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Sling Blades Hair Design

3211 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 419-1213
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Sling Blades Hair Design - Durham, NC
Sling Blades Hair Design - Durham, NC
Sling Blades Hair Design - Durham, NC
Sling Blades Hair Design - Durham, NC
Sling Blades Hair Design - Durham, NC
Sling Blades Hair Design - Durham, NC
Sling Blades Hair Design - Durham, NC


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I have been getting my hair cut and colored by jennifer for two years now. I have long hair and its hard to find a hairstylist that is not happy with the scissors. My hair is ver...


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Editorial review from Citysearch 11/9/2012

Shelley is great! She listens to what you want, gives good advice, and produces great results. I've used her for years. I've also had Kathy and Michael cut and dye my hair, and I've been *very* pleased every time. The staff is friendly. I love this place, and I highly recommend it. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 9/21/2012

Shelley is awesome!!! I've been in Durham for many years and gone to every salon in town. This is the first time I've ever been totally satisfied with my hair style and highlights. The fact I've been going to Shelley for over a year is a testimony to her talent. I'm hooked and will never go to anyone else but Shelley! more

Love love jennifer 5/15/2012

I have been getting my hair cut and colored by jennifer for two years now. I have long hair and its hard to find a hairstylist that is not happy with the scissors. My hair is very thick and she thins it down for me. I always get so many compliments. I also love the atmosphere at sling blades. more

Fab color & cut! 2/23/2012

I have been coloring my hair (in all shades) for years and all over the country. Jennifer Runion is one of the very best colorists I've ever been to. I've gone from bright red to black with purple or blue or red highlights to dark brown with blonde highlihghts. My hair has been healthy and shiny throughout. I am constantly complimented on my color and cut, to which I give Jennifer all the credit. She is a genius! My cut is quite simple, however I've seen several clients of hers with fabulously complicated cuts. I highly recommend her and Sling Blades in general. Everyone there is super nice and the salon is beautiful. It's a little hard to find the first time but once you get there, I guarantee you'll return. more

BEST COLOR EVER! 2/16/2012

I have tried several salons all over the triangle, and then I found Jennifer R at Sling Blades in Durham. Jennifer has been transforming my hair for over 5 years now! I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else! Jennifer has taken me from long to short , from blonde to brown to red! She has extensive training in the latest color techniques and hottest hair styles I know that every time I leave there I will have a big smile and a sassy new attitude! People always tell me, ""I want your hair color"". Make an appointment with Jennifer and you will not be disappointed! more

Excellent Service and Ambiance 8/19/2010

After moving from Miami, I was seeking a professional salon in Durham that offered exceptional service and skillful stylists...Sling Blades is the place! A natural blonde, I only trust highly competent professionals with my hair. Stylist Michael Midyette, a seasoned pro, who after looking at my hair for about 10 seconds nailed my color to the tee. I received one of the best treatments that I have had at his skilled hands. His charisma, charm and good looks were just icing on the cake! As someone whose spent a lot of money on pricey Miami stylists, I can honestly say that Michael blows them away. If you're still searching for a talented stylist, look no more, Michael is your man. more

Shelly is FANTASTIC 4/18/2009

Shelly is the best! After moving here from Syracuse, NY, I tried 4 or 5 places before I found Shelly. I love to wear short, funky styles with unique color. Shelly nails it every time! While I was growing out my hair she managed to keep me from looking shaggy and gave me an easy to style, cute cut at every stage. She always has great ideas for my hair color, and is adventurous and fun. She is always up to date with hair trends, and can make sure you look fresh! Shelly is super hard to get into to see because she is so good, so make sure to book a few weeks before you think you will need a hair cut. And then always book your next appointment before you leave. She is worth the effort to see! Pros: Excellent colorist more

Leigh is amazing 4/29/2008

I had a business meeting the next day and needed to get my hair cut and styled . Leigh was able to fit me in at a moments notice and she made some excellent recommendations. I walked out of Sling Blades with probably the best hair cut I've had and I looked great the next day for my meeting. I would recommend Leigh to anyone who is looking for a new stylist. Pros: Great Staff, warm and friendly people. more

Superb Esthetician!!!! 2/19/2008

Sling Blades spa treatments are exceptional. Kristi is fantastic. She is friendly, knowledgeable, and makes you feel immediately comfortable. Incredible service is unbeatable and the prices are extremely reasonable. Pros: professional and knowledgeable,location,pricing more

Amazing hairstylist 2/18/2008

I just moved here and have had a difficult time finding a talented stylist since moving to North Carolina. LEIGH'S talent for style and color is more than I could have hoped to find here.I wanted a completely new look. I went in with a couple of pictures and Leigh helped me come up with a style. I told her that I wanted new color, but told her to pick the colors based on her experience and what would look best with my skin tones. I could not be happier with the result. The style is amazing and the color is fantastic. I have never had so many compliments on my hair!!! If you are interested in a new look, go see Leigh at Sling Blades Hair Design Pros: friendly professional staff,outstanding customer service,evening appts more

you must try this salon! 1/29/2008

i've been looking for a new salon for some time, so i looked on city search to read some reviews. i decided to try sling blades based on what other people had to say, and they were right! this is the most beautiful and comfortable salon i think i've ever been in. i walked in not really knowing what i wanted to try with my hair, Leigh was my stylist and she took the time to go through some books and make suggestions on what she thought would work best on my hair. between the two of us we came up with a cut that i love.. this is one of few salons filled with friendly faces, and you can actually feel how this team works together. if you try sling blades you will never go anywhere else! Pros: great location, friendly employees, fantastic service Cons: just know that you have to drive around to the back of the building more

Wow 1/20/2008

What a beautiful salon. I felt like I was in New York. I just want to say that any African-American woman looking for someone to take care of their hair, get it to a healthy state with minimal product---any woman really, then Helen is your girl!!! In fact all the stylists were very helpful and really nice. Great Job!!! more

The Best Facial Ever! 1/11/2008

I scheduled a facial with Kristi and she was great. She educated me on my skin's health and it needs. She made me realize how much my skin represents my health. She removed every blackhead and gave me the best enzyme exfoliation. My skin still feels super soft and smooth. Thanks Kristi, I will definately be back. Cons: Great Atmosphere more


Helen is an excellent hair-care provider, and I could never imagine going to anyone else. She works with all hair types, in particular African-American women's hair. Her styles are always professional, and most important, she is concerned about the health of my hair. Since she became my stylist, my hair has become much thicker and stronger. Relaxers, color, cuts -- Helen does it all exceptionally well! Pros: Service, Ambience, Location more

Best salon experience ever! 1/8/2008

I went to Sling Blades for the first time today because they were having a special on hair cuts. I was really impressed by the decor and couldn't believe that I didn't have to wait to be seen. Helen may possibly be the best stylist I've experienced. She looked through my hair and analyzed its condition and told me what I would need to have done. She deep conditioned my hair, washed it, and cut it. Afterwards my hair looked the best it ever has! The service was fast and extremely professional. I would highly recommend Helen (especially for the African American ladies) but all of the other stylists I observed seemed to be really great as well. I plan to return to Sling Blades soon! more

Rachel is the real deal 12/18/2007

I have VERY thick and hard to manage hair. Every other salon I've been to the stylist will just eventually give up (and I thought that was a given) while coloring and cutting my hair. However, Rachel took the time (5 hours!) needed to make sure all the layers were colored evenly and the cut was distributed well. She also made it fun for me because I could tell even though she was working hard at my hair she still made it a good experience for me because of how long it took. Seriously every other stylist I've been to they would start coloring for an hour and then would rush which makes me nervous about the outcome. Rachel made me feel comfortable and relaxed while being professional. I can't stress enough how awesome she is and I will definitely be back! Pros: expertise, ambience, comfort Cons: I live in Carrboro and it's in Durham but it's still worth the drive! more

Great service and style 12/4/2007

I have been seeing Shelley for several years, and would highly recommend her services. She is always willing to try something new and incorporates the latest color and cutting techniques. There have been several times that I have brought her a picture of what I want my hair to look like, and she always nails it! What I love best is that her cuts are so good, I receive compliments on my hair not only right after the service, but up until I'm ready for my next trim. The atmosphere at Sling Blades is very calm and serene so you don't have that loud, hectic feeling like at many hair salons. I definitely feel pampered and like I leave looking my very best. more

Great atmosphere and great service! 11/29/2007

I was highly impressed with the service I received at Sling Blades. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is wonderful and the salon is beautiful inside. I saw the Master designer, Shelley, and she was so much fun. She was very helpful at finding a new color and style that would best suite my personality. I am very pleased with my new look and highly recommend this salon to everyone! Pros: nice atmosphere more


How do you define a great style? Some people think it has to do with the brushes and combs one uses after the cut is done. Some people think it's all about a special hair product or color combination. However, I've decided it's something entirely different. It's how the style responds to ANY adverse situation from humidity to lack of tools. In my case, two weeks ago, I had my routine style and color done at Sling Blades. I had my usual GREAT service and FANTASTIC CARE. It's so easy to take that for granted once you've found it. However, yesterday, I woke up in a hotel room, had my shower and realised I had forgotten my hair brush as well as other styling tools. I was going to an important meeting and had no time to replace these items and get to my appointment. There was no comb in my bag either. Fearing a BAD HAIR DAY, I used what I had: a little bit of hair spray and hair mousse. So using my fingers to work the mousse through my hair, I then blow-dried my hair and used a bit of spray. My hair isn't super short either. It's about four or five inches or so in length, down to the collar of my shirt. I would call my look high maintenance. But with that little bit of work, in FIVE MINUTES, I looked just as great as if I had used my styling brush and combs for the usual fifteen. What was that then? Just another taken for granted GREAT STYLE from Sling Blades. So guys and gals, if you want to avoid a bad hair day when the unexpected happens, I suggest getting your Style from Sling Blades. Pros: Great Style, Service, and Serenity Cons: What Cons more

Sling Blades 11/16/2007

Every experience I have had at Sling Blades is SIMPLY WONDERFUL. The atomsphere is calming and inviting. I followed my stylist, (Shelly who is wonderful by the way - in every way - cut to color to conversation) and have loved the change. I was resistant at first, but am so happy with Sling Blades as it is so professional while relaxed at the same time. The staff is always up to date on products, techniques and styles. Also, I am not overwhelmed with pounding music or noise in the salon. Having a busy schedule, I welcome my personal time at the salon and find Sling Blades calm, unhurried yet effecient with my time. Being a regular customer you are appreciated and recognized by everyone of the staff. It is the atomsphere every salon should strive to achieve. I highly recommend the salon. Also, parking is easly ! Pros: Great stylist and highly professional staff. more
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Owner Message

  • Sling Blades Hair Design is a spacious and gorgeous Durham salon with a relaxing atmosphere. Customers enjoy our salon's decor and open-air feel, which provides a nice range of privacy for each stylist and client.

    Owner Kathy Jacobs has been in the hair design industry since 1985 and, at Sling Blades, is pleased to offer consistently outstanding, quality hair styling service. When Kathy began her career, she attended the Advanced Training Academy of Vidal Sassoon in London, England. Now, she and her highly trained stylists provide sheer razor cuts, trendy slide cuts and other advanced cutting techniques.

    In addition, Sling Blades Hair Design features color specialists, ready to transform clients with Wella hair color, among others.

    Call Sling Blades Hair Design today to make an appointment!


  • Loft-esque hair salon, Sling Blades Hair Design, specializes in daring razor cuts, Wella hair color, and waxing.

  • 11/19/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon, Tue, Fri 9am-6pm Wed, Thu 9am-8pm Sat By appointment only
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