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873 w butler pike | ambler pa 19002
ph: 215.591.9784 or 9785

Katie R.
Elkins Park, PA


This is an amazing little secret stashed away in a strip mall in Ambler.  It takes the knowledge, know-how, and professional treatment of a big expensive salon and places it in an intimate, friendly setting.  
The atmosphere is great - there's the token no-nonsense matronly figure that is Meryl as a permanent fixture behind the front desk, ready to call you "honey" and help you pay and set up your next appointment.  There's the constant lively chatter that makes you feel like you're hanging out with friends. And there's the snacks and water and all the gossip magazines you can imagine, so during those rare lulls in the conversation, you have plenty of other things to keep you occupied.

Then there's Sharon - the owner and my hairdresser.  Being a lifelong tomboy and having little attachment to my hair, I rarely know what the hell I want to do with it when I walk in.  But she ALWAYS takes that in stride, gently reminding me that I should come in more than once a year to maintain my color or coaxing me into blow-drying my hair at home.  She has no problem sitting and talking for a while to get a sense of what I'm really looking for, and even takes me back into the color room or browsing through hair cut magazines to show me how each shade works and what it would look like on me specifically.  She even heard me tell her "I'm comfortable with that shade.", and knew what I really meant was "Oh my god that shade is too much for me!"...you can't get better one-on-one treatment than that!  She's a pro makeup artist too - I had her do my hair and make-up for my wedding (again, keep the tomboy mentality in mind), and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome: classy, tasteful makeup and an understated updo.  You'll leave her salon chair with, not only a beautiful head of hair, but some tips and tricks to try at home.

Overalll, this place is great - everyone is friendly, you won't find any teenage hair washers texting on their phones when they're supposed to be rinsing you off here, and for just undergoing new management, the place has settled into a great salon with loyal clients returning again and again.  They run a ton of specials, which makes their prices very reasonable.

Although I haven't experienced it, they do have a nail technician as well, and same story:  friendly and chatty with her clients, who seem to all be regulars.

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