I agree with the previous reviews that PJ's cut and color are good. He takes great pride in his work, and often refers to himself as an "artist". However, like many moms of young children, my alone time is very valuable to me and I very much look forward to the salon experience as much as the end result. While PJ does give you tips, etc, it's not until the very end that you actually see him, as his assistant does all the shampooing, color mixing, and color application. I will not be returning, as I find it to not be good customer service when you show up for your appointment and there are three other women being serviced by him at the same time. For me it was not a good salon experience to be left waiting in the chair, at the sink, in the lobby. I just don't have the 2 1/2+ hours, during which I got to see PJ for 20-25min.
I admit I am a picky hair client! I have had so many bad cuts on colors on my curly hair in the past that now I know what I want & don't want. I found a stylist I loved in New Haven & travelled there for quite some time, but knew it wasn't feasible over the long term & that I had to find someone with expertise in cutting & highlighting curly hair closer to home - no small feat! I found PJ Lussier on NaturallyCurly.com & decided to give him a try. In 2 visits, I have not been disappointed & have actually been delighted. He and his assistant, Tina, are a professional team who understand the needs of their clients. So far, I've had 2 excellent haircuts, highlights, and a cellophane treatment. They are professional, personable, competent & I will definitely return. Yay for Western Mass in having a good curly cut/stylist team!
I moved to the area 5 years ago & finally found a stylist I love. I saw P.J. twice at Elite Image, but he has moved to Obsessions in East Longmeadow. You can reach him at (413)374-1306. He takes his time, he listens & your curls & color are gorgeous. He also spends time teaching you to care for and style your hair so it can look just as great when you style it yourself.
I found P.J. Lussier through this site, looking for someone to cut my natural curls. P.J. is every bit as good as all the other reviewers claim. And not only is he really great at cutting/styling curly hair, he is a GENIUS at haircolor. I can honestly say I've never loved my haircolor more than I do now. It has depth, nuance, shine--everything I ever wanted! I've been coloring my hair for decades, been through a lot of colorists, and P.J. is hands-down the BEST. He listens, he takes you seriously, he gives great input. He's a dedicated professional.
My sister from East Longmeadow referred me to PJ Lussier. She discovered him through this Web site. I also COMPLETELY AGREE with the other reviews posted here about him. I have never been to a stylist who really took the time to evaluate my hair and to explain what he envisioned would look and work best for my curls. He is a very knowledgeable and professional stylist who truly cares about his work and his clients and understands the workings of curly hair. And, that is why I drive an hour there and back (I’m from south central MA) to have him color and cut (and sometimes highlight) my 3B hair every six weeks. I would drive any where to see him!
I am from western MA, and now live in PA and have gone through much trauma with my hair since moving to PA. I was going home for a visit, and after much research on the computer I came across PJ's name and decided to book an appointment. Well let me just say...it was the best decission I could have made! PJ is the best hair stylist I have found in the past 10 years! He really takes his time with you and truly understands curly hair. I thought I would have to have my hair completely chopped off because it was such a mess from my previous haircuts and coloring, but I was wrong. He reshaped my hair and colored it, and now it is much healthier.I was so happy when I left there. Not only is PJ a fantastic hair stylist, but he has a fantastic personality as well. If you are a curly hair girl that has been through hell with your hair...then I would run to PJ. Wish I could have taken him home with me! DEB P.
PJ is the best hair stylest that I have ever been to. I recommend everyone who has curly hair to get their haircut by him. I have never had a better haircut in my life! I have gotten so many compliments on my hair! I would highly recommend anyone who has curly hair to go see PJ.
People laugh at me because I research to death everything before I do it. I knew I needed help with my curly hair, I had tried all options I could think of and none gave me the results I was looking for. I went online and looked for a place that specialized in curly hair and up popped P.J. Lussier! After reading the glowing reviews I took a chance and made an appointment with him. Never have I been so pleased leaving a salon! He listened to my concerns and totally focused on my hair and what he could do to give me the style I wanted. To see me walk out you'd never know I was the same person who walked in! Needless to say he's my stylist now and I want to assure you that all his reviews are correct! If you have curly hair and you're not happy with it, go see P J. I promise you won't be sorry!
PJ is a real pro who knows his way around curly hair! I have never had a haircut I like better than the one he did yesterday. He was very kind to stay late on a Saturday to fit me in for a haircut and color. He took the time to ask and listen for what I wanted. He was very creative and took care to get every strand just right! You really can't go wrong with PJ!
I could not agree more with the other reviewers here. After leaving NYC (where I have had both Ouidad and Deva cuts) I despaired of finding a stylist who could manage my hair. I followed the other reviewers' advice and have been going to PJ for a year now. I, like others was originally nervous because he cuts wet, but I understand now that it's because he has the experience and vision to know what your hair will be like when it's dry! There is no formulaic approach here, one cut fits all, it is completely individual to your hair. After growing out my 90% gray hair, I decided I wanted some color back into it. PJ did a low light effect that looks completely natural, but better. He also styled my hair for a wedding, and created a soft but defined "off the face" look that let my earrings show, which was exactly what I asked for. I am 55, but he also cut and highlighted my very hip daughter's curly hair; she says it's the best cut and color ever. You will not be disappointed here. PJ listens, he asks questions about what you want and how much time you want to spend on your hair daily, then he trains you to style your hair. I can actually replicate his style at home, a first for me! But you MUST ask for him specifically when you call the salon, I've definitely noticed when I've been there that not all of the stylists there are curl wizards. PJ's assistants Tina and Monique are terrific, too.
PJ took a lot of time discussing my hair and what cut would work best for me. He also talked a lot about the best products, and worst, for my hair. I really LOVE my hair cut and would recommend him highly!!!
I have been going to see PJ for close to 10 years! I have never met a stylist who spends more time, has more knowledge, and genuinely cares about me and making sure I am happy, than PJ. He is a true professional and I love how my hair looks after every visit. I have naturally wavy, red hair which can really get out of control in the humidity. I used to just put my hair in a ponytail throughout the summer because I pretty much gave up on it looking nice. After my first visit with PJ, he transformed my frizzy hair into a masterpiece of beautiful curls. I receive so many compliments from friends and absolute strangers! He works absolute magic! In addition to the beautiful cut, the color he chooses for me is so complimentary. I walk out of the salon feeling absolutely beautiful! I live an hour away, and I would travel twice as far, to see PJ. He is without a doubt, the only stylist you will ever need, because he is, that good.
PJ is the best stylist around for curly hair! PJ has been cutting my hair for over ten years and I can you there is no one out there who knows how to cut or style curly hair better! I have had long curly hair for most of my life and no one could cut it right until I met PJ. At my last appointment I was inspired to go a little shorter than normal and asked PJ to cut it shorter. He listened to my ideas and gave me the best shorter hair cut I’ve ever had!!! It is still amazingly curly and he intentionally left it long enough so I can pull it up when the weather gets hot. It is a great easy summer cut and come fall it will be a good length to grow longer for the winter. He is an amazingly thoughtful and skillful hair stylist. You won’t find a better one in the area!
I love my hair again and you will too… It is with great pride that I write this review. I have never liked my hair because it is TOO Crazy and curly. A few years back, one of my girlfriends recommended P.J. Lussier. After going in for just a trim, I was hooked. Now I refuse to see any other stylist. He is a very talented young man, friendly and knowledgeable, too. Knowing how to deal with very-very curly hair, P.J. brought back my hair’s youthful color and shine! After seeing P.J, I have received so many complements on the hair style. It is just GREAT! I am always pleased with the results and definitely would recommend P.J. as THE curly hair stylist.
PJ is the best stylist I have ever had in my life! It has always been difficult to manage. My cut was perfect for the type of hair I have (3C) and his philosophy is to match my hairstyle to my lifestyle. You should definitely request him to cut your hair. Though he is a curly hair expert, he also cuts all types of hair beautifully. PJ's lovely assistant is very patient and relaxing too, as I was nervous seeing him for the first time. They are both very knowledgable. I would not go to anyone else now that I have found them.
I was dreading finding a new hairdresser after moving back to Western MA. I went to PJ as a result of the reviews on this site, and he did not disappoint. I am somewhere between 2c and 3a with medium long, thick, coarse hair. I used to pay a lot of money for Ouidad cuts, but I don't think I was ever as happy with those as I am with PJ's cut. For starters, he knows how to get lift at your crown and eliminates the dreadful floppy dog-ears effect on the sides. And the ease of home styling is far superior to a Ouidad cut. My mom says this is one of the best cuts I've ever had and she's watched me try many, many different methods of cutting and styling. My curls look great! PJ has good creative vision. He takes the extra time to adjust the cut to how your hair is falling. He is meticulous, yet laid back, which makes the whole experience pleasant. His blow drys are faaaaabulous and he gives great pointers on how to style at home. He's also a great colorist (with the help of his assistant Tina), and I find myself going back as much for the color as I do for the cut. Pros: Great shape! Creative vision. Meticulous. Personalized treatment. Great colorist. Great finishing style. Super easy to style myself with the help of the super soaker method that you can find on this website. Cons: Had to trade bigger curls (that I used to have to finger curl myself) for smaller curls. But it makes up for it in ease of styling, and better overall shape and definition.
I've been searching for a long time and have spent a LOT of money trying to find a stylist that could work with my curly hair, had ideas and suggestions, and could give me a great cut and I finally found him! PJ gave me a great cut. Asked me what I envisioned then gave me advice and he took his time. He is awesome. His assistant Tina is very sweet. She greeted me right away, offered me something to drink and made me aware that she would let PJ know I was there. Only waited a few minutes before I went to meet my new REALLY great hair stylist!! The salon itself is very nice. Beautiful decor and very clean. I would definitely recommend Elite Image and PJ :)
I was previously a customer at Devachan in NYC, then suffered through multiple bad cuts in Western Mass after moving to Longmeadow. (Do most stylists STILL not know how to handle curly hair in 2011?? Evidently not.) I found PJ through this website, and enthusiastically agree with all of the great things that posters have written about him. He talked with me at length about my cut history, and what products I use, and what I wanted in a cut that day. I felt so comfortable with him, PJ was even able to talk me into a color as well, which I had never done. He cuts hair wet, which made me nervous after my dry cuts at Devachan. But I can't argue with results - my hair (both the cut AND color) were exactly what I wanted. If you're a curly girl in the Springfield area, you won't go wrong in PJ's hands!
I used to hate my hair. I thought I had to perm it, or use a curling iron every day just to get the thick curly hair I wanted. As a result, my hair became dry and straight. When PJ saw me, he knew how to help. He gave me just the right color and cut to make my hair look healthier, thicker and - CURLY!!! He showed me a gentle way to work with my hair to make it look even curlier than I thought possible. I was amazed how "Naturally Curly" my hair was on it's own. PJ and Tina truly take the time to care for your hair.
Yvette is the only hair stylist that has ever made my curly hair look good. I have tried several stylists over the years and I won't ever change from Yvette. I have sent several friends and they feel the same way.
I highly recommend PJ for curly hair. My daughter is 5 years old with very beautiful and naturally curly hair. Previous hairdressers just trimmed it straight across, but PJ understands that it needs to be shaped and balanced. He does a wonderful job, and even shows me how to style it myself at home. Now he cuts my hair too, and takes the time to listen to how I want it and understands how little time I have to take care of it. He has given me a nice, easy style that I love. He takes great pride in his work and it shows. I really cannot say enough about him.
I went here recently after reading good things about him, and he lived up to what i hoped for. He colored my hair perfectly and my hair feels and looks healthier. He's also very personable, so it wasn't awkward like it is with some stylist. I have hair between 3a-3b, so curly girlies go for it!