I consider myself a pragmatic person. I usually don't fawn over the new trends, nor do I feel it necessary to go to the newest IT place around. Instead, I find, that consumer reviews based on the experience and recognition tend to influence me to try something new.
When I started my search into spas in Lake County I kept coming across 1 name, Pure Aveda Salonspa. I read about them receiving more votes than anyone else in Lake Magazines Best of the best, winning 5 categories, read about their dedication to Green living and being awarded Green Certification, read about them being name the best business in Mount Dora (not only against salons, but everyday businesses as well) , read that they were named Best salon in Orlando and finally 1 of the top 200 salons in the Nation 2 years in a row.
Reading about all of those accolades made me very excited about going in for an appointment, but I was also a bit trepidatious... what if they wanted to change everything about me or didn't live up to their stellar reputation? I had built them up in my own mind, would I be disappointed?
What I found when I arrived was a group of caring and nurturing individuals that made a self-proclaimed wall flower feel like the most special person who had ever walked into the building. I was expecting amazing talent, and they didn't disappoint, but I was amazed at all the little things they did to try and make my day better.
When I was finished with what could only be described as the best hair cut & color I had ever gotten, I asked my stylist why where she so nice? why did she treat me so special? Did she realize how my entire experience made me feel?
She answered back with a Mona Lisa like smile, "At Pure we fulfill the needs of all of our guests, whether it is your cut and color or nurturing. We believe that everybody needs a bit of pampering and I'm very happy that I was able to give that to you today."
So what did I do, as someone who stands back and observes, I hugged her. She had given me a gift more valuable than any style (which is amazing btw), she had made me feel as good as I now looked. I left with a spring in my step, a lightness to my being and my next 3 appointments.
Later that evening I was having dinner with some friends from Orlando, and knew I thought to myself "I have just discovered the Holy Grail of Salons, I have to tell everyone." I spent 10 minutes telling them of my visit, describing everything from the welcome I received from the Salon Director down to my hand massage, I never realized I needed.
I looked up at the face of one of my girlfriends who has always had the most fashionable coif and hair color to die for, and she had a very similar Mona Lisa type smile. She reached across the table, placed her hand on mine and proceeded to name the names of several of the hair designers at MY new salon. Apparently I had unknowingly stumbled onto the IT salon & spa, a not so well kept secret that kept my friends in high fashion styles and relaxed with massages & facials.
We all had a good laugh about how the pragmatist who looks for the reviews first managed to find the salon everyone wants to go to. I had always assumed that a place like that would be snooty and elitist, not kind and nurturing to someone like me...who knew?
I am just elated that I found a salon that can balance the obvious ability that it take to do what they do so well, and an affection for people and brining happiness into their lives. I am eternally grateful for the team at Pure for giving me the lift I didn't even know I needed, brightening my day and making me feel like someone special. It take a very special group of people to do something that wonderful, and that's what I found at Pure Aveda Salonspa.
Pros: Constant, Reliable, High Talent