After reading great reviews about Hair Mates, I decided to give it a try. I have never found a salon that made me want to go back a second time, with the exception of Hayato, which was slightly more expensive at $60. So, I made appointments for both me and my boyfriend for a Saturday afternoon. When I arrived, I expected to be greeted by an asian stylist, since they would probably know better than anyone else how to cut asian hair, which is extremely straight and coarse. However, I was greeted by a hispanic girl named Lupe. I decided to go ahead with the cut, giving them the benefit of the doubt. I brought in a picture of what I wanted my hair to look like to make things easier for the stylist. The look I was looking to get was much like my existing style, long tresses with some slight layers. She proceeded to cut my hair with a regular pair of scissors, never even attempting to thin out the bottom with thinning scissors when she was finished, until I asked her to. And even then, she barely made an effort to thin out the bottom, because her next appointment was waiting. As a result, I left the salon with choppy looking ends and layers. Bottom also looked extremely heavy. I could've gotten a better haircut at supercuts. I am planning on going to Hayato sometime soon to get my hair fixed. They are slightly more expensive (at $60 for an associates cut), but so much more worth the money. You get a 10 minute scalp massage and 10 minute shiatsu massage. The stylists there also take the time to make suggestions incase you are asking for a looking not suitable to your face shape. They also advise on how to style your hair after the cut. I regret going cheap on $20 and going to Hair Mates. Never again...
Pros: Cheap (but you get what you pay for)
Cons: Does not know how to cut asian hair, non-asian stylists, inexperience