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James Allan Salon

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  • 4406 Burnet Road
    Austin, TX 78756
    United States
    (512) 322-9222
  • (Rated 5/5 based on 28 Reviews)

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Stylist: Ethan

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Ethan gave me an incredible cut yesterday and I am MORE than pleased! With fine, wavy-to-curly-to-frizzy hair depending on the climate, I can tell it will look and wear well with no effort on my part. Literally. The last time I had a hair cut I was pleased with was when I lived in the Chicago Area-over 6 years ago. I now live in the U.P of Michigan and happened to be in town visiting my in-laws and in great need of a hair cut. I found this site and read reviews and made an appointment. I am so glad I did and will make an appt each time I am in town. THANK YOU, Ethan!

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 4 Scissors

I previously put a review up about Ethan. I was not happy at the time and vented in my review. I just come on this site to remove or change it and it would not let me. I still feel the same regarding his styling of my hair, which was it was not so good. My hair is challenging to work with, but he should have been able to work with it. But, his coloring and cut were really nice. Obviously, from all the positive reviews, most people really like him, and I do to, except for the styling. Don't let my previous negative review frighten you away from seeing Ethan, unless you have baby fine hair like mine!

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 2 Scissors

Ethan does nice color and I know that most people have no complaints of him. He certainly could not work with my very, very fine curly hair. I would leave his salon and would have put a sack on my head if I had one. Even he was embarrassed of how he styled my hair. He did not know how to work with it. I always left his salon and went straight home to redo my hair. I paid him a lot of money to make my hair look horrible, except his color. It was good. He even admitted that he did not know what to do with my hair. I did find someone else is very good with it.

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Excellent haircuts every time, they're expensive but they last and look wonderful. Ethan is a really nice, low key, no drama guy and I won't go anywhere else!

REVIEWED BY: auntm  |  9.25.13

Stylist: Ethan

Rating: Salon Rating: 4 Scissors

If I had gotten this cut 5 years ago I would have really thought it was the best curly cut on the planet. Unfortunately for this salon I have had fantastically awesome curly girl cuts in the past. Ethan is very nice and very easy on the eyes and I think he probably does a fantastic straight cut and fantastic cut on someone who has all one type of curl pattern. My hair is mass mess of everything from loose curls to tight almost coil type curls and it has to be cut curl-pattern-by-curl-pattern in order for it to be stunning. I will say Ethan certainly did help with a far better cut than the one I had the 2 months before I saw him, but he used much of the same technique used on straight hair which resulted in hair that is emp….and totally flat on top and that requires at least 5 times the effort and hairspray to boot. A true curly girl cut is curl-pattern-by-curl-pattern. I wish all curly girl hair stylist would realize this and start practicing on topiaries. I think he would do a great job with straight hair and if you are use to really bad curly cuts he is a good median priced option. If you are accustomed to a very high-end curly girl cut that looks fantastic product or no product this is not your salon.

REVIEWED BY: mth105  |  1.22.13

Stylist: Ethan

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

First of all, Ethan lived up to all the reviews I read before choosing which salon would best suite my needs! I walked in with an enormous head of damaged curly hair ready, to chop it all off. At first he seemed to be just a little hesitant to go as short as i had indicated, mostly for fear I may not like the result due to the severe difference, and offered to cut it short with another appointment later on if I wished to go shorter. Once I assured him I was ready for anything he suggested no matter how short, he agreed. I made sure he knew I had total faith (As should ALL who read this who need help with your own curly messes!) in his talent and experience! The fact that he hesitated to go as short as I indicated initially was not something that bothered me, quite the opposite. His hesitation was welcomed, I had a bad moment of "life's out of control, gonna chop all my hair off" that I truly regretted! When I saw my hair for the first time I was so overcome with excitement I had to hug him. It was MORE than I had hoped for, and with the reviews I had read of his my expectations weren't low! Even if you have to drive for more than an hour to get to him, do yourself a favor and pick out a great CD for the drive. You will NOT regret the decision. As long as I am within driving distance I will never go anywhere else. Thank you, Ethan for giving me a new and bright outlook on my long, tired and damaged curls! Oh, and my Husband LOVES what you did too!!!

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Ethan is simply an amazing hair stylist, in my book. He is laid back , and he listens. However, he also will very kindly and diplomatically tell you what he thinks will look best. For the longest time, I asked him to cut my hair shorter, even though he suggested otherwise. It turned out that he was right that my curl pattern looks better a touch longer. He cut my hair for years and always gave me the very best cut I had ever had. He is also very talented with color, too, and gave me a natural look to color my gray. He always takes a lot of time and makes sure he gets it right. I can't recommend him highly enough for curly-haired people.

Stylist: Anonymous

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Ethan is awesome

REVIEWED BY: crista  |  6.3.11

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Well, I'm pretty excited about this find. I searched for curly hair stylists in Austin and came to this posting so thought I'd give Ethan a try. This is the first time in awhile that I love my haircut. Not only that, but I've been styling my curly hair for years, and somehow he still managed to show me a new way to wash, apply product, scrunch and dry. I love the salon, too. I greatly appreciate all the recs so thought I'd write one, too.

REVIEWED BY: missviv  |  4.25.11

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Ethan is the best! He knows his way around curly hair. I have never gotten as many compliments about my curls as I do now! Thanks Ethan for making my curls look beautiful!!

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Ethan's a keeper in my book. After many, many years, I've finally found a stylist that improves my style and consistently makes my hair look better than I thought it could. I've been to Ethan 4-5 times in the last two years, which is a lot for me. Before Ethan I was reluctant to go to a stylist even once a year. It's so nice to walk out and not have to immediately put my hair in a ponytail because of an awkward cut or super shrunken curls. There are a number of excellent curly hair stylists in Austin, and I've tried a few, but for me Ethan is the only one that can deliver the whole package consistently and that is to give me a great cut, color (when I splurge) and style that fits me and my lifestyle. He also uses Deva products and AG re:coil, which I do too. And now rather than getting looks of pity for my unruly hair, strangers will ask me who my stylist is or what products I use. It’s amazing how many people already know about naturallycurly.com. Thanks Ethan for bringing back the ‘spunk’ in my hair.

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Ethan, a curly-head, himself, is a natural with curly hair. He is equally adept at dry and wet cuts. What I like best about Ethan is his ability to assess your hair type, your facial features and your lifestyle and make recommendations about the most flattering way to cut your hair. One cautionary note -- Ethan uses a minimum of style products and is not going 'style' your hair, but if you want a great cut that will do your curls justice, flatter your face, and complement your lifestyle -- this is your stylist!

REVIEWED BY: rhtwo  |  1.23.11

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I have been fighting my curly hair for years until I met Ethan Shaw at James Allan Salon in Austin Tx. He gave me a natural curly haircut that I never thought was possible. He took the time to teach me what kinds of products to use and how to treat my hair gently to really show off my great curls. He has really changed my look, making me look younger and perky! Thanks Ethan!

Stylist: Ethan

I found Ethan on this web site a year ago when the hairstylist I had used for 10 yrs. quit, leaving me with no one to go to and a huge family function one month away. I was in a panic, but Ethan gave me the best cut and color of my life. He spent a lot of time with me showing me how to use the hair products correctly to get the most out of my curls. He also fixed the tacky highlights left in my hair from my previous hairstylist. He books up 2 months in advance so you need to make an appt. when you're checking out.

REVIEWED BY: betsyb  |  7.26.10

Stylist: Felice Partida

I just had my color touched up this weekend, after noticing that it was getting a little dull. Felice did an amazing job! It looks shiny and super healthy! Thanks Felice!

REVIEWED BY: megand  |  5.25.10

Stylist: Felice Partida

I just had the Brazilian Blowout with Felice, and I highly recommend her. She put up with my neurotic craziness with good humor, and reassured me that I would get the results I wanted, which I did. I wanted to keep my curls, and now I have bigger, shinier curls. She is very sweet and easy to talk to. She is one of the few stylists in Austin certified to do the Brazilian Blowout.

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

I just received one of the best haircuts of my life by a man who knows his way around curls. I had very long hair when I went in and a pretty good idea of how I wanted it to look coming out. I brought in a photo, gave a description of what I wanted (short with layers below eye level) and he not only listened to me but gave me good advice on how to make the cut work for my face and curl level. Ethan does a mixture of wet and dry cutting, meaning he is not satisfied until each curl is perfect. Ethan charges $70 but it was so worth it. As he washed and dried my hair he walked me through the steps of properly taking care of and styling my curls. He used Deva Curl shampoo (No-poo) and conditioner on my hair and only used one product in it called Re-Coil. He was very nice and I can't recommend him enough. I love my new haircut!

Stylist: Ethan

Ethan gave me my first edgy haircut. I love it. It gave my limp, wavy hair volume and life.

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

I rarely get my hair cut. But when it was time, I knew exactly who I wanted to see. Ethan is a genius. He does a mix of wet and dry cutting, and spends lots of time shaping your hair perfectly. Plus, he's just as pleasant as can be.

Stylist: Ethan

I have curly 3B hair that is super thick, so I have kept it long for the past 20 years! I decided to cut it off, but was terrified that I would end up with triangle hair. I had no idea where to go and Ethan was recommended. He is awesome!!! He cut my hair wet and dry and my hair looks FANTASTIC! I have received rave reviews from everyone that I know and they all want Ethan's number. I would recommend him to anyone with curls!!!!

Stylist: Ethan Shawn

Wow! I went to Ethan after reading the reviews and yes, even waited the month until our schedules matched. He was everything that the other reviewers said. A great listener. A great teacher. He really took the time and encouraged me to work with what my hair wanted and how my hair behaved as opposed to the experiences I've had in the past where they want to flat iron or blow my curls out! Loved this amazing experience and can't wait to tell all my curly headed sisters!

Stylist: Ethan

I am a curly who doesn't get my hair cut very often. I snip at my curls occasionally just to get by. I decided to get a real haircut and went to Ethan at James Allen Salon. He gave me one of the best haircuts that I have ever had. He made my curls more curly and didn't cut them too short. He cuts dry and wet. He really took the time to work with the way my curls fall and the texture of my hair. He is also is a super styler. His product knowledge and the way he dried my hair was just perfect. It was one of the few times that I walked out of a salon and didn't go straight home to rescue a curly hair disaster. I am thrilled!

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

I have very thick, dry, 3a curly hair that I used to style straight most of the time until I moved to Austin two years ago. Since then I've been to three different stylists and have gradually been growing my hair longer, but really felt I needed someone who specialized in curly hair. After searching the Naturally Curly website for salons in Austin, I made an appointment with Ethan Shaw, about whom I had read many positive reviews on this site. After my experience, I would definitely recommend Ethan for a haircut, and color as well. He gave me a great cut and took a lot of time and care in explaining to me how to work with my hair, and he's a really nice guy too. With my former stylists I had never really liked the way they styled my hair curly, but Ethan seemed to know just what to do with my hair and got it just right, and that's a high compliment from a hair-obsessive like me! I'm really happy I decided to go to Ethan and will definitely be returning to him in the future.

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Ethan is the curly hair specialist in Austin. He always understands exactly what I want in a style and he always does a fantastic job. He has been my stylist for six years and he exceeds my expectations every time. I never end up with mushroom head (if you have curly hair you absolutely know what this is) and he recommends the perfect products, but doesn't try to oversell. I am always being complimented on my hair, and I always recommend Ethan.

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

I had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Ethan Shaw at Anne Kelso Salon on Friday the 13th of all days. Whoever said this is an unlucky day never got their hair cut with Ethan on this day! He is wonderful, plain and simple. He took the time to really look at and play with my hair before the cut and explained to me what he thought should be done. He then washed it and did the initial shaping while wet, then dried it with re:coil (he asked me what styling product I have and love and used that!) and then dried it. Then he cut each curl! Wow! He didn't pull out any magic hairdresser tricks and asked me how I normally style my hair (which I don't) so he did that. He took into account my very busy life and gave me a beautiful, easy, do-able cut. He is a very nice guy to boot! I will definitely be going back to him! We are so lucky to have him in Austin, curlygirls!

REVIEWED BY: Guest  |  7.15.07

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

I had a great experience with Ethan. He really talked to me about my type of hair, and what would be the best products to use. He is the best curly cut I have had in the 7 years of living in Austin, TX. I usually have to go home and restyle my hair, but I left looking fabulous! If you want someone who really knows curls of all sorts Ethan is the man!

REVIEWED BY: Guest  |  2.9.07

Stylist: Ethan Shaw

Over the years my semi straight hair has been getting curlier and curlier. Frustrated at trying to straighten my hair all the time (it would take at least an hour since I have A LOT of hair), I finally decided to go with the natural curl. The stylist I was seeing was no longer working out for me. I finally went to Ethan after a friend recommended him and WOW. The cut is great and he recommended some styling products for my hair so now it only takes me minutes in the morning to style my hair and it does not frizz in the middle of the day. I tried going back to my old stylist and hated it, I am now back with Ethan and loving my hair.

REVIEWED BY: Guest  |  3.27.06

Stylist: Ethan

Recently, my straight hair became curly. I didn't really know what to do with it. Ethan gave me a haircut that complimented my new texture and looks great! SR Koivisto

REVIEWED BY: Guest  |  3.25.06