Seattle >Beauty > Bowie Salon
1507 Belmont Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.614348 -122.324606
Tue-Fri: 10:00-7:00 Sat: 10:00-6:00 Sun: closed
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
I went in for a haircut with Stacie Bowie. The receptionist seemed sweet and accommodating. However, later I was disappointed to find out that for $150 I was double booked with someone else. Needless to say, I was rushed through instructions to have my hair washed. From the very first moment Stacy seemed cold and patronizing. I was put down for the way I style my hair to the way it was cut and colored; in fact I don't believe there was one positive thing she had said to me during the entire appointment. I've pretty much always had pleasant interactions with hair stylists and was taken aback by her attitude. True artistry comes from inspiration. No stylist can enhance the looks of their client unless they see the positive to build on. I stayed in Stacy's chair, feeling increasingly uncomfortable.
She ended up cutting off quite a bit of length which was not communicated to me at any point and slicing in a few even shorter pieces. What's worse, while the lines of the haircut are pretty clean, one side looks almost an inch longer regardless of how I part my hair. (To be fair, due to her masterful wavy blowout I did not see that mistake until I got home.) The blowout indeed made my hair look pretty though the overall style looked questionable due to a poorly implemented haircut. All in all, I expected to be treated with a little more respect and a lot more attention to detail and my wishes. Yet I ended up with a very mediocre haircut that is difficult to style and in all certainty is not worth the money paid.
THE place to come if another salon has taken liberties with your hair -- and to keep coming if you want to keep your hair looking beautiful. I could not recommend it, or my wonderfully stylist Karie, more enthusiastically!
They've also recently added a real find, an incredibly talented nail stylist named Lori. Never have I been complimented on my toes so much.
I love that I have a new reason to compliment this place, because honestly, I've always had great experiences there, far and away the best salon and spa experiences in Seattle. I appeared on Bowie's doorstep disheveled, with hair that my last salon had destroyed so thoroughly that after two tries, I was simply told that they couldn't fix it and shooed out the door.
I did my research, and found out that Bowie had great reputation for color. I called and frankly asked them to save me. They got me in immediately, and Karie listened really, really carefully to me. Which couldn't have been easy, since I walked in with I an uneven cut and color that had gone so wrong that I resembled a black-and-purple-striped zebra. (The original salon had been going for auburn, by the way.) They had also tried to strip the color out with bleach, so my naturally perfectly straight hair was wavy and frizzy. And, as so many of us traumatized by bad hair experiences end up doing, I walked in completely confused about what needed to be done to fix it.
Karie's magic fingers and amazing practical knowledge not only made me feel right away that I had come to the right place -- she made my hair look great. Better than that, she took the time to find out not only what I did and did not like about my hair disaster, but also to talk through realistic possibilities. My hair felt good afterward, as though it knew it was finally in good hands and could relax.
In fact, when she was finished, I not only exclaimed that I loved my hair, but said, "Wait -- this color makes my skin look amazing." Six months later, Karie cut the last of the old salon's bad color out of my hair, and it looked even more amazing. She came up with a long-term strategy for cuts and color that let me make the transition between my bad old salon's idea of what hair color meant (it was every bit as expensive as Bowie, incidentally, but with infinitely worse customer service) and hair that suited me.
Now, a year and a half later, I still love my hair. And my toes are completely adorable.
Great experience!!! – I LOVE THIS SALON!!! Great atmosphere and the staff is friendly, professional and attentive and the service I had was great. I was greeted with a smile and was made to feel comfortable. Highly recommended!!!
******I read the most recent review about Stacie, this is a fake review written by a stylist who was asked to leave and moved to the other salon before being asked to leave that fore mentioned salon too. Citysearch is full of disgruntled employees slandering the ex-employers. As a long time client of the salon they have always treated me well and exceeded my expectations!! *****
I love my hair . FINALLY!! – This place is absolute perfection . Its like they can read your mind and give you the exact look you wanted !! Found Bowie on this site called urbanspoils... for a fantastic price.. so worth it ! Im thrilled.
I got exactly what I wanted – I recently went into Bowie Salon and got my hair cut by Alanda. I had never been to the salon before, but when i showed up I was greeted so nicely by the cute front desk girl. They welcomed me with open arms and made me feel comfortable immediately. Alanda gave me a very in depth consultation, asking questions of my daily routine of styling, down to what i liked and didnt like about my hair. She deeply explained every option she could do and what she would most highly recommend to do and also how I would benefit from it. I loved this, because a lot of stylists just sit you down in their chair and don't care about you. Alanda was different, she showed she truly cared about my hair and making me happy. The shampoo was amazing, (its my favorite part), and the cut looks amazing! She even throughly explained everything she was doing when she was styling me so that in turn, I would be about to do it at home myself! I know so much more now! Alanda is definitely the best I've been to, and I recommend everyone to go to her. The experience is well worth it.
Do NOT get a manicure there... – Yuck. I got a free coupon for a mani/pedi when I serviced my car at Phil Smart, so I decided "why not" use it and pamper myself a bit. The girl who did it seemed inexperienced and awkward, was wearing an outfit that kept slipping down and exposing way more of her than I wished to see, and the end result looks like something I could have done at home. In 8th grade. I'm sure they may be good at other things, but definitely NOT manicures/pedicures. Save your money and do it at home, it'll turn out way better.
Brandy was great! – I really love how brandy did my brows! I got them tinted and waxed and I love it! Plus she really new her stuff!
Wow!! Loved ti the second I walked in!!! – The salon is so deceivingly spacious! I it's very hip and comfortable. I loved everyone that works there. I had my hair done by a very talented stylist named Robert. He was great ! I never expect a new stylist to get it "right" the first time they do my hair, but he was wonderful!! He refereed me to their new Esthetician who was so knowledgeable and warm. I had my brows done by her. I didn't know my brows could look great! It was the first time I've ever had anyone do such a great job!!!
Worst experience! Do not go! – I was referred to Stacie, who is a highly priced stylist and owner. She was very pretentious, rude to her staff, and I didn't even walk out with what I wanted. She overprocessed (fried!) my hair. She is definitely not worth the $$$$$$ that she charges. I would never go again.
I love Kassy! – I went to Bowie to get a retouch on my color. I have a lot of gray and was apprehensive about the color matching. My colorist, Kassy, blended the color perfectly and made it look absolutely gorgeous. This is the longest my gray has ever stayed covered. The salon itself is welcoming and beautiful.
Kassy has since moved on to Imena Salon in West Seattle!
J Sangster now is seeing another stylist that she raves about on Yelp. J Sangster always told the owner and trainer of the last Aveda salon she worked at, that Kassy, should be fired, because Kassy's lack of work, and that Kassy was not a good stylist. After J Sangster's termination from many Aveda Salon's in Seattle, she went to see Kassy at Bowie, and wrote her a good review.
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