Being a mom is wonderful, but sometimes you forget to take time for yourself or even feel selfish if you buy things for yourself. Since I have had my girls, I’ve had my hair cut once…well maybe twice, but I wouldn’t really count the trim I received at a local hair salon since she barely did anything and I was terribly disappointed. I pretty much decided I would just get my hair cut the next time I visited my family, so I could go to a stylist I knew would do a great job. The only problem is that I’m not sure when I will be able to go “home” to visit family and I obviously want to look good in photos during the meantime. Luckily I had the opportunity to do a review for Carlton Hair!
Stylists at Carlton Hair take cues from runway trends and the latest lookbooks to create wearable works of art. Whether you’re looking to change up your look with a drastic bob, or need a sculptural updo for a big night out, Carlton Hair will help you look your most fabulous. In addition to the latest cuts and styling, Carlton Hair color services are a step above the rest. Professional colorists at Carlton Hair use extraordinary Goldwell color to find your dream hair shade – from the darkest blue-black to sun-kissed blonde highlights for the summer months!
To be honest, I was excited to get a haircut, nervous when I read “hair color”, and terrified when I saw “wearable works of art” on their website. Images of cookie monster hair came to mind, but after further exploring their website, I felt a little less apprehensive.
Carlton Hair salons are located in California, with convenient locations throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco, so I bravely picked up the phone and set an appointment with the salon closest to me in Valencia. The receptionist was very nice and wasn’t flustered with my children crying/playing in the background. She was also patient and scheduled a large block of time for me since I wasn’t sure what I would like done and to accommodate the possibility that I might have to take a break and feed my little one during my visit. They also called to confirm my appointment the day before, which I always think is nice since I often write things down wrong or just plain forget about them.
Upon my arrival at the salon, I was happy to see it was in a nice area with many nearby shops, so my hubby was able to stroll around with the girls while I was at my appointment. I was greeted quickly and the atmosphere was inviting and not snooty like I was afraid it might be. My stylist, Jeanna, didn’t keep me waiting and was patient as we tried to decide what to do. She actually seemed excited to do something with my “blank canvas” hair and we decided to do a hair color that looked natural, but with highlights that would still show up in pictures for all of you to see. She also was willing to take photos for me.
Although the stylist couldn’t do much for how tired I look, I was excited to see what she could do to give a bit of life to my dull, flat hair. The first thing she did was the partial highlights. She had an assistant come help during the process and she was also very nice. It was interesting to learn about assistants and how they become stylists. I guess I didn’t really pay attention before that just like in any other job; there are different levels to move up to.
Ok, now I have a confession…as the ladies were putting the foils in, I was thinking to myself “how do they keep the two colors straight as they are applying them”. When we were talking about colors, I picked out two, a level 4 brown and a level 7 red/brown and since I have never had any experience with dyeing or highlighting my hair, I just figured that these two colors would be the highlights. Not sure why I thought that, but like I mentioned before, I was tired. Anyway, once they were done with putting the foils in, they started putting color on the rest of my hair and that is when it dawned on me that one color was for the dyeing of my hair and the other was for the partial highlights. Let’s just say I had a mini silent panic attack as I wondered which color was used for dyeing my hair and which one was for the highlights. To top the experience off, my hubby brought the girls by while I was sitting there looking all alien-like and my tot had no idea who I was. She wouldn’t talk to me and just kept giving me wary glances.
Once I had seen my girls and knew that hubby was doing alright alone with them, I started to relax a bit and enjoyed the “silence” that the salon had to offer. Now, it wasn’t quiet it there, but the contentment of listening to music and friendly chatter was a nice change. I also was able to see how another stylist interacted with a young girl who was getting her hair cut and a strip of purple in her hair. It was so adorable and it really reflected how down-to-earth the stylists/assistants were.
Next, I was able to enjoy getting my hair rinsed out and I seriously could have taken a little nap. Several ladies walked by during this time and mentioned that the color was really pretty, so I stopped being nervous and was really looking forward to seeing it. Luckily, the ladies were right and I love the color! It is just a wee bit darker than my normal color and the red is subtle yet vibrant.
Then, I was ready to get my haircut and I was impressed that even after all the time already spent on my hair, the stylist still took her time and didn’t rush to finish up. Once she was roughly done, we looked over and I decided a wanted it just a wee bit shorter. She obliged without any hint of annoyance. I really appreciate her attention to detail and willingness to give me a hairstyle that would not only look great, but was practical for a busy mom.
I love that I look more rested in the after picture. I guess a few hours away from the little ones is essential at times. I also love how gorgeous the color and highlights turned out and I wanted to mention that they used Goldwell professional color to achieve these eye-catching colors.
I know you’re know wondering how much an awesome hair makeover like this would set you back, so here’s a breakdown.
- cut – $50
- tint – $62
- partial highlights – $85
Of course, the prices do vary depending on what needs to be done for to achieve your dream hairstyle, but I thought it was reasonably priced for the professional services I received. In fact, I even received a 20% off coupon to use at my next visit, which would make maintaining the hairstyle even more affordable.
The only thing I didn’t particularly like was the smell of the shampoo that I purchased. Thankfully they offer trial/travel size, which is what I bought, so I’m not out very much money by trying a new product.
Overall, I am very happy with the experience and results I had with Carlton Hair. I would definitely recommend them to friends I have in the area and would love to work with Jeanna again, who made this “country girl” feel more comfortable at a nice salon. I love that even on busy days; my hair is ready for capturing those special moments without needing all the time to “fix” it.
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I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.