I had Alissa (sp?) do my hair last night for a wedding I attended. I was very impressed-- she's good at brushing long hair, doesn't yank or break hairs but works through snarls gently. She did a wonderful job of putting my very long, very thick hair up into a nice, fancy-but-informal updo. It was nothing like the typical quinceanera ""crazy-curls"" look-- it was elegant yet relaxed, and it looked like I might have done it myself, only better, which is what I wanted. My only suggestion for next time (which I will tell Alissa on Monday) is to use only bobby pins, not the U-shaped hair pins, since my hair is so heavy, it needed more support towards the end of the night. But she even gave me a little bag of hairpins to bring along so it was OK. She listened to my description of what I wanted and was careful to solicit my input along the way. She even offered a complimentary lip makeup session which I would have accepted if I was not a few hours ahead of the wedding.
Pros: Mellow atmosphere, perfect hairstyle, reasonably priced, no pressure to buy product
Cons: none really!