Korkscrew: If you are interested, search under "Saga of the Stylist", that is my "journey. I quit a salon I had gone to for over 10 years because I did NOT like my hair. Then I started getting consultations, based on reviews in my area on this site. One wanted over 100 bucks to condition my hair, talk about pushing. Then I went to the fancy salon that has the Deva stylists, and you know the rest of the story. Then I found a review here of Amber. I think the most I have ever paid Amber is 65 plus tip, and that was for a styling and coloring my roots, I have a LOT of silver, and it grows fast. I am quite satisfied with her. Here is the diff: she has her own chair in a place she share with other independent stylists, so she is not forking over half of what she earns to the salon, hence the high prices. She is very sweet, and knowledgeable, and does she know everything? No she does not, and that is fine by me because look what happens when stylists think they know it all. Roller jaw clamps and clips are the same, and for my money, they are foolproof and the most essential styling tool in my box, The metal clips are too difficult. Try the roller Jaws! Gretchen suggested them to me, and I love them. They make styling a snap. The only thing is, for me, once I put them in I dont touch them till my hair is almost dry, or I get frizz.

The same stylist who insisted I will not need to wash every day also, when I asked her if she felt I was telling her how to do her job (this was about my own products and my roller jaws) said Yes sort of. Amber, on the other hand said All my curly clients do different things to their hair and use different products, and I learn a lot from them. So there you have it.
Originally Posted by Myrna
LOL I see from that thread that a lot of Deva clients tend to leave the chair with gunky hair. Count me as one of them. The first time it was either the Arc AnGEL or the AnGEL that made my hair stringy and crispy and just bad looking. The second time it was Mirror Curls that made my hair tacky and stiff. ... Charging that much for conditioner? Comeon now. That's disrespectful and cynical. It suggests the stylist believes the clients are stupid and would be easily robbed. Amber for $65 sounds like a real steal (tint and cut). Good for you. Yes, I also choose stylists who like to listen and learn. Many stylists won't accept that many, if not most, clients know AT LEAST as much about their own hair as the stylist thinks they do. Most of the worst know-it-alls about curly hair I've run into have straight hair. Comical.

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