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I just had my haircut with Beverly Neeland!! (and, yes, that is enthusiasm). I love it, and everybody has told me my hair looks wonderful (one girl asked if we could have a hair transplant). I guess I'll go through the hair cut chronologically.

I brought in a total of about 6 pics, and the first post in the "what you should tell your stylist" thread. The first thing I noticed were her curls. When the reviews say that they're beautiful, they are. She obviously takes great care of her locks. The next thing that I noticed were her products (she uses Jessicurl!!). I knew she was eco-friendly and we connected in many ways in the aspect.

After I had showed her the pictures, I told her about what StruttsWife had said about what you should tell your hair stylist, and she literally FINISHED the sentence of the thread using the exact terminology that I was familiar with.

Then she spent some time examining my hair and playing with it, and told me what she was going to do. This plus the cutting part (she cuts dry and combs your hair, which I thought was odd, but apparently it works ), took an hour and thirty five minutes, a lot longer than Jen's did. She told me that I was taking really good care of my hair, which was very nice to here. We also had fun talking about theatre (she worked in San Diego as a wig artist), which I am very passionate about.

I needed to go to work at 5, so she kind of had to rush the last part, and I walked out with clips in my hair that she said I could keep. I kept them in for work and for a meeting I had afterword.

Although shorter than I had specified, it still is cute and very different from before (which was unlike Jen's haircut). I love it!

She costs $60 and I gave her a $10 tip. For the cut she gave me, I thought it was very reasonable.

Anyways, the before and after pics are below, and I even like the cut a little better today with second day hair.

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Co-Wash: TJ's Nourish
Conditioner: 1/2 TJ's Nourish, 1/2 AO Honeysuckle Rose
Leave-in: GDLI, CJ Curl Assurance
Love: Pineappling, FSG and this website!
CG Since Sept. 5th, 2009!!!

With the help of StruttsWife's E-book:
Normal Porosity, Fine Texture (who would've thunk!), normal elasticity, and medium density.

PM me if you have suggestions for my hair (i.e. product, etc.), help would be very much appreciated!

Last edited by zcurlygirl; 02-26-2010 at 10:16 PM.
Wow Zcurly!

It looks great! She really freed up some of your ringlet's there--its laying very nice and I really like the shape!

She is on my list for my next haircut..I had seen in her newsletter that she sold Jessicurl which is awesome!
FIA 2c/3aFi

Done experimenting! Loving Spiral Solutions products!

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thanks, Z-C. your before pix, took my breath away, so shiny, and pretty ringlets, in back.(Im trying to get length,but need a trim, and shape)You had said earlier(after Jen) that you wanted more layers around face, thats what you got!It looks like a dramatic diff in length, but maybe because of your perfect 3b ringlets(Im also wanting tighter curls) At any rate you look gorgeous, and the grow out will be great, too.She answered, a lot of ?'s for me via e-mail. also. said she would show me how to clip, and take pix, from every angle, so I could learn(just asked for clip-tips) I want to try Jessie curl,too. so 2 birds w/ one stone! I think I want your before pix cut, though!
3a/2a/spirals ultraF-i/ii,med/hi porosity,med/elasticity,colortreated/grey[LIST][*][U]Cowash[/C.J. daily fix,TJ nourish, Condish BCB, Peter Lamas volumizing mixed w a dab of CJ smoothing ,kenra moisture,CJ curl rehab Leaveins,KCKT,KomazaCalifia,GDLIStylers:FSG,*JMOgel,w/ Kenra volumizing mousse KCCC&BRHG, CJ CIAB.w/Aussie freeze gel.FOTE on dry. DT:biolageCB or curl rehab over megatek.

Last edited by mbeckhhp; 02-27-2010 at 11:00 AM. Reason: spelling
Awwww, thanks so much for the compliments! I'm very happy with the cut-- it looks cute up too! Report back on your experiences with her!
2c/3a/3b
Co-Wash: TJ's Nourish
Conditioner: 1/2 TJ's Nourish, 1/2 AO Honeysuckle Rose
Leave-in: GDLI, CJ Curl Assurance
Love: Pineappling, FSG and this website!
CG Since Sept. 5th, 2009!!!

With the help of StruttsWife's E-book:
Normal Porosity, Fine Texture (who would've thunk!), normal elasticity, and medium density.

PM me if you have suggestions for my hair (i.e. product, etc.), help would be very much appreciated!
Hi NaturallyCurly Sisters! For those who are interested, I am in La Mesa and operate a small home business, offering various braid and twist styles. Currently have a $50 kinky twist offer! Feel free to reply or msg me for any info!
It's been a couple years since I've posted. I was so happy with MaryAnn for those couple of years. But yesterday I got a card from her stating that in May she's moving to New Mexico. Juuuust a little too far for me to commute for a haircut, no matter how much I love the stylist. Oh well.

So glad to read about your experience with Beverly Neeland, zcurlygirl! I saw her website last night and was excited to read about the products she uses, her philosophies, etc. She definitely seems to have the CG mindset. I won't mind a bit traveling 25 miles to someone who knows how to treat hair with texture!

MaryAnn last cut and colored me in February, so I'm not due for my next salon visit til middle of April. But I'm definitely booking my next appointment with Beverly. My first instinct was to get a last appointment with MaryAnn, but I'm gonna jump right in and see what Beverly will do with me.

Again, zcurly, thanks so much for posting your experiences with her!
2C/3A with almost straight hair on top
"c" curls (according to my stylist)
Modified CG: looking for my next low/no poo; Curls CCC; anything KBB; acv and honey or molasses rinses; CJ H&B Deep Fix
Styling with KCCC/B&A gel, FOTE avg; BB's FSG, Komaza CHP

Yippee! San Diego curlies unite!
Wanting to try Re:vive also. Very eager to have a true curl-friendly cut.

Have you heard anything about Mermaid's Michelle? I recently posted for any info, but didn't get any replies.

Pixie - Paula Sweet as can be, I've had decent cuts and color. But always straightens.
Originally Posted by momedusa
This is a late post, but will put here,anyway. Her name is Michelle Sullivan.She opened a home salon,I had my hair done by her, a year or so ago, she took off more than I wanted, but it was what I needed @ the time, and I gave the go ahead, AND the cut looked awesome for almost a year.She cuts dry, has been Deva trained. and is a very nice and reasonablely priced stylist.Really listens, and goes over it first.web is hairbymichelle.com.I realize, I just need more frequent trims.She styles iyt before you go, and is open to your products if you want, she used Deva on me, and it still looked awesome.After trying some other"curl experts", I'll go back to Michelle, next time
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Awwww, thanks so much for the compliments! I'm very happy with the cut-- it looks cute up too! Report back on your experiences with her!
Originally Posted by zcurlygirl
Ok. saw Beverly Neeland,I had waited too long for a trim, and had my colorist(I luv) trim it,to help breakage,still awful, lost shape, and staggley.(had been a year, since a good cut, by Michelle Sullivan, formerly of Mermaids. So went to Beverly,who has a TINY,( "eco-green)room,with good natural light, and," will not allow anything with parabens,or "dangerous" chemicals to cross her threshhold, as told to a sales rep, for a hair color line, while she was working on my hair?I told her, liked keeping my hair long(BSL) but it is very fine, and was looking stringy and straggly, from last trim.I also told her about"what to tell your stylist thread", and the dreaded 5-10 long spirals, hanging down back.Well, my hair is up to my collarbone now,(wah!) and rounded ,to longer in the back.It feels very healthy, more curly, BUT VERY SHORT.I emailed her back to see how much she actually cut, she said 1 1/2, -2 "s, Went in for color yesterday, and my longtime stylist/colorist, said, wow, you got 4"s cut off. We didnt really discuss the rounded style thing.I said I just wanted my curls back, and some shape. Showed me how to clip, but forgot to take pictures,Dried a little bit with diffuser, ,then snipped some more on my long spirals in the back,sent me out damp,unclipped, but gave me some clips. She also showed me some cool clipless way to tie my hair back, in knots, while its wet, to keep off my face, dont know if I can do myself.It cost 60.00, told her to add 20%==$72.00, and couple bottles of jessicurl, cleanser, and condish$99.70. Im still kind of in shock, I think it will grow out nice, and Ill be lovin it, and will REMEMBER to trim more frequently.
3a/2a/spirals ultraF-i/ii,med/hi porosity,med/elasticity,colortreated/grey[LIST][*][U]Cowash[/C.J. daily fix,TJ nourish, Condish BCB, Peter Lamas volumizing mixed w a dab of CJ smoothing ,kenra moisture,CJ curl rehab Leaveins,KCKT,KomazaCalifia,GDLIStylers:FSG,*JMOgel,w/ Kenra volumizing mousse KCCC&BRHG, CJ CIAB.w/Aussie freeze gel.FOTE on dry. DT:biolageCB or curl rehab over megatek.
With Beverly I found that it was very helpful for me to bring pictures with me of curly cuts that I liked. She gave me almost exactly what I wanted, it was incredible! I'm sorry you didn't have as positive of an experience as I did though, mbeckhhp!

On a side note, in her newsletter it says on August 1st she will be increasing her rates! Here is her new pricing:

San Diego Pricing Menu Effective August 1
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Short & Fine Curly Hair Cut, Cleanse/Condition $60
Medium Length Curly Hair Cut, Cleanse/Condition $80
Extra Long/Thick Hair add $20
Diffuse Dry & Style add $20
Deep Conditioning Treatment add $20
Bang Trim (within 6 weeks) FREE
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Single Process Color / Root Touch Up $80
Single Process All Over Color/Glaze $100 and up
Hair Cut & Color $160
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Partial Highlights $110
Full Highlights $160
Additional Colors or Toner + $10 each
All Over Color & Partial Highlights $170
Hair Cut & Partial Highlights $190
Hair Cut, Color & Partial Highlights $240 and up

Soooo... I don't know when I'll be back. I only like to get my haircut 2x a year, but I may want to squeeze in a time on July 31st or something before I have to pay $20 more for the cut. Even $60 is expensive for me...
2c/3a/3b
Co-Wash: TJ's Nourish
Conditioner: 1/2 TJ's Nourish, 1/2 AO Honeysuckle Rose
Leave-in: GDLI, CJ Curl Assurance
Love: Pineappling, FSG and this website!
CG Since Sept. 5th, 2009!!!

With the help of StruttsWife's E-book:
Normal Porosity, Fine Texture (who would've thunk!), normal elasticity, and medium density.

PM me if you have suggestions for my hair (i.e. product, etc.), help would be very much appreciated!
as an adjunct, the haircut from beverly didnt grow out well, the only way it looks decent, is clipped back away from my face.(it kind of grows forward) Michelle's haircut, stayed in shape,wearing it down, everday. all the way to the end.( till beverlys trim/cut) Now shes upped her price.in this great economy? Also didnt get as much personal attention, as with Michelle Sullivan, Its time to make an appointment with her, next couple of weeks.
3a/2a/spirals ultraF-i/ii,med/hi porosity,med/elasticity,colortreated/grey[LIST][*][U]Cowash[/C.J. daily fix,TJ nourish, Condish BCB, Peter Lamas volumizing mixed w a dab of CJ smoothing ,kenra moisture,CJ curl rehab Leaveins,KCKT,KomazaCalifia,GDLIStylers:FSG,*JMOgel,w/ Kenra volumizing mousse KCCC&BRHG, CJ CIAB.w/Aussie freeze gel.FOTE on dry. DT:biolageCB or curl rehab over megatek.
San Diego curlie here... after reading this thread, I really feel like a dummy for only relying on the "Salon Reviews" section of the website!!!

I really needed to trim some dead ends off my hair after a VERY long time of not going to a stylist, mostly in fear. I decided that if I was going to get some good information, it was going to be here. So begins my search. I started with three options -- Suzanne, Beverly, and Jody Snyder.

Suzanne was immediately checked off my list due to the $130+ pricetag on a haircut (college student here - can't do that!). So next came Beverly. I called, and there was no answer so I left a message.

Being the impatient girl that I am, I decided to go ahead and call Jody (who has now moved to a salon called Salon David Perez, across the street from UTC mall), and see who got back to me first.

Now I'm REALLY REALLY wishing Beverly had called me back first! My experience with Jody was unpleasant at best.

-She was almost 30 minutes late to our appointment.
-She sat me down in the chair and asked me to tell her 'about myself' - although I do appreciate a stylist who can be friendly, I really hate when people ask me this question.
-After telling her I just wanted all the dead, fried ends off my hair, with a bit of shaping/layering, she took me to the sink and proceeded to shampoo and condition my hair - right before she went on to tell me how I need to cut sulfates out of my hair products.
-She jokingly started brushing my hair - ANOTHER NO-NO! and jokingly told me "we all do it without admitting it"
-She asked me my age, and when I told her I was 19, she remarked, "Oh, I'm surprised, because you sounded like a little kid on the phone, so I was wondering" - HOW RUDE!
-She proceeded to cut my hair wet... stretching it out as if she was cutting a straight-haired girl.
-She then cut bangs and layers in my hair, again as if it was straight hair.
-She was being EXTREMELY condescending to me the entire time. I don't know what her deal was, it was as if she was jealous that I was young, or that my hair was curlier than hers? (She was wearing it straightened, by the way.)
-After I told her the cut was fine (in all honesty, it's not that bad), she kept asking me over and over again if I liked it, even after saying yes multiple times.
-She then asked my "Why are you so timid?" -- I was not being timid, I just thought she was extremely condescending and rude to me.
-She finished cutting my hair, and didn't even bother to apply product other than "shine spritz" - she didn't even show me the bottle so I could confirm that there were no 'cones or other nasty stuff in it.
-She then wasted about 5 minutes of my time twisting my hair around her finger, explaining how it was better than my usual "scrunching" method.
-Then, as if to make me feel better she started talking to one of her co-workers, saying "look how beautiful this girl's hair is!"

I did NOT tip her to say the least. I want my $45 back.



Next time I need a trim, I will be going to Beverly - I've heard nothing but great things about her.
type 3a/b, baby fine to medium, normal to high porosity except the canopy which is high.
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recently chopped off about 4" - HOW LIBERATING!!! Learning to love my hair again instead of hating it for being a knotty mess.
I'm glad I ran across this thread!

I moved out here from NC in late April; my last stylist wasn't CG, but she always gave me a great cut.

Now that I'm out here (near Oceanside), I've been looking for a curly-minded stylist.

I'm bummed to see that the stylist in Escondido (MaryAnn?) has moved while I was getting settled.

For those that live in North County, is it worth the drive to San Diego (I'm rather curious about Beverly.)?
I'ld say a big no. Ive worn my hair more up than down ,since beverly cut it.and she cut off way more(3-4 inches more)than I asked .it was bra strap,length(dry) I ended up with collar bone length, and wanted a trim.I'm going back to HairbyMichelle.com (Sullivan) in scripps ranch, her haircut was very reasonable$40.00,She spent a ton of time, and was ver nice. compared to Beverlys now80.00, for a tiny closet of a salon, service wasnt that great either. I felt rushed, forgot something and had to come back, and she was just gabbing on the phone to a friend.She did heavy marketing on this site, is young, and ambitious.
3a/2a/spirals ultraF-i/ii,med/hi porosity,med/elasticity,colortreated/grey[LIST][*][U]Cowash[/C.J. daily fix,TJ nourish, Condish BCB, Peter Lamas volumizing mixed w a dab of CJ smoothing ,kenra moisture,CJ curl rehab Leaveins,KCKT,KomazaCalifia,GDLIStylers:FSG,*JMOgel,w/ Kenra volumizing mousse KCCC&BRHG, CJ CIAB.w/Aussie freeze gel.FOTE on dry. DT:biolageCB or curl rehab over megatek.
Hi everyone,
I wanted to check in with all naturally curly women in San Diego to see if you are coming to some of the same conclusions as I am regarding the current cutting/styling trends for curly hair. Specifically: I've been to many of the stylists in San Diego specializing in curly hair and most are lovely, dedicated, knowledgeable. They cut each curl dry and individually which makes sense in theory. However what I am ending up with is NO SHAPE and layers that don't really integrate into an overall shape. Lots of ringlets, with the overall effect being an mediocre shapeless, moptop. I have 3a shoulder length hair, am a mature woman working in a creative field and would just like to find a stylist who can meld the qualities of the before mentioned stylists and can also pull off a well shaped cut that enhances curls, volume, my face, looks good front to back and does not make me look like a little girl. Too much to expect? Any suggestions or referrals would be most welcome.
I booked an appt with Beverly of Hello Curls. Will let you all know how it goes. I did have a consult with her some time back in the spring of this year but was not ready to take the plunge. Now that I am I see her prices went up $20 but I have paid more for lousy cuts.
Well, I'm glad a lot of people have liked Beverly. I did not have a great experience with her--I don't think she knows how to handle wavy hair. She kept saying "what's going on with your hair, oh, here's a curl." It was pretty discouraging. She does the "carve out curls" technique (Ouidad?) and in my fine hair it just didn't work. It was nice for a few weeks, but didn't grow out well at all. She also diffused my hair, didn't use enough product, and I turned into a puffball. I was actually embarrassed to leave the salon.

I hate giving anyone a bad review, but in this case I feel I must give a heads up to people with fine wavy hair. Maybe this technique/stylist works great with curlies and those with coarser/thicker hair, but for me it was not a success.

I have since resorted to cutting my own hair again. I'd love to hear of a Deva specialist, preferably in North County San Diego--but I'll drive down south if necessary!

B]Shampoo[/B]: Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo or Elucence
Rinse Out: Jessicurl Aloeba Conditioner
Leave In Conditioner: JC Aloeba or Oyin Honey Hemp and Hair Dew
Stylers: LOC Method JC Softening Hair Oil (mostly avocado) and Darcy's Curl Smoother
Technique: pinning front
2b fine (some "real curls" on rainy days, or when the stars align ), fine texture, normal to low porosity
Always trying to find ways to keep my curls!
Hi Shell,

I also have fine, wavy hair (but lots of it) and went to Susanne Kende for the first time a few weeks ago. She just trimmed the ends since I'm growing it out, but it really brought my waves to life, and she also does the Deva cut method. She's a bit spendy and just moved to a new salon down in the Kearney Mesa area, but I really liked how she cut it -- and the best part is that she said I don't have to come back in for another four months!

I really, really like Susanne, too, and I've also been getting lots of compliments on my hair. Also, she uses Deva products and showed me how to use them, but never pushed them on me. I didn't like the Deva products (my hair looked "dry" afterwards), so I've just been using my Curl Junkie products.

Her website (with her contact info) is:

Me My Curls and I

What part of North SD are you in? I'm up in Carlsbad.

It's been so great to find other San Diego wavies/curlies here!
LeanneM,

Thanks for the info. Right now I'm not sure that I'm going to get it cut, but I'd like to, so having some options is great.

I'm right next door in Vista.

B]Shampoo[/B]: Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo or Elucence
Rinse Out: Jessicurl Aloeba Conditioner
Leave In Conditioner: JC Aloeba or Oyin Honey Hemp and Hair Dew
Stylers: LOC Method JC Softening Hair Oil (mostly avocado) and Darcy's Curl Smoother
Technique: pinning front
2b fine (some "real curls" on rainy days, or when the stars align ), fine texture, normal to low porosity
Always trying to find ways to keep my curls!
Hi Shell,

I know what you mean -- it's always good to know what options are out there!

Yes, we're neighbors!
Hi there,
I'm fairly new to this website and I live in San Diego. I just posted a review for my stylist, Gloria at Salon Hermosa, and then I saw this thread. Here's what I wrote (it probably takes 24 hours to post on the salon finder so I'm including it here):

I have been going to Gloria for 6 years and she gives the best haircuts ever! Gloria has naturally curly hair and she specializes in all types of curls and ethnic hair. She cuts my hair dry which I love because I keep my length that way, but she will cut it wet if you like to where it straight a lot. She recently had a baby and closed her salon and I was so worried about my hair future (LOL!) but then she converted her garage at home (Linda Vista- right off of the 163 Genesee exit) into a cute mini salon offering hair and fair services. As a result, she only charges $25 for a cut! Gloria spends time listening to what you want, and will cut your curls differently if you have one section, for example that is more like 3a curls and another that is 2b. I have referred many curly adults and kids to Gloria and they have never been disappointed.

No more going home in tears realizing that your "trim" became a major cut because the stylist wasn't familiar with curly hair.

If you are looking for a glamorous very chic salon, this is not for you. If you are looking for a fabulous and affordable cut, then you're in luck!

Feel free to message me with any questions and let me know how it works out for you if you go.

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