Ana at Etheria Salon is a gem!!
After years of always feeling disappointed with the ""curly haired experts"" recommended in online forums, I decided to try my straight-haired friend's stylist -- she always leaves with an AMAZING new hairdo, so I decided to take a chance... and WOW -- best thing I've ever done!!
I can not rave enough about Ana!! She is funny, friendly, great chair-side manner, and best of all - gives an amazing haircut!! She cuts wet to make sure the hair is even (this is a hotly debated issue for curly girls), and understands the curl's texture in a way I thought only the ""specialists"" could. Best of all, Ana has a great sense of what will best fit your bone structure and facial features.
Side-note - I wear my hair curly every day (air dry) and every blow-out I've ever had was always really bad - the hair looked brittle, not smooth, never really looked right, and I always ran home to wash it right afterward. Well I let Ana try her hand at a blow-out and WOW -- I hardly recognized myself!! BEST blow-out of my life. Ana somehow turns my kinky hair smooth!
The cut - when styling it myself - is always spectacular. Exactly what I wanted, great texture, bounce, NO triangle head, minimized frizz -- nothing short of amazing, exactly what I had been searching for in Houston!
I used to think that to cut curly hair you had to be a 'curly hair specialist' -- I now know that to cut curly hair you just have to be a good stylist, and believe me when I say - Ana is one of the greats. And that elusive feeling of leaving a salon feeling beautiful manages to last between appointments!