Raleigh >Beauty > Alter Ego
119 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.778310 -78.637340
Well, I truly tried to like this place. I really hoped I would. Everyone is delightful and very friendly, the space is in a great location, and it has a very cool vibe. Unfortunately, the results were just not there.
Now, it would be easy to criticize after one visit. Instead, I hung in there for a second visit. I gave it two haircuts over 4-5 weeks. Neither one was what I wanted. I will say, the first was at least in the ballpark and I figured after it grew out a bit and having the same stylist again, maybe a connection would be made. Unfortunately, this one was simply awful! I wear a classic, men's tailored haircut. A simple concept; tapered short on the sides and back, longer on the top (3-4 inches), parted at the side. I thought this time we could advance and get closer to what I wanted. Instead of a taper, the sides and back were clippered all the way to the top, one length. That is by no means tapered. I typically ask for scissor over comb to do the sides and back, here I got either a lot of thinning shear or clippers. Neither produced a good result. I wanted no loss of length on the top, just a bit of texturing. Instead, lots of thinning, no point cutting and now I have a bit of a weight line on the sides and no blend. The crown was butchered, way too short and may be weeks before it will lay down again. Not to mention the pronounced break in the back that looks like something I would have expected from Super-Cuts.
I can understand not every stylist may have the skills for certain things. In that case, I recommend passing on the experimentation and forwarding on the client to someone that can do justice to what they want.
Again, lovely people (including my stylist here who is so very nice), but the results were what I would expect from a $10 chop shop. It is so incredibly hard to find someone that can do a good men's haircut in this city. The quest continues to find someone that understands that there is something between a buzz cut and some silly, ultra trendy looks. When did "classic" become outdated? I really wanted the search to be over. Time to start over.
Today was my first time to Alter EGO. I have a short curly asymmetrical bob and it hadgrown out. Like most people, I'm very particular about where I get me hair cut. This place had quite a few good reviews. Soooo, I went and I saw Anna. She was GREAT!! She did an absolutely fantastic job! She listened to exactly what I wanted and asked questions throughout the haircut to make sure I felt good about how it was shaping up. She's awesome and so was the studio and the rest of its staff. I will definitely be going back!!
I have thin, straight hair that need a perfect cut to look good. Thanks to Shawna Causey my hair seems fuller and healthier. She is a great stylist! Very attentive, she mastered cutting skills and understanding of hair types and their limitations. She listens, advising rather than imposing her own vision. I enjoyed talking to her too. And the atmosphere at Alter Ego was fantastic. I liked my overall experience so much that the following day I cam back for pedicure with Vivian Ellis. She is gentle and precise. That might have been my best pedicure ever! I highly recommend this place for both your hair and nails.
I have been on the search for a new stylist after the one I had been going to moved. I had tried a couple of places and the cuts were horrible. At the last place I came out looking like I had a mushroom on my head. I was looking on line at some reviews and Alter Ego kept popping up so I clicked on the site. The reviews were good and it appeared the prices were reasonable. Being able to book online was GREAT and super easy.
I showed up Saturday for my appt. It took me a little bit to find the building and I will admit I was super nervous. Not just about my hair but because this place is super trendy and I am anything but. The girl at the front desk happily greeted me when I stepped off the elevator and grabbed me a cup of coffee before taking me over to the seating area. I wasn't there long before Anna my stylist came to get me. I immediately adored Anna. She is sweet and knowledgeable and took the time to listen to what I wanted and she gave some great suggestions as to what would work well with my face.
The cut and style were excellent and I looked like a million bucks when I got up from the chair and for once I felt a little “trendy”.
I can’t say enough good things about this place. It is a great ultra hip salon with super friendly knowledgeable people. Everyone I saw going from there looked GREAT! Visit today…ask for Anna you won’t be disappointed.
Meghann Holland's Craft – Two months ago my hair was well below my shoulders and relatively blonde. I had never colored it before. One day, while downtown, I decided to check out Alter Ego for a brow wax and maybe a consultation. I was introduced to Meghann Holland who greeted me with sincerity and professionalism. I was curious about a drastic cut and color, I told her. She made room in her schedule to consult me after the brow wax.
I decided to go for it: a chin length, textured cut and a nearly chocolate color. Upon arriving for my cut and color (about a week after the initial consultation), I unloaded about five different pictures on Meghann. Each was a different beast entirely, but I wanted some sort of hybrid haircut. Meghann listened intently, worked with me on what it would take to execute the ideal cut, and even taped the pictures up at her work station for reference. She knew I was nervous about both the cut and the color. But she has a special, exceptional quality lacking in most stylists. She truly works to bridge the gap between her client's ideal style and her own interpretation of pictures or vague descriptions.
Meghann worked with precision, patience, and creativity. The end result was exactly what I was looking for. Not a day went by since that first cut without compliments, from those who know me or complete strangers.
The cut grew out and it was time for a trim and color. I, of course, went back to Meghann. This time I wanted to go for a darker brown, and to shorten the cut in the back and bang areas. No pictures needed, I explained what I was going for and she nailed it. I probably received 10 or more compliments from strangers today. Such as: "I love your hair! Who does it?", "That is a gorgeous haircut!", and the like. I have never enjoyed a haircut more than these two. Meghann puts soul into her work. I even sent my mom to Meghann!
Outstanding color, cut, experience – I love Alter Ego! From the moment you arrive, you are treated with respect and made to feel welcomed. I have been there three times in three months, and have always had an excellent experience. Meghann Holland (Meggs) is my Alter Ego stylist. Her professionalism, talent, creativity and the the quality of care and service she has given me as her client has been consistently amazing every time. She consults with you. She listens, she makes suggestions, and she works with you to see that you not only get the cut, color, styling you want, but also what she honestly believes will work best for you. If you want an amazingly good cut, excellent color, and a stylist that you can relate to, see Meggs.
Real Professional and a consistent experience – I have been there several times. They give a solid cut and style and the conversation is good too. The price is high but you get what you pay for.
Bad Hair Coloring, Even Worse Customer Service – My girlfriend had the WORST salon experience ever at Alter Ego Raleigh!!! Not only do they lack coloring skills but she had never been treated so rudely by a salon manager, Stephen Ridolfi, and owner Dana Hunter or by any business for that matter. She wanted strawberry blonde hair blonde highlights and brought a picture of how she wanted to look. The stylist consulted with the manager, Stephen Ridolfi, and he explained what she should do. After processing, it came out a dark, dark brown with no highlights. Stephen was very condescending and told her that after a few washes it would be the color she wanted. She wasn't pleased and wasn't leaving until it was right. He then instructed Hannah again on how to fix the color, but was extremely rude to me the entire time. After my second process it looked exactly the same
Great cut! Awesome salon! – This was my first time at Alter Ego, and I was extremely pleased! It had a great, relaxed atmosphere, and I felt very comfortable.
I saw Meghann Holland and she did a FANTASTIC job! She asked me lots of questions before she started to make sure she knew exactly what I was looking for, and even offered up friendly suggestions, and explained her reasoning behind the suggestions. I have very thick hair and it can be a lot to deal with and it makes me nervous to have others work on it. She handled it with care and did an amazing job. Everyone loves it, and has been complimenting me all day :)
If you want a great, professional stylist and a fresh look, then go see Meghann! You won't be disappointed.
I wouldn't go anywhere else but Alter Ego in Raleigh – I have had my hair cut twice at Alter Ego, both times by Dana, and both times I was extremely pleased with the results.
She cut my hair so that now, more than a month after my last cut, it's still fairly easy to style.
During the cut, she kept her focus on my hair rather than conversation. For me that's a big plus.
She was friendly and professional, and I will be loyal as long as I'm in Raleigh.
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