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Just realized I should clarify something I wrote about how Gloria cuts dry hair (if you want that option).
She has an interesting technique- she brushes my hair out first so she can see more of the actual shape. When I first started going to her, it was so fried from years and years of self trims, so she had to put some leave in conditioner with a light mist of water just to see what was going on. Now my hair is so healthy (thanks to Gloria!) that it looks healthy even when brushed out. Anyway, then she cuts along the bottom first to give your hair some shape. Then she watches how your hair springs up and she often free hand trims the layers in my hair so they look natural and not too rigid. What is best about Gloria is she is really flexible- she's not set on one method and really listens to what YOU want. I have one friend who goes to her but likes her curls cut wet with more "traditional" layers because she mainly goes straight. I was first referred to her by someone with wavy hair so she can handle that well, too.

In terms of final styling, I have to say that I've always left with my hair wet or I ask to diffuse it myself because I'm fastest with my own hair (some salons have really frowned upon that but Gloria takes everything in stride). She has some nice products but also doesn't mind if you bring your own.
Thanks for posting that info, slivola! Can I ask if Gloria does color/highlights, too? If so, do you know about how much she charges?

While I really like how Susanne cut my hair, her prices are quite high, so it's great to hear about someone who charges so much less!
Gloria does color- not sure what that costs. I do my own red color at home. I once asked her if she thought she had an even better red for me and she said she loved my color and I should keep doing what do. I once asked her about color/highlights for a friend of mine. She said she likes doing color and also does highlights but highlights aren't her specialty. I like how honest she is about that. I do know someone in North County at a salon in solana beach who specializes in color treated hair (not curly though). Not sure if you're interested in having to go to two different people though. I can get the name of that salon for you if you're interested. Hope that helps!
Hi again LeanneM-
About the color/highlight question. My suggestion would be to make an appointment with Gloria for a cut and also for a color consult. That way you can talk to her about her color skills and either go for it, come back another time or go elsewhere for that part.
Thanks for the response, slivola! I'll definitely look into it. I have a color appointment with Susanne already booked for two weeks from now, but it would be nice to have another option!
Options are great to have!
What I would say sets Gloria apart is that my hair looks curlier and full of volume but not shorter. Before I found Gloria, after any cut people would say "wow, you really got your hair cut" and that would make me frustrated because I only wanted a trim. Since going to Gloria, people say "wow, your hair looks fabulous" but never saying it looks shorter.

To give you an idea of her approach and attitude, when I first went to her my hair was fried. I had lived in San Diego for four years and hadn't found anyone to cut curly hair so I just cut off split ends myself when I found them. I told Gloria I didn't want to go shorter even though it was unhealthy. She said I had a few options- she could just take a tiny bit off and I would promise to keep up with regular trims and it would be healthy again in about 6+ months; or she could take more length off right away. I had NEVER been given options like that before. So she only took off less than an inch and I was converted. Now she probably only takes off 3/4 of an inch each time I go (every 11 weeks or so).
I just went back to Beverly Neeland for the second time. The first time was back in December and I specifically requested that she trim only as I was trying to grow out my 2A fine wavy hair. She did exactly as I requested and I was quite happy when I left. My hair did have more bounce and I immediately saw the difference. I did however notice as the weeks went by, that my hair that can easily be curly with the right products, would be even springier if I had it cut shorter. So I had a full regular cut instead of a trim today. I went in with hair that had not been washed in 3 days. She didn't wash my hair (I think) but did put me head over the sink and wet it and conditioned it after dry cutting. Immediately I saw the difference again, more spring. I sat under the hood for about 5 minutes and then had to leave as I was short on time. My hair was quite damp still but I knew that when it was dry it would look good. After fully drying and fluffing my hair that hasn't been washed in 3 days, looks awesome. Springy and so much more volume. No more wet poodle look for me ever. I will be absolutely devastated if Beverly ever leaves San Diego. Her knowledge is truly an asset to SD wavies, curlies and everyone in between
Hi Slivola,

Would you have a photo to post that shows your cut/style by Gloria?

Thanks!
Perche
Perche- here are a few pics. In this order:
1) Front on pic (day 2 hair)
2) Back of hair taken outside (day 1). Some sections are brighter looking because of direct sun but the darker sections show the curl better
3) Side view with some hair in front, some in back to show the dimension of the cut.

Hope this helps!
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P.S. About the pics I just posted above, I realized it probably looks like I have 2/3a hair but that's because of the products I used those days. When I use aveda's be curly style prep it is super curly (I go in phases.) The middle section of my head is all 3b curls, underneath is 2c and the top shaft is 3a. Needless to say I've been majorly butchered in all the wrong places until finding Gloria. Now my hair is back of bra length when wet but when it was shoulder length it was much curlier since the shorter 3b hair gets, the more it springs up. Hope that info & the pics help answer some of your questions!
Just got a trim/shape with Beverly yesterday, and my thirsty, split-ended hair is now happy! She gave me plenty of tips for how to reduce frizz and I really liked the products she used (Giovanni). She gave me a dry cut, making sure to even out those pesky, long straight pieces which she calls "mullet-y pieces" (lol).
Here is a basic breakdown:

Personality:
She is very friendly, fun-loving and young at heart. I had no problem carrying conversation with her despite the 20+ year age difference.

Price:
A dry cut & style is $80, which might seem a little pricey but I think it's worth it for all the expertise and the wonderful cut she gave me. I ended up tipping her $20 as well. I don't have to come back for another three months so I'd say at about $30 a month for hair care, it's not that bad. I spend about the same on product each month.

Location:
She is moving to another location soon, but the salon she works out of now is tucked inside an office building with over 20 suites, each one being a stylist running their own salon. It was very interesting to see all the different types of salons there. Her walls are painted lavender, which I love. There were no harsh smells in her salon at all. I'm excited to see where she moves to next.

Products:
She lets you choose between Jessicurl and Giovanni. I hadn't used either before, so I told her I didn't really have a preference. Since all her products are silicone, paraben, and sulfate free I felt comfortable letting her use those products on my hair. After a nice co-wash and some leave-in she also used some avocado/jojoba oil on my hair which really helped with my parched little frizzies.

Cut:
My curls definitely feel more free to bounce around! My hair has a nice shape to it as well - no more "mullet-y pieces" and weird straight hairs poking out in random places. Once dry it has nice volume without being too poofy.

Overall:
I really can't find anything bad to say about this haircut. It was a dream compared to my last stylist (which I also reviewed in this thread), who gave me a decent trim, but was extremely condescending. I was amazed by the striking difference in how I was treated with respect. Beverly is easily ten years older than my previous stylist, but didn't treat me like some kid or use products I didn't want on my hair. She also wasn't trying to rush me out of the salon with soaking, frizzy hair, even when her next client showed up a bit early. A+!
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.
LexLioness- so happy to hear what a great trim and experience you had! I'm also glad to know there is a good alternative to my stylist out there if mine ever moved or was unavailable. How much did you have taken off? Was it a noticeable amount of length? Sounds like you found your HG stylist- congrats!!

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish

Last edited by slivola; 03-12-2011 at 03:23 PM. Reason: typo
Do you have any pictures we could see of the cut? Congratulations on a good cut!
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!
LexLioness- so happy to hear what a great trim and experience you had! I'm also glad to know there is a good alternative to my stylist out there if mine ever moved or was unavailable. How much did you have taken off? Was it a noticeable amount of length? Sounds like you found your HG stylist- congrats!!
Originally Posted by slivola
I just had a little bit of trim and shaping. the top of my hair is between 1/2"-1" shorter, and the bottom is only about 1/4" shorter than before. it lays very nicely though - I no longer get major pyramid hair or weird chunks of hair that bunch up in the back and have longer pieces underneath.
I really liked her technique as well... she cut from the nape of the neck up, and then went through again, clipping my hair in diagonal chunks to ensure it would lay nicely.

Do you have any pictures we could see of the cut? Congratulations on a good cut!
Originally Posted by zcurlygirl
I am doing a protein treatment later but I can take pictures tonight!


EDIT: and here they are!
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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.

Last edited by LexLioness; 03-13-2011 at 09:24 PM.
Wow, looks fab!!

3a (
with 3b)
Fine texture/
Normal porosity/Medium density
Low Poo
(Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
Color
Maintenance:
Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
Wow, looks fab!!
Originally Posted by slivola
thanks! I didn't quite let it dry.. but I figured it was dry enough to show the shape of the cut.
type 3a/b, baby fine to medium, normal to high porosity except the canopy which is high.
-
recently chopped off about 4" - HOW LIBERATING!!! Learning to love my hair again instead of hating it for being a knotty mess.
It looks great! You have such pretty hair and are so pretty!

I may give Beverly a try. While I like how Susanne K. cut my hair, when I went in for color a month ago, she messed it up since she didn't ask me if I had permanent color already on my hair from my previous stylist. (It looks OK, but is leaning towards orange. ) Susanne's cuts are also much more expensive than I'd like to pay.
It looks great! You have such pretty hair and are so pretty!

I may give Beverly a try. While I like how Susanne K. cut my hair, when I went in for color a month ago, she messed it up since she didn't ask me if I had permanent color already on my hair from my previous stylist. (It looks OK, but is leaning towards orange. ) Susanne's cuts are also much more expensive than I'd like to pay.
Originally Posted by LeanneM
Aw, thank you

By all means, I'd say shop around and see which stylist you like best. It seems like some stylists work for certain people and not others, so it wouldn't be a bad idea. I do know that Beverly uses Organic Color Systems if you were interested.

Another thing I noticed about the cut is that I have nicely tapered ends on each curl.. which may make some curlies look too wispy but works nicely on my thick-ish hair
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.
Beverly cut a hole in the back of my 2/3a baby fine hair, took off almost 6 ", when asked for a trim,(from past BSL to collarbone) Im still correcting it.I wore it mostly up, till recut, (deva style cut by "hair by michelle:
")now ready for another trim.Her cut I thought was weird, also, she combed through as she cut, and now has upped her prices.I went to her when she was pretty new to SD. OUCH!!
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.
Thanks...Will give her a try,sounds easy to get to And if you like your cut, every time, for 6 yrs.
cant argue with that..will let you know..M.
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.

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