It was my girlfriend that talked me into going with her to her salon? the place is called Accolades in St. Paul. Now I??m not your typical ??salon? kinda guy, but I won??t have anyone but Joshua J. cut my hair from now on! I never knew what a great cut from a master stylist even looked like! I guess I spent too many years going to the in-out, six bucks a cut place? what a waste! Now my girlfriend and I make a day of it. Usually we have breakfast somewhere then we go to Accolades. Joshua does my girlfriends color first, and while that??s ??setting? he does my cut, then does her cut after that! It??s great! And so is Joshua J!
I love my girl Josy at Accolades Salon & Spa! Here??s the story, I moved here last year to go to St. Thomas. Well I finally could do what I want with my hair, and I wanted to go Blond! I was a dull brown my whole life but wanted to change it up! Accolades is real close to school, I drove by one day, checked out reviews online and decided to give them a try. The receptionist set me up with Josy and I have never been happier! I got a great vibe from the place the first time I walked in. They offered me tea while I waited. I think she could tell I was a bit nervous, but quickly calmed me down. She really asked me a lot of questions about my hair, my lifestyle, my workout habits, and what product I use. (No one ever asked me that before!) Well that was almost a year ago! And Josy is absolutely the best! I??ve been back to Accolades for all my cuts and color, but also manicures and pedicures!
Had a 1 hour massage with a female therapist (unfortunately, I don't remember her name). Overall, I did not have a positive experience. I asked for less pressure, but the technique seemed to be ""rough"" and that didn't change. I felt as much pushed as I did massaged - in fact, I was holding on to the table and afraid I was going to fall off. Felt very sore for days afterward and not in the muscles that had previously been bothering me. Wouldn't return to this therapist even if they offered me a free massage!!
WOW! I've been to Accolades multiple times and always had a good experience, but I changed stylists recently and my new guy did a fabulous job!
I ruined my hair with a box dye last weekend so I went in and saw Josh M. Not only did he correct my color, he gave me the best cut I have ever had in my life! Josh noticed things about the shape of my face and the way my hair fell to get creative with my cut to make it PERFECT for me and my bridal shower this coming weekend.
I should also note that I have been growing my hair out for months, and I expected the stylist to chop the length as usual, but Josh was sooo considerate of my wishes that he was able to KEEP the length of my hair while still giving it much needed body and shape.
Throughout the service, I got a foot soak, foot massage, a mini facial, a scalp massage and a shoulder massage. Do not hesitate to get your hair done here.
Worst massage experience ever. Apparently Accolades only has one female masseuse, and let me tell you a bit about my experience with her.\r
I met with the masseuse before the massage to ""discuss my needs"" and I requested she place emphasis on my upper back and neck. After hearing my simple preferences, she told me, ""This won't be relaxing. You're going to be sore afterward."" I was a bit nervous, but figured a strong massage might be just what I need to help with my work-related stress. The masseuse then proceeded to give me the hardest, roughest massage ever. I asked her to lighten up a few times but she was not particularly responsive. I even cried out ""OWWWWW"" 3+ times, which didn't even help. ""Oh, that hurts?"" She was digging her elbows into my butt, then grinded her forearms up and down my calves. She put scalding hot towels on my chest/back/face. She incorporated some chiropractic maneuvers, including popping the joints in my spine, fingers, and neck (which I was not pleased about, especially given that I didn't have any warning). She ended with a ""sternal massage,"" which basically was her rubbing up and down my sternum between my boobs. Very awkward. When I finished my massage, I was slightly stunned and felt limp. Twelve hours later my back is bit sore now, particularly on the right side. I asked if this was a deep tissue massage, and she replied no, that is even deeper (!) and this is more like ""accupressure."" I am not the most assertive person (and tend to be ""Minnesota nice"") but I felt I did a good job of expressing my needs and pain boundaries, and these were not addressed properly. I definitely won't be going back to Accolades, and would not recommend Accolades' massage to a friend.
I've been having regular facials for 20 years, but once I found Angela 8 years ago, I quit looking for anyone else. She provides a relaxing, highly-individualized experience based on her many years of training. I always feel in good hands with Angela. She does not push the products. Just provides the best service she can. I like that.
I have a confession... I NEVER write reviews, but I must after I experienced a day of bliss with my daughter at Accolades Salon and Spa in St. Paul. First off, I usually never buy deals off the internet, but decided to give it a try and purchased a facial, manicure, pedicure package for my daughter and I. Well what an experience! While I was getting the facial from the aesthetician Alcia, my daughter received a manicure, pedicure from Alex. Then we switched! And while I was getting the manicure, pedicure, she received the facial... It was fabulous! We really enjoyed the experience and know we will go back to Accolades again.
I have had such a hard time finding a stylist here in St. Paul... well my search is over! But its not just one person, its all of them at Accolades Salon and Spa! It all started last year, I just moved to the area from out east and needing a cut and foil for my new job. I just happened to drive by Accolades and stopped in, Melissa was able to see me immediately. She asked me what my ultimate goal was for my hair, no one has ever asked me that before! It was perfect! The color held for three months! I think it was the Clean Enhanced Organics conditioner she suggested helped! Then when I needed another color and cut, it was Melissas day off, so I went in and saw Kelly. Well I was just as impressed with her! They keep my color formula on record so its always right. I have also gone in for facials with both Angela and Alicia... they were amazing. And three of my girlfriends and I go in for pedicures at the same time! They have four pedicure tubs all in a row, we all had such a blast! Chatting and relaxing for an hour of bliss! I do recommend Accolades Salon and Spa for hair, color, manicures and pedicures. Enjoy!
I went to accolades a few years ago and had a decent experience then ended up moving away. I moved back and thought I'd try the salon again, Melissa was AMAZING! She was so sweet, had a great conversation and she brought my hair back to life. Thanks again Melissa, I'll see you again soon!
I went to Accolades for my first time and saw Alex. I was completely blown away by how amazing my color turned out! I'm a blonde, this was the first time I left the salon after getting my hair foiled that my hair DIDN'T feel dry and damaged. She also explained to me that by using a shampoo and conditioner called ""Blue"" I could keep my hair from becoming brassy like it usually does after a few weeks. Thanks for the tips and the AWeSoMe color Alex! See you soon!!
Worst. experience. ever.
Paid for a 60 minute facial w/ champagne - was on the phone when I pulled into the parking lot so I knew what time I entered Accolades, then had to get checked in, walked to the room, was consulted on the service, left alone to undress, had the worst facial ever (skin not even evaluated under any sort of light before choosing the products, etc.), got dressed, paid, and was down the street at the grocery store all within 60 minutes of pulling into the parking lot.
Was never even offered the champagne, and when I called to complain afterwards about the poor service and receive a refund on my tip, the receptionist made me speak to the esthetician about the poor service which was extremely uncomfortable. They eventually agreed to refund my tip.
It has since been nearly 2 weeks and NO refund has been posted to my account.
I have heard that the positive postings on City Search are written by someone within the salon, and now I'm convinced that's got to be the case.
I just recently visited Accolades for my first time. I saw Alex and oh my goodness was she awesome! She did the most amazing job with my color! She gave me a few different options for what with be possible with my color, and me being one who doesn't get their hair done very often, loved the idea of putting some of my natural color back into my overly bleached out hair! I also got an awesome pedicure while my color was sitting! I'm overly thrilled with Accolades and will for surely be back!! Thank you, Alex for making me beautiful, and thank you Accolades!!!!
Its always really nerve racking going to a new salon. I had a really bad experience when the stylist didn't listen to me at all and I walked out with fried hair and the wrong cut! Melissa was awesome, she really listened to what I wanted, told me how to get my hair back into shape with options of doing so! She was funny, sweet, and treated me like I was a celebrity! My hair looks amazing with the color and cut she gave me and I can not wait to go back!
I read the reviews and thought I would try this salon as I was looking for a new place. I chose one of the stylists recommended for curly hair. I must have caught her on a bad day because she was not very kind, courteous and was rough with my hair. It was actually uncomfortable. She did a horrible job on my cut and didn't really listen to what I wanted. I was also shocked that they are rated one of the top salons in the Twin Cities as the salon environment leaves much to be desired. There is a plastic facade on the outside of the building that looks tacky and the inside was not appealing either. I was not offered anything to drink or made comfortable in any way. Very disappointing - I would never go back.
I have never been disappointed going to accolades. I see Melissa and she does an amazing job on my hair! Thanks Melissa, see you soon!
accolades is great and rabbitt is awsome. very feel good atmosphere, lots of perks and cut and collor couldnt have been better, I will be seeing Rabbit for my hair care in the future for sure
Being that I don't have a loyalty to any wax shops in the twin cities and I'm headed on vacation in a few days, I've looked all over the St. Paul area for a new place to try. At $80 a pop and overall good reviews, I figured Accolades was a sure thing. When I called to ask about their waxing service (bikini to be exact), the receptionist told me that they use a ""special plant wax"" and that the service was ""basically pain-free"". Now, I have had a bikini wax before so I was pretty sure she was exaggerating, but I've had less painful root canals. For the terrible customer service that Angela (the waxer/torture specialist) provided, I could have gone to the Refinery for a rip and run at a fraction of the price. To top it all off, she used the same applicator for the entire time. GROSS!
Moral of the story is that it turns out that in this case, high prices don't correlate with good service. I will never return.
Johnny gave my 9 year old son Wolfie the greatest Mohawk haircut. Very tribal, fresh and stylish. He was so kind to my lively son too, which I appreciate very much. This was a big step for my son to cut all his hair off and everyone made it a pleasant and fun experience, especially by treating my son with respect which is sadly rare.
This salon has real people and is not so poncy one would feel uncomfortable here. And they have beautified their building with this gorgeous floral overlay which as a neighbor I appreciate being that I drive by everyday.
great service great color great cut!! Thank you ALEX and thank you Accolades!! I'll see you soon!!
Melissa, you did an awesome job on my foil and cut! I will see you again soon! Thanks again.
I had a great experience at Accolades. Jess was my stylist. She did exactly what i wanted. My hair was really blond and i was just tired of it. I wanted to be back to a honey color brown. Jess was amazing! I will be back.
Accolades is the place for me, I had a stylist named Melissa who did an awesome job on my cut and color! Can't wait to go back!
Ive been seeing Alex for about two years now, and I usually go in every 6 weeks for a foil and a cut and she always does an awesome job! Alex suggested that instead of doing only blonde foils (which I always do, so boring) that we put a low-light in to warm it up a bit for fall. I was skeptical at fist, being nervous that it would be to dark, but I LOVED IT!! She did such an amazing job blending the color so it looked natural and not so dramatic. I am now thinking about putting in a little bit more of the darker color on my next visit!! Thanks for bringing a little bit of color into my life Alex! As always, see you in 6 weeks!!
I purchased an email coupon for an hour long massage for here ($45 for a $90 value). I called them and let them know I was pregnant, and they said their massage therapist had done plenty of pregnancy massages in the past and it shouldn't be a problem. Well I get a call from them saying that the MT got in an accident and they needed to reschedule with another MT. I agreed and we made another appointment, again telling them I was pregnant and wanted to make sure they knew that. I show up for my appt and got introduced to my MT, who was not who they said it would be. Plus the salon didn't even tell her I was pregnant, so she didn't come prepared at all with the appropriate props and accessories to accommodate my pregnancy massage. My MT said she's done pregnancy massages before, but was not very good IMO. It was just awkward, and I lied on my back most of the time and on my side. Not to mention that their massage room is right outside the main floor of the salon and very loud. It wasn't relaxing at all.
$45 + tip was too much for that massage, let alone the $90 they originally would have charged without the coupon. I will never go back to this salon...I'll be sticking with the tried and true spas like Juut and Spalon Montage for my massages from now on, even if they are more expensive.
I went to Melissa for a cut and color and it turned out exactly how i wanted it! She really took into consideration what would work for me! I love it, I'll see Melissa again very soon!
Im a student new in the area and i must say, anyone new in the area looking for an excellent cut and color MUST get into Accolades to see Alex! She is great with cuts and amazing with color! 2 thumbs up!!!
I have never been to a high end salon before but now I don't think I can go anywhere else! I never thought I could feel as good as Melissa made me feel after the amazing cut and color she did on me! I will be returning to her very soon!
I went into Accolades for a cut. I had never been there before but they told me I would be seeing Alex. I told her about how bored I was with my hair (its long), but I didnt want to lose any length. Alex suggested that I try putting some color in my hair to give me a refreshing change. She totally talked me into it, and I LOVED the result. Anyone looking for a new spot I would def. recomend Accolades! Everyone is extremely friendly! Thanks Alex, I'll be seeing you soon!
This place is dirty and has a crazy high turnover of their staff. I met the owner and my assumption would be that Uncle Brad (creepy) is the reason for his staff fleeing the building.
I left just having a color and cut at a very pricey St. Paul salon. I called Accolades and they calmlingly referred me to David K., a Senior Stylist(with very fair prices) with quite an impressive background. I have to say that I have never been treated so kindly by any stylist, not only kind and great at listening, by the time I left, my hair was looking great. David took his time and really worked some magic. I would refer him to all of you reading this in search of a genuine stylist. Thanks David, I wish you could hear all of the great compliments I get, and thank you for the kleenex.
I went in for a $70.00 service and gave a $10.00 tip which is 15%. of the cost of the service. The woman at the front desk makes a face and comments under her breath saying hmm that's about 10%. After paying for the service the tip should be left up to the customer to decide. But looks like Acolades demands a tip and thinks that they are doing the customer a favor. With plenty of other salons you should not go there. You are already charging for the service, and a tip is optional.A tip is something that should NOT BE EXPECTED! Besides, a 15% tip should be more than enough.
I went into accolades for botox not exactly knowing what to expect.....I was very nervous since this was my first time ever doing something like this. I was very impressed with Dr. Payne, he was very confident and made me feel confertable with my service! Now i look 10 yrs younger and feel amazing!
I had a travel zoo for a mani/pedi and was very impressed with the service that i got! It was a very great relaxing experience and i will definitely be returning!
Definitely will not be coming back for a french manicure. Very basic skill level and looked worse than if I had done it myself. Not at all what I expected from this salon. No offer for upgrade or perk due to the fact that this salon cannot do a professional quality french manicure. If you want to listen to a stylish talk about underage drinking habits, be treated rudely by another stylish (who failed to be able to do a french manicure) then try this salon. Otherwise, go to any other salon in Saint Paul for a superior quality manicure.
I get my hair cut by Alex every 6 weeks and she does a phenomenal job! And the best part about it is that in between cuts, she lets me come in and get a free neck trim! Shes great at what she does and is so fun to talk to!! Thanks Alex!! See you in 4 weeks!!!
I've been to Accolades 4 times now to see Jess and its been awesome every time. Everyone there is amazing and very professional. Its always scary trying some place new, but I feel very welcomed. The service is great. I get a color and haircut every 6 weeks and Jess does a great job.
Angela the esthetician from heaven. Also the best waxing queen I have ever seen. Excellent eyebrows and the rest is private!! But my skin! I have scarring and she has healed it. I have tried so many products and spent so much money and all for naught. The poor skin I had made me feel so ugly and now it is all healed. Arigato has changed my outlook how I look at myself because it is organic, chemical free and works!\r
Thanks Angela I am your client for life!!!!
I went into accolades looking for a new look, my stylist name was melissa and she really listened to what i wanted yet throwing suggestions in there to what would look good! My cut and color turned out perfect. Thanks Melissa!
The vibe at this salon is just simply awesome. I was greeted warmly by about 4 people on staff, they took my coat and offered me coffee or tea. My stylist name was Alex, I got one of the best haircuts of my life. I have naturally curley hair and for most my life have straightned it, just beucase i didnt know HOW to style it curly. This was the most helpful hair appointment i have EVER had! She explained to me what products would work best with my curl and styling tips that make it simple for me to get up and go in the morning! Thanks for sharing your much appreciated knowledge with me Alex! See you in a few weeks!!!!!
I purchased a crowd cut coupon to this salon that they sold under false pretenses. THey tried to pull in business by selling someone a service that they do not do, and then trying to substitute it for a cheaper version of what they do perform. THe owner claimed to make things right with me and then ignored my attempt to reach the salon. I also did not get my money back from the crowd cut. Why give deceitful people your business when there are so many other trustworthy people out there.
If anyone has any questions about color or thinking about making a dramatic color change, i would DEF. recommend seeing Alex!! With Spring just around the corner, I wanted to lighten up my dark brown quite a bit. I was pretty concerned about it being really damaging on my hair, she explained to me that if it was done right, and in steps i would be just fine. We also did a conditioning treatment! I left the salon a lot lighter than i thought i would! I already booked my appointment to see her again in 6 weeks! Cant wait to be a blondie again!! THANKS ALEX!!
OMG just got my hair done by Rabbit , so many compliments in the few short days since! I am very exited due to the fact i have only seen him once so far, the joy of no longer needing to be on the lookout for a stylist. Accolades is my new home for haircare. I was also thrilled about all the extras i recieved at no cost to me, Rabbit called them value added sevices lol, i guess hes right. one of these extras was a facial right at the shampoo bowl, Rabbitt was great, and the arrigato skin care left my skin feeling so soft and nice for so long. lol ok im going on and on about how great my expirience was, all i have to say is go see Rabbitt. Just awsome
When i went to accolades, not only was the service great but the produts were equally as good! Clean inhanced organics, a shampoo n conditioner does wonders for my hair, i have never used anything that could make my hair feel and look this healthy!
It was my first visit at Accolades last week. Jess did my foils and haircut. I have curly hair and it seems people never do what I want, but she listened well to exactly what I wanted. It turmed out amazing! Definatly recommend her and I will be returning in 6 weeks.
Hmm.. Where to start, a glass of Champagne, Parafin dip for my hands, a foot soak while my color processed, a hand massage, and a shampoo that blew me out of the water!! Not to mention the amazing cut and color i got from my stylist Alex!! Accolades is an Aveda concept Salon, but Alex told me how the owner has his own hair care line that is all natural! I purchased the styling tonic called ""Ample"" and i just love how much shine and volume Im getting. I cant stress enough how awesome this place is!!
Im new in town and heard about accolades from a friend. My stylists name was melissa and she did a foil and a haircut on me and i LOVED IT. She did exactly what i wanted! I will definetly be returning!
I see Alex Every 7 Weeks for my cut and color. Im exremely happy with it every time I leave. She always writes down the color formula so we know for next time and she always has new, fun, but reasonable changes for my haircut. I am a business woman, but i do still like to have an edge! Oh, not to mention the foot soak while my color is processing, the mini facial and back massage i get all complimentary! I would reccomend Accolades to anyone!!
I was new in town and i wanted to find a new salon so i googled best salon in twin cities and Accolades Salon popped up. I called to make an appointment with an available stylist and they told me I would be seeing Alex. I came in for just a cut and she talked me into doing color. She sounded very confident in what she was talking about so i went with it. Im amazed with how natural the color looks and how blended it is! She really knew what she was doing! Needless to say, I will most definantly be back to see Alex!!
I heard about accolades from a friend and thought i would try it out. Didn't know who to see so they gave me to an available stylist named melissa. She brought my hair back to life with a GREAT color and cut! Just what i needed to start the new year! I'll definatly be returning.
I went to get the Brazilian Blowout done and with in a few days my hair was back to curly. They market a product they do not even offer. Biggest waste of money I have left several messages for owner Brad and he does not return phone calls. He is avoiding the situation. Bad practices by an owner of a salon. I will not be returning...