Austin >Beauty > Bliss Salon-Lainie Lamb
619 Brentwood St, Austin, TX | Directions 7875230.332773 -97.720295
By appointment only
Neighborhoods: Highland, Brentwood - Highland
subtle blonde highlites – First of all, this place is very relaxing. I always feel welcome and at home at this salon, which says a lot. Lainie truly is an artist and cares about her work-more so than making a quick buck off of you unlike some of the other pretentious salons in this town. She will do exactly what you want...if you tell her. I brought in a picture of some highlights and when I was finished, my hair looked just like what I wanted. Also, she does highlights in such a way that they look very natural when they grow out so if necessary, you go a bit longer between visits. I also like that she truly tries to find a color that is complimentary and looks natural on me. Not only is she a warm hearted person, but she is truly knows what works for your hair and will give out an honest opinion.
She works magic! – I have had long hair my whole life. During a consultation Lainie recommended that I go shorter, stating it would work well with my face. It took me coming to see her several times and building up trust to take a chance and try it. I am so happy that I did! I look younger! She also added some highlights to enhance the cut. I feel like a million bucks! Thank you Lainie for being patient with me and persistent, You have made me feel so amazing! Lainie and Kris are so personable and friendly. They put you at ease and give you a great experience. It is like going to visit with friends who just so happen to do your hair while you are there.
Best hair I've had in Austin – I think this might have been the first time ever that a hairdresser actually listened to what I wanted and delivered it! The salon is casual and comforting- no one staring at you to make sure you are being cool. Lainie is a star at color- she helped me choose colors that would grow out nicely, and enhance my eyes! I have gotten so many compliments from friends and co workers that I know I have earned my free haircut! (she has a great referral program going too!) I am not sure what that last reviewer was going on about- if it wasn't for those fabulous texture scissors my hair would not possibly do what I want it to do! Lainie also explained everything she was doing to me throughout the service- and I felt absolutely confident with her skills. I would say that she does real hair- hair that doesn't have to be "fixed". Low Maintenance Hair. Her salon is very clean and AMAZING! I love the vintage decor, and her dog Stella is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Add me to the long list of fans!
Not impressed – I went for the first time based on all of the favorable reviews online. I have had much better haircuts -- my friends even agreed. (If you do go, keep her away from those thinning shears -- she likes to use those things which most of the stylists I've used before said they won't go near since your hair grows in badly after that.)
I strive to listen and give you what you want. I am sensitive to how much time you spend on your hair, and also your level of style ability. I am human though, and if our communication was not clear, then it is possible for things to end up different than your expectation. I guarantee my work 100%, and will gladly adjust anything that isn?t working for you, or give you your money back, if I am unable to completely meet your needs. I offer styling lessons for your new style if you need them. There are many different types of scissors: some are thinning, some are texturizing, and others enhance curl. Depending upon the desired result, I will use any one of those, or none at all. Anyone who makes a blanket statement that they make haircuts grow out poorly does not understand how those tools work. I will gladly NOT use any tool that makes you uncomfortable- if you tell me. Your satisfaction comes first.
Brought My Hair Back from the Dead – After a pretty terrible experience at a local "day spa" salon, I was in dire need of a new haircut to repair the damage done. I read Lainie's reviews on CitySearch and was very impressed that some of her clients make the trip from Houston to see her. She does book up pretty far in advance (at least 2 weeks), but it was well worth the wait. The salon is located in a little house, and immediately after coming inside, I fell in love with the place. Quirky furniture and sparkly walls add to the fun, but professional atmosphere. Stella, the French bulldog, greeted me with happy grunts and proceeded to snooze next to me on the couch. Lainie listened to my tales of hair woe, and offered solutions before picking up her scissors. She spoke to me realistically about what she could fix and what would just take time to grow. I appreciated her advice and candor, and I found myself very at ease (a difficult feat when in the hands of a new stylist). Her haircuts are very reasonably priced (about $40), and the individualized service was top-knotch. I would definitely recommend Lainie to anyone looking for a great haircut and a salon without pretentious, under-qualified stylists! Plus, Stella is a peach.
For the best color in town! – Lainie is a color Diva! I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my hair- so I trusted her to pick the colors. She picked colors I would have never chosen- and at first I was scared. It ended up being the best color I have ever had. I have never gotten as many compliments! She is down to earth and friendly- no pretention here. Another thing that struck me as unique was that her color mixing station is out in the open- so you can see what she is mixing. She is very open about what products she uses and her salon is CLEAN. She put me at ease and I knew I was with a true professional.
The best at what she does – I have to say first that I am willing to, and do indeed, drive 6 hours round trip to have Lainie color and cut my hair. (And I'm not the only one. I know of a number of other clients who travel great distances for her services.) She has been working with my hair for over seven years, and while I tried other stylists when she moved from Houston to Austin, essential elements were missing.
Lainie does an extensive consultation prior to getting out the scissors and is great at discerning what will work best for a client. She takes a lot of factors into account; including the clients' coloring, face and body shape, and even lifestyle. What the client wants is only tempered by Lainie's down-to-earth appraisal of existing hair condition and hair growth patterns. I totally trust her judgement about what will work for me. For example, recently I was taken by a desire to cut my hair really short. Lainie was willing to do it, but only if I went with a bold color. Otherwise, she explained, my hair would blend too much into my face. I would have been really nervous about the color change, but I've been working with her for so long that I could rely on her advice. So I went from a light blonde to a short-haired auburnish red, and the change resulted in so many compliments for my hair that it was embarrassing.
As I said, Lainie is an expert at color and the chemical processes involved, using the best products available. I've never come away unhappy and know she works with clients until they are pleased with the results. Her integrity won't let her do otherwise.
I love her personality, which puts a very diverse clientele at ease. She has created a salon with a wonderful atmosphere, having done all the remodeling and decorating herself. She is a true professional and I'm lucky to have her.
Lastly, I'm always careful to schedule my next appointment when I'm leaving, because her services are in such demand that I could get stuck not getting in when needed.
The name says it all! – This was my first visit to Bliss Salon. I was referred by a friend who has fabulous hair. While it doesn't look like much from the outside, the salon is really quite a hidden gem. The decor is retro and colorful, with fresh flowers and aroma therapy candles burning. Bossa Nova music added to the relaxed style of the place. Lainie greeted me and immediatley made me feel at home, offering me a multitude of beverages and even chocolate! She gave me a very thurough consultation- asking me many questions to get to know me as best she could, and the suggestions she made were well thought out. She gave me fabulous color and a very functional cut. I can tell that she really cares about her work and her salon. She is very personable and a pleasure to talk with. The products she uses are high quality, from the color to the styling products. She gave me samples to try and I have to say I love them- it has been three weeks since my services and my color looks as fresh as it did the day I had it done! I have to agree with what everyone else is saying- Bliss is "blissful" and Lainie is fantastic!
A true artist – Lainie is the best. Period. Need I say more? I have lived in Austin my entire life- and I have been to the most popular salons and to the most expensive salons, but Bliss salon is just right. You can relax- no pretention here. The atmosphere is loungy, the music is great and always interesting. Lainie is interesting and fun to talk with- definitely not a drama queen. She is reliable and consistent. Her haircuts work because instead of giving you a cookie cutter haircut she actually sculpts your hair. I have never had a haircut grow out so gracefully.
Excellent customer service- fair prices- exceptional color and hair services – Lainie cares about keeping your hair healthy. She was brutally honest with me the first time I met her, telling me that my hair would not "do" what I wanted it to do without being horribly damaged. She offered me alternatives that were better suited for me and I appreciated it. She seems to have an indepth knowledge of hair color chemistry, and listening to her tell me about what was happening in my hair on a molecular level was fascinating! I have to agree with what everyone else is saying- Lainie is the Color Diva! Her salon is so cute I wish I could move right in. She has won a loyal client in me.
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