- Leslie Ellen Abbate
Dec 01, 2013 - I came in for a cut with Leslie, it turned out to be my best haircut ever! I have 3b curls, and it's always nerve-wracking to try a new stylist as things can go horribly wrong. From the start, it was clear that Leslie knew exactly what she was doing. She was able to take pictures I had of an inverted bob I'd seen online, and combine that with elements of a previous cut I had really liked to create a brand-new, exciting, stylish look that was personalized for me. I also liked that Leslie didn't over-complicate things by trying to sell me particular products or teach me "patented techniques" for my hair. At other salons, this kind of thing made me feel as if curly hair is some kind of overwhelming project that I could only navigate with one particular brand or approach. Leslie still gave me all the information I needed to be able to style my new cut at home, but I liked her more approachable, common-sense attitude. I was also very happy with the service. Leslie was able to schedule me in for the week I called, and encouraged me to email or call her at any point before my appointment with my thoughts or questions. When I arrived, she talked to me about what I was looking for from my cut and looked at some photos I had brought for ideas. She was interested in in hearing exactly what I thought and what I was looking for, but she also gave her own, very helpful, input. She was also clearly invested in me personally, and was talking about how I could continue to give feedback and try new things as our relationship develops if I wanted to keep coming back. This was a welcome change from bigger "curly-expert" salons, where I had always felt so anonymous! The atmosphere in the salon in general was friendly and comfortable, and Dominick, who washed my hair, was also lovely. I had a coupon, but even without it the total price for the cut would have been $125, which is really reasonable for a curly hair stylist as great as Leslie. Will be back for sure!