423 4th St SW Ste C, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8710235.080937 -106.652427
Fabulous place and hair! – I have been away from home (Nashville) for the past several months and desperately needed a haircut, but was wary of new stylists in a different city.....heck I am wary of new stylists period. I read the recommendations on city search and decided to give Heart and Soul a try. When I called to make an appointment, the person receiving the call was super friendly, and actually went to the lengths of asking me about my hair type and what I wanted in order to match me to a stylist. I had not had that happen before. When I got there, I was impressed by both the ample parking and the great feel of the building. Open and modern, it felt comfortable and hip without being pretentious or stuffy. I also feel good about a salon when I walk in and like the hair of all the stylists I see. No overblown overbleached, oversprayed or big hairdos in here. Atalie was my stylist and she was great. I really just had a very very general idea of what I wanted and wanted someone to be able to tell me what was realistic and would look good with my hair (which is long and fine). Atalie did so, and I am so pleased with the results. Actually happier than I have been with a haircut in some time. I have never reviewed anything on citysearch before, but I figured since I found the place here, I would pay back the favor! I guess I will have to be visiting Albuquerque more often!
Albuquerque's biggest secret – After years of frequenting the more talked-about "popular" hair salons in Albuquerque like Mark Pardo (worst experience of my life), Chez'Dor (the absolute SNOBBIEST staff I have ever encountered), and La Bella (are these people even licensed??), I stumbled across a Heart & Soul advertisement in the Alibi. The mention of the fact that they use Bumble & bumble products is what first caught my eye (I lived in New York for several years and became addicted to Bumble & bumble and was disappointed when I moved to Albuquerque and found it so hard to find). I decided to give Heart & Soul a try joking to myself that it really could not get much worse. When I walked into the salon the day of my appointment, I was absolutely blown away. What was a place like this doing in Albuquerque?? The lofty feeling and modern clean lines made me feel like I was in NYC again. Their space is so amazingly beautiful. Whoever did their interior design deserves an award. The dark concrete floors and black leather sofas are so seductive and when you add the mirrors and blowdryers suspended from 20+ ft. ceilings, it is stunning. The staff was so genuinely friendly which is so far from anything else I have experienced in an Albuquerque salon. I think 2 people BESIDES the receptionist and my stylist said hello to me during my hour-long visit. After about a 2 min. wait, I was introduced to David who greeted me with such a warm smile, I immediately felt like I was in good hands. We discussed-at length-what I wanted to do with my hair & after we both felt like he had a very good understanding of what I wanted, it was off to the shampoo bowls for a great shampoo followed by a fantastic haircut. I have been back to David several times for both highlights & cuts & have always encountered the same friendly, welcoming environment accompanied by a wonderful service. Before Heart & Soul, I didn't know if it was possible for a beautiful, upscale salon to offer such friendly service.
Fresh, modern, and maybe even "cutting edge" (no pun intended) :) – I recently visited Heart & Soul after a recommendation from a friend to see Jill. The atmosphere of the salon is relaxed, open, and airy, with loads of natural light (which is important if you are having your hair colored). I was greeted immediately upon entering with friendly, welcoming faces and I only had to wait 1-2 minutes. The salon staff was hip without being snobby, knowledgeable without being condescending, and everyone I encountered was sincerely kind. Jill is an awesome stylist - I grabbed a bunch of extra business cards for her, knowing that I would be asked where I got my hair cut (twice now within a week of seeing her). She is super sweet and funny, and she spent a lot of time with me and really paid attention to what I wanted - and we discussed in detail what was possible with my hair (I think most of us have unrealistic expectations of both our hair and our stylist). There was never any sales pressure and I never felt rushed. I walked out with a fresh and stylish look that I absolutely love - this is the best haircut that I have ever gotten in ABQ! I highly recommend Heart & Soul - especially Jill.
Love My Stylist – I followed Jill to Heart and Soul Salon, from her former gig at an annoying salon over on Central Avenue. I love her new place. Heart & Soul is fairly minimalistic. It has black concrete floors, large plate glass windows and white walls. The space is open and the lighting natural - lots of sunshine pouring in. The music (thank goodness) is not loud or too "busy". The atmosphere is not Zen-like or very serene - my husband and I both got cuts their on a Saturday - so it was busy. However, it is a refreshing change from "frou frou" salons in town or worse, salons so filled with their own self importance, that they are pretentious and uncomfortable. We both had to wait for Jill - something I'd never had to do before when she was at her old place - so hopefully H&S will get the scheduling thing down pat for our next visit.
But, she gives great cuts - they grow out beautifully. Be firm about what you want. I suspect that Heart and Soul prides themselves on artistic concept hair....and will give what looks great, but may not be exactly what you had in mind.
The downside: no website, that I can find. Truly, having no site is damaging to their business.
fantastic hair – I found this salon to be a refreshing change from the brass and glass ,flower and mauve salons found in Albuquerque, the salons decor is fresh ,open , and inviting.The energy in the space was great and alive.
The staff was very nice, a great selection of magazines while I waited. (the boss seemed a bit worked up about something,however very nice and accommodating to my needs and comfort.)A hip looking crew of stylist I wasn't affraid of walking out looking like my mom.
Mario gave me a GREAT haircut and high light very current without being freaky and it seems to hold its shape longer than most of my cuts in the past.
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