I've been going to Sorayah Hamilton for a couple years now. She's fantastic and I always feel comfortable putting my curls in her hands (for both cuts and color)! If you're a curly girl looking for a stylist in the Iowa City area, I definitely recommend her!
Reviewed on 11.15.15
Stylist: Sean Illian
I went to Buzz after seeing everyone recommend Sorayah. However, as a poor grad student, I can't fork over $125 every 6 weeks to see her. So I asked if they had any other stylists who specialized in curly hair but were slightly more economical for my budget. The receptionist recommended Sean Illian, and OMG he was amazing. He was super enthusiastic about cutting my hair and giving me the style I wanted, which was essentially "something non-triangular." I'd had a bad boxy cut at another salon and was looking to have a bouncy but also rounded shape to my chin-length hair. Sean dry-cut my curls at first, and then trimmed some more after washing my hair, which worked well for my 2a hair. He knew all about the curly-girl method, and used sulfate and silicone-free products on my hair when I asked, which was great of him. He's fun, so knowledgeable and really knew how to work with my curly hair. I will definitely be going back to see him.
Reviewed on 11.08.14
Sorayah is a gem! My haircuts from her are beautiful and stay that way for at least 6 months. Even better, her wonderful advice and extensive knowledge about curly hair has helped me keep my hair healthier and grow it 4 inches longer since I started seeing her. As if that weren't enough, she is also incredibly talented at creating up-dos for curly hair - I have, and will continue to, go to her for styling when I want my hair to look as amazing as possible. I cannot recommend Sorayah more highly!
Reviewed on 09.25.11
I love Sorayah! If you have curly hair and you live in the Iowa City area, go to her. I have never had a stylish haircut until Sorayah got her hands on my hair. She completly understands curly hair and has great ideas for styles. And she is supper fun! I love my new short fun curly hair.
Reviewed on 12.17.09
Soraya is not only a wonderful stylist, but a fabulous teacher and cheerleader! I have straight hair but my 11-year-old daughter has very curly (3B) hair, and I've never known how to take care of it or style it. Soraya took the time to explain curly hair care and gave us several styling tips and suggestions. She demonstrated some skills, then had me try styling my daughter's hair, giving me plenty of pointers and encouragement along the way. The end result: my daughter's hair looks more beautiful than ever, she feels terrific, and I have more knowledge and confidence. Thanks, Soraya!!!
Reviewed on 08.12.09
Soraya recently gave me the best haircut I have ever had in my life. I've never gotten a good curly cut; I find most stylists don't know what to do with my natural curls. I found Soraya, and am so happy that I did. After five minutes of chatting, she had diagnosed everything that I disliked about my hair without me even having to tell her - a lack of shape, not enough framing of the face, too much volume in the back and not enough on top, and the "yarmulka" flat top. After about a twenty minute dry cut, I got my hair washed and styled, and she refined any out-of-place curls. Soraya even taught me how to style it different ways so that I could re-create the salon style at home. The end result is beautiful. I haven't ever loved my hair so much, or gotten so many compliments. I've worn it down every day since I got it done, and it's so much easier to work with. I am so happy with my curls! I can't wait for my next appointment.
Reviewed on 01.25.09
I have been a client of Soraya since 2001. I started with my hair at the middle of my back, to my current short do. She is good with both lengths, and I get so many compliments on my hair. My curly haired friends also love her. My short do is fun and also professional, and I LOVE IT. I also appreciate the fact that when I had long hair she would cut it in a way that looked good when I didn't do anything to it, when I did or when I straightened it.
Reviewed on 02.27.07
Saraya is the best stylist I've been too. I just happened on this site, but since I've moved to Michigan, I've been scheduling my appointments with her when I travel the 7 1/2 hours to visit friends back in IC. She is a huge fan of the curly girl routine, and though she has straight hair, I have never had a better cut than hers. She also does amazing work with color. There was one time when the color was a little off, that when I went to see her the next day about it, she spent an hour fixing it until I liked it. The salon is a bit pricey, but since curly girls don't need to get their hair cut as often, it evens out over time. She cuts dry and cuts each curl. Her specialty is long curly hair.
Reviewed on 01.26.06