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The Estuary Salon and Day Spa
96 ocean street
S. Portland, ME 04106
- (Rated 5/5 based on 20 Reviews)
User Reviews (20)
I have been waiting two years to get my hair cut because I just moved to Maine and am so scared to let someone new cut my hair. A coworker told me about The Estuary and about Julie Washington. I was so scared because I wanted a really short cut and my hair was half way down my back. Julie was AMAZING. She guided me to the most perfect cut I have ever had in my life. I honestly almost cried because I finally, after 32 years, LOVED my hair. This is the hair I have always wanted but never thought I could have. This might sound a little odd but she gave me a beautiful gift and she will be my stylist from now on. She taught me how to style and defuse my hair and recommended great products. Julie was so friendly and easy to talk to and I am so very glad that I met her. The Estuary was a very cute little salon with a very small town feel to it. Just about everyone that came in the door knew each other which was nice. I am so glad I found this wonderful place!
Julie has been my stylist for several years and is a true pro. I am a 52 year old man who has typically leaned toward a conservative yet stylish cut as I gradually phase out my traditional corporate employment and make the transition to a non-traditional entrepreneurial career. Julie always takes the time to ask before she starts her work to find out if I want to make any changes since the last visit. The transition is leaning more toward the non-traditional, so I recently suggested to Julie that I thought it was time to grow it out. She helped me decide on a target style and has kept things under control while my hair has been growing out. We are almost there, and I am confident that the new look is going to be exactly what I want. I trust Julie to help me consistently look my best!
I found Julie on naturallycurly.com about 3-4 years ago. She was highly recommended, and I needed someone who understood curly hair after several bad haircuts. I have followed her since then, even though I moved to a town a 30 minute drive away. She is a great stylist, and really listens to what you are looking for in a haircut. She helps you figure out what will and what won't work for your particular curly hair type. Just go see her if you have curly hair. You will not be disappointed. She takes pride in her work, and really does a fantastic job.
I have to say that Julie washington is a very talented hair stylist. Her knowledge of curly hair with all its issues is extensive. She has been working in the business for over 20 years and it shows. She cares about how her clients look and feel. Although she specializes in curly hair cutting, care and treatment, she is great with straight hair too. A fabulous cutter and colorist!
If you have curly hair and you live in Maine (or NH or MA!!), you MUST go see Julie. I am a die-hard Julie Washington devotee and proudly recommend Julie to all friends and acquaintances with curly hair (and my husband, with non-curly hair, loves her haircuts too!). I always carry several of Julie's business cards with me, because I'm constantly getting compliments on my hair from folks who are looking for a good stylist. Look no further - go see Julie! What makes Julie so remarkable is that she understands how curly hair works. She understands that everyone's hair is different and works with, instead of against it. She takes her career very seriously and is constantly looking for professional growth opportunities and trying new products to find the best ones on the market for curly and wavy hair. Julie listens to your likes, dislikes and desires for your hair and your look. She's good at answering questions and teaching clients how to make their hair look its best every day. She is a fabulous colorist, stylist, and a totally lovely person to boot. Her haircuts grow out well, look stylish, and don't require a lot of maintenance. Julie is a rare combination of being an awesome stylist and a humble person who is willing to change things that don't work. Her rates are very reasonable, and you can't get better value anywhere! I only wish I had met Julie sooner, after years of mediocre to so-bad-I-cried haircuts....most curly girls know just what I mean!
Julie is the absolute best; I have lived all over the country and she is by far one of the best stylists for curly-hair. She's a rock star with cut, color AND knowledge on the best product for your particular curls. All those who struggle to find someone who understands that not every curl is the same will appreciate Julie's honesty and ability to change your hair, and life, for the better!
I love Julie , I have had a bad hair life ,not day , a bad hair life. My hair is like beating down the beast. What I like about Julie is her honesty. If my cut or hair is has other ideas, julie gives options , not boligna, with her talent and great product advice , my bad hair life days are behind me. Hats off to you Julie and best of luck ,you deserve it. Karen
I love the way Julie cuts my extremely curly hair. I had such a hard time finding someone in the Portland area that would take the time to cut it and do it right, until my sister told me about Julie. She does a terrific job, listens to what I want done to my hair and is a great person overall. I recommend people to her when they ask me where I get my hair cut.
Very professional and a fantastic listener most hair dressers I find do not pay attention they half hear you,she always hears and explains if its not going to work or is it going to work for you and your life style, work and personality. I find her cut and color ability is beyound the call of duty never ever have I been unhappy many of my friends compliment my hair style. SHES THE BEST AROUND AND A GREAT PERSON I enjoy every visit with her once a month, she deserves to win. HATS OF TO JULIE SHIRLEY SMITH
I have been going to Julie for my fabulous hair cuts for about 4 years now. I must admit, she does such a great job with my extremely curly locks, that I only see her about once or twice a year! When it is time for that hair cut, I trust no one else. She listens to what I want, and suggests alternatives when I mention ridiculous things such as trying out BANGS. I can't believe I went to Stylists who were not trained in curly hair before. Never again. I love Julie!
A curly haired friend of mine from Portland told me about Julie about a year and a half ago and that I had to go see her. I was complaining about my hair as I had had a baby 8 months before and it had started falling out, the curl was different and I had just had a REALLY bad haircut and color and I was desperate to find someone that could help my lost locks! I live in Boston and made the 2hr trek up to South Portland and have been making the trip up just for her to do my hair since!! She pretty much performed a miracle and got my hair looking healthy, shiny, and curly and made me feel like a million bucks! She sat me in the chair and explained all the different aspects of my hair and what she thought we needed to do to get it back to it’s pre-pregnancy shape, color and curl. I had never had anyone examine my hair like she did and I told her to do whatever she felt necessary! Not only was the cut fabulous - the color has never looked better! She is a great stylist and up to date on all the new colors and trends. She is very personable and friendly and always has a smile on her face! I work full time in Boston and have a toddler so my free time is few and far between so when I get an open day I call Julie – usually with only a couple days notice - and she is always willing to accommodate her schedule for me! If you are a curly girl in the area you need to see Julie – she will not disappoint!!
Julie came highly recommended from a fellow curly-haired friend, but a lifetime of bad haircuts has left me cautious, to say the least. From the minute I sat down in Julie's chair, however, I knew I had found someone who "got it". She spent a good portion of my appointment just talking to me about my hair; by the time she actually started cutting, she had an indepth idea of what I liked and disliked, how my hair "behaves" on a daily basis, and the amount of time I think I should spend getting my hair ready in the morning. I am a completely satisfied customer and look forward to my next appointment!
Calling all Curlies!!!!! If you have curly hair or even the slightest wave, you need to go see Julie! Julie knows what she's doing. You will not experience the "East-West" shape, or "Steps" ever again. From the first time Julie cut my hair until I moved to North Carolina, Julie remained my stylist. I have had such a difficult time finding a stylist who consistantly gives me a great curly cut since moving to NC, so difficult in fact that when I go home to Maine to visit family I manage to fit in a cut with Julie to correct the oopsies that occur down south. Julie is friendly and fun and always up on the current trends and colors, does not over charge, is honest and will tell you truthfully if the look you're going for will fit your bone structure and curl type. If you choose to not see Julie, just know that you will continue to have frizzy curls in an unflattering cut. Choose to see Julie and you will have luxurious curls in a fabulous shape!
Julie is amazing. I met her over 5 years ago and the rest is history. She knows curly hair and her expertise shows every time I visit her. I've referred many people to her and constantly need new cards from her because I get stopped all the time by people who want to know who does my hair. An added bonus...she 's an amazing colorist too! If you live in the area and have curly hair, treat yourself to a visit with Julie.
I've had long hair for many years and I've been getting bored with it of late. Julie took great care of me when I decided it was time to say goodbye. I was very nervous going in as my hair had become a security blanket. Julie listened to my ideas and walked me through her thoughts. I went in with dry, frizzy, lifeless hair. I walked out of the salon with bouncy, beautiful curls! Julie got rid of the lifeless boring hair and I walked away with a new confidence and pep in my step!
I feel so lucky to have found Julie! When I moved to Maine, I really struggled to find a stylist who could work with my thick, curly hair. I came across Julie's name on naturallycurly.com and am so glad that I did! Julie knew how to work with my hair right off the bat. She has such talent when it comes to styling my often unpredictable hair. I trust her abilities and suggestions completely and always feel stylish and beautiful when leaving the salon. She has true talent when it comes to styling and coloring hair. I recommend her wholeheartedly to others.
Julie's been cutting, coloring, and styling my hair for about 6 years now. I have fine, wavy (2A), very porous hair that easily frizzes out in the summer. Julie gives me a versatile, layered cut that lets me blow it out straight or wear it curly. Love the color as well. My husband goes to Julie now, too. He has extremely thick, wavy, wiry hair, so prefers to keep it short. She tames it well. :-) Julie is professional and personable - gracious to clients and fun to be around! She's awesome!
Straight to curly in one hair cut!! Through the years, I have hated my hair and used a straightener religiously. Whether the cut was short, long or the all too familiar and "not curly friendly" hairdresser favorite "the bob" I was never happy nor had one compliment on my hair. I found Julie via a mutual friend and booked my first appointment and was nervous to go to another hairdresser for another bad haircut. Well, Julie saved me and my hair and I cannot thank her enough. Julie recommended hair products that are allergy friendly and work with my limited patience for styling. It took 2 haircuts to loose the bad haircuts from past but now I get compliments all the time and people stop me to ask "Where do you get your hair cut??" Thank you Julie!!! YOU ROCK!!!!
I heard about Julie from my husband! There is an employee at his work who has curly hair, which is beautifully styled, and Julie is her hairdresser. My husband knows the struggles I've had finding a hairdresser who can style my hair in a way that helps me maintain the cut and love it. He asked for Julie's card and I've been going to Julie for the past year and love the stylish cuts that she gives me. What is wonderful about Julie is that she listens to what I want and works with me to give me a cut that I will be happy with. She also has good advice about products that help me maintain the cut. She knows that I would like the experience of movement with my hair, and she takes the time to hand curl my hair in a way that gives it bounce. Finally, I have a stylist who knows what she is doing, is confident in her approach, and makes me feel great about my hair! I salute Julie Washington for her expertise, professionalism, and beautiful work (my friends do to!). Orly
I was convinced that I would never find a stylist who understood how to cut and style my 3b hair. Then I met Julie. She did an amazing job on my hair. I've never felt as confident or comfortabe with a stylist before. If you have curly hair and have given up on finding someone, call Julie!