As I am shortly to begin a new job, I decided to have my hair style and make-up evaluated. I went to Karen, a senior director at Charles Penzone Dublin, for my hair, and Abby for my makeup. This experience was a mix of both good and not-so good. I'll list both pros and cons.
Pros: Abby was excellent. Although the hair stylist had gone over her time and Abby was rushed during my appointment, she not only listened to what I was saying, but suggested items and techniques for me to do which were not only do-able, age-appropriate and flexible, but worked within my budget. The experience was worth every penny - not only for how I looked, but for a raised level of confidence I had about being able to myself maintain a more flattering makeup regimen.
Cons: Karen was the first senior director I have visited. Throughout, she was very rushed as she was juggling multiple clients. I was left in the chair periodically, was asked to hold and pass her foils while doing my highlights, and throughout she was also giving directions to a student hair dresser about other clients. It was a little disappointing. I do not often spend extra money on myself and though I realize things can get busy in any workplace, when I am paying considerably more for this level of stylist, I do not expect this type of service. As mentioned in the pros, she also did not check the services printout so continued to take other clients, making me late for the makeup consultation, which was cut short by about a third of the time because of it. While Karen did have me return after the makeup to finish up, the entire appointment took an added 2 hours+ and I missed a family birthday dinner because of it. While she did a good job with highlights, the cut itself is one which is difficult to maintain - she herself had some difficulty getting my hair to lay correctly. I have wavy hair and a few cowlicks (which I pointed out to her previous to her beginning). As a result of the cut, my hair is unfortunately now more unruly. So while Karen herself is pleasant, I have had far better experience and results with a stylist or director, have spent less time waiting - and have paid considerably less.