is that I don?t actually live in Tampa anymore for regular cuts there. Guess I?ll have to visit the parents more often!
Pros: Fun & friendly salon with talented staff
Cons: I live far away!