Ithaca >Alta Spa
308 East State St, Ithaca, NY | Directions 1485042.439602 -76.495178
M Closed, Tu-Sa 10am-6pm, Su Closed
I love going to Alta Spa! I have been a customer for more than 13 years and have never been dissatisfied. Awura Abena is professional and fun. I'm always well taken care of, whether I go in for a haircut, a pedicure, a waxing or a massage.
Best Hair Cut Ever – The best hair cut I have ever had is by Awura Abena.
I have visited her salon on and off for the past four years.
Every time I am satisfied and leave with confidence.
I have had my hair cut all over the world, London, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, of all the hair-salons I have been, I am most satisfied with Awura Abena's skills. I am very picky and like to keep my hair long. When I first saw her I had gone months without cutting my hair and I had split-ends galore. Somehow she managed to cut off all of the split-ends without causing my hair to seem short which is a wonder that has never occurred for me before. I now go to see her every six weeks and my hair is looking beautifull. She is very skilled she knows what she is doing, she can handle any hair type.
Best Waxer in Town! – Awura Abena is wonderful, inviting and knowledgeable! I went to her after being told by a friend to find a local place that does sugar waxing for a Brazilian. I went to Alta Spa nervous but Awura made me feel very comfortable. I will not go anywhere else for waxing! The sugar wax is great because it lasts longer than normal waxing by 1.5-2 weeks and my hair grows back softer and slower. I also got a great pair of earrings while there. I highly recommend if you want a great quality sugar wax!
Don't go here if you want to relax! – I received a gift certificate for a massage here and it was less than enjoyable. The person who did the massage seemed like she didn't know what she was doing. There is clutter all over the place in there. They definitely should NOT have Spa in their name. When I think of a Spa I think relaxing, this was not relaxing. When I was getting my massage her CD skipped and she made the comment "well, at least my phone didn't go off" Wouldnt you think that you would shut your phone off?! Defintely won't be going back there.
Enjoyable service at Alta Spa – I have been going to Alta Spa for a number of years. Awura Abena(the owner) is wonderful. She makes you feel right at home. She has provided me with lively conversation, gourmet coffee and even food from her country (Ghana) while I received my wave nouveau. I always have a great time when I go there and come away with a great perm and hairdo.
Private and Relaxing – If you are looking for a private session, Alta Spa is the place for you. Awura Abena is the owner and service provider, very pleasant and gives her best to the job. I visited this place after two years and I have seen that Abena downsized the place by closing the upstairs rooms, but the attention to customers' convenience and quality is the same, it is very good. I went to the spa for a regular facial after a long time. the service went beyond what I paid for -- she also extracted blackheads and gave me a special hydrating treatment. I am definitely going back to this place and appreciate the extra step she takes to please her clients.
ALTA SPA OFFERS SPLENDID SERVICE AND RESULTS – I have been extremely well pleased with every element of service offered at Alta Spa. Awura Abena, the owner, is pleasant and thoughtful and the ambience is very charming and welcoming. Today was my fifth visit to have my hair trimmed and once again I was delighted with the results. My hair is an odd mx of coarse and curly, with an area that is soft, and it requires close attention to cut into the waves and bring out the best in it. Most hairdressers give up on my hair, and actually only here do I receive the appropriate and intelligent assessment of what is needed and then see it done. This is consistently the case.
The Spa itself is located conveniently near the cross section of Aurora Street and The Commons, with restaurants, cafes, and galleries nearby, so any time before or after an appointment can be enjoyed. I wholeheartedly recommend the Alta Spa.
LOVE ALTA SPA! – I am so totally satisfied with the service of Alta Spa...after going between Elmira, and Ithaca;I am so pleased that I found them or may I should say that they found me.I am a black woman;however I don't have "black hair"and after yrs of disappointed hair places,and stylists;Alta Spa made both me,and my caucasian partner feel very welcomed and comfortable...(my partner is a black woman trapped inside a white woman's body) I'm talking about the soul,and both the owner,and the environment has a caring;attentive soul. I was so against getting highlights in my hair when I first went there,and you should see me now! Hair popping colorful;fun hair,and I actually like it ...ALOT! The owner took her time,and payed attention to detail,and treated my hair like a work of art.She may be "a one woman show"however she is still fully capable of being responsible,and giving her clients the attention they so well deserve! They are conveniently located on the commons which offer a wide variety of shops,and restaurants for your shopping,and dinning pleasure.The gentleman that performs the massages is totally awesome....he has a magical;healing touch as well as a calm demeanor,and does not make me uncomfortable in the least! Some say that the service is to spendy ;however by comparison you pretty much get what you would with the competition;except maybe with Alta Spa you also get a good conversation,and sometimes a good laugh,and with the world being in so much turmoil, a good laugh is good for all of us. Opinions vary...as do people,hairstyles, taste,and expectations.Variety is the spice of life,and if you want to spice up yours, then you owe it to yourself to treat yourself, or someone you love to ALTA SPA!
best place to relax – I have been going to Alta Spa since I moved to Ithaca two years ago. The shop is full of really beautiful interesting clothing, jewelery, pocketbooks and beauty products and the owner is very knowledgeable about hair and skin care.
In this age of discount/express services, Alta Spa individualizes services to meet clients needs and personal preferences.They take the time and make the effort to get to know their clients and give personal attention.
The energy is very calm and inviting. When I have had a challenging week, I make an appointment at Alta Spa to refuel and be pampered.
One of the aspects i enjoy the most is the fact that the same person performs multiple services. It is not an 'assembly line' type of place where one is passed around from station to station in an impersonal way. When i go in for a hair cut and color, i am with the same practitioner the entire time from shampoo to color to hair cut. The conversation and connection made possible in this way is as wonderful as the procedure being done.
I would recommend this place to discerning customers who are looking for quality services in a unique environment.
Not worth your time – I went to Alta Spa to have a massage and a manicure with a friend. The staff are lovely and they did a good job, but the place is an absolute dump.
For the manicures we were stuck in this tiny room next to a hair basin. There wasn't even enough room for both of us so I stood by the door so I could chat with my friend. No massage chairs, only a basin to put your feet in. I felt like I was in someone's home.
This place is way too expensive for what you get.
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