233 West 7th Avenuen# A
Eugene, OR 97401, United States
Nicole Smith

Stylist: Sonia Merriman

(Preface: I have low density, shoulder length 2B hair that is quite fragile and prone to falling out.) I have been struggling for many years to find an actual curly hair stylist who could cut it dry, so after reading several favorable reviews for Sonia's curly cuts, I was was really excited for this appointment! In our initial conversation she seemed like she was on board with my CG routine and styling requests (no shampoo, cowashing/deep conditioning only, no silicones/sulfates, no towel drying, no fine tooth combing, no blow drying, etc). I mentioned that I was very interested in getting a dry cut, and she agreed that would be the best approach to getting the right shape cut for my hair type. I had brought my styling cream and gel with me, and she seemed happy to apply them after my cut. But, as we got into the actual cut, things started to go awry ... She insisted on first shampooing my hair (it was sulfate-free at least) and cutting it wet, rather than cutting it dry like I'd requested. Then she towel dried it, which frizzed out my curls. Then she used a fine tooth comb to rake through my wet frizzy hair as she cut sections bluntly at the ends, which totally lost my curl pattern and cause even more frizzing. When she was done and my hair was basically a big frizz ball, she decided we needed to wash and wet it 2nd time just so she could see the curls again, and then she dried it with a towel again. Some more wet touch ups, then styling with my products (although she scrunched them in with a towel, not her hands), then I roasted under a hood dryer for about 15 minutes while she went to take care of something else. It took 3 days for my hair to recover its curl pattern after all the shampooing, toweling, and fine tooth combing. I had high hopes for this cut and hate to be writing a disappointed review, but it seemed like she pretty much ignored everything we discussed at the beginning. Major bummer!

Reviewed on: 19.10.16

Stylist: Sonia Merriman

Based on NC reviews, I tracked Sonia to Moss Salon. Just like probably every one of you other curly girls searching this website for a good stylist, I have had a pretty consistent history of bad experiences with hair cuts. This wasn't one of them. I have long hair and wasn't going for a drastic change. She was very friendly and attentive, asked some questions about my hair, and then shampooed my hair and cut it wet. It turned out fine, though she didn't really address one issue with some chunky awkward layers I had. It was a decent cut, and she certainly didn't make it worse. Afterward, she didn't really style it. She put some gel-type stuff in it (not crunchy) and then just left it. I have literally NEVER been to a "stylist" (even the best) who knew how to STYLE my hair curly after cutting it. Bizarre, no? Anyway... I would rate my experience with Sonia a 4 because it was above average, but not crazy good. I may go to Moss again to give her another crack at it, because she is definitely conservative with what she chops (good for us curlies, since it takes twice as long to grow our hair out than our straight-haired sisters). I will post again if I do!

Reviewed on: 19.01.12

Stylist: Jesse Gaines

Jesse takes the time to really discuss and examine your hair. He asks many questions about your hair likes, dislikes, habits, skills, wishes, etc. He is familiar with CG and really did a fabulous job with my hair which is fine, dry and curly. I am so happy to have someone in Eugene that I can trust with my hair. Oh and he's a co-owner of the salon which overall was comfortable, friendly and inviting. Great overall experience!

Reviewed on: 09.02.11