Houston >Beauty > The Upper Hand River Oaks
1905 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.742758 -95.407410
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
The Upper Hand is one of Houston's most respected hair salons. In addition to being one of Kerastase's Houston treatment centers, The Upper Hand has also been selected as one Shu Uemura's ultra elite Art of Hair salons. The Upper Hand features numerous New York trained hair stylists and has been showcased in national publications, news segments and on the radio. Most recently, you may have seen some of our hair stylists performing magical make overs on the CBS morning show Great Day Houston. So whether you are looking for a blow out to die for....or simply looking to experience world class products like Kerastase, Shu Uemura, Jane Iredale or Jan Marini....give us a call today...and see for yourself what everybody in Houston is talking about!
Kristin Fariss at Upper Hand – Kristin has been cutting and coloring my hair since we moved to Houston several years ago. She has always done an exemplary job styling my fine, hard to manage hair. She is also very personable, and we always have great conversations. I look great when I leave the salon. I only wish I could bring her home with me to do my hair every day!
I have followed Kristin from one salon to another, and I really enjoy the ambiance and professionalism of the Upper Hand. It is a dynamic place, and I feel like I'm on the cutting edge when I'm there. They seem to do equally well with trendy young fashionistas and with regular clients like me!
Upper Hand - Balony! – We flew to Houston from LA to attend a wedding and heard that the "Upper Hand" was a top Houston salon. I spent about $300 to have both my daughter and my hair and make up done. It was SO NOT WORTH it! My stylist was rude and inexperienced, they switched me to another stylist and it wasn't much better (at least she was pleasant) but my hair looked awful. It was so disappointing to have spent so much money to attend the wedding and then not be able to look good for the wedding. I would not recommend this salon to anyone. I was very very disappointed. When I look at the pictures afterward they confirm what a bad job it was. So Sad:) Avoid this place
Lives up to their name; ask for Mikey! – I've always been a bit skittish about going to salons; from uppity receptionists to pushy stylists, my original intentions get lost in the mix! Upon my sister's insistence, I figured I'd give this place a try. I called, and the man on the phone asked me some pretty in depth questions, because he "wants to send me to the best stylist for me".
Once I FINALLY got a parking spot, I went in and was greeted, offered drink, etc. Mikey, the stylist, consulted with me, and did a full head of foils, then cut. It looked amazing! My blonde looks so natural, and Mikey was such a sweetheart! Everyone I spoke with was nice, and the salon had a cool vibe that made me feel relaxed. Now I know why they're called The Upper Hand, cause they've got it!
Bad receptionist – I got yelled at when I called to make an appointment. Perhaps my accent was too foreign pissed the person off. Do note I am a professor at a top 10 US university with teaching awards from undergraduates so clearly my accent is not a problem.
There is no excuse to bark at people when they call to make an appointment. It was not the end of the day. It was a nice weekend morning. So likely either this person had a bad night or was simply annoyed with a non-US accent. I will never go to this place because I know if they treat me this way on the phone when it cannot be any better in person. Clearly they need a new, more pleasant person, to pick up the phone or they will lose all clientele.
Favorite Salon by far! – Since the very first time Ashley cut and colored my hair two years ago, I have never had my hair touched by anyone but her. I just let her do her thing, whatever she thinks will look best, and trust that it looks good. Every time has always been an excellent result, my hair always looks flattering and healthy. I love getting my hair done, I get to relax and feel pampered with a glass of wine and leave the salon feeling new and confident. Trust her, she'll take good care of you, I promise!
Best hair color – I dediced to try a new stylist so I went to one I had seen on a "Mirror, Mirror" segment. I found a colorist that colors my hair exactly like I want it. Ashley at the Upper Hand does a real good job and is very thorough. She took into account my skin tone and put lots of hilights to bring lots of dimension to my hair. I get lots of compliments about my hair. I am picky about my hair so I am tickled to have found this styist at this salon.
Next time I go to Ashley, I am getting a cut as well as color. Can't wait.
Ashley is my hair Guru!!!!! – I have gone to the Upper Hand-River Oaks a few months ago and needed color and a cut. I went to Ashley because a co-worker recommended her, and she gave me the best high lights (and Low lights) I have ever seen. My haircut was so pretty and easy to maintain. (I love that). Any way I have been back to her several times since that first day. If I don't know what I want she will suggest something. She does great color.
At least once a week I have someone stop to look at my hair and ask where I go. I guess I need to get cards from Ashley to pass out to people.
Anyway, she is my Guru.....
Love Love LOVE Laura Harris at Upper Hand River Oaks – I first went to Laura about 3 years ago when I was recommended to her old salon by a friend. I got an appointment with Laura by chance since I didn't know any of the stylists and I'm so happy that I did. She was so patient and helpful when I had no idea what I wanted done with my hair. All I knew when I went into the salon was that I wanted my hair lighter. I was pretty nervous because I have very curly hair and I've had the worst experience with getting my hair done, but I left so so happy. Laura started me off with very little color change just so I could get used to the lighter color and see what I thought of it. I think she could tell I was nervous! I've gradually gone blonder and I've always been more than happy with Laura's work.
She really knows what she is doing and I recommend everyone I know to her. When she moved to The Upper Hand, I of course followed her there. I hope she never stops doing hair, because I don't want to see anyone else. She is always so nice and patient when I can't decide if I want to change my hair color and she gives me her opinion on whether it would suit me.
I brought my sister to one appointment a couple months ago so she could meet Laura. Laura was so nice and helpful. She sat my sister down after she finished my color and gave her some ideas for short haircuts. My sister scheduled an appointment with Laura that day.
I cannot say enough good things about Laura Harris and The Upper Hand. The salon staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is great. Laura is fantastic. She really knows what fits a person best and she is great about letting me know if I want something that wouldn't necessarily work. I wouldn't go to anyone else and I recommend everyone go to Laura!
Disasterous highlights – Went to Ashley because she was recommended by my good friend. Asked for no red in my blonde highlights and she used toner during shampoo...toner is not what I expected. The color is totally not what I wanted. Too blonde and solid looking. The lowlights do not look like my hair color and are on the red side. I would not recommend or use this salon again. Now I have dark roots showing and look like I color my hair instead of the natural look I was used to. Do not go here.
Thank you Laura for 10 years of great hair! – I have been going to Laura Harris for 10 years and I love her!! I have had nothing but great hair over the years and even commute from Katy just to see her! I get compliments on my hair the day I get it cut and the week BEFORE I get it cut again. Many of my friends have started to go to her as well. She cuts it in a way that it always grows out well and she is a master colorist. She is always "in the know" with the current trends. She is very honest with me about what will look good with my face. Most of the time, I just sit in her chair and let her do her thing (I mean, she is the expert)! I whole-heartedly recommend her and The Upper Hand.
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