Nov 22, 2009 - I went to The Styling Hutch for the first time less than a week ago. I was nervous, having been 'burned' by my long-standing stylist once I told him I was ready to stop straightening/over-processing and embrace my hair's natural curls. He flat out told me I was wrong; I didn't want that. After arguing with him, he relented and told me he would cut to enhance my curls. I wish I had known that he had NO idea what he was doing, because he certainly didn't. Hence, my hair has looked like stringy, frizzy crap for the past 6 months. So, I nervously went to see Dee after grilling the poor salon's receptionist about how they do what they do. I have never, ever had a more positive experience with a hair cut in my life than I did with Dee. She was so patient, knowledgeable and informative. She took me through all of the things that would help my hair in its current state, and explained how together we can enhance its future health. I didn't need a full Ouidad-ish cut, just in certain areas of my hair, and she told me that flat out. I must admit it was very refreshing to deal with a stylist who didn't automatically push the most expensive process just because it's the most expensive. She was also very frank with me about which products she felt were higher priority for my best look, and which were okay to skip for now, until my budget could allow for their purchase. VERY refreshing to not have everything thrown at me from a stylist's scare tactic of (usually ultimately false) 'necessity,' if that makes sense. When she finished with me, I was amazed. I teared up in the chair. I never thought my hair could look the way she made it turn out. It was beautiful. She had been so informative about how to style it out that I was also very convinced I could recreate it at home. I've styled it myself now 3 times, and I must admit I'm getting pretty good. It's not exactly how Dee did it, but my hair looks awesome. The compliments I'm receiving confirm that! This was by far the single most positive salon experience of my life. My husband is relieved; he honestly couldn't take me coming home from one in tears yet again!