We all want to get really nice things for cheap. So what if I told the ladies out there that you can get an amazing hair cut for $15 (guys, you can get it for even cheaper!)?
No, not at Hair Cuttery or at that hair training school down the street, but that you could get a really awesome hair cut by trained professionals with a load of experience and it won’t cost you $50 to $90. Hard to believe, right?
In need of a simple, classic hair cut to reshape the style I already have (lots of layers in my very fine hair), I searched around on Yelp only to find upscale hair salons ready to charge me $75 + for something that should never cost so much. Maybe if I was getting hair extensions, an updo or the latest Kate Gosselin `do, I would be willing to shell out my hard earned cash, but not this time. This time, I needed to keep it clean, simple and classy.
Bello Hair Studio caught my eye with it’s unique reviews: People said that it was a hidden gem of hair salon for a great price, and they were right.
Tucked away in a modest neighbourhood in a no-frills building, the salon is low key and does not pimp out a certain product. So no, this is not a Redken salon or a Bumble and Bumble one…it’s just a place to get a great hair cut. Not bothered by the lack of glam or a free martini upon entrance, I sat down in a chair and explained to Aida what I wanted. Since my hair is very fine (but there is a lot of it!), she suggested that my hair be cut dry, without being shampooed first, so that she could work with the texture and really get a feel of how my hair looks when I wear it the way I usually do…dry.
Done deal. Scalp massages and getting my hair washed feels great, but I’d rather leave with a great hair cut and leave the massaging to my masseuse, thank you very much!
Aida is definitely a cheerful woman, but she becomes engrossed in her work and sometimes leaves you in silence. Honestly I find it tedious to constantly have to fill silence with rambling, meaningless weather talk, and was more than happy to close my eyes and doze while she did her thing. Since I have been to her twice now, I completely trust her work.
Yes, Aida answered the phone every time it rang, which took her away from me for a few minutes, but she is a perfectionist and really listens to you, so you can be sure that she will check, and re-check, and re-re-check her work before you leave.
“But how,” I know you are thinking, “can something so awesome be so cheap?!” Well, fair lady/good sir, I have no idea. All I know is that Aida and company have a background working with some of the best, most expensive hair salons in the city until one day they thought, “This is a rip off,” and decided to start their own salon. Maybe because it is a no frills salon in a cheaper area of town allowed them to lower their prices, but whatever it was, you win!
Things to keep in mind:
- It’s easier to drive to the salon, as there is ample parking in the area, but if you can’t, the brown line works just as well.
- Book in advance. This salon is inexpensive, popular and is known for their consistent work. They book quickly.
- The salon takes credit cards, just remember to tip generously – you can afford it now that you aren’t paying $80 for a haircut!
- Wash and dry your hair before coming in. You can pay a little extra for a wash, but why would you when cutting your hair dry makes so much more sense?
Enjoy your cut, loves!
Dev :o) x