Pasadena >Beauty > Bokaos Inc
134 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110534.145784 -118.151719
Neighborhoods: East LA, South Arroyo
Excellent Service! – I just saw Alfred at the new Bokaos at Americana in Glendale. He is fantastic! Very down to earth and friendly. No attitudes here. I had been going to Glendale Salon/Spa (another Aveda salon) and stopped going because my stylist was never on time and left me waiting for more than 15 minutes every visit. Alfred was ready for me when I arrived and won me over with a complimentary mini-facial during my shampoo.
Amazing salon! – I stumbled upon Bokaos because my stylist (Nicole at Wax Poetic......HORRIBLE stylist) flaked on me at the last minute when I had a very important event to go to and needed my hair dyed from natural medium brown to platinum blonde. They were the only ones in my area who had room available at such short notice, and i LOVE Aveda so I trusted them to do the job. I got set up with Bertha and she did an absolutely amazing job, and I am VERY particular about my hair. She cut, colored, and styled my hair as if it was her event and she was doing my hair as if it was her own. I went back for her to fix my hair (yet again, that Nicole from Wax Poetic ruined..... she dyed my roots and singed all my hair off) and Bertha did a gorgeous job. The most recent time I saw her she cut my long hair into a "posh spice bob" which I was petrified of since I haven't had short hair in ages, and again, she did a beautiful job. I am thrilled with my hair and as long as she's doing hair I won't go to anyone else! Highly recommended! A+++++++!
Steer Clear If You Want To Look Good – This place is fine if you want a run-of-the-mill Anytown, USA look or service, but it doesn't live up the the Aveda quality by any means. Furthermore the stylists skills are questionable at best. They are very nice and cheery people but spend more time gossiping with each other and about each other (and about other customers) than focusing on doing a quality job. After wondering during my own wash why my stylist wasn't washing underneath above the neck (really!), I actually heard another customer (with a different stylist) tell them, "don't be afraid to wash the back of my head too!" I couldn't believe it.
The cut and color service I saw while I was there were also not worth the price paid. How mine turned out was awful: a trim with a bit of layering around the face turned out as a mullet...awful. When I asked questions about basic technique and why I was being cut the way I was, my stylist looked like a deer in headlights. Honestly, I feel bad posting this here but wouldn't wish what I have to grow out for the next few months on anyone, and feel like I HAVE to warn people not to trust your appearance to these stylists.
Great AVEDA Salon – I just moved here from Chicago and where ever I live I have to find my neighborhood AVEDA Salon. And walking down Colorado in Old Town Pasadena I found my new hair salon. It has all of the AVEDA I could ask for as well as a great stylist who cut and colored my hair. I was taken care of the moment I walked in and just rode that until I was checked out.
The bonus was the 20% off they gave me because I was a first time customer. I'll take it.
Remember to ask for the free scalp and hand massage - it's an AVEDA thing and sooo worth it. I fell asleep in the chair. Seriously, I think I drooled a bit. I love my cut and highlights too.
I will totally be back! Check it out.
Holy Hair Extensions! – Okay so I have been toying with the idea of hair extensions and was recommended to check out this hair salon. They set me up with Great Lengths, I guess they're called. I am not an expert but they look amazing. Seriously every where I go I get so many compliments on my hair. People don't even believe that they are extension - they look super natural.
Even if you are just thinking about it at least go in for a consult. That's what I did and they were totally up front about cost and what to expect. I was there for a while but everyone was really nice and made me feel comfortable. Just a cool salon. Good vibe.
Definitly going back.
Ask for Renata; she's fantastic! – I've seen Renata a handful of times for hair cuts (no color). She's a very lovely woman who really listened and took her time in giving me what I wanted. The downside is that there's usually a wait to see her, but I guess that's what happens when you find a good stylist!
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