I was a little wary of Carmen Carmen after reading the decidedly mixed reviews on this site, but I made an appointment anyway. I called to book a full foil high light/low light, and i specifically asked for someone who was comfortable and confident using bleach to bring dark hair very light....since that was I wanted to do. I was sitting in Stephanie's chair within a week, much sooner than i expected to get an appointment. We talked about what I wanted, how blonde i could go, and what would look best with my skin. I told her I would trust her judgement, and she went for it. She was very friendly and chatted with me while she worked, and when I moved to a couch to let my color process, I received a hot stone foot soak...which was awesome and much-needed. The atmosphere is like that of any modern upscale salon...The ""loft-chic"" decor and pop-synth music gave the whole experience a young, hip vibe...which is what i want in my salon. If I wanted off-white tile and Aaron Neville croonign from the speakers, I would have gone to SuperCuts. The price for my services were no more expensive than I'm used to paying at smaller, less-experienced salons, and my hair came out a thousand times better at Carmen Carmen. I left feeling beautiful, and that feeling was worth the money.
Pros: Confident, Competent, Talented Staff