I tried Akari when I first moved to Portland from New York, not knowing where else to go. I should have followed my gut after calling to book the appointment. The place seemed nice, well set up, a nice boutique. It could be a great place. I however, have been to much more prestigious salons, with much more talented staff that made me feel more comfortable and welcome. It felt a bit stuffy and uptight. The staff, while pretty informed about the products, seemed like customer service was a chore. My cut and color were performed by two different people, neither of which seemed to communicate well with the other. It felt choppy and mediocre. The final outcome, was fair to average, not at all what I would expect from a place that seemed to pride themselves in being so metro and chic!! I was definately disappointed! I feel like I could have obtained a similar style going to a salon in a mall for a fraction of the price!
Pros: Good products, nice setup and boutique
Cons: Stiff, uptight atmosphere, definately didn't receive what I paid for!!