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Hi rlfisher! Welcome!

Have any of you ever heard of Salon Marchessa? I've heard that Kim is good with curly hair. I have an appointment for a consultation with her next Wednesday. I will let you all know how it goes. Or if anyone has other recommendations I would be willing to make an appointment somewhere else. What do you all think I should do?
Originally Posted by frizzyMommy
I haven't heard of her or them, but a quick search on Yelp.com for them yielded a good review for the salon. If you do get your hair cut there, let us know how it went. I'm still growing out my hair a bit before I get another cut, but I'll definitely update as soon as I do. My next try will be with Mary Ann up at Taglio Salon in Escondido.
I changed my mind and wanted to go to a Deva trained stylist so I went to the Deva Concepts website and found a great person!

Her name is Jennifer Sparano, and like I said, she is Deva trained and did a great job on my hair. I left her information in the CurlSalons section in case any of you were interested and she has very reasonable prices. Go see her, she is a sweetheart!

Here are my before and after pics...
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2b/c Hair
Have no clue what to do with it

Last edited by frizzyMommy; 08-14-2008 at 01:03 PM. Reason: Add pics
I changed my mind and wanted to go to a Deva trained stylist so I went to the Deva Concepts website and found a great person!

Her name is Jennifer Sparano, and like I said, she is Deva trained and did a great job on my hair. I left her information in the CurlSalons section in case any of you were interested and she has very reasonable prices. Go see her, she is a sweetheart!
Originally Posted by frizzyMommy
They're listed by salon - at which one does she work?
I second Jen Sparano at E Factor! I've tried several people I found on here- Suzanne at Re:Vive, Tamara Mooney, Kirk at Diamantes, and Jody at London Calling and Jen is definitely the best. She dry cuts curly hair and knows what she's doing with color. She used the Deva line of products and my cut and color turned out great. I've finally found someone I will return to and her prices are so much more reasonable than most!
Jen Sparano's salon is in Mission Valley near Fridays and Bally's. The number is 619-244-6435.
Yes, that's her phone number. On the DevaConcepts website she is listed at Sola Salon, which is the name of the salon that I put under the CurlSalons section, but within that salon are many other salons, and the more specific one she works at is Efactor, as mentioned above (confusing I know but it makes sense when you go there). Sorry if I was too vague in my other post. Anyways, yes please everyone go see her, she is great!
2b/c Hair
Have no clue what to do with it
Interesting! I didn't realize this is the Jen from E Factor I'd been considering back in May. At the time I tried to figure out where she worked because the website for E Factor still says the salon is on 4th Ave in Hillcrest but her location (somewhere?) showed as being right next to the 163/I8 interchange - which I guess is where Sola is. I thought maybe she'd moved salons or that possibly the entire salon moved but when I called a couple of times to make sure there was no answer, so I moved on to other stylists. Maybe I just had the wrong number, thanks for that s8metz!

Can either you or frizzyMommy give a little more detail about your experiences with Jen? Neither Sola nor E Factor are showing up in the CurlSalons section under San Diego, and from what I've read here on the boards Gretchen and Michelle have a backlog of reviews that still need to be put up. (They're still putting them up manually right now, afaik.) There's no telling how long that'll take, and I'm very curious to hear more details now that I see what a good job Jen did!

Was there a consultation, how did she react if you brought in your own products, did she spend a lot of time, did she diffuse and/or clip, did you leave wet, how are you liking the cuts after you got home and restyled - that kind of thing. Also, may I ask how much the cut cost?

Thanks for the heads-up on her, ladies. It's always good to have a choice of really great stylists and now it looks like this thread is yielding several. Yay!


Was there a consultation, how did she react if you brought in your own products, did she spend a lot of time, did she diffuse and/or clip, did you leave wet, how are you liking the cuts after you got home and restyled - that kind of thing. Also, may I ask how much the cut cost?
Originally Posted by Koukla72
Koukla72,
I did not have a consultation, but when I called to make an appointment she offered me a consultation if I preferred. So she is definitely open for consultations if that's what you want. I'm sure she wouldn't mind at all if you brought your own products. She is very open to everything, not uptight or snobby at all. I felt very comfortable around her. I had an appointment at 1, and left the salon at 3. She looked my hair over, asked me what I would like, and then explained to me her opinion and what she was going to do. The cut didn't take all that long. Then she washed me and showed me what products to use and put those in. Then yes, she clipped my hair up and put me under the dryer. She said when she first started Deva that she had a hard time letting clients go home with hair that wasn't styled. So, anyways, I sat under the dryer for about 30 mins and then she just fixed my hair a bit and I went home. My roots were dry, but my ends were still a little damp, not soaking wet or anything. I got my hair cut yesterday, so I haven't yet washed it and styled it myself, but I have pretty good second day hair considering I slept on it without a pineapple or satin pillowcase. And I paid $50 for a cut. Glad I could help and I'd love to answer any more questions you might have.
2b/c Hair
Have no clue what to do with it

Last edited by frizzyMommy; 08-15-2008 at 02:03 AM. Reason: quote
YAY! I'm glad to hear there is someone that does the Deva Cut in San Diego, and is inexpensive in comparison. I highly recommended Suzanne (and still do), but she is very expensive. I may have to try Jen out. My 2nd appt. is coming up soon with Suzanne, but I really can't afford her right now. I wonder if the $50 is her regular price for cuts or if it will depend on hair type, length, etc.? I've had that happen and am always disappointed when it does, since I have a lot of hair! I'm a bit concerned that she doesn't fully dry your hair, because that's what I liked the most with Suzanne. The fact that she completely dried my hair so that she could show me how to style it and scrunch out the crunch. She also did the last "clippings" after it was styled. But, I'm willing to try it for $50!

I guess I'll call and find out. Thanks again for posting!!!
3B, thick, course, and lots of it!
Currently using:
Suave Coconut, Kinky Curly Knot Today & KC Curling Custard, Bioterra Gel (HG Combo!)
Also used:
FOTE,DevaCare No Poo, OneC, ArcAngell, SIF, Jessicurl RR, CC,Too Shea, Ouidad, CK, PM Mousse, Biolage gelee.
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I second Jen Sparano at E Factor! I've tried several people I found on here- Suzanne at Re:Vive, Tamara Mooney, Kirk at Diamantes, and Jody at London Calling and Jen is definitely the best. She dry cuts curly hair and knows what she's doing with color. She used the Deva line of products and my cut and color turned out great. I've finally found someone I will return to and her prices are so much more reasonable than most!
Originally Posted by s8metz
If you don't mind me asking, what is your hair type? And how would you compare Jen to Suzanne? I'm asking because I've also gone to Tamara (left crying!) and Suzanne (Best haircut ever!). But Suzanne is quite expensive. I have 3b hair, that's very thick and a lot of it. I would really like to continue doing the dry cuts, but spend a bit less $$.

Thanks!
3B, thick, course, and lots of it!
Currently using:
Suave Coconut, Kinky Curly Knot Today & KC Curling Custard, Bioterra Gel (HG Combo!)
Also used:
FOTE,DevaCare No Poo, OneC, ArcAngell, SIF, Jessicurl RR, CC,Too Shea, Ouidad, CK, PM Mousse, Biolage gelee.
:
Thanks so much for the feedback frizzyMommy! It sounds good, and the pics you posted are really encouraging too. It definitely looks like you have more body and your waves start closer to your roots, from what I can see. It's going to be extra hard now to hold out and wait until I wanted to for my next trim, that's for sure.
I second Jen Sparano at E Factor! I've tried several people I found on here- Suzanne at Re:Vive, Tamara Mooney, Kirk at Diamantes, and Jody at London Calling and Jen is definitely the best. She dry cuts curly hair and knows what she's doing with color. She used the Deva line of products and my cut and color turned out great. I've finally found someone I will return to and her prices are so much more reasonable than most!
Originally Posted by s8metz
If you don't mind me asking, what is your hair type? And how would you compare Jen to Suzanne? I'm asking because I've also gone to Tamara (left crying!) and Suzanne (Best haircut ever!). But Suzanne is quite expensive. I have 3b hair, that's very thick and a lot of it. I would really like to continue doing the dry cuts, but spend a bit less $$.

Thanks!
Originally Posted by CurlyBel
My hair is 3A, really thick and down to the middle of my back. I think Jen did just as good a job for as Suzanne did for less than half the price. (I also really liked Suzanne but couldn't pay $130 for a haircut) I was doing color at the same time and we sat down before she started and really talked about what I wanted and also what I felt like my hair needed in terms of cut. I'm sure you'd like her, she really seems to know what she's doing!
Fascinating to see so many other curly girls with similar experience to mine. I had Kirk at Diamantes doing my hair for a while (maybe a year or two). He was very nice and kept saying he understood curly hair but I couldn't get him to eliminate the thin bottom layer hanging down from may hair. I also went to Jody Snyder when she was at Salon Bella. She did a consult and a trim. I told her I wanted to maintain my own roots (didn't want to go to salon every 3 weeks) and have her do highlights and cutting. She said she could help me out...by doing my color every three weeks. I didn't go back to her. Prior to that I had a consult with the "great" Tamara at Salon Bella. She wanted to razor cut my thick 3a hair. I didn't think that was a good idea so didn't go back to her for service. I went to another popular Naturally Curly stylist in Hillcrest for a while but her cutting technique was not as wonderful as she thought it was.

Finally I found Brooke at Robert Cromeans. She is not a curly hair specialist but she does a beautiful job layering my hair, cuts it the way I want it (first one who has let me grow my hair longer) and does two or three colors of highlights. I get more compliments on may hair than I ever have. She is not cheap (approx $200 incuding tip and parking). But none of the nice salons are cheap so for now this is where I'm staying. She is at the downtown salon. She was at the PB location when I first found her. When they moved her downtown, I considered trying Carolyn in PB as she has assisted Brooke with my hair once and Brooke said she was good with curly hair. But decided to stick with Brooke.
I second Jen Sparano at E Factor! I've tried several people I found on here- Suzanne at Re:Vive, Tamara Mooney, Kirk at Diamantes, and Jody at London Calling and Jen is definitely the best. She dry cuts curly hair and knows what she's doing with color. She used the Deva line of products and my cut and color turned out great. I've finally found someone I will return to and her prices are so much more reasonable than most!
Originally Posted by s8metz
If you don't mind me asking, what is your hair type? And how would you compare Jen to Suzanne? I'm asking because I've also gone to Tamara (left crying!) and Suzanne (Best haircut ever!). But Suzanne is quite expensive. I have 3b hair, that's very thick and a lot of it. I would really like to continue doing the dry cuts, but spend a bit less $$.

Thanks!
Originally Posted by CurlyBel
My hair is 3A, really thick and down to the middle of my back. I think Jen did just as good a job for as Suzanne did for less than half the price. (I also really liked Suzanne but couldn't pay $130 for a haircut) I was doing color at the same time and we sat down before she started and really talked about what I wanted and also what I felt like my hair needed in terms of cut. I'm sure you'd like her, she really seems to know what she's doing!
Originally Posted by s8metz
Thank you so much for letting me know! I'm going to definitely give her a try. Yeah, $130 for a haircut is a bit much!
3B, thick, course, and lots of it!
Currently using:
Suave Coconut, Kinky Curly Knot Today & KC Curling Custard, Bioterra Gel (HG Combo!)
Also used:
FOTE,DevaCare No Poo, OneC, ArcAngell, SIF, Jessicurl RR, CC,Too Shea, Ouidad, CK, PM Mousse, Biolage gelee.
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I am so excited to find out about Jennifer at EFactor! I'm another San Diegan that has had mixed luck with stylists.

Koukla, I think it was me who PMed you about Jody and MaryAnn, no?

Anyway, my experiences:

Jody Snyder - Won't go back. I told her that I'd found her via the reviews here and she told me not to post a negative review of her here. I didn't, because the cut wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great, either. She kept pushing the Enjoy products on me, which bugged.

MaryAnn Casteneda - Great cut! She spent a lot of time cutting and evening things up. I too have a fragile curl pattern, and she really worked hard at bringing it out. I have very, very fine hair on my crown and ended up with major halo frizz after she dried my hair, but it was my first time there and she wouldn't know that. The only reason I haven't been back is because we moved down to the South Bay from Escondido and it's a major drive up there now. I've been trying to find someone closer, but haven't been very successful.

I went to someone at Bellegance Salon in Chula Vista last summer, but I can't remember her name. She was on the Deva site, but is no longer on there. Rightfully so, IMO. She didn't seem to know much about Deva cutting, and didn't seem to want to make the effort to do it. On the plus side, she only charged me $40.

Thank you so much for this thread!

2c (Fia) with some 3a in the middle layer
Hi TwistedChick! Glad to see you back!

Yup, that was you I was referring to upthread, though someone else also pm'd me about Jody Snyder after you did. I didn't want to refer to you by name without your permission, since it was a pm.

Was the stylist at Bellegance named Claudia Quiroz? She's still on the Devaconcepts stylist locator, and I'd briefly considered her because I have a friend from Chula Vista and I could theoretically kill two birds with one stone when I was going down there anyway. I've been basically thinking of her as a possible last resort due to the hassle of getting there (I'm up in UTC, right near the mall), but if that's who you saw I'll cross her off my mental list for sure.

Though I guess with Jen and MaryAnn to choose from now, it looks like it might be a non-issue either way. (Fingers crossed & knocking on wood.) Yay!
Hi! Thanks!

No, her name was Alma de la Mora or something like that (I'm not positive about her last name). I've also thought about trying Claudia there, but I've already gone to another stylist in that salon who was recommended by a curly I know IRL. It was a pretty good cut (but was more of a straight cut, IYKWIM), but I accidentally broke a little figurine she had on her counter as I grabbed my purse, so I feel weird going back. And I'd feel weird going to a 3rd person in the same salon. They'd think I was a woman of loose morals.

How about you try her and let me know if it's worth showing my face there again?

2c (Fia) with some 3a in the middle layer

Last edited by TwistedChick; 08-25-2008 at 08:52 PM.
Haha! I'd feel the same way. I can do that, but I think it'd be better if we both found everlasting happiness with Jen. Here's hoping, anyway...
Hi Ladies:

I actually went to Claudia Quiroz and let me save you some time. It wasn't worth it at all! I pondered between her and Alma, because they were both on the Deva website and at the same salon. Claudia only charged me $35, but it was as if she did nothing! I asked her when I made my appt. if she cut dry, and she said yes. When I got to the salon, I told her what I wanted and then she said "ok, let's go wash your hair". I then told her, that I thought she cut hair dry, she said "oh, you want that cut". Hello! I personally spoke to her when I made my appt. Anyway, she cut maybe 3 curls finished and took me to style my hair. She was going to use some other product and I said "don't you use the Deva line?" and she said "yes, but I was saving it for myself because I'm getting married soon and that's the last of the product I have and I don't know how to use the internet to order more". STRANGE. She then put in soooo much product, kept touching it that I hated DevaCurl. I had to go home and wash everything out!

I really wanted it to work out, because I live in Chula Vista and this was 5 minutes away from my house.

Hope I have now saved you both from the worry.
3B, thick, course, and lots of it!
Currently using:
Suave Coconut, Kinky Curly Knot Today & KC Curling Custard, Bioterra Gel (HG Combo!)
Also used:
FOTE,DevaCare No Poo, OneC, ArcAngell, SIF, Jessicurl RR, CC,Too Shea, Ouidad, CK, PM Mousse, Biolage gelee.
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You have, CB, thanks for the tip-off! Looks like my last resort isn't going to be one after all. That's ok, there's still Jen and MaryAnn to try out. Hopefully I'll love at least one of them and it won't be an issue.

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