Lately I have been really bored with my hair and I wanted a change so I decided to mix it up a little bit and lighten my hair. I know that getting your hair dyed can be really expensive and even at times exceed $200. Instead, I went to Paul Mitchell: the School in Costa Mesa, CA where they have the cosmetology and salon students perform all of their services. This is something that I looked into heavily before doing it and seeing other people’s reviews really helped. So here is mine, enjoy and if you have any questions contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting an Appointment:
It started off really easy because their website has everything you need and makes it simple until you have to choose a date. They have you pick a single time and three possible days starting with the one that best works for you. They emailed me later that day, but only to say that they received it and didn’t give me an actual date. I happened to be across the street from it a few days later and asked them about and they told me that they were booked weeks in advance so I thought that was the end of it, but the next day I received an email confirming my appointment for my second best day. I was a little confused, but I just went with it. It is also reassuring that they send you a text two days before, having you confirm your appointment, and the day of as a reminder.
I was pretty impressed when I came in by how professional everyone was and how quickly my stylist came to get me after I checked in. My stylists name was Alice and I believe she was a phase two student, meaning she had some more experience than phase one students. She had a little trouble speaking and understanding english so it was a little difficult to explain to her what I wanted done, but she asked her learning leader to come and clear up what I wanted. She suggested I get a lateral weave (I think that’s what it’s called) but in simpler terms it was highlights on the top layers of my hair just to lighten it up a bit. They asked if I wanted my hair trimmed as well, but in all honesty after reading reviews for the school, I did not trust them to do it and I said no.
The whole process was pretty typical except I think it kind of overwhelmed Alice a little. She seemed a flustered by the sheer amount of work that had to be done on my hair and she asked the lead to check her work often and the refresh her on the steps to make sure she was doing it right. I felt bad because I just have so much hair and I think that is what really made the process long and tedious. It was difficult because it was split into sections and when one section was done processing, she was only half way done with another and it took over on hour just to wash my hair out. I honestly didn’t mind the long process because I knew that Alice was trying to do a good job. The whole thing took about 4 hours I believe, maybe a little longer. It would be quicker for anyone who had shorter and/or less hair than I do.
Prices differ for each service and both for phase 1 and phase 2 students. I had a full-head dye job and a phase 2 student which is advertised to be $37 (sounds like a great deal). It would have been this price if I hadn’t had so much hair. Alice had to use four extra bowls of lightener at an additional $8 for each which all added up to be $69 dollars instead. It is still a better deal regular salons, but still a lot more than I had intended. Since my hair was taking so long, the women at the front sped up the payment process by bringing my receipt to me at my seat and taking care of the whole process while my hair was being dried.
Overall I was impressed with the professionalism and job well done. I did not want a drastic change in my hair and that is what I received. My only issue is that the way that the highlights were done appear to be streaky near my roots, only because the layers are thinner. This is not too big of an issue, but it is something that I am particular about.
Would I Go Back:
Yes, for this and other services
Would I Recommend It:
Yes! I hope you decide to go and try it for yourself!