Austin >Beauty > Jackson Ruiz Salon
500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 78703-526430.270743 -97.754824
Jackson Ruiz is incredible. Be sure to ask for Judy. – I've been going to Jackson Ruiz for nearly 10 years now and even though they are expensive, it's worth it to me because I feel like I'm getting the most for my money there.
All the perks of this high-end salon are nice, like the complimentary wine and hand massages, but they are only icing on the cake because the real treat is the quality of the work. Judy Im (the tiny Korean girl) is one of the best hair stylists in the country and will cut your hair and treat you like you are one of the many celebrities that are on her clientele list.
Go there, ask for Judy and be very satisfied.
Best Hair Colorists in Austin! – Anytime you want great hair color -- go to Jackson-Ruiz downtown and ask for Ms. Todd Strozier or Melissa Hilsabeck. They're both expert with color, making sure everything is perfect. Also, they're both extremely personable. They make you feel like you're the only client they have that day (which, of course, is not the case). Todd's and Melissa's service and expertise are why I keep going back to J-R, year after year!
Wonderful Salon – I recently moved to the salon when my stylist Willie changed from JR salon up north. I was worried that it might be too expensive based o the location, but the no-tip policy really makes it reasonable and the quality of the space, the experience, and especially Willie's work is unbeatable!
I highly recommend this salon and look forward to my next trip.
Mercedes is a ROCKSTAR! – I have lived in Austin my whole life and bounced around with different salons over time - until last year (2008), when Mercedes cut my hair. My first appointment was great. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted, but gave her some pointers on what I thought I was looking for - ever since then NO ONE will cut my hair but her. In fact, I recently moved to Dallas for a job and I still drive back to Austin to get my haircut by Mercedes - which is great because she works weekends too! Yes, sounds a little ridiculous to drive 3.5 hours for a haircut, but she is THAT GOOD. I understand some of the other complaints up here about the other staff, or perhaps the rushed experience - that may be true and I just don't notice it - but even if I did, I promise I would still go there, because Mercedes is a miracle worker and I have loved every haircut she has done for me.
Terrible Attitudes From Staff. Rushed! – I was completely shocked by the cold, rude, & hasty way I was treated. When spending $250 for a cut & color, I expect some nice service. I was treated like a number, not a person; I observed as other clients were treated the same way. I was shuffled between 3 different stylists. The girl who I paid to have my appointment with put my highlights in & that was the last I saw of her. She didn't even see the end result. It was evident that the staff just wanted to rush through to the next client & fit in as many as they could. Worst service I have ever had.
go see Mercedes at Jackson Ruiz – I was referred to MERCEDES at Jackson Ruiz by a friend who always has the cutest haircut. I brought in a photograph of the cut I wanted- she took one look and the photo, one look at me and knew exactly what to do. I am so happy with my cut and will be a lifetime client. Mercedes is a lovely, charming young woman, extremely gifted at her craft and has excellent bedside manners. I highly recommend her and commend the entire staff for their genuine dedication to providing excellent service.
Bad Attitudes and Poor Service – I have visited this salon several times before and everyone has always been friendly for the most part. About a week ago I went to have someone do my hair for graduation and it was hands down one of the worst experiences I have had in Austin. My stylist basically rushed me out of the shampoo bowl and the end product looked terrible. She told her manager and he was rude himself. He basically told me I was confused about why I didn't like my hair and told me that she had done what I requested to have done when I called in. AND? Anyone could say that for any job. Just because you do what is asked does not mean it's quality work. I was shocked at the level of disrespect and am incredibly disappointed. I have told my friends in the law school to no longer frequent this place even to buy products. I certainly will not be doing business with them again.
BAD Choice for Wedding!! – I live in Brooklyn and got married in Austin in late May 2009. I had heard great things about Jackson Ruiz and wanted them to do my hair for my wedding, which was at noon on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. During a trip to Austin in January, I went to the salon and scheduled an appoinment at 8 a.m. the day I was getting married. Initially, the staff was great--they were opening the salon early for me, given my noon wedding.
About a week and a half before my wedding, I was calling all of my appointments to confirm the time, and the stylist who was scheduled to do my hair no longer worked there. No one had called me at all about this until I reached out to them first!!
Over the next few days, I spoke with three different people at Jackson Ruiz, and each said that they would get back to me the next day if anyone would be interested in taking my appointment. I didn't hear back from anyone at all until 3 days before my wedding. Yes, that's right, three days before my wedding! The person who finally called me back left a message saying that they had found someone to do my hair. It was pretty clear in the message that he was irritated by the situation, and felt put out by it. I called back and left a message with someone else at the salon to say that I had found someone else do my hair. But at 8:15 a.m. during the day at my wedding, I got another call from Jackson Ruiz asking where I was, because they were there, waiting for me to arrive. Again, the attitude was pretty rude, and I had already called to say that their services were no longer needed!
That said, I found a great person on short notice to do my hair, and she came to my house and everything! Her name is Jessica, and she works at Bella Salon, down the street from Jackson Ruiz. I HIGHLY recommend her and the friendly staff at Bella. They really saved the day after all of this happened. Thanks, Jessica!!!
Great Place!!! – Got a great color and cut with Melissa and Bianca. The experience was great, love the wine and the atmosphere. I got the best hand massage and mini facial in the shampoo room. The experience was well worth the price.
LOVE LOVE JACKSON RUIZ SALON
Bad experience – Ok so I've had my hair colored here and then my hair cut here. The first experience with the coloring deserved a 3 BUT I had to give it a 1 because whoever cut my hair was a total B. She told me the reason my hair was so dry was because I use grocery store coloring and to her surprise/ embarrassment I quipped back "Well that's funny because the last night I dyed my hair it was here." I guess that goes to show you how "Great" their products are. She thinned my hair even though I asked her not to... it was horrible. Like I said expensive and I'm glad they don't let you tip because I didn't want to give her a dime more.
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