I have been attending Spank for about a year, I loved Randee and Jamison. However both had left Spank and I had one of their new stylist. So then I didn't quite get what I wanted/pictured it to be.
So I returned and asked Mitch to take over, redo my style (he said he would for no charge) and we discussed ideas then he got really creative with what's it called, a graduated bob. I loved it, I wouldn't have asked for anything else!
Spank does whatever it takes to make their customer happy; you have my word.
I have been going to Spank since they opened many, many years ago. They are professional and experienced and I wouldn't trust my head of hair with anyone else. The atmosphere is unlike any other place, just relaxing. It's like you are visiting a good friend when you go to get your haircut. Spank is everything I want in a salon...and more.
Pros: Experienced hairdressers, great atmosphere
I haven't had a haircut in a long, long time. So I brought my shaggy, grown out mess into Spank, and Jamison listened to my ideas, put in a few of his own, and I came out with a fantastic haircut. I have a lot of hair, and it's fluffy. He knew just what to do with my hair type, and I couldn't be more pleased.
Pros: Nice place, nice people
Cons: Hmmmm. Nothing comes to mind
WOW!!! This salon is amazing. I have extremly curly hair and have been getting the japanese straightening done for over a year now and have been to serval salons, and i have to say that this one is the best ever!! Mitch and nicole we so much fun and so nice and did such an awesome job on my hair. I have never had my hair so straight and so silky smooth.. my hair looks amazingly shiny you would never be able to tell that i had just had my hair cemicaly processed. And best yet the price was deffinatly reasonable. I paid less here then any salon and am the happiest i have ever been with this process. Thanks guys you rock!
Pros: best japanese hair straightening ever!!
My first 2 attempts at dreadlocks failed miserably, but Nicole knew exactly what she was doing and I couldn't be happier with how they look. The salon is nice, the people are cool, and the animals are friendly.
Pros: atmosphere, people
I love this hair salon. I have lived in Portland for four years and JUST found a salon I can be a repeat client in and feel 100% comfortable. Nicole Bacon cuts and colors my hair, she is fantastic. I get at least 3 compliments on my hair a day. I work with the public so it feels great to know I am "presentable". Not only is it great having Nicole as my stylist but all the stylist at Spank make you feel welcome. I have become friends with the staff and really enjoy my experience's at the salon.
Pros: attention to detail
Mitch and his team can't go wrong. Great relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel like you're getting your hair cut in your living room with friends. Highly recommend spending time letting him give you ideas.
Pros: Color, Cut, Atmosphere
Cons: None At All
Mitch and Randee are both really great. Mitch gave me the best cut and color, I've sent several friends to them already. He hears what you want, offers good suggestions. I'm bad at getting cuts in a timely manner and Mitch always gives me something that I can live with and let grow out. Randee is really sweet and does a great job as well. Good team. Highly recommend them as a great place to go!
Pros: Friendly, affordable, comfortable
Mitch is a master with the blades. He can master almost any cut and always makes you the right color. He's concerned about quality and "spanking" the ugly out!! The Salon is comfortable and friendly and relaxing to be in. I've recommended a couple of friends here and they've all been happy. You can't go wrong!!
Pros: price, environment, smiles, quality
Turned my hair blue/orange, and cut completely not what i asked for. when the tried to fix it (by scrubbing my hair with chemicals) and the blue still would not come out, the owner came over to suggest that the problem was because there must have been a miscommunication! while she was scrubbing my hair. the rest of the time, he ignored me. DO NOT GO TO THIS SALON-- you've been warned.
Jamison has saved me once again!!! He is a god when it comes to hair styles and cuts. I absolutely love SPANK and their salon is so inviting and warm. Super location and great atmosphere. I'm so happy with my "Rihanna" look.....(no black eyes included), all jokes aside these guys at Spank know their @#&* and you will feel like a million bucks after your visit. This place is a keeper and I'd put Jamison in my pocket if he'd let me!
Pros: knowledge, passion, technique
Cons: What are the drawbacks?
I recently went to Spank for the second time for a style. Randy gave me a pretty good cut the first time, but when I returned again, I left with a haircut -- with little "style" -- that I could have gotten at any shop in town, without the scalp massage. In addition, both times I was there, I had to sit through gossip sessions by both male stylists. The first time, the intern sat in the chair next to me and went on and on about clients and Bishops, and blah blah blah. The second time, as he styled someone else's hair and I sat in the chair next to him with Randy, Mitch, the owner, went on and on about a client who had just called on the phone, what a pain she was and blah blah blah. The level of unprofessionalism startled me. I will not be returning.
this hair studio is just great! I've been going there for a couple of years now. it is decorated beautifully and the staff is wonderful. i've had my hair done by Randy and Mitch and have been very pleased by the results. I would highly recommend this place to anyone, whether you want something funky or conservative you just can't go wrong!
Pros: parking, service, walk-ins, ambience
I get my hair cut and colored here because Randee gives me the style I want everytime. I've been blonde, auburn, and dark brown and Randee made it gorgeous everytime. The atmosphere is easy and relaxed just like Alberta St. Unlike another salon on the same street, you don't have to put up with hipster attitude and practiced apathy. Mitch and Randee take their profession serious and it shows. They listen and try to give you a haircut you want, not just a passing fad. It's always fun here. They are open late so I don't have to miss work even for a cut and color. Everytime I've been there is a diverse group of people and geniune conversation. You shoudl try Spank.
Pros: Randee is an amazing stylist
Cons: Don't go on last Thursday, no parking and too much traffic
I had so much fun and was extremely satisfied when I went to see Tracy at SPANK hair studio. If you have dreads and you want a break from trying to weave in all those lazy flyaway strands, Tracy's your girl! She uses a crochet, not a bunch of product. She had dreads for 6 years so she'll give you tips and just chit-chat with you. And her price is outstandingly du-able- it is by far the most inexpensive well-priced service for cleaning up locks that I have seen yet- (and I did my research before making the appt.) She actually takes into account that you will be sitting in her chair for a couple hours, so she makes herself fun and easy to hang with, while having a price that doesn't make you sweat each time the hour passes. So if you want dreads or if you want to clean them up - Please go see TRACY at SPANK she rocks- you won't find a better deal in town!
Pros: well priced, relaxing, a non-smelly salon, nice staff
Cons: not a lot of people know about Tracy and her dreadlock abilities
after months of soul searching, and with the support of my husband, i decided to get dreadlocks.
i called 5 different hair salons to find some one who knew how to do dreadlocks.
then i called spank.
tracy answered the phone right off the bat and was very friendly sounding. and when i asked about dreads she said that she was the one that did them. we talked about the dreads and i got some realy good info on the prossess and creation of dreads.
i set up an appointment for the next 2 days. the first day is a 3hr apointment, then next till it was done.
well its after day one and i can tell you that its going to look awsome, tracy deffently knows what she is doing, and she told me that she had actualy had dreads herself for 6yrs. and that she learned how to do them in thai land. and that made me feel realy at ease.
she was so efficiant that she was able to do half my head in the first apointment, and it looks neat. im sitting here at the keybord playing with them. they feel tight, yet soft, the stuff she put in the dreads was clay based insead of wax base. and it made the dreads feels realy nice and smell great and also looked realy even and well done.
if you want to get dreads and its your first time, go here. you wont be sorry.
Pros: the kitty named portland, traci, the abience, oh yea and the tin shead for thier awsome food.
Cons: no cons at all. very much worth the money
I have never had such great hair styles in my life. Mitch is the best stylist by far. Everytime I leave Spank I leave loving my hair and my new look. The atmosphere is very relaxed and comfy. As long as I live in Portland Mitch will be the only stylist to cut my hair.
Pros: Atmosphere and Pricing
Cons: There are no cons to this place.
I had a very nice stylist cut my hair. I brought in a picture of the katie holmes cut and I ended up w/ a fullet. I should have been more specific about what I wanted, but I don't think I'll come back.
Cons: Sytlists skill
I've been a client of Mitch's for the 2 1/2 years. Over that time he's given me the best, most stylish haircuts, and frosted my hair beautifully. So it was with a momentary brain lapse last month that I thought I could lighten my new super short, super chic hairdo on my own. DISASTER! My dark ash blonde hair turned this weird shade of orange. I tried 3 different color products on my hair in less than 24 hours and ended up with the odd, strawberry blonde-ish color that was strangely too close to my skin tone. I wanted to die!
I got the courage up to call Mitch the next day and confess my sins. He was able to fit me in a couple days later, staying late to fix my mess. I looks amazing! I went from this ugly color to this really HOT platinum blonde. I feel like I'm out of a fashion magazine! I will never stray again - Mitch rules my hair.
My bad hair got Spanked into shape. Thanks, Mitch, for being so amazing!
I'd followed my ex-stylist over to Spank about three years ago, where he promptly deserted me and wandered off into who knows where. It was like a divorce. A death. I hate it when I lose a good stylist. I follow them from Salon to Salon like a poor little imprinted chick. And when they are gone, I am totally adrift with visions of hair cut horrors from the past bringing me to my quivering knees.
Ah ha! My fickle ex, you led me unwittingly to Paradise. And Paradise is ruled by none other than the wizard of style, Mitch Briden, conjurer of styling perfection.
His Salon, Spank, is warm, clean, and inviting with the comfort of a friend's welcoming living room. Set yourself down in an overstuffed comfy chair, or recline on the equally comfy sofa while you wait. Browse through materials ranging from "high fashion" rags, to laugh out loud publications. And if you are very very lucky, Portland, Mr. macho meow resident cat, may deign to let you pet him.
I so look forward to an appointment with Mitch. I've even driven cross town at rush hour to make my Mitch date. And I have never never ever had anything but the most excellent cut and styling from him.
Here's to a warm, wonderful, top notch professional, and his professional staff.
Pros: Professonal, Welcoming, Good Listener. Excellent Stylist in a Comfortable atmosphere.
I received the best haircut I've ever had today! I have super thick, long, colored hair and I wanted to keep the length but get rid of the dead weight. I called for an appt. around noon and she got me in an hour later, on a busy Saturday during the Alberta Street Fair. I am normally fearful going to a new stylist as I have had some pretty botched jobs with layering. However, the moment I walked in I felt I was in good hands. Rachel is professional, personable and absolutely knows how to give a modern cut that is not over the top (for those more conservative types). I felt I could completely trust her, so when she asked if she could add more bangs, I left it entirely up to her and I am soooo glad I did. I love my cut. It fits my lifestyle (wash and go), it's modern, but not too out there (I'm a teacher). It's perfect. I highly recommend my NEW hairstylist, Rachel Warner.
Pros: The price is very reasonable for this very professional salon
Cons: If they have any, I didn't see it.
I have gone to Mitch several times since I moved to Portland this past winter and I love him and my haircuts and color! He knows hair, fashion and is very entertaining?what else can a girl ask for?
I am writing this review primarily to discuss Japanese Hair Straightening. I have very curly hair, naturally, and in the wet or humid climates, it is just unmanageable and unpredictable. Mitch does Japanese Hair Straightening and oh so well! My hair is not only straight and stylish now, but it is healthy, shiny and very easy to manage. I was in shock for days after because I could not believe the awesome difference. It has been almost a month now and I look and feel great!
I can either towel dry and get a slight kink, windblown look or I can spend 4 or 5 minutes running a straightener through it for a very sleek and straight, Jennifer Aniston sort of look. I can also roll out of bed and just go. Never could that happen before with my mess of a nest kind of hair.
One last thing?this isn?t just for those with curly hair. If you have hard to manage or hard to style straight or wavy hair, Japanese Hair Straightening can give you high quality hair that is easy to maintain. Don?t let the price fool you?what is your time worth every day for the next year of your life?
Pros: Great service, experienced staff, cozy atmosphere and Portland the cat for extra company
Two things: 1) I really enjoy visiting with Mitch as if I'm visiting with an old friend. He remembers you and genuinely cares. 2) He's just great with the hair. I'm a little too picky for someone with a boring boy's cut, but I have had some pretty rough cuts--one of the worst being at another pricey salon in the SE that shall remain nameless. He repaired that disaster several months ago and has been doing the do (the hair do) ever since. He's just great and like him, the place is very low key and unpretentious. Well worth the snip.
Pros: Great cut. Great guy. Great little cozy shop.
Cons: They're not open 24 hours (tho he'd probably try if you asked him!)
I'm a cheapskate, and I've had my short blonde hair vacuumed for $10 or less for over a decade. I treated myself to the only- a-bit pricier treat of a haircut at Spank. I'm so glad I did. Randee is fantastic, easy to talk to, totally trustworthy, and she makes me look like Tin Tin. What more can you ask for? I didn't know I could have style. Thank you, Randee, for giving me some. I'm a regular now, and couldn't be more pleased.
Spank is professional, EXTREMELY reasonably priced, and worth the trip.
If you want to look good, but don't know what to ask for, this is the place. Rachel took care of everything. She's the best!
Mitch was probably the 20th hair dresser I've gone to trying to find someone who could cut my "difficult" hair. No one was able to cut my hair so it looked good AFTER I took a shower and did it myself. But he was able to, for the first time in my life that I can remember, it's been 2 months, and I still love my cut. He is bold and creative (but was open to whatever I suggested) and I came away with an amazing cut that solicited many compliments. Never have so many people told me they liked my hair...how's that for a recommendation! I chose the place solely on the name, figuring anything with the word "Spank" in it, had to be a good time, and I was so right. Thank goodness my never ending quest for a hair stylist as finally come to an end.
Pros: Everything! And he's open late.
I have never had a stylist listen to everything I wanted done until I met Mitch at Spank! I live in Hillsboro and don't mind the extra drive out to visit with him as he has fixed my hair and I have always left happy!
Pros: professional, friendly, experienced, and comfortable
I tried other stylist and no one could give me the cut I wanted. I went to Mitch and he listened to the decription I had in mind. We talked the whole time he cut my hair and when he was finished....it was perfect. It was exactly what I had in mind. Mitch is wonderful, he cares about his customers and is very proud of his work. His studio is a place you can go sit on the couch and socialize. It is not just a hair cut......It is a hair experience.
Pros: The staff is friendly and fun, Mitch's work is amazing
Cons: None what so ever!
Hands down, Mitch is the best hair stylist I've ever had! And I'm ridiculously picky. (I once drove seven hours ONE WAY to have my hair cut again by the same person that had cut my hair on vacation.)
He gives you the cut you ask for, he does it gently and with personality, and he does it so well you don't have to go back even after it's grown out and out and out. Bonus: the studio space is gorgeous and comfortable, not sterile or crowded.
I've referred dozens of people to Mitch; you owe it to yourself to check him out. Especially if you've had a bad experience with a stylist ... he'll make you forget you ever didn't adore your hair! And him.
Pros: Fantastic stylist, in a great neighborhood (you can have dinner after!)
Cons: NONE, I'd drive from anywhere to have Mitch cut my hair.
Love Mitch! He's a great guy and does a great precision cut, which is really important if you have fine hair. I've been going there a little over a year. I had been trying to search for someone who had Vidal Sassoon training, but came up empty, as it is a strange search critieria. Reading reviews on Citysearch, I decided to try Spank. Turns out Mitch is a graduate of VS.
It is well worth the drive if you don't live in the Alberta District!
Pros: Great haircut, interesting location
Cons: Doesn't take American Express.
I went to Mitch SUPER gun shy after 2 bad hair cuts and he helped me grow put my (unwanted) mullet in time for my wedding and always gives me super sassy color! Go there - you won't be sorry and Portland, the kitty, is sweet and fun to hang out with while your color processes! I'll say it again - I HEART MITCH!!
Pros: Great Value, Great Hair , Great Atmosphere
Cons: None, Not Any, Zero
Tia is a godsend! She will listen to your hair woes and minutes later - you will be pleased to your heart's content. The atmosphere is cozy and they even have a super cute kittykat to play with while you wait. I HEART SPANK!
Pros: Tia, Kitty, very fair pricing
I managed to find my way to NE Alberta for my appointment with Tia. The beautiful salon was a warm welcome promptly followed by an even warmer welcome from Tia. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my hair. We talked and she went to work.
I have never enjoyed my hair so much. The layering and choice of cut are so perfect! The products she used were great and I ended up buying some to take home - such a great decision! The items she recommended make my fine hair actually look like it has come thickness and body.
Overall, I walked out of the salon a new woman and I highly recommend this experience to anyone and everyone!
Pros: Warmth, Fun Atmosphere, Expertise
I've been seeing Mitch at SPANK since he opened in 2004-- I lived on Alberta then, now I travel from much further away. My every experience there has been amazing. The space (a cool older old house with great architectural detail and Mitch's flair apparent) is a delight, and Mitch is a true professional. I've seen "Chainsaw Mary's" work, and it's incredible, but I haven't been inspired yet to do a dreadperm. Perhaps in time! Mitch has always encouraged me to experiment with changes, subtle to drastic, and I've loved the results every time.
You aren't going to find value and experience like this on NW Trendy-Third, but you will get a great consultation with a stylist who can help you figure out what you want and make it happen. Enjoy! -Amy
Pros: Reasonably priced, Exceptional talent, Fun/casual atmosphere
Cons: No cons!
My experiance at Spank has been nothing but wonderful. The location is excellent, the facility is gorgeous, Mitch is an artist with my hair and I haven't had a hair stylist nearly this good in all my life. They go out of their way to make you comfortable and everyone is very friendly. You should give them a shot!
Pros: He's a pro, open on weekends, beautiful salon
Cons: parking difficult@tms
Spank is one of the friendliest and most comfortable salon's I have ever experienced! Mitch and Mary are both very talented and knowledgable in their expertise. And if you want to know what's to know on Alberta, get Spanked!!!
Pros: friendly, inviting, fun!
SPANK...enter this beautifully renovated home with confidence. Your appointments won't come soon enough. Mitch is a master at color, and OH! my haircuts have been what can I say....EXQUISITE! He has an ear to hear and a skill and creativity to give you that custom look we all want for ourselves. If you want a bit more...Mary, her magic and experience with hair extensions are unbelievable. Utterly natural, and she gives you the knowledge to care for them....they LAST! Fantasy Complete, I love them!!!
The salon itself is fabulous, once you enter the door you can't help but feel pampered....ROYALLY. This salon experience is a must.......DON'T WAIT !
Mitch is awesome!!!!! I've been going to him since he opened in Summer 2004 and I can't say enough. He really knows hair. Before my first appointment I had a consultation, and he just listened to what I wanted and made sure he understood before beginning. The atmosphere is completely unpretentious & comfortable. Mary (the other sylist) is great too. In all my visits I've never seen an unsatisfied client. I look forward to the entire experience every time I go!!
Pros: great cuts & color, MITCH!, Relaxed & fun atmosph
Not what I was expecting given their name. . .
It's a gorgeous relaxing salon with no snobbery or weirdness about it. The staff is top notch. Not only was my haircut great, but the people I saw getting their hair colored looked great too. I can't recommend Spank! enough.
Pros: Easy parking, Relaxing, Great Service
Yeah, yeah...you can get your hair cut at Supercuts or some other mall venue and save a buck or two. You will also walk out with a generic, pre-fab look that will haunt you for a few weeks. While I am not a 'salon-guy' I have been to Spank for my past two hair cuts and I would recommend it to anyone looking for personal attention, a 'new look', or who wants to support a local business full of humorous, attentive professionals. Sure it costs a bit more....but aren't you worth it?
Pros: Mitch!, No stress, Personal attention
Please don't let the address scare you away. Its worth the drive to see Mitch. He is SO AWESOME, and he knows exactly what he's doing. Make your appointment today. The salon is beautiful, so well done. There is also art on display at the salon.
It's a 10 in my book!
Pros: Mitch!!, Not pretentious