BE WARE! Seriously. This place came highly recommended on Yelp, so I figured I would give it a try. I hadn't gotten a good haircut since I moved here from NYC (I miss Keith at Devachan), and my ends were split halfway up my head, so I did some research and selected Descend in San Francisco. When I called to make my appointment, I specified that I wanted an EXPERIENCED stylist only, who would cut my hair dry. I was very specific, and they agreed to my demands, setting me up with Vanessa. I walked in and was cheerfully greeted by the front desk and offered a glass of wine. Yay! I was a little surprised because she was so young and had such silky straight hair, but I decided to give it a shot. I was a little unhappy that they did not give me a robe to change in to, and instead just draped a cloth bib over my clothing a la Supercuts. The first thing Vanessa did was ask what I wanted, and I was very specific about the layers I desired. She asked if I wanted a dry cut, and when I said I did, she said she recommended a wet cut. I SHOULD HAVE RUN. I insisted on a dry cut and what she did next will blow your mind. SHE BRUSHED OUT ALL OF MY HAIR INTO A STRAIGHT PUFF. And then she cut it. There must have been a Valium dissolved into that wine. I don't know why I let that happen. To make matters worse, she finger combed my damp hair as she diffused it, and become increasingly uneasy as she saw how horrible my curls looked. When she was finished, she turned me around to the mirror and dashed away as fast as her stilettos could carry her. I couldn't tell right away, seeing as I left Descend with DAMP, FRIZZY hair, but I now know that each side of my head has an entirely different haircut. It's like a war between the left side, which looks like an electrocuted Cocker Spaniel, and the right side, which looks like a glorified hippie grow out. I've made an appointment to get it fixed because it was THAT BAD, and the salon demands that I see Vanessa again. They told me over the phone that if I am upset after our consultation I can tell her myself and they will reschedule me. Awkward. Overall, this place does not live up to the fancy price tag and I say AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!
Reviewed on 02.26.10