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Contempo Salon & Spa

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  • 2699 Oak Valley Drive
    Ann Arbor, MI
    United States
    (734) 913-7970
  • (Rated 5/5 based on 12 Reviews)

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Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

TL;DR: A curly haircut with Gretchen is not like any other curly hair cut I have ever gotten, and I have gotten my fair share of cuts from fancy salons and fancy curl experts. She really takes good care of you, and takes the time to get to know you and your curls.

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This is quite possibly the first time an experience moved me so much I felt compelled to create an account somewhere and write a review. I have browsed Naturally Curly's website for great curly hair salons for several years now,  and have dutifully made trips to this curl-specialising salon or that curly hair specialist - but these experiences did not leave me loving my hair cut as much as Gretchen did.

She really took the time to study my hair in all its chaos, and is the first stylist to have ever noticed the section of my hair that just doesn't curl. She asked me lots of questions about my hair - what it's like now, what I wanted it to be like with my cut, my normal styling routine. And I felt like she really listened. If she wasn't sure about what I was describing, she would keep probing until we were on the same page - at one point, she pulled up some images on her iPad so that I could point out what I wanted my layers to look like, but didn't have the words to describe. I'm a super low maintenance gal with little knowledge about hair things beyond the basics, so I am glad that Gretchen took the time to make sure what I was saying in layman's terms aligned with what she thought I was saying.

Once she was done with cut, she gave me some products to put in my hair and then had me do work it in myself - this is huge to me because not only did I walk out of the salon knowing what my hair would look like day to day (and loving it), she also gave me some pointers as to how I could improve my routine and technique. Knowing that I am a low maintenance, recent college grad, she kept her suggestions to affordable over-the-counter products that her daughter, who similarly has chaotic curls like mine, loves.

I no longer live in Ann Arbor full time, but will make a point to visit her whenever I am in town.

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I searched the Web for about 6 hours looking for a stylist who can do curly hair well and on a budget. I was comparing 5 salons and decided on this one because of the price, $45. To top it off I needed a same day first time appointment and I was able to Facebook the salon and book an appointment through Facebook for that night. It was very convenient. I had previously been to above ground hair studio and really enjoyed the experience and dry cut, but I realized that they were styling my hair in a time intense manner and that's why it looked great when I left but never the same when done on my own. Gretchen has been doing hair for decades and really does know her curls. I told her I wanted a dry cut, but she said with my style of curly hair a WY cut would be best. I trusted her completely and she did not let down. She even did her own unique technique to decrease the square volume and it's great. Still 2 weeks later I'm telling everyone about my new cut. It drys even better than it did with a dry cut. She's also great to talk to. Typically I feel awkward sitting in a chair and intimidated by the stylist, but with Gretchen I Just enjoyed her conversation and knowledge of curly hair. Her tips were great and Next time I'm asking for a specific method on how exactly to wear my hair up and look great, and I'm sure she will have a solution. Only down side was I walked out with wet hair and the product's worked just average for me, but hey curly hair dries best naturally so I can't complain.

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Gretchen gave me the best curly cut I've ever had. Whenever I would let my go curly, the top would always flop down in front of my face. Not anymore! She spent a lot of time carefully listening to what I wanted and took great care during cutting to get it just right. I love the way my hair looks when it's curly now. During the appointment, Gretchen also gave me tips on how to style my hair and make my curls last from one day to the next. Overall, I felt like Gretchen was very attentive and made it a great experience!

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I never felt beautiful a day in my life! I also had never found anyone that knew how to work with my type of curly hair. That changed just before my son's wedding, I found Gretchen. I am not one the easiest people to deal with due a lot to my earlier experiences. Gretchen was empathetic, encouraging and very attentive to my needs while at the same time able to work her Magic and Extraordinary Talent with curly work and color! I felt transformed! Not only was I receiving touching comments everywhere I went, which upped my confidence, I felt like a beautiful woman for the very 1st time! Thank you Gretchen from the bottom of my heart to the top of my head!

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I never felt beautiful a day in my life! I also had never found anyone that knew how to work with my type of curly hair. That changed just before my son's wedding, I found Gretchen. I am not one the easiest people to deal with due a lot to my earlier experiences. Gretchen was empathetic, encouraging and very attentive to my needs while at the same time able to work her Magic and Extraordinary Talent with curly work and color! I felt transformed! Not only was I receiving touching comments everywhere I went, which upped my confidence, I felt like a beautiful woman for the very 1st time! Thank you Gretchen from the bottom of my heart to the top of my head!

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 2 Scissors

After moving to Ann Arbor this August, I did a lot of research online before picking a new stylist to cut my hair, and I settled on Gretchen. I was planning on cutting about 4 inches off (past the shoulder to a long bob). When I showed Gretchen pictures of what I wanted, she immediately became more awkward and icy towards me. When I asked her if she thought the cut was a bad idea, she said that she doesn't like short hair and was upset that I was cutting my long hair off. I let her leave the hair a little longer than I planned and she did an okay job from what I could tell. She made me feel like I had made a big mistake by cutting my hair and I was uncomfortable the whole time. I guess if you are keeping a long, curly cut, Gretchen might be a good stylist, but if you have an interest in hair shorter than that, go elsewhere.

REVIEWED BY: tch  |  10.27.13

Stylist: Lara

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I'm extremely picky when it comes to getting my hair cut. I don't feel like I can trust a lot of people with my hair. I decided to try this salon out based on the reviews on this site and I'm so glad I did. Lara is extremely knowledgable about curly hair and how to cut it. She asks a lot of questions about how you want your hair cut. She also made a lot of suggestions, which I normally wouldn't listen to, but I knew she knew what she was talking about. I'm very pleased with my haircut and I will most likely be returning. :)

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I have long spiral curly red hair that is graying some. I've looked for someone who really understood and had the skill to cut curly hair most of my life....I found her. Gretchen has been making me feel happy with my hair for about five years now. She colors it so that it looks natural in the sunlight and so that it highlights my pale freckly skin. She cuts it in such a way that it decreases the frizz and lays beautifully without taking away it's personality. She really knows how to work with the individual curl style and texture to make it the best it can be. I even like what I see when I wake up in the morning : )

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Gretchen is a fantastic stylist! She did an exquisite job working with my teenage daughter, cutting her hair just as my daughter specified! My daughter as since gotten numerous compliments on her hair, and has already referred several people to Gretchen as a result. Gretchen also has been THE answer to my prayers! When it comes to curly hair, she is very knowledgeable, and eager to teach techniques and tricks that serve to maximize the beauty of curls!! Gretchen is a great listener, and seeks always to make sure she is giving me what I want in the way of a haircut or color treatment. She expertly knows how to cut and style curly hair, and she is also a pro at mixing color so to add depth and richness to hair tone. I HIGHLY recommend Gretchen to anyone with curly hair wanting a great stylist!

Stylist: Gretchen Gasco

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I have been searching for a stylists that will listen to what I feel my hair needs. Gretchen not only did that, but she gave me suggestions that would work with my hair as well. I will definitely be back to see her and thankfully found a salon home.

REVIEWED BY: MarciaL  |  10.9.12

Stylist: Lara

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I am so happy I found Lara! She came HIGHLY recommended by two of my co-workers and fellow curlies. We clicked from the very start - she understands my hair like no one ever has and has brought out the best in my curls and color- I've never had so many compliments on my hair before! Perfect strangers tell me all the time how pretty my hair is; on elevators, in grocery stores, everywhere! When you've had a tough year, it sure feels good to get compliments when it doesn't always feel like other things are going very well. It's amazing how a fabulous stylist and a great cut and color can really brighten up your spirits! Thank you so very much Lara, you're truly gifted and have a passion for what you do and it makes all the difference. Nancy

Stylist: Lara

Lara is the best stylist I have every gone to for my curly hair (in A2 and beyond). It is as if she is able to see my hair from my eyes and perspective. I think this is because she is very skilled at listening combined with absolutely knowing how to work with curly hair (she has curly hair). She is the first stylist who has ever helped me grow my hair longer and manage it. She consults on the products I use--she had me bring them in and then went through each one with me and did not try to sell me her products. She seeks natural looks making the most of the type of curl I have. She stops and makes sure throughout that she is not cutting too much off. I am never nervous or worried when I go into her because I know she will listen, work with me and has a lot of talent to make hair longer without making it bigger. She is wonderful with color too. She even is working with my daughter who has totally different wavy hair and is the best for her too. I highly, highly recommend her. She knows what she is doing and she is wonderful to work with.

REVIEWED BY: pdw  |  9.19.10