I have been to Salon del Sol on Hull Street and have been pleased, so this review references a particular stylist at Midlothian & Hull St. I chose to try Hope Hall based on the fact that she is a Master Stylist and has trained under Nick Arrojo from What Not To Wear. I've seen the miraculous transformations that Nick has performed so I thought Hope would be a good choice. I took several photos of myself with hairstyles that I found to be rather dull and boring and several images of styles I found that I really liked. She looked at all the photos and images and told me they were the same cut, but that I was not achieving that look because I do not style with a blowdryer and brush. I told her that I've had issues with coordinating the two, but was open to learning any techniques she could share, but that no one had really bothered to take the time in the past. I showed her the look I was trying to achieve and what I came out with was entirely different. We started with the length, she said she would start from that and work her way up. I said cut off about 3inches and she cut off at least 5 or 6. My hair was below my shoulder blades and when I walked out of there it was barely below my shoulders. The style had none of the volume that was seen in any of the photos nor did it bare any resemblance to any of them. It actually reminded me of Carol Brady's shag in the Brady Bunch. Despite volumizing products and the blowdry with round brush styling, a mere 2 hours later my hair was completely flat and devoid of style. My bangs were just hanging down limp. I decided to try and save it with my curling iron, which was not easy due to all the new layers cut in. I styled it as best I could to make it look like anything close to what I could be seen in public with. Almost 7 hours later, including 90 minutes of blueberry picking in 100 degree heat, my hair looks like it did after I styled it. I am praying that it grows fast, but I will not have Hope touch my hair again.
Pros: Al the make-up artist, beautiful building, staff looks professional
Cons: Parking lot difficult to access, stylists chairs too close - no privacy, over-priced for quality of cuts