Portland >Beauty > Gossamer Salon
2636 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.535151 -122.705671
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
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Shhhhh...don't tell anyone! – I heard about Gossamer through a friend and decided to go. I had never really found a stylist who could do my hair the way I pictured it should be. Turns out I had never been to someone who has as high level of knowledge about hair, how it falls, how it grows, and how to cut it so it falls just the right way, as Kim the owner. I almost don't want to post this review because it is hard enough already to get an appointment (6 week wait) but this is an amazing salon in Portland and I have been to a lot. The salon is tiny and cute, I know there are bigger fancier buildings and facilities but in the end, it's all about the hair.
Sandra At Gossamer Rocks ! – There are two people working at Gossamer: Sandra and Kim. Both of them made me feel comfortable with being there right away. I hadn't had my hair cut in a long time but I felt it was time for a change so I went with what Sandra suggested and it looks fantastic. I have been there for a follow up visit last week and it felt just as good as the first visit. On my way home I felt inspired to write a review here and spread the word.
Sandra at Gossamer is the only person I let touch my head now. I have no need for another stylist..she does my cut and color. I have compliments on both all the time by random people...which is how i know it looks good. I had my hair cut on vacation at Vidal Sassoon by the head educator in Miami. My hair looked horrible...and so did the hair of a girl i met there...turns out we had the same hair dresser. The color was severe on me and totally clashed with the style of the cut. I honestly can't believe someone thought it looked good, because when i went to work they looked at me with pity. It was THEE most unflattering look since my famous god awful Jr. high cut in which i cried in the chair. This is what Sandra Fixed. I went from hating it to loving it. I admired my cut from front to back and side to side. She uses the best color...rich , shiny, that lasts..if it weren't for my roots, I wouldn't even need a touch up. Fantastic service. Funny conversation. Relaxed breathing in the chair. Now what am I going to do for the rest of my life without her? I have seriously had this thought.
Everyone one asks me who does my hair...well here she is. Sandra At Gossamer Salon. Go in with a scarf, go out with it around your microphone.
Simply Portland's BEST SALON – I moved to Portland from NYC last year, and after 2 terrible cut/color experiences here I was ready to time my trims to my trips back to NYC... and I'm not at all a 'high maintenance', 'manicured-nails' type. It's just that I have unruly hair, and Portland weather makes for many bad-hair days! Luckily Gossamer was my 3rd and final salon attempt.
Well, for the first time, my hair looks (and feels) better than it ever did, and that includes haircuts done by some supposedly 'top stylists' at supposed 'best salons' in NYC... and it's been a couple weeks after Kim and Sandra cut & highlighted my locks at Gossamer. The day I had my hair done there, it looked so great that my husband wanted to go out (anywhere) just to be seen with me! (before Gossamer, I'd have to wash out the way salons styled my hair because it often looked ridiculous)
If Gossamer were in Manhattan, it would be a top-rated salon, frequented by every sort, from hipsters to 'ladies who lunch', because Sandra and Kim are such versatile, skilled, adept colorists, cutters/stylists- despite this, their prices are still reasonable. Just be warned, since anyone who knows about Gossamer keeps going back, you'll need patience before they can fit you in. But it is so worth the wait- I just hope this review doesn't result in yet longer waits for my next appointment (book yours when you're done with the first, since it takes ~ 2 months)!
Gossamer is Portland's Best Kept Salon Secret!
Editorial Review – Hair color experts offer highlights, perms, body waves, hair cuts and reasonable prices.
I Heart Kim – I have been a client of Kim's for years. She never yells at me when I trim my own bangs on ocassion or for waiting too long for my next touch-up hair color. She always has great ideas for styling my hair and I wish I could hide her in my pocket because I feel like a movie star every time I walk out her door! She books pretty far in advance, so I have done myself a favor and now make my next appointment before I leave the salon. The space is great, too, very warm and inviting. And Kim is such a great listener!
Love this place – I love Gossamer... I have been a client since they opened, and a client of the owner at her previous salon. What I like about the salon is the fact that the stylists are honest about their recommendations for both services and products. If something would not look good on one of their clients, they will tell you. They don't criticize you for not using their products. The salon is comfortable and not pretentious.
My Hair Fairy GoddessMother – Kim is wonderful. I've been going to her exclusively for several years and have NEVER been disappointed. Today we went completely different with color and I've never been happier.
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