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Alter Ego - 114 Reviews - 119 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC - Beauty Salons Reviews - Phone (919) 832-6239

Alter Ego

119 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 832-6239
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Two months ago my hair was well below my shoulders and relatively blonde. I had never colored it before. One day, while downtown, I decided to check out Alter Ego for a brow wax a...


The only reason this place gets a two stars is because my stylist was amazing. Pros: Trevor, who was my stylist, is absolutely amazing Cons: I was charged $50 more than wh...

Editorial review from Citysearch 8/27/2013

Well, I truly tried to like this place. I really hoped I would. Everyone is delightful and very friendly, the space is in a great location, and it has a very cool vibe. Unfortunately, the results were just not there. \r \r Now, it would be easy to criticize after one visit. Instead, I hung in there for a second visit. I gave it two haircuts over 4-5 weeks. Neither one was what I wanted. I will say, the first was at least in the ballpark and I figured after it grew out a bit and having the same stylist again, maybe a connection would be made. Unfortunately, this one was simply awful! I wear a classic, men's tailored haircut. A simple concept; tapered short on the sides and back, longer on the top (3-4 inches), parted at the side. I thought this time we could advance and get closer to what I wanted. Instead of a taper, the sides and back were clippered all the way to the top, one length. That is by no means tapered. I typically ask for scissor over comb to do the sides and back, here I got either a lot of thinning shear or clippers. Neither produced a good result. I wanted no loss of length on the top, just a bit of texturing. Instead, lots of thinning, no point cutting and now I have a bit of a weight line on the sides and no blend. The crown was butchered, way too short and may be weeks before it will lay down again. Not to mention the pronounced break in the back that looks like something I would have expected from Super-Cuts.\r \r I can understand not every stylist may have the skills for certain things. In that case, I recommend passing on the experimentation and forwarding on the client to someone that can do justice to what they want. \r \r Again, lovely people (including my stylist here who is so very nice), but the results were what I would expect from a $10 chop shop. It is so incredibly hard to find someone that can do a good men's haircut in this city. The quest continues to find someone that understands that there is something between a buzz cut and some silly, ultra trendy looks. When did ""classic"" become outdated? I really wanted the search to be over. Time to start over. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/13/2013

Today was my first time to Alter EGO. I have a short curly asymmetrical bob and it hadgrown out. Like most people, I'm very particular about where I get me hair cut. This place had quite a few good reviews. Soooo, I went and I saw Anna. She was GREAT!! She did an absolutely fantastic job! She listened to exactly what I wanted and asked questions throughout the haircut to make sure I felt good about how it was shaping up. She's awesome and so was the studio and the rest of its staff. I will definitely be going back!! \r more

Editorial review from Citysearch 4/24/2013

I have thin, straight hair that need a perfect cut to look good. Thanks to Shawna Causey my hair seems fuller and healthier. She is a great stylist! Very attentive, she mastered cutting skills and understanding of hair types and their limitations. She listens, advising rather than imposing her own vision. I enjoyed talking to her too. And the atmosphere at Alter Ego was fantastic. I liked my overall experience so much that the following day I cam back for pedicure with Vivian Ellis. She is gentle and precise. That might have been my best pedicure ever! I highly recommend this place for both your hair and nails. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/17/2012

I have been on the search for a new stylist after the one I had been going to moved. I had tried a couple of places and the cuts were horrible. At the last place I came out looking like I had a mushroom on my head. I was looking on line at some reviews and Alter Ego kept popping up so I clicked on the site. The reviews were good and it appeared the prices were reasonable. Being able to book online was GREAT and super easy. more

Meghann Holland's Craft 3/25/2012

Two months ago my hair was well below my shoulders and relatively blonde. I had never colored it before. One day, while downtown, I decided to check out Alter Ego for a brow wax and maybe a consultation. I was introduced to Meghann Holland who greeted me with sincerity and professionalism. I was curious about a drastic cut and color, I told her. She made room in her schedule to consult me after the brow wax. I decided to go for it: a chin length, textured cut and a nearly chocolate color. Upon arriving for my cut and color (about a week after the initial consultation), I unloaded about five different pictures on Meghann. Each was a different beast entirely, but I wanted some sort of hybrid haircut. Meghann listened intently, worked with me on what it would take to execute the ideal cut, and even taped the pictures up at her work station for reference. She knew I was nervous about both the cut and the color. But she has a special, exceptional quality lacking in most stylists. She truly works to bridge the gap between her client's ideal style and her own interpretation of pictures or vague descriptions. Meghann worked with precision, patience, and creativity. The end result was exactly what I was looking for. Not a day went by since that first cut without compliments, from those who know me or complete strangers. The cut grew out and it was time for a trim and color. I, of course, went back to Meghann. This time I wanted to go for a darker brown, and to shorten the cut in the back and bang areas. No pictures needed, I explained what I was going for and she nailed it. I probably received 10 or more compliments from strangers today. Such as: ""I love your hair! Who does it?"", ""That is a gorgeous haircut!"", and the like. I have never enjoyed a haircut more than these two. Meghann puts soul into her work. I even sent my mom to Meghann! more

Outstanding color, cut, experience 2/6/2012

I love Alter Ego! From the moment you arrive, you are treated with respect and made to feel welcomed. I have been there three times in three months, and have always had an excellent experience. Meghann Holland (Meggs) is my Alter Ego stylist. Her professionalism, talent, creativity and the the quality of care and service she has given me as her client has been consistently amazing every time. She consults with you. She listens, she makes suggestions, and she works with you to see that you not only get the cut, color, styling you want, but also what she honestly believes will work best for you. If you want an amazingly good cut, excellent color, and a stylist that you can relate to, see Meggs. more

Real Professional and a consistent experience 11/3/2011

I have been there several times. They give a solid cut and style and the conversation is good too. The price is high but you get what you pay for. more

Bad Hair Coloring, Even Worse Customer Service 10/17/2011

My girlfriend had the WORST salon experience ever at Alter Ego Raleigh!!! Not only do they lack coloring skills but she had never been treated so rudely by a salon manager, Stephen Ridolfi, and owner Dana Hunter or by any business for that matter. She wanted strawberry blonde hair blonde highlights and brought a picture of how she wanted to look. The stylist consulted with the manager, Stephen Ridolfi, and he explained what she should do. After processing, it came out a dark, dark brown with no highlights. Stephen was very condescending and told her that after a few washes it would be the color she wanted. She wasn't pleased and wasn't leaving until it was right. He then instructed Hannah again on how to fix the color, but was extremely rude to me the entire time. After my second process it looked exactly the same more

Great cut! Awesome salon! 10/13/2011

This was my first time at Alter Ego, and I was extremely pleased! It had a great, relaxed atmosphere, and I felt very comfortable. more

I wouldn't go anywhere else but Alter Ego in Raleigh 4/28/2011

I have had my hair cut twice at Alter Ego, both times by Dana, and both times I was extremely pleased with the results. She cut my hair so that now, more than a month after my last cut, it's still fairly easy to style. During the cut, she kept her focus on my hair rather than conversation. For me that's a big plus. She was friendly and professional, and I will be loyal as long as I'm in Raleigh. more

Adore Alter Ego! 1/11/2011

I have difficult hair to work with, so I'm always hesitant to try a new salon or stylist...however, seeing as I am new to the area - I had to go somewhere. more

love it 1/4/2011

So i wanted to donate my hair but was seriously nervous about getting a short hair cut. I called alter ego and scheduled an appointment for the same day with Stephen. He was super nice and reassuring about how good i'd look - which I did. He was energetic and enthusiastic about his work and made me feel very comfortable. I'm very happy with the cut and will definitely go back to see him. He was meticulous and thorough and VERY reasonably priced. Every one in the salon was friendly, chatty, and seemed happy to be there. No complaints. more

Great cut from Steven 7/28/2010

I had gotten a really bad cut at another salon and was looking for someone new to fix it. I saw all the great reviews on Citysearch, so I decided to give Alter Ego a try. I got an appointment for the same week with Steven, and he did a terrific job fixing my hair. He was also very personable and really knows what he's doing. I've gotten so many compliments on my new cut...I'll definitely be going back to Steven! Pros: Great talent more

Amazing Service and Talent! 7/24/2010

I wanted a new cut at a reputable salon, so I did some searching online and Alter Ego was the first on the list and after reading some great reviews I decided to book an appointment. They asked me what sort of hair I had and I said that I had rather long hair so they suggested Trevor as my stylist. I have never gone to a hair salon more than once because I never felt like it was worth my money. I would tell my stylist what my hair does naturally and I wanted a cut that complimented my naturally wavy thick hair, but I was always given a hair cut that only looked good if I straightened it. Pros: Friendly staff and service Cons: Absolutely none! more

Awesome cut!!! 6/10/2010

I was finally able to convince myself to cut my long curly hair super short, and all I needed was a salon. I did some research, and happened upon Alter Ego. The reviews were great, and I was impressed by the experience that all their stylists have. I decided to book an appointment with them, and the receptionist that I spoke to was nothing but friendly and helpful. When I came in for my appointment, I was pretty much immediately asked if I cared for anything to drink. I was seated in the waiting area, and after a few minutes Dana walked over and took me to her chair. I'd brought in pictures of exactly the cut that I wanted, and she was very good at figuring out what was done in that cut. Long story already kind of long, I ended up with the most amazing hair cut I could have asked for. Dana did a fantastic job, and throughout the whole process asked me what I'd be comfortable with, etc. I have nothing negative to say, everything's great, and I will definitely be going back! Pros: Friendly staff, clean salon! Cons: None. more

awsome cuts and service 5/10/2010

I have beeen going since salon opened and never had a bad experience in any way. Plus the girl working the counter is really hot :) Pros: service more

Alter Ego . . . Best Salon in Raleigh 5/9/2010

I came to Raleigh from Chicago, and never thought I would find a salon and hairdresser as good as the person I had on Oak Street in Chicago -- but then I found Dana at Alter Ego! My hair has never looked better; my color is phenomenal, my cut is contemporary, but professional, and I have been delighted with every service I have experienced at this very cool salon (including eyebrow wax and manicure/pedicure). I have been as customer since they opened almost two years ago -- I love this salon! Pros: I have been happy with every service at this salon . . . more

fabulous, would never go anywhere else 5/9/2010

i highly recommend alter ego! i have never had a bad experience and am always ecstatic about the way my hair looks and feels when i leave. i see dana , one of the owners, and i would recommend her for anyone! trevor is also an excellent choice for a stylist. the salon is beautiful, in a great location downtown, and the people who work there only add to the wonderful experience! Pros: trendy, friendly, love the final results Cons: i have nothing negative to say more

I Will Never Go Anywhere Else 5/8/2010

I have been going to the same stylist for the past 3 years. I can only speak for her cuts - I will NEVER go to anyone else ever. She has never let me down. I ALWAYS get compliments on my hair. She has cut my hair long, short, simple, complex, trendy and not trendy - all has been perfect. 5-6 of my friends, and my fiancee are seeing her. They have been seeing her for about 2 years now. The service is always friendly, I am always offered a drink and I always feel welcome and comfortable. Pros: Best Haircut Ever, Kind, Fast, Easy Cons: None more

Scheduling Nightmare 4/7/2010

I have been trying to make an appointment for the three weeks here. The first appointment I made they got completely wrong and called to tell me I missed a scheduled appointment when the appointment was for three weeks out. I rescheduled and then they canceled my appointment two days before. What a nightmare! I had planned a special weekend for my mom and I here, but we will be going somewhere else since they canceled our appointment. Cons: Horrible scheduling more
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  • This Raleigh hair salon, Alter EGO, provides professional hair service as well as spa services.

  • 9/5/2008 Provided by Citysearch

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