Portland >Beauty > Gigi Salon & Spa
712 Sw Jefferson St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.515377 -122.682177
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Amazing Haircolor, Highlights – I started coming to Johnny two years ago to fix my hair after my hair was accidentally dyed almost black by a different hairstylist. I am a natural brunette and he is absolutely the best hair-colorist/highlighter I have ever been to. I have been highlighting my hair off and on for about 8 years. He can make you go light or dark, and consistently provides excellent touch-ups in between. If you are looking for a stylist that truly understands hair coloring, he is the stylist for you.
Great! Once you get past the receptionists @WA2 – I have visited both salons. I LOVE Kellian at the Washington Square location. She did my hair for my wedding and did a fantastic job! I love Johnny (I've seen him at both locations). And thought I am an infrequent client, he remembers everything about me! The thing that makes me hesitate to come back to Washington Square are the receptionists. I am a friendly person and have never been greeted with any sort of warmth, promptness, or care. I usually feel like an inconvenience when I check in or pay, which leaves me with a bad impression. I am not as familiar with the stylists at the downtown location, but their receptionists are warm, super friendly, and they remember you. Even over the phone. Owners/managers- Please do not underestimate the importance of having high standards for all employees. I rarely spend time or money on myself, but when I do, I hope to be treated with kindness.
Everything a Salon Visit Should Be – I went to Gigi by PSU for a cut and color with Johnny. It was relaxing, good music and I enjoyed people watching while getting my service. I mentioned that I was going out of town to be in a wedding soon. After my services he spent 30-40 minutes, no charge, to do my hair how he thought would look best. I have never had so many compliments on my hair. He is an excellent stylist and is very comfortable to work with, no need to chat but interesting and intelligent conversation if you do feel like chatting. A wonderful experience from beginning to end.
Never in my life... – ...have I had such great service and professional quality. My family met Taven a little over a year ago, and we have been in his chair ever since. He has been VERY courteous, EXTREMELY professional, and ALWAYS listens to what we request. I might add...we are VERY picky about our hair. ;-) Taven has NEVER let us down. Gigi/Aveda is fortunate to have him.
Kudos to him and the staff he manages. They should be so lucky...
When we moved here, we were seeking out an Aveda salon, and ran across the Wash Sq location. We've never gone anywhere since.
Gigi Salon: Aveda – I use City Search to find services and rely on the comments of customers, so I was shocked to see the critique of Taven's skill as a master stylistic posted on this site. Taven is a talented, professional. I wouldn't let anyone else work on my hair. His skills are artistic and extraordinary and his manner is courteous yet fun. He's the perfect hair stylist and anyone who has actually had the privilege of being his client would undoubtedly agree. From the tone of the other message about Taven and the way it was worded, I suspect this "client" is more of a disgruntled employee who finds it hard to compete with the skill level of the other professionals in the salon. And, quite frankly, the poor writing and disorganization of the message belies an even more troubling problem: This person is lacking basic reading and writing skills needed in the workplace to be successful.
It's unfortunate that these postings can't have more quality control, but in this case, I just had to weigh in. Schedule an appointment with Taven - you won't be sorry!
NO ONE Touches my Hair but TAVEN – I just wanted to write a response to the post below regarding Taven. I have been going to Taven since the salon opened. He is a genius when it comes to fresh new hairstyles. I never have to bring a picture or give a detailed description on the way I want my hair to look. Most of the time I just tell him to do whatever he feels like with it, because I trust him that much. Everytime I have had a cut from him I have walked out a happy client. I will only book with Taven and I come down from Seattle just to have him cut my hair. So to the comment made by barb, you actually don't deserve to have your hair graced by Taven.
Taven Is A Master Stylist – I completely disagree with the review about Taven. I manage a multi million dollar business and have been going to Taven for years. Never have I been dissatisfied with his services. The atmosphere at Gigi?s is so calming and relaxed and I will wait for 2 weeks to get into Taven, because he is the best stylist. I have made the mistake of going to other people and won?t do that again. I have never paid so much for hair services and thought of it as a bargain.
Personally I believe whoever wrote the last review is immature and unwilling to admit that they obviously just have personal issues with Taven. Good luck in your quest for a better stylist, and may your days be filled with grandma up-do?s and dull color!
DISGUST – SO I WENT INTO THE GIGI AT WASHINGTON SQUARE AND HAD AN APPOINTMENT WITH A MAN NAMED TAVEN (A MASTER STYLIST LOL!!!!!) IT WAS THE WORSE EXPEIRINCE I HAVE EVER HAD INSIDE A SALON. MY COLOR WAS SO DULL IT DIDNT EVEN LOOK LIKE I HAD ANYTHING DONE MY CUT MADE ME LOOK LIKE AN OLD WOMAN WITH NO STYLE,AND WORSE OF ALL HE TALK TO ALL HIS CO-WORKERS WITH TOTAL DISRESPECT. I MEAN HE ACTED LIKE HE HAD WORKED WITH THE STARS OR SOMETHING AND THAT EVEYONE SHOULD KISS HIS BUTT. HATE TO TELL YOU BUDDY BUT YOU ARE HORRIBLE, AND YOU CANNOT DO HAIR SO BOW DOWN. YOUR ASSISTANT COULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB..........BEWARE OF HIM PEOPLE HE IS HORRIBLE
Terrible hair cut , idiot hairstylists --- Washington Square Location – This is absolutely one of the worst places I have gotten a haircut in a long time. It will also be my last at this turkey hair salon. Basically the people who work there are more into their looks than yours. After all the pimpering in the mirror and how good I look etc. etc. then they start to cut yours. What a terrible job. It took about 15 minutes and then my hair looked ridiculous. I could have gotten a better trim at one of those $10 places than the $30 smacks they charged me. What a rip off. Avoid the short portly one with the dumb look and with the short blonde hair. If they give you that one, your in for a shock. Head for Regis down the hall. You will be better off.
You should see my hair! – I was referred to Heidi at Salon GiGi by a stylist from out of town, he referred to her as a Color Guru. A first visit to a new stylist for a cut, much less color, has inherent risks, but Heidi was everything I had heard about-The cut is great, the color is exactly what I was looking for. Would highly suggest a visit to her.
Overall, the salon has its rough spots, not sure if i'd schedule any service other than hair there, but I will definitely go back and put my hair in her capable hands! Well worth the time and money spent. Oh, and the new apprentice gives AMAZING hand massages!
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