And I don't like salons in general. Stylists rarely listen, and on top of that, they tend to force invasive conversations about my personal life.
My only experience with Atelier is with Meredith, a colorist. She not only listened but took quite a bit of time clarifying my desires to make sure she understood. I was skeptical of the lowlights she suggested with my highlights, but the result was beautiful. I've only had one visit with her, but she earned my trust. An added benefit was that she caught on quickly that I didn't want to talk much or answer irrelevant questions. Thus, not only was the hair color what I wanted, but so was the overall experience.
The salon is small and a wee bit crowded, but it was so much more pleasant than an enormous fast food type of salon. The prices are just a little more than most upper scale salons in the Des Moines area, but Meredith's expertise was well worth the price.
I'll be back.