I've been going to City Hair for several years because of another stylist who has since left. I then tried Emily. She gave me a fantastic haircut, and actually shared her opinion with me and suggested something new instead of taking the "safe" route of just agreeing with what ever I suggested. I got a long layered razor cut, and was very happy with it.
However, I have an ethical dilemma. While she gives nice haircuts, she is not a nice person. She spoke at length of how she and her friends would set up dates with older men on line, and then stand them up and drive by honking. She also talked trash about her co-workers, other clients, her boss, how much she hates the salon, and pretty much everyone in general. She is the stereotypical unhappy, catty office witch that people only tolerate because they can bake well, or in her case, cut well.
I got my hair cut by Dan once instead, and I wasn't happy with the service at all. The water was too hot, he kept burning my scalp by holding the hair dryer too close to it for too long, and kept hitting my face with the comb and other tools. Surprisingly amateurish. OK hair cut, nothing special.
I have put off getting a hair cut while I look around for someone better. I've run out of time and will be going back soon, but with regrets about contributing to the income of such a horrible person.
If you want someone who will actually speak their mind, and give you an opinion about trying something new, then Emily could be your girl. Just watch what you say, or you could be the entertainment for the next client.