Simply fantastic salon -- any way you slice it. Seriously - it is hands down the best salon I have ever been to. I moved to Austin in 2006, leaving my previous salon back in Houston. I have never been one that is eager to try out a new salon... let's face it - the first visit is typically excruciating ... sitting in the chair as some perfect stranger begins snipping away at YOUR HAIR -- something that will remain on your head long after you exit their doors -- whether you like it or not. If you're like me, my first time at a new salon is typically spent engaging in mindless small talk while bracing myself for the tragedy that will likely be my head when it is all over.
NOT AT BELLA!! From the moment I spoke with Raquel (the genius of all that is hair)... I knew I was going to walk out of there a happy camper - and that is exactly what happened.
As soon as I sat down, Raquel asked me what EXACTLY I would like done -- and she actually LISTENED and knew what I was talking about.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend Raquel to anyone who values their appearance at ALL .. ha, but seriously -- she's amazing and I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.
As far as price is concerned -- which, unfortunately is an issue for most of us -- Bella is an up-scale salon ... as such, they have up-scale prices. However, I would like to offer some food for thought, if you will...
How much would you say you spend elsewhere (at least as far as personal appearance is concerned?) :: clothes - yes, the outfits you only wear ONCE, shoes, accessories, etc. Now think about this logically... your hair is probably one of the ONLY things that is STUCK ON YOUR HEAD. Rain or shine, going out or staying in, studying, going on a date, reading a book, skipping in the park, sleeping... yeah -- you get the idea.
Moral of the story -- Bella Salon is phenomenal. I highly recommend Raquel -- but, I have never seen someone leave that place looking like a fool.