James Joseph Salon

★★★★☆
Like its parent location (James Joseph Salon) down the street, this salon provides hip haircare, but at even lower prices.
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617-266-7222

30 Newbury St Ste 2

Boston, MA

02116

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I live in Buffalo NY and my son goes to college in Boston. Since no one here seems able to cut hair I decided to give JamesJoseph Studio a shot.I came to Boston a week ago and after reading some of the reviews I made an appointment with Zenda. To make a long story short I will NOT go to anyone else. For the first time I loved my hair!! Whenever I got it cut in Buffalo it just looked like a shorter version of what I had. No style. Pretty bad when no one notices you got you hair cut or it just looks bad and they just don"t want to say anything bad. Anyway, I unfortunatley won't get back to Boston until Oct. But I am making another appointment with Zenda. Can't say enough nice things about her. Very friendly and nice and really listened to what I wanted. Hope she stays there for a really long time. She has got to be great if I will travel 450 miles to have her cut my hair, Will never get it cut anywhere else as long as she is there. Also, some reviews said that the people at the front desk were rude. Not true at all. They were very nice also and so was Audrey who shampooed my hair. Can't wait until Oct. for my next appointment. Love, love love Zenda!!

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★★★★★

I live in Buffalo NY and my son goes to college in Boston. Since no one here seems able to cut hair I decided to give JamesJoseph Studio a shot.I came to Boston a week ago and after reading some of the reviews I made an appointment with Zenda. To make a long story short I will NOT go to anyone else. For the first time I loved my hair!! Whenever I got it cut in Buffalo it just looked like a shorter version of what I had. No style. Pretty bad when no one notices you got you hair cut or it just looks bad and they just don"t want to say anything bad. Anyway, I unfortunatley won't get back to Boston until Oct. But I am making another appointment with Zenda. Can't say enough nice things about her. Very friendly and nice and really listened to what I wanted. Hope she stays there for a really long time. She has got to be great if I will travel 450 miles to have her cut my hair, Will never get it cut anywhere else as long as she is there. Also, some reviews said that the people at the front desk were rude. Not true at all. They were very nice also and so was Audrey who shampooed my hair. Can't wait until Oct. for my next appointment. Love, love love Zenda!!

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This is just plain pathetic, as I said above. I moved out here about 3 years ago and still haven't found a salon I like, I fly to california for my old stylist. I asked a friend to recommend me a salon, her hair was AMAZING!!! (no she did not go here) She told me the place she went to didn't work out so great for other reasons, but that her friend recommended James Joseph Salon and to ask for one of two stylists. I thought the friend was being kind, but it is clear to me now, that it is of the upmost importance to ask for one of these two stylists. It has become abundantly clear to me that everyone else here is incompetent. Has it occurred to anyone that this site has (when I am writing this) around 90 reviews, and out of them, 30 (THAT IS A THIRD!!!!!!) of the reviews were below 5 stars? Not only that but most are even 3 stars or below. Have you read the owner responses? it is clear he wants to to seem concerned to us, his unwitting victims. But, notice that he didn't respond to a single bad review with a solution. All of his responses, are "that shouldn't happen here" "that is unacceptable" or my favorite, "call me directly, to see if we can work something out" which is completely non-commital to solving the problem at all. I mean really? $300 for anything short of the best haircut of your life, should include the blow dry. I pay premium prices all the time, but I will tell you that no self-respecting, trustworthy, decent or capable salon denies the client a blow dry. Even, as another reviewer noted, supercut blow dries your hair for free. This is a sham and pathetic excuse for a salon, let alone a pricy one. YOU SHOULD NEVER COME HERE!!!!!! FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER!!!!!!
However, that said: I have never been duped by this particular salon, my review is purely based upon the website, reviews from customers and responses from the owner. I however think, that given the appalling reviews and responsibility of the owner, this is plenty.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is just plain pathetic, as I said above. I moved out here about 3 years ago and still haven't found a salon I like, I fly to california for my old stylist. I asked a friend to recommend me a salon, her hair was AMAZING!!! (no she did not go here) She told me the place she went to didn't work out so great for other reasons, but that her friend recommended James Joseph Salon and to ask for one of two stylists. I thought the friend was being kind, but it is clear to me now, that it is of the upmost importance to ask for one of these two stylists. It has become abundantly clear to me that everyone else here is incompetent. Has it occurred to anyone that this site has (when I am writing this) around 90 reviews, and out of them, 30 (THAT IS A THIRD!!!!!!) of the reviews were below 5 stars? Not only that but most are even 3 stars or below. Have you read the owner responses? it is clear he wants to to seem concerned to us, his unwitting victims. But, notice that he didn't respond to a single bad review with a solution. All of his responses, are "that shouldn't happen here" "that is unacceptable" or my favorite, "call me directly, to see if we can work something out" which is completely non-commital to solving the problem at all. I mean really? $300 for anything short of the best haircut of your life, should include the blow dry. I pay premium prices all the time, but I will tell you that no self-respecting, trustworthy, decent or capable salon denies the client a blow dry. Even, as another reviewer noted, supercut blow dries your hair for free. This is a sham and pathetic excuse for a salon, let alone a pricy one. YOU SHOULD NEVER COME HERE!!!!!! FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER!!!!!!
However, that said: I have never been duped by this particular salon, my review is purely based upon the website, reviews from customers and responses from the owner. I however think, that given the appalling reviews and responsibility of the owner, this is plenty.

Pros: um.....recommended by a friend?

Cons: everything else

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If you are going to get the Brazilian Keratin treatment, why don't you get it from a Brazilian professional!?
Cristina literally changed my life! My hair was dry, frizzy and boring. Before I met Cristina I was very against having any chemical applied to my hair. Well... after a few highlights, a haircut and an informative chat with her I felt comfortable enough to have the Brazilian Keratin done to my hair. WOW!!! My hair has never never never felt or looked this shiny, soft and bouncy before. Not only that, it only takes a few minutes to look good in the morning. The result was incredible! I AM HOOKED!!!Cristina is amazing!

5
★★★★★

If you are going to get the Brazilian Keratin treatment, why don't you get it from a Brazilian professional!?
Cristina literally changed my life! My hair was dry, frizzy and boring. Before I met Cristina I was very against having any chemical applied to my hair. Well... after a few highlights, a haircut and an informative chat with her I felt comfortable enough to have the Brazilian Keratin done to my hair. WOW!!! My hair has never never never felt or looked this shiny, soft and bouncy before. Not only that, it only takes a few minutes to look good in the morning. The result was incredible! I AM HOOKED!!!Cristina is amazing!

Pros: Trendy, Outgoing, Amazing hairdresser

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I highly recommend the services of Cristina Viselli.

5
★★★★★

I highly recommend the services of Cristina Viselli.

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Zenda was great! She helped me to decide on which style would fit me the best. Her specialties seem to be the Katie Holmes and Victoria B. haircut . Also, she is great with foils and daring colors!

5
★★★★★

Zenda was great! She helped me to decide on which style would fit me the best. Her specialties seem to be the Katie Holmes and Victoria B. haircut . Also, she is great with foils and daring colors!

Pros: Energetic and helpful

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I am the reigning Miss Teen United States-World and I am constantly in the spotlight. My hair is always being damaged from being straightened and curled. The James Joseph Salon graciously sponsored me throughout my reign with my main stylist as Christina. All I can say is she is amazing! I have never had a stylist be able to blend me layers as well as she does. The cut made my hair look so much healthier and it didn't have the choppy layers most artists give you. She also highlighted my hair, this was sort of a spur of the moment decision but I am so glad I got them! They look awesome and spice up my hair so much! Too top it off she is a total sweetheart and keeps you satisfied! I highly recommend going to Christina!!

5
★★★★★

I am the reigning Miss Teen United States-World and I am constantly in the spotlight. My hair is always being damaged from being straightened and curled. The James Joseph Salon graciously sponsored me throughout my reign with my main stylist as Christina. All I can say is she is amazing! I have never had a stylist be able to blend me layers as well as she does. The cut made my hair look so much healthier and it didn't have the choppy layers most artists give you. She also highlighted my hair, this was sort of a spur of the moment decision but I am so glad I got them! They look awesome and spice up my hair so much! Too top it off she is a total sweetheart and keeps you satisfied! I highly recommend going to Christina!!

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HOT HOT HOT! LITERALLY! So, I burnt a very large section of the back of my hair. I thought for sure I was doomed as I sheepishly walked through the door to go see Cristina?. I can not even tell you how grateful I am to have such an expert stylist. I walked out of James Joseph Salon that day much different than I walked in. I can?t even believe the cut. It is amazing. You would never know that I had a ?whoops? and that?s not the first time she has fixed one of my self inflicted ?WHOOPS?. The color is always perfect and her cuts always exceed my expectations. I actually even have some of her cards in my wallet because I got tired of trying to explain to people where I get my hair done! Cristina ? If you are reading this, please don?t ever move out of the area! :) A++ every time!

5
★★★★★

HOT HOT HOT! LITERALLY! So, I burnt a very large section of the back of my hair. I thought for sure I was doomed as I sheepishly walked through the door to go see Cristina?. I can not even tell you how grateful I am to have such an expert stylist. I walked out of James Joseph Salon that day much different than I walked in. I can?t even believe the cut. It is amazing. You would never know that I had a ?whoops? and that?s not the first time she has fixed one of my self inflicted ?WHOOPS?. The color is always perfect and her cuts always exceed my expectations. I actually even have some of her cards in my wallet because I got tired of trying to explain to people where I get my hair done! Cristina ? If you are reading this, please don?t ever move out of the area! :) A++ every time!

Pros: Atmosphere, location and Cristina!

Cons: None

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I got my hair cut by Eva about a month ago. I normally don't write reviews, but had to this time because I was so impressed with the cut Eva gave me.

The way Eva shaped my hair is incredible. She gave me long layers throughout, and my curls just fall in place and frame my face perfectly. All I have to do is wash, put product in, and be on my way.

I am super picky, and Eva's haircut is by far the best I've had. Her assistant was really nice too! I am so happy with the cut, I could go on and on :)

Zara

5
★★★★★

I got my hair cut by Eva about a month ago. I normally don't write reviews, but had to this time because I was so impressed with the cut Eva gave me.

The way Eva shaped my hair is incredible. She gave me long layers throughout, and my curls just fall in place and frame my face perfectly. All I have to do is wash, put product in, and be on my way.

I am super picky, and Eva's haircut is by far the best I've had. Her assistant was really nice too! I am so happy with the cut, I could go on and on :)

Zara

Pros: Results!!!

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It was my first time, I read good and bad reviews but decided to check it for myself. My appt. was with Erica, she seemed nice as well as her assistant, but she left me with the same color nothing new nothing great same brownish colors with "highlights" mm I dont think so, and then when she did the my hair it was so horrible.. my hair ended up with static and it was impossible for me to enjoy the night out because my hair was flying all over!!! I paid 180 for NOTHING seriously!! i think the salon is very expensive and they give you less than average results! Dont go with Erica!!

1
★☆☆☆☆

It was my first time, I read good and bad reviews but decided to check it for myself. My appt. was with Erica, she seemed nice as well as her assistant, but she left me with the same color nothing new nothing great same brownish colors with "highlights" mm I dont think so, and then when she did the my hair it was so horrible.. my hair ended up with static and it was impossible for me to enjoy the night out because my hair was flying all over!!! I paid 180 for NOTHING seriously!! i think the salon is very expensive and they give you less than average results! Dont go with Erica!!

Pros: ambience

Cons: really bad hair color

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So I was on Newbury Street shopping for sunglasses, and I noticed that the salon under the sunglass store was jam-packed and had a sign in the window - Best Haircut Under $50. I thought to myself, "Self. You should try out that place." Two weeks later, I needed a haircut and went in. Wow! It was the best haircut I ever! I saw Kashmir. She's cute as a button and really knows what she's doing. The salon has a great buzz, yet I never felt forgotten. It was a great experience from start to finish.

5
★★★★★

So I was on Newbury Street shopping for sunglasses, and I noticed that the salon under the sunglass store was jam-packed and had a sign in the window - Best Haircut Under $50. I thought to myself, "Self. You should try out that place." Two weeks later, I needed a haircut and went in. Wow! It was the best haircut I ever! I saw Kashmir. She's cute as a button and really knows what she's doing. The salon has a great buzz, yet I never felt forgotten. It was a great experience from start to finish.

Pros: Skilled haircut, great energy

Cons: low ceilings

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I read so many reviews on this salon before finally deciding to take a chance and they all said nice things.Pricey but ok. I don't mind the price as long as I get what I want. I wanted a cut/color, brought a picture of exactly what i want and had before, my hair has the right texture, i had the cut before and it worked but somehow i left the salon with a pale resemblance of what i wanted. and after i washed my hair was so hard to manage because the cut is not correct. the color is ok, again not what i really wanted. and really, i think after spending 400$ with all tips included, i should love what i see,right? i'm very upset and don't even want to go back for a correction because they fail the first time...
the good thing is that they are friendly and nice, but i don't really want that, i want a great cut and a perfect color!
if you really care about your hair, color and style, i would not recommend this place.

2
★★☆☆☆

I read so many reviews on this salon before finally deciding to take a chance and they all said nice things.Pricey but ok. I don't mind the price as long as I get what I want. I wanted a cut/color, brought a picture of exactly what i want and had before, my hair has the right texture, i had the cut before and it worked but somehow i left the salon with a pale resemblance of what i wanted. and after i washed my hair was so hard to manage because the cut is not correct. the color is ok, again not what i really wanted. and really, i think after spending 400$ with all tips included, i should love what i see,right? i'm very upset and don't even want to go back for a correction because they fail the first time...
the good thing is that they are friendly and nice, but i don't really want that, i want a great cut and a perfect color!
if you really care about your hair, color and style, i would not recommend this place.

Pros: ambience, friendliness

Cons: skills

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I have lived in Chicago, New York and now Boston and have never had such a phenomenal hair stylist in my entire life!!!!! I gave JJStudio 5 stars for their great service but especially for Ashley's fabulous talent!!!

Ashley ( along with all of the stylist at JJStudio) will never let you leave her chair unhappy with your haircut or style. The first time I went to ashley she cut my hair for over an hour because I kept changing my mind and asking for more layers or to cut my hair shorter. I left 100% satisfied and have been going to ashley for all of my hair needs. With Highlights, she is an artist!!! i felt like she worked on my hair as if it were her own personal masterpiece! She blended all of my many different hair colors to work together and look so incredibly natural. I have gone from light brown, to super blonde highlights, to very dark brown almost black hair and she always makes my hair look great!!! Ashley just knows what she is doing and takes such pride in her work. Very personable and super easy to talk to! Not only is she a great stylist but a great person as well. She makes the whole experience marvelous and enjoyable. So happy to have met her! I have truly been blessed by the hair gods and I strongly recommend her!! Many of my friends have gone to her and love her as much as i do. My newest friend who just moved to Boston made an appointment with her today. I'm not the only one in love with her talent : ) Try it out for yourself you will not be disappointed!

5
★★★★★

I have lived in Chicago, New York and now Boston and have never had such a phenomenal hair stylist in my entire life!!!!! I gave JJStudio 5 stars for their great service but especially for Ashley's fabulous talent!!!

Ashley ( along with all of the stylist at JJStudio) will never let you leave her chair unhappy with your haircut or style. The first time I went to ashley she cut my hair for over an hour because I kept changing my mind and asking for more layers or to cut my hair shorter. I left 100% satisfied and have been going to ashley for all of my hair needs. With Highlights, she is an artist!!! i felt like she worked on my hair as if it were her own personal masterpiece! She blended all of my many different hair colors to work together and look so incredibly natural. I have gone from light brown, to super blonde highlights, to very dark brown almost black hair and she always makes my hair look great!!! Ashley just knows what she is doing and takes such pride in her work. Very personable and super easy to talk to! Not only is she a great stylist but a great person as well. She makes the whole experience marvelous and enjoyable. So happy to have met her! I have truly been blessed by the hair gods and I strongly recommend her!! Many of my friends have gone to her and love her as much as i do. My newest friend who just moved to Boston made an appointment with her today. I'm not the only one in love with her talent : ) Try it out for yourself you will not be disappointed!

Pros: Ashley

Cons: nothing

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went for a partial foil last week. made me wait 25 min - no explanation. highlights were decent, but for $165 I expected to be pampered and believe it or not she did not eve dry my hair (I had to do it myself)
they said that would be additional $95 JUST FOR DRYING . but the worst part it shhe had 2 clients scheduled at once - so was running between us - stressed out - for this kind of price - are you kidding me. NEVER AGAIN

1
★☆☆☆☆

went for a partial foil last week. made me wait 25 min - no explanation. highlights were decent, but for $165 I expected to be pampered and believe it or not she did not eve dry my hair (I had to do it myself)
they said that would be additional $95 JUST FOR DRYING . but the worst part it shhe had 2 clients scheduled at once - so was running between us - stressed out - for this kind of price - are you kidding me. NEVER AGAIN

Pros: NOTHING

Cons: no value

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Decided to treat myself to a Newbury Street experience before the holidays. Researched online and the reviews for James Joseph seemed very positive...in addition reviewers had mentioned it was reasonable for Newbury Street. Went in for some "low lights" for my single processed blond hair and $367 later left with the worst hair color of my life. I've been to Newbury Street before, but have never spent over $200...I was so incredibly depressed. The color was so dark I went back a week later to add highlights...needless to say the stylist was not very cordial and didn't even look to see how the color was after I dryed my own hair. Worst hair salon experience ever!!!!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Decided to treat myself to a Newbury Street experience before the holidays. Researched online and the reviews for James Joseph seemed very positive...in addition reviewers had mentioned it was reasonable for Newbury Street. Went in for some "low lights" for my single processed blond hair and $367 later left with the worst hair color of my life. I've been to Newbury Street before, but have never spent over $200...I was so incredibly depressed. The color was so dark I went back a week later to add highlights...needless to say the stylist was not very cordial and didn't even look to see how the color was after I dryed my own hair. Worst hair salon experience ever!!!!

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Terrible value and customer service (as a new customer they conveniently neglected to mention the $50 charge to dry my hair and that tips were cash only).

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I have been in Boston for almost 3 years and have never found a stylist that did my hair the way i liked it. Lindsey is awsome! I went on the website and saw that she liked to do blondes so I thought I would try her out. Thank god I did I LOVE my hair!! When I met her she was so friendly and outgoing she told me that my hair was lacking depth and that I needed lowlites, I was a little apprehensive at first because I love being blonde but I trusted her judgment and it came out sooo good. The lowlites were just a darker golden blonde and it was so shinny and natural. Before my hair looked so fried and damaged and now it looks so healthy. I cant wait to go back and see her again!

5
★★★★★

I have been in Boston for almost 3 years and have never found a stylist that did my hair the way i liked it. Lindsey is awsome! I went on the website and saw that she liked to do blondes so I thought I would try her out. Thank god I did I LOVE my hair!! When I met her she was so friendly and outgoing she told me that my hair was lacking depth and that I needed lowlites, I was a little apprehensive at first because I love being blonde but I trusted her judgment and it came out sooo good. The lowlites were just a darker golden blonde and it was so shinny and natural. Before my hair looked so fried and damaged and now it looks so healthy. I cant wait to go back and see her again!

Pros: Friendly staff, nice atmosphere

Cons: parking

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12/7/08 - The Sunday Science Project is back!!!!! But I am not a Science Project any more, my hair looks better than ever. And it is getting closer and closer to the style I am looking for. I received so many compliments on my hair I lost count, it made me feel like a new woman, and I thank Kylene for that! I would give you 10 stars if I could! I apologize for giving Grant a new name; previously I referred to him as Graham. Thank you guys it was a great morning, and again, I love, love, love my hair ... see you in 6 weeks. I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday.

11/2/08 - Today I went to Kylene at James Joseph Studio in Medford. This was the first time I had ever been to a James Joseph Salon and poor Kylene was really put to the test! I had my hair done a week ago at another salon; my roots were red/pink/plum brassy awful with a hair cut to match. Kylene took one look at me, told me what needed to be done and she did it. She took a mess and did a magical makeover. Not only is all the red/pink/plum brassy gone, but I have beautiful highlights, and a short hair cut that is fun, classy, modern and has movement! She did a wonderful job, I feel like a new person. I also want to thank Kelly for booking me and Grant for his suggestions, you are all wonderful. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You have a client for life. I cannot thank you enough ? you are truly the Best of the Best! Grazie Infinite?!

5
★★★★★

12/7/08 - The Sunday Science Project is back!!!!! But I am not a Science Project any more, my hair looks better than ever. And it is getting closer and closer to the style I am looking for. I received so many compliments on my hair I lost count, it made me feel like a new woman, and I thank Kylene for that! I would give you 10 stars if I could! I apologize for giving Grant a new name; previously I referred to him as Graham. Thank you guys it was a great morning, and again, I love, love, love my hair ... see you in 6 weeks. I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday.

11/2/08 - Today I went to Kylene at James Joseph Studio in Medford. This was the first time I had ever been to a James Joseph Salon and poor Kylene was really put to the test! I had my hair done a week ago at another salon; my roots were red/pink/plum brassy awful with a hair cut to match. Kylene took one look at me, told me what needed to be done and she did it. She took a mess and did a magical makeover. Not only is all the red/pink/plum brassy gone, but I have beautiful highlights, and a short hair cut that is fun, classy, modern and has movement! She did a wonderful job, I feel like a new person. I also want to thank Kelly for booking me and Grant for his suggestions, you are all wonderful. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You have a client for life. I cannot thank you enough ? you are truly the Best of the Best! Grazie Infinite?!

Pros: I have only good things to say about James Jospeh in Medford

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I had the frizziest and most difficult hair to deal with. It wouldn?t curl and it wouldn?t stay straight either. It used to take me forever to make my hair look half presentable everyday. I have been to many hair salons in Boston and I have not found anyone that would be remotely interested in helping me with my hair. Every time I went to a salon my hair would end up greasy and plastered to my head instead of smooth and shiny.
Thankfully, I went to James Joseph and found Cristina. When I first met her I felt so
relieved because she knew exactly what do to with my hair. She sat with me and went over everything that I needed to know in order to have beautiful hair. Cristina introduced me to an Italian keratin treatment which totally changed my life. My hair has never ever felt or looked this way before. Now, I can make my hair look great in less than 10 minutes. My morning dreadful routine is finally over thanks to her.

5
★★★★★

I had the frizziest and most difficult hair to deal with. It wouldn?t curl and it wouldn?t stay straight either. It used to take me forever to make my hair look half presentable everyday. I have been to many hair salons in Boston and I have not found anyone that would be remotely interested in helping me with my hair. Every time I went to a salon my hair would end up greasy and plastered to my head instead of smooth and shiny.
Thankfully, I went to James Joseph and found Cristina. When I first met her I felt so
relieved because she knew exactly what do to with my hair. She sat with me and went over everything that I needed to know in order to have beautiful hair. Cristina introduced me to an Italian keratin treatment which totally changed my life. My hair has never ever felt or looked this way before. Now, I can make my hair look great in less than 10 minutes. My morning dreadful routine is finally over thanks to her.

Pros: Super sweet and knowledgeable stylist. Reasonably priced. Great ambience.

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I've spent my life chasing the perfect haircut. From Supercuts (I know, I deserved to look bad), to the dizzying array of high-priced salons on Boston's Newbury Street, I've plunked down as much as $300 for drop-dead-gorgeous hair, only to feel dissapointed, super broke and super stupid.
I started to blame my hair. Maybe trying to transform this long, straight, part-down-the-middle hair into something drop-dead gorgeous was, well, unrealistic. Then I met Eva, whose scissors are truly a magic wand.
This girl can cut. Eva is more than a hair stylist. She is an artist who knows her medium.
For the record, my hair isn't the easiest to work with. It's pin straight with a kickin' cowlick above my right eye.
I wanted to keep my length but have some style. Maybe even leap into bangs. Eva really listened to what I wanted and took the time to study how my hair moved.
Eva knows hair texture and shape, and how to make a cut compliment the contours of your face.
Friendly and confident, as Eva snipped, she explained how the hair would fall, what works and what doesn't.
When she was done, I had what I was looking for my entire life. A conservative look for my career but with a little edge to keep it sylish and interesting.
After my first visit to Eva, I was standing in line for coffee when two women told me I had beautiful hair.
After the fourth visit, I know my life-long search for perfect hair is over.
My straight hair has shape and blends flawlessly. Even my cowlick behaves, and every cut grows out beautifully.
It's like I was actually born with great hair. All it took was a trip to Eva's chair to realize it.
Thank you Eva. You love hair, you love people, you love your job and it shows!
Everyone at James Joseph, especially Eva's fantastic assistant, Anastasia, has been friendly, fun, and provided great service in a relaxed atmosphere.
Visit Eva. You will get a haircut that enhances your life.

5
★★★★★

I've spent my life chasing the perfect haircut. From Supercuts (I know, I deserved to look bad), to the dizzying array of high-priced salons on Boston's Newbury Street, I've plunked down as much as $300 for drop-dead-gorgeous hair, only to feel dissapointed, super broke and super stupid.
I started to blame my hair. Maybe trying to transform this long, straight, part-down-the-middle hair into something drop-dead gorgeous was, well, unrealistic. Then I met Eva, whose scissors are truly a magic wand.
This girl can cut. Eva is more than a hair stylist. She is an artist who knows her medium.
For the record, my hair isn't the easiest to work with. It's pin straight with a kickin' cowlick above my right eye.
I wanted to keep my length but have some style. Maybe even leap into bangs. Eva really listened to what I wanted and took the time to study how my hair moved.
Eva knows hair texture and shape, and how to make a cut compliment the contours of your face.
Friendly and confident, as Eva snipped, she explained how the hair would fall, what works and what doesn't.
When she was done, I had what I was looking for my entire life. A conservative look for my career but with a little edge to keep it sylish and interesting.
After my first visit to Eva, I was standing in line for coffee when two women told me I had beautiful hair.
After the fourth visit, I know my life-long search for perfect hair is over.
My straight hair has shape and blends flawlessly. Even my cowlick behaves, and every cut grows out beautifully.
It's like I was actually born with great hair. All it took was a trip to Eva's chair to realize it.
Thank you Eva. You love hair, you love people, you love your job and it shows!
Everyone at James Joseph, especially Eva's fantastic assistant, Anastasia, has been friendly, fun, and provided great service in a relaxed atmosphere.
Visit Eva. You will get a haircut that enhances your life.

Pros: Eva

Cons: cost, but the cut is worth it

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I've spent my life chasing the perfect haircut. From Supercuts (I know, I deserved to look bad), to the dizzying array of high-priced salons on Boston's Newbury Street, I've plunked down as much as $300 for drop-dead-gorgeous hair, only to feel dissapointed, super broke and super stupid.
I started to blame my hair. Maybe trying to transform this long, straight, part-down-the-middle hair into something drop-dead gorgeous was, well, unrealistic. Then I met Eva, whose scissors are truly a magic wand.
This girl can cut. Eva is more than a hair stylist. She is an artist who knows her medium.
For the record, my hair isn't the easiest to work with. It's pin straight with a kickin' cowlick above my right eye.
I wanted to keep my length but have some style. Maybe even leap into bangs. Eva really listened to what I wanted and took the time to study how my hair moved.
Eva knows hair texture and shape, and how to make a cut compliment the contours of your face.
Friendly and confident, as Eva snipped, she explained how the hair would fall, what works and what doesn't.
When she was done, I had what I was looking for my entire life. A conservative look for my career but with a little edge to keep it sylish and interesting.
After my first visit to Eva, I was standing in line for coffee when two women told me I had beautiful hair.
After the fourth visit, I know my life-long search is over.
My straight hair has shape and blends flawlessly. Even my cowlick behaves, and every cut grows out beautifully.
It's like I was born with great hair. All it took was a trip to Eva's chair to realize it.
Thank you Eva. You love hair, you love people, you love your job and it shows!
Everyone at James Joseph, especially Eva's fantastic assistant, Anastasia, has been friendly, fun, and provided great service in a relaxed atmosphere.
Visit Eva. You will get a haircut that enhances life.

5
★★★★★

I've spent my life chasing the perfect haircut. From Supercuts (I know, I deserved to look bad), to the dizzying array of high-priced salons on Boston's Newbury Street, I've plunked down as much as $300 for drop-dead-gorgeous hair, only to feel dissapointed, super broke and super stupid.
I started to blame my hair. Maybe trying to transform this long, straight, part-down-the-middle hair into something drop-dead gorgeous was, well, unrealistic. Then I met Eva, whose scissors are truly a magic wand.
This girl can cut. Eva is more than a hair stylist. She is an artist who knows her medium.
For the record, my hair isn't the easiest to work with. It's pin straight with a kickin' cowlick above my right eye.
I wanted to keep my length but have some style. Maybe even leap into bangs. Eva really listened to what I wanted and took the time to study how my hair moved.
Eva knows hair texture and shape, and how to make a cut compliment the contours of your face.
Friendly and confident, as Eva snipped, she explained how the hair would fall, what works and what doesn't.
When she was done, I had what I was looking for my entire life. A conservative look for my career but with a little edge to keep it sylish and interesting.
After my first visit to Eva, I was standing in line for coffee when two women told me I had beautiful hair.
After the fourth visit, I know my life-long search is over.
My straight hair has shape and blends flawlessly. Even my cowlick behaves, and every cut grows out beautifully.
It's like I was born with great hair. All it took was a trip to Eva's chair to realize it.
Thank you Eva. You love hair, you love people, you love your job and it shows!
Everyone at James Joseph, especially Eva's fantastic assistant, Anastasia, has been friendly, fun, and provided great service in a relaxed atmosphere.
Visit Eva. You will get a haircut that enhances life.

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After a few of my co-workers had gone here and come back with great looking hair, I wanted to follow the trend. A couple of them saw Derek, and another saw someone else. I went to Derek as well. The over-all feel of the salon was so full of energy from the beginning.

He came over and sat me down with a smile. We had our little girl talk, and I basically told him to do whatever he pleased because who else would know better. He was very specific with details on what he was going to do. Couple inches off the bottom, some more simple looking layers for my super fine hair and a straight across fringe as he called it. I got my hair washed and got back into his chair, and he worked and worked, almost like nothing existed but my hair, not much conversation but thats OK.

I left feeling a little ehhhh, whatever. But a couple days later I realized I just didn't need to work that hard to style my hair and thought to myself that thats where his magic is! Such a young KID literally, but don't be fooled, he's got it going on. Cute kid to boot. Love him.

4
★★★★☆

After a few of my co-workers had gone here and come back with great looking hair, I wanted to follow the trend. A couple of them saw Derek, and another saw someone else. I went to Derek as well. The over-all feel of the salon was so full of energy from the beginning.

He came over and sat me down with a smile. We had our little girl talk, and I basically told him to do whatever he pleased because who else would know better. He was very specific with details on what he was going to do. Couple inches off the bottom, some more simple looking layers for my super fine hair and a straight across fringe as he called it. I got my hair washed and got back into his chair, and he worked and worked, almost like nothing existed but my hair, not much conversation but thats OK.

I left feeling a little ehhhh, whatever. But a couple days later I realized I just didn't need to work that hard to style my hair and thought to myself that thats where his magic is! Such a young KID literally, but don't be fooled, he's got it going on. Cute kid to boot. Love him.

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I have nothing but good things to say about this salon and the hairstylist. If you are looking for good service and not to break the bank you need to go there and see Cristina. She is fantastic!
I have tried a lot of salons on Newbury Street. I feel that I get less and less highlights put in my hair and the cost keeps on getting higher and higher.
Cristina had my hair in so many foils, I felt that I could pick up TV channels. I was really pleased in how neat and detail orientated she was. She made my hair color look so natural, and her pricing really fit my budget.

5
★★★★★

I have nothing but good things to say about this salon and the hairstylist. If you are looking for good service and not to break the bank you need to go there and see Cristina. She is fantastic!
I have tried a lot of salons on Newbury Street. I feel that I get less and less highlights put in my hair and the cost keeps on getting higher and higher.
Cristina had my hair in so many foils, I felt that I could pick up TV channels. I was really pleased in how neat and detail orientated she was. She made my hair color look so natural, and her pricing really fit my budget.

Pros: excellent hair color, great price, fantastic hairstylist

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I got a haircut from Kashmir about a month ago. First off, she actually LISTENED and did EXACTLy what i said. she understood what I wanted, without me having to use the actual hairdresser terms (who knows those terms anyway). She didn't get mad when I decided mid-haircut I actually wanted one more inch off...and my hair STILL looks absolutely fantastic. She was friendly, didn't rush, and showed me how to style my hair when I asked instead of rushing off to her next appointment or doing some BS job of showing me. The shampoo girl was also really nice. The one bad side..the front desk is slightly rude, but if you're aware of that, and don't let it get to you, they'll warm up to you and won't give you problems.

4
★★★★☆

I got a haircut from Kashmir about a month ago. First off, she actually LISTENED and did EXACTLy what i said. she understood what I wanted, without me having to use the actual hairdresser terms (who knows those terms anyway). She didn't get mad when I decided mid-haircut I actually wanted one more inch off...and my hair STILL looks absolutely fantastic. She was friendly, didn't rush, and showed me how to style my hair when I asked instead of rushing off to her next appointment or doing some BS job of showing me. The shampoo girl was also really nice. The one bad side..the front desk is slightly rude, but if you're aware of that, and don't let it get to you, they'll warm up to you and won't give you problems.

Pros: great haircut for a great price....what more could you want?

Cons: front door staff...but even they're not that bad.

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I had a haircut from kylene. Let me just say I came out worse than I came in. She was rude, didnt seem like she cared to cut at all even though she's supposedly an "advanced stylist." It seemed as if i went to supercuts and wasnt worth the 55$ at all. Let me also point out that I wanted a simple cut normal cut thats even. And let me point out that I am a man. I cant even imagine what she would do for more complicated haircuts. I've been here twice with two different people and both times, they have messed up. If you want the same haircut for like 10$ go to supercuts!

1
★☆☆☆☆

I had a haircut from kylene. Let me just say I came out worse than I came in. She was rude, didnt seem like she cared to cut at all even though she's supposedly an "advanced stylist." It seemed as if i went to supercuts and wasnt worth the 55$ at all. Let me also point out that I wanted a simple cut normal cut thats even. And let me point out that I am a man. I cant even imagine what she would do for more complicated haircuts. I've been here twice with two different people and both times, they have messed up. If you want the same haircut for like 10$ go to supercuts!

Pros: None

Cons: worst haircut

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I really wanted to like James Joseph but my haircuts were horrible. I gave it three tries, each with a different person. The last one I had was by kylene or someone. I came in asking for a simple cut. Nothing crazy. First of all she made me wait 10 minutes before she showed up. Second of all, her technique of cutting was all over the place. My hair is longer from the back than it is on top. Some parts of the back of my head are longer than the rest. She didn't seem to care about cutting and I felt like she wanted to get it over with. It was definitely a waste of money and my search for a good haircut place in Boston goes on. I heard Brandon Keith is very good so I'm going to give that a try. Very disappointed..

1
★☆☆☆☆

I really wanted to like James Joseph but my haircuts were horrible. I gave it three tries, each with a different person. The last one I had was by kylene or someone. I came in asking for a simple cut. Nothing crazy. First of all she made me wait 10 minutes before she showed up. Second of all, her technique of cutting was all over the place. My hair is longer from the back than it is on top. Some parts of the back of my head are longer than the rest. She didn't seem to care about cutting and I felt like she wanted to get it over with. It was definitely a waste of money and my search for a good haircut place in Boston goes on. I heard Brandon Keith is very good so I'm going to give that a try. Very disappointed..

Cons: Bad stylists

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James Joseph Salon is great! I received exceptional service. It is worth every penny! Before I visited the salon, my hair was a complete disaster. My stylist is Lisa Proulx. SHE IS AMAZING!!! She worked magic! I have never received so many compliments on my hair. It looks stylish, healthy, and simply fantastic!

5
★★★★★

James Joseph Salon is great! I received exceptional service. It is worth every penny! Before I visited the salon, my hair was a complete disaster. My stylist is Lisa Proulx. SHE IS AMAZING!!! She worked magic! I have never received so many compliments on my hair. It looks stylish, healthy, and simply fantastic!

Pros: Everything!!

Cons: Parking is difficult on Newbury Street.

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My experience at the James Joseph Studio in Boston on Newbury was very positive. I had never been before, though it was recommended by several friends, and I saw the stylist Ashley G. because she was available when I wanted an appointment. She was tremendous. Skilled, communicative, careful to do what I asked, and very friendly in a genuine, down-to-earth way. I have blonde hair that needed highlights and she blended my roots with my older color perfectly, and suggested a toner that really helped to brighten, blend and give the color shine. She was very responsive to my requests for my haircut, and was careful not to cut more than I asked, which seems to always happen. I feel it is the best color/haircut I've probably ever gotten, and the prices, though not cheap, are not exorbitant at all for being on Newbury and getting a great cut. I agree with other reviewers that it would be more convenient to be able to tip on the credit card, leaving cash or a check can be a pain. The only remotely "eh" thing about the entire experience was the quasi-attitude of the front desk staff, who were short with me when I called to make the appt., and just weren't overly friendly at check-out either. Considering that's the moment when you're handing over a bunch of dough, it just is always nicer when the check-out people acknowledge that through a friendly attitude. They were not rude, just kind of short and brusque. Overall, a very good experience. Go see Ashley, especially if you're blonde!!

5
★★★★★

My experience at the James Joseph Studio in Boston on Newbury was very positive. I had never been before, though it was recommended by several friends, and I saw the stylist Ashley G. because she was available when I wanted an appointment. She was tremendous. Skilled, communicative, careful to do what I asked, and very friendly in a genuine, down-to-earth way. I have blonde hair that needed highlights and she blended my roots with my older color perfectly, and suggested a toner that really helped to brighten, blend and give the color shine. She was very responsive to my requests for my haircut, and was careful not to cut more than I asked, which seems to always happen. I feel it is the best color/haircut I've probably ever gotten, and the prices, though not cheap, are not exorbitant at all for being on Newbury and getting a great cut. I agree with other reviewers that it would be more convenient to be able to tip on the credit card, leaving cash or a check can be a pain. The only remotely "eh" thing about the entire experience was the quasi-attitude of the front desk staff, who were short with me when I called to make the appt., and just weren't overly friendly at check-out either. Considering that's the moment when you're handing over a bunch of dough, it just is always nicer when the check-out people acknowledge that through a friendly attitude. They were not rude, just kind of short and brusque. Overall, a very good experience. Go see Ashley, especially if you're blonde!!

Pros: Great blonde highlights, decent prices

Cons: tips must be cash/check

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I found out about JJ Studio in the Best of Boston 2006, and, while the article had recommended Michelle, I found she was not available when I made my first appointment about 1.5 years ago. I got an appointment with Lindsey (chosen randomly based on schedules), and she gave me far and away the best cut of my life. I've never been good about coming up with a good concept of how I want my hair to look, much less being able to successfully articulate what I want, but Lindsey was able to take my vague descriptions of length and style and give me something fabulous. I've been to her several times since, and on my last visit, I decided to cut my hair short for the first time in 10 years (having had a traumatic experience with a short hair cut in the 5th grade). I have a round face that doesn't take short hair particularly well, but she made it work.

The first time I went, I had the same issue with the weird tipping procedure (i.e. you can pay with a credit/debit card, but you need to tip in cash, although they'll let it slide if you are new), but it wasn't that big a deal to bring a little cash along. The general service was also good.

Sadly (for me), Lindsey has been promoted to the salon (along with Michelle), and thus now charges more than I can afford for a hair cut. To be honest, as a student with little money, I was really pushing the purse for what I paid at the studio, but I felt it was well worth the price for such fabulous hair. So, while I can't recommend any one stylist in particular (unless you want to shell out for the salon location prices), I refuse to believe that I somehow managed to luckily get assigned to the one person in the studio who could cut hair well. I think they really put a lot of effort into good training, and I suspect one's experience with any stylist there would be as good as mine. And, if nothing else, the shampoo girls give a killer head massage. ;-)

5
★★★★★

I found out about JJ Studio in the Best of Boston 2006, and, while the article had recommended Michelle, I found she was not available when I made my first appointment about 1.5 years ago. I got an appointment with Lindsey (chosen randomly based on schedules), and she gave me far and away the best cut of my life. I've never been good about coming up with a good concept of how I want my hair to look, much less being able to successfully articulate what I want, but Lindsey was able to take my vague descriptions of length and style and give me something fabulous. I've been to her several times since, and on my last visit, I decided to cut my hair short for the first time in 10 years (having had a traumatic experience with a short hair cut in the 5th grade). I have a round face that doesn't take short hair particularly well, but she made it work.

The first time I went, I had the same issue with the weird tipping procedure (i.e. you can pay with a credit/debit card, but you need to tip in cash, although they'll let it slide if you are new), but it wasn't that big a deal to bring a little cash along. The general service was also good.

Sadly (for me), Lindsey has been promoted to the salon (along with Michelle), and thus now charges more than I can afford for a hair cut. To be honest, as a student with little money, I was really pushing the purse for what I paid at the studio, but I felt it was well worth the price for such fabulous hair. So, while I can't recommend any one stylist in particular (unless you want to shell out for the salon location prices), I refuse to believe that I somehow managed to luckily get assigned to the one person in the studio who could cut hair well. I think they really put a lot of effort into good training, and I suspect one's experience with any stylist there would be as good as mine. And, if nothing else, the shampoo girls give a killer head massage. ;-)

Pros: great cut, nice clean atmosphere

Cons: parking is probably hard, but I always walked; weird tipping

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I cannot rate this salon, because I have not been to it. However, after reading the negative and positive reviews on this salon, I will absolutely not be going. It's not so much the negative reviews that are turning me off, but William George's responses. How can you not blowdry a clients hair? How can you have the nerve to charge upwards of $200 for a service and NOT blowdry your clients hair? You seem to be giving a multitude of excuses. I have been working on finding a salon that I love since I moved to Boston 2 years ago. I've have been to many high-end salons, here and in NY, and have two good friends that work in very high-end Newbury Street salons. That being said, I have never heard of someone NOT receiving a blowdry with their service. Instead of responding to these customer reviews with "well..too bad..we don't blowdry hair unless you're willing to pay $50"; how about some sincere customer service? Why is it that high end salons get annoyed when you are unhappy with the hair service. As if to say, 'How dare they criticize my work!'. I know that when I have gotten bad haircuts in the past, it is very emotional. It can make or break your day. Instead of making customers feel more satisfied with their new look, all you say is "well..thats how the cookie crumbles!" I'm sorry, but that is just not acceptable. I will not be coming to your salon anytime soon, based on what I've seen here today. I don't care how high end you are, that does not excuse you from having manners.

The most recent salon I've tried is G-Spa, on Newbury. The stylist was extremely friendly and literally did exactly what I asked for. No questions, no arguments.......along with one hell of a good blowdry (and she used a straightening iron, just for good measure...without me even asking) Most salons want to give you a COMPLETE styled look.

Good luck to everyone searching for a salon that does great hair......and doesn't make you work for it.

2
★★☆☆☆

I cannot rate this salon, because I have not been to it. However, after reading the negative and positive reviews on this salon, I will absolutely not be going. It's not so much the negative reviews that are turning me off, but William George's responses. How can you not blowdry a clients hair? How can you have the nerve to charge upwards of $200 for a service and NOT blowdry your clients hair? You seem to be giving a multitude of excuses. I have been working on finding a salon that I love since I moved to Boston 2 years ago. I've have been to many high-end salons, here and in NY, and have two good friends that work in very high-end Newbury Street salons. That being said, I have never heard of someone NOT receiving a blowdry with their service. Instead of responding to these customer reviews with "well..too bad..we don't blowdry hair unless you're willing to pay $50"; how about some sincere customer service? Why is it that high end salons get annoyed when you are unhappy with the hair service. As if to say, 'How dare they criticize my work!'. I know that when I have gotten bad haircuts in the past, it is very emotional. It can make or break your day. Instead of making customers feel more satisfied with their new look, all you say is "well..thats how the cookie crumbles!" I'm sorry, but that is just not acceptable. I will not be coming to your salon anytime soon, based on what I've seen here today. I don't care how high end you are, that does not excuse you from having manners.

The most recent salon I've tried is G-Spa, on Newbury. The stylist was extremely friendly and literally did exactly what I asked for. No questions, no arguments.......along with one hell of a good blowdry (and she used a straightening iron, just for good measure...without me even asking) Most salons want to give you a COMPLETE styled look.

Good luck to everyone searching for a salon that does great hair......and doesn't make you work for it.

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I went to the James Joseph Studio at Station Landing, Medford, the latest in the JJ family. I had never been and asked for an advanced stylist who would be able to listen to my needs and wants. Unfortunately I got no such thing. I had a very solid idea of what I was looking for and after two cuts (both of which I was required to pay for, even though the second was requested to correct the first), and a color, that cost me a total of $190 (though that included the tips I was foolish enough to leave), I didn't even have anything remotely resembling the cut and color I requested. While it was a decent cut, it wasn't worth the price paid, and wasn't what I wanted. In fact, it made me cry. Further, I sent a detailed complaint to William George, requesting a refund. The complaint was signed for on July 5, and now, 20 days later, I have not heard a word. Even if Mr. George felt the complaint was not valid, good customer service would dictate, at the very least, acknowledgment of the complaint. The letter included my mailing address, email address, and cell phone number. Yet, silence. For the reasons listed, I cannot in good conscience recommend the James Joseph Studio. I could have received the cut I have at Great Cuts for $20.

Edit: I did hear from Mr. George 4 days after posting this review. He had been out of the country, hence the delay in response. I had a nice conversation with Mr. George and we agreed on a partial refund, a correction cut, and a new color should I decide to do that. I'm satisfied with the resolution, and only time will tell if I return to James Joseph after my correction cut, but at least I can say he did take my complaint to heart and did work with me to offer a solution.

3
★★★☆☆

I went to the James Joseph Studio at Station Landing, Medford, the latest in the JJ family. I had never been and asked for an advanced stylist who would be able to listen to my needs and wants. Unfortunately I got no such thing. I had a very solid idea of what I was looking for and after two cuts (both of which I was required to pay for, even though the second was requested to correct the first), and a color, that cost me a total of $190 (though that included the tips I was foolish enough to leave), I didn't even have anything remotely resembling the cut and color I requested. While it was a decent cut, it wasn't worth the price paid, and wasn't what I wanted. In fact, it made me cry. Further, I sent a detailed complaint to William George, requesting a refund. The complaint was signed for on July 5, and now, 20 days later, I have not heard a word. Even if Mr. George felt the complaint was not valid, good customer service would dictate, at the very least, acknowledgment of the complaint. The letter included my mailing address, email address, and cell phone number. Yet, silence. For the reasons listed, I cannot in good conscience recommend the James Joseph Studio. I could have received the cut I have at Great Cuts for $20.

Edit: I did hear from Mr. George 4 days after posting this review. He had been out of the country, hence the delay in response. I had a nice conversation with Mr. George and we agreed on a partial refund, a correction cut, and a new color should I decide to do that. I'm satisfied with the resolution, and only time will tell if I return to James Joseph after my correction cut, but at least I can say he did take my complaint to heart and did work with me to offer a solution.

Cons: Overpriced, Stylist didn't get it

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I went to the James Joseph Studio at Station Landing, Medford, the latest in the JJ family. I had never been and asked for an advanced stylist who would be able to listen to my needs and wants. Unfortunately I got no such thing. I had a very solid idea of what I was looking for and after two cuts (both of which I was required to pay for, even though the second was requested to correct the first), and a color, that cost me a total of $190 (though that included the tips I was foolish enough to leave), I didn't even have anything remotely resembling the cut and color I requested. While it was a decent cut, it wasn't worth the price paid, and wasn't what I wanted. In fact, it made me cry.

Further, I sent a detailed complaint to William George, requesting a refund. The complaint was signed for on July 5, and now, 20 days later, I have not heard a word. Even if Mr. George felt the complaint was not valid, good customer service would dictate, at the very least, acknowledgment of the complaint. The letter included my mailing address, email address, and cell phone number. Yet, silence.

For the reasons listed, I cannot in good conscience recommend the James Joseph Studio. I could have received the cut I have at Great Cuts for $20.

Edit: I did hear from Mr. George 4 days after posting this review. He had been out of the country, hence the delay in response. I had a nice conversation with Mr. George and we agreed on a partial refund, a correction cut, and a new color should I decide to do that. I'm satisfied with the resolution, and only time will tell if I return to James Joseph after my correction cut, but at least I can say he did take my complaint to heart and did work with me to offer a solution.

3
★★★☆☆

I went to the James Joseph Studio at Station Landing, Medford, the latest in the JJ family. I had never been and asked for an advanced stylist who would be able to listen to my needs and wants. Unfortunately I got no such thing. I had a very solid idea of what I was looking for and after two cuts (both of which I was required to pay for, even though the second was requested to correct the first), and a color, that cost me a total of $190 (though that included the tips I was foolish enough to leave), I didn't even have anything remotely resembling the cut and color I requested. While it was a decent cut, it wasn't worth the price paid, and wasn't what I wanted. In fact, it made me cry.

Further, I sent a detailed complaint to William George, requesting a refund. The complaint was signed for on July 5, and now, 20 days later, I have not heard a word. Even if Mr. George felt the complaint was not valid, good customer service would dictate, at the very least, acknowledgment of the complaint. The letter included my mailing address, email address, and cell phone number. Yet, silence.

For the reasons listed, I cannot in good conscience recommend the James Joseph Studio. I could have received the cut I have at Great Cuts for $20.

Edit: I did hear from Mr. George 4 days after posting this review. He had been out of the country, hence the delay in response. I had a nice conversation with Mr. George and we agreed on a partial refund, a correction cut, and a new color should I decide to do that. I'm satisfied with the resolution, and only time will tell if I return to James Joseph after my correction cut, but at least I can say he did take my complaint to heart and did work with me to offer a solution.

Pros: None

Cons: Overpriced, Stylist didn't get it

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Being new to Boston, I researched a bunch of best of Boston salons before I decided to go with the James Joseph Salon to get some highlights. The receptionists were extremely polite when I was making the appointment and got one for the following morning with Rudina (I didn't have a preference for stylist since I had never been there before).

When I arrived for my appointment the next morning (15 mins early as requested) I got changed and was told Rudina would be with my shortly. 35 minutes later I was still waiting and she took a client from off the streets and agreed to touch up her roots.

Eventually when Rudina was free she took me over to her station and I attempted to explain to her what I was going for...only she didn't seem to understand what I was saying at all!!! After a few attempts we settled on a half head of chunky blonde highlights. The entire time she was doing my highlights she did not say a single word to me and also, she barely even said hi to begin with. While I was under the dryer waiting for my highlights to dry she did offer me a drink or a magazine and left me sitting there for 30 minutes until her assistant came over to wash my hair.

Once my hair was washed I was brought over to the direction of Rudina's station but then re-directed to an empty one where her assistant combed out my hair for me and then proceeded to HAND ME A HAIR DRYER and tell me that I can start drying it now. I had no idea what was going on and just sat and waited for my stylist to come over and finish her work. Eventually they must have realised that I wasn't drying my own hair (because what kind of a wacko would pay $150 to dry their own hair!?!?) and Rudina came over and said that if she was to dry my hair it would be another $50. This is the point where enough was enough! I have been to many top-end salons London and throughout Europe and never in my life have I been told to dry my own hair!!

I will NEVER go back there again!!

3
★★★☆☆

Being new to Boston, I researched a bunch of best of Boston salons before I decided to go with the James Joseph Salon to get some highlights. The receptionists were extremely polite when I was making the appointment and got one for the following morning with Rudina (I didn't have a preference for stylist since I had never been there before).

When I arrived for my appointment the next morning (15 mins early as requested) I got changed and was told Rudina would be with my shortly. 35 minutes later I was still waiting and she took a client from off the streets and agreed to touch up her roots.

Eventually when Rudina was free she took me over to her station and I attempted to explain to her what I was going for...only she didn't seem to understand what I was saying at all!!! After a few attempts we settled on a half head of chunky blonde highlights. The entire time she was doing my highlights she did not say a single word to me and also, she barely even said hi to begin with. While I was under the dryer waiting for my highlights to dry she did offer me a drink or a magazine and left me sitting there for 30 minutes until her assistant came over to wash my hair.

Once my hair was washed I was brought over to the direction of Rudina's station but then re-directed to an empty one where her assistant combed out my hair for me and then proceeded to HAND ME A HAIR DRYER and tell me that I can start drying it now. I had no idea what was going on and just sat and waited for my stylist to come over and finish her work. Eventually they must have realised that I wasn't drying my own hair (because what kind of a wacko would pay $150 to dry their own hair!?!?) and Rudina came over and said that if she was to dry my hair it would be another $50. This is the point where enough was enough! I have been to many top-end salons London and throughout Europe and never in my life have I been told to dry my own hair!!

I will NEVER go back there again!!

Pros: None

Cons: Price, rude staff

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i'm loving my new hair...
i was in yesterday with samantha, i had seen her once before and was extremley happy!! she gave me the most beautiful dark brown hair with toffy highlights.. IT looked amazing and i rocked it, EVERYONE LOVED it... but this time i wanted to go ALOT blonder.. when i came in and told sam she was so excited, which mad me feel even more excited, any way my hair looks the best it has ever looked.. I feel like the most beautiful blonde with so much demension.. so much more than i expected. i thought she was just going to do an all over color.. she did a full head of highlights, and some browns and honey color.. oh my god.. I'M IN LOVE WITH MY HAIR....
THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH SAM
CANT WAIT TILL OUR NEXT VISIT :)

5
★★★★★

i'm loving my new hair...
i was in yesterday with samantha, i had seen her once before and was extremley happy!! she gave me the most beautiful dark brown hair with toffy highlights.. IT looked amazing and i rocked it, EVERYONE LOVED it... but this time i wanted to go ALOT blonder.. when i came in and told sam she was so excited, which mad me feel even more excited, any way my hair looks the best it has ever looked.. I feel like the most beautiful blonde with so much demension.. so much more than i expected. i thought she was just going to do an all over color.. she did a full head of highlights, and some browns and honey color.. oh my god.. I'M IN LOVE WITH MY HAIR....
THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH SAM
CANT WAIT TILL OUR NEXT VISIT :)

Pros: it just keeps getting better

Cons: nothing i look awesome

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The best highlights and haircuts my hair has ever seen - I just keep coming back! Michelle and her assistant are the best team in town. Makes me wish I could do hair. Maybe my next career. Thanks Michelle!

5
★★★★★

The best highlights and haircuts my hair has ever seen - I just keep coming back! Michelle and her assistant are the best team in town. Makes me wish I could do hair. Maybe my next career. Thanks Michelle!

Pros: location, stylists, friendly

Cons: expensive (but worth it)

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first off this review is for Alex, who has cut my hair twice.

I wanted to go drastically short, so I scheduled an appointment with Alex based on online reviews. I gave her lots of pictures with ideas, mostly of models like agyness deyn and anja rubik. She was very positive, talking about what would work with my hair, and she explained exactly what she was going to do before I even had my hair washed. I have super fine, naturally curly hair, so when I was asking for a straight pixie style, that was a pretty high order. Alex gave me the most amazing haircut ever. It was very technical, she used the curl in my hair to make my hair full of body even though I have fine hair. She explained exactly how to style it, and the first time I came in I wanted an edgier style, so she used wax and a flat iron and made it really fun and cool. The best thing about this haircut was that I could take care of it no problem by myself, and I am so clueless about styling anything. I could even let my hair dry naturally curly and it looked great....and took no maintainence! The second time I came in I talked to her about how I wore my hair more naturally, usually letting it air dry or just blowdrying it, so she trimmed my hair and styled it more naturally.

What I loved about Alex it that she really listened to me and involved me in the hair cut; she didn't do what she wanted to do, she did above and beyond what I asked her. She took everything good about my hair and played it up, and gave me a very versatile, flattering, manageable haircut. It is also super stylish...just like I wanted it, and almost identical to the pictures i gave her. Alex is very no-nonsense too, she made everything feel very simple. Alex is well worth the extra money to see a senior stylist, I really dont think you could be disappointed.

5
★★★★★

first off this review is for Alex, who has cut my hair twice.

I wanted to go drastically short, so I scheduled an appointment with Alex based on online reviews. I gave her lots of pictures with ideas, mostly of models like agyness deyn and anja rubik. She was very positive, talking about what would work with my hair, and she explained exactly what she was going to do before I even had my hair washed. I have super fine, naturally curly hair, so when I was asking for a straight pixie style, that was a pretty high order. Alex gave me the most amazing haircut ever. It was very technical, she used the curl in my hair to make my hair full of body even though I have fine hair. She explained exactly how to style it, and the first time I came in I wanted an edgier style, so she used wax and a flat iron and made it really fun and cool. The best thing about this haircut was that I could take care of it no problem by myself, and I am so clueless about styling anything. I could even let my hair dry naturally curly and it looked great....and took no maintainence! The second time I came in I talked to her about how I wore my hair more naturally, usually letting it air dry or just blowdrying it, so she trimmed my hair and styled it more naturally.

What I loved about Alex it that she really listened to me and involved me in the hair cut; she didn't do what she wanted to do, she did above and beyond what I asked her. She took everything good about my hair and played it up, and gave me a very versatile, flattering, manageable haircut. It is also super stylish...just like I wanted it, and almost identical to the pictures i gave her. Alex is very no-nonsense too, she made everything feel very simple. Alex is well worth the extra money to see a senior stylist, I really dont think you could be disappointed.

Pros: Lots of skill and talent, anything from traditional to trendy styles, flattering cuts

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First time coming to James Joseph, my roomate gets her hair done by Darlene and told me to see her. I have to say it is my favorite hair cut that I've ever had. I have had a lot of bad cuts and it's so nice to get a good one. She was so sweet and took her time with me as we looked at pictures I had brought in. She gave me a cute bob and also changed my color. I had over highlighted my hair for years and was way too blonde and hated it. She brought me back to my natural color (brown). It took me a few days to get use to having brown hair agian, I have been a blonde for 10 years now, but I love it, and I feel smarted too. I can't say enough how much i love my hair.

5
★★★★★

First time coming to James Joseph, my roomate gets her hair done by Darlene and told me to see her. I have to say it is my favorite hair cut that I've ever had. I have had a lot of bad cuts and it's so nice to get a good one. She was so sweet and took her time with me as we looked at pictures I had brought in. She gave me a cute bob and also changed my color. I had over highlighted my hair for years and was way too blonde and hated it. She brought me back to my natural color (brown). It took me a few days to get use to having brown hair agian, I have been a blonde for 10 years now, but I love it, and I feel smarted too. I can't say enough how much i love my hair.

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my hair stylist michelle moved from james joseph studio to james joseph salon. she's the best hair stylist i've ever had. that is really the truth. she gives me the hair style that fits my life, personality and over all appearance. i love that the highlights are not too flashy and that the hair cut keeps its shape even as it grows out. i've been going to michelle for hair cut and coloring for about 3 yrs or so. when you find a good hair stylist, you go back and change salons when they move b/c good stylists are hard to find. thanks michelle! i love my hair color and style.

5
★★★★★

my hair stylist michelle moved from james joseph studio to james joseph salon. she's the best hair stylist i've ever had. that is really the truth. she gives me the hair style that fits my life, personality and over all appearance. i love that the highlights are not too flashy and that the hair cut keeps its shape even as it grows out. i've been going to michelle for hair cut and coloring for about 3 yrs or so. when you find a good hair stylist, you go back and change salons when they move b/c good stylists are hard to find. thanks michelle! i love my hair color and style.

Pros: my hair stylist michelle

Cons: parking is still hard but great service makes it worth the effort

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I go here because you get more than you pay for. I get a great conversation with the (very) attractive staff, great cut and for very affordable. My stylist is Kashmir, and it's like having a best friend at the salon. She remembers everybody who comes in and is the nicest person you'll ever meet. The best thing about this place was that when my girlfriend, who goes somewhere else, got a botched highlight job, James Joseph redid it for cheap, made her look fantastic, and got themselves a new client. My girlfriend now says she's only going here from now on.

5
★★★★★

I go here because you get more than you pay for. I get a great conversation with the (very) attractive staff, great cut and for very affordable. My stylist is Kashmir, and it's like having a best friend at the salon. She remembers everybody who comes in and is the nicest person you'll ever meet. The best thing about this place was that when my girlfriend, who goes somewhere else, got a botched highlight job, James Joseph redid it for cheap, made her look fantastic, and got themselves a new client. My girlfriend now says she's only going here from now on.

Pros: Good for guys and girls; not intimidating; great value

Cons: Newbury street location so you're gonna have to track down a parking spot

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I am not originally from the United States and have always waited to be at home to get my hair cut. This was my first time ever cutting my hair in a salon in the US and it was a great experience. After doing a lot of research and asking around, I chose JJ Studio because of its location, pricing, reputation and reviews. I was assigned to Ashley, who did a very good job with my hair. First thing i liked was that she was punctual and took her time to sit me down and do a consult with me before even sending me to get my hair washed. I am very picky and thus can be a difficult customer but she was extremely nice and understanding and gave me some good advice while also listening to what i wanted. She gave me a great haircut and was very conversational and friendly. another great thing was that i didnt once feel rushed or like she was in a hurry and i was there for over an hour. krystle washed my hair and she was also very nice and conversational! very friendly staff overall, great atmosphere! i am happy with my haircut and plan on going back for my next one to get something a bit more different, now that i know they will do a good job! def recommended, great prices and good customer service!

4
★★★★☆

I am not originally from the United States and have always waited to be at home to get my hair cut. This was my first time ever cutting my hair in a salon in the US and it was a great experience. After doing a lot of research and asking around, I chose JJ Studio because of its location, pricing, reputation and reviews. I was assigned to Ashley, who did a very good job with my hair. First thing i liked was that she was punctual and took her time to sit me down and do a consult with me before even sending me to get my hair washed. I am very picky and thus can be a difficult customer but she was extremely nice and understanding and gave me some good advice while also listening to what i wanted. She gave me a great haircut and was very conversational and friendly. another great thing was that i didnt once feel rushed or like she was in a hurry and i was there for over an hour. krystle washed my hair and she was also very nice and conversational! very friendly staff overall, great atmosphere! i am happy with my haircut and plan on going back for my next one to get something a bit more different, now that i know they will do a good job! def recommended, great prices and good customer service!

Pros: great service, friendly staff, punctual and good listeners!

Cons: parking

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I went in to get a haircut 6 days before my wedding with Derek. I had never been in before, and he treated me very well. Not only was his advice on what length/style I should have for my hair, he also started talking to me about my wedding updo. I was getting married in NH and had given up on finding a stylist to do my hair the way I wanted it. Derek actually described the exact look I was going for without even asking, and then miraculously offered to come up to NH to do my hair the next weekend. When I went in for the trial, he stayed extra late to make sure it was the way I wanted it. My hair turned out absolutely gorgeous for the wedding.

I haven't had much experience with the other stylists there, but Derek definitely went well above and beyond! When we were running out of time to get to the ceremony, his work didn't suffer, either. He is an exceptional stylist, and the salon itself is a great environment with many other friendly faces to greet you.

5
★★★★★

I went in to get a haircut 6 days before my wedding with Derek. I had never been in before, and he treated me very well. Not only was his advice on what length/style I should have for my hair, he also started talking to me about my wedding updo. I was getting married in NH and had given up on finding a stylist to do my hair the way I wanted it. Derek actually described the exact look I was going for without even asking, and then miraculously offered to come up to NH to do my hair the next weekend. When I went in for the trial, he stayed extra late to make sure it was the way I wanted it. My hair turned out absolutely gorgeous for the wedding.

I haven't had much experience with the other stylists there, but Derek definitely went well above and beyond! When we were running out of time to get to the ceremony, his work didn't suffer, either. He is an exceptional stylist, and the salon itself is a great environment with many other friendly faces to greet you.

Pros: great haircut for a bargain price, service above what's expected

Cons: parking is difficult

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I just wanted to say the reason i chose James Joseph was because of this web-site. I was still not sure because there is well over 100 salons on Newbury St. I was in Starbucks on Boylston, and saw this woman in front of me with the most AMAZING color and CUT!! its not often you'll se both.. So i asked her where she went! She told me Samantha from James Joseph salon, she said i would love her...OK i was convinced. i walked right over and made an appt. It took a little over a week to get an appt, but it was worth every second.. I do LOVE her... and my HAIR.. best color and haircut i've ever had.. my hair is medium brown, i had no highlights... Samantha put some chestnut and toffy colors in my hair, it looks so natural but still pops... now i'm the one getting asked where i go!!!!!! thats NEVER happened to me before :)

THANKS SAM.. your the best :) I'll definitly be back

5
★★★★★

I just wanted to say the reason i chose James Joseph was because of this web-site. I was still not sure because there is well over 100 salons on Newbury St. I was in Starbucks on Boylston, and saw this woman in front of me with the most AMAZING color and CUT!! its not often you'll se both.. So i asked her where she went! She told me Samantha from James Joseph salon, she said i would love her...OK i was convinced. i walked right over and made an appt. It took a little over a week to get an appt, but it was worth every second.. I do LOVE her... and my HAIR.. best color and haircut i've ever had.. my hair is medium brown, i had no highlights... Samantha put some chestnut and toffy colors in my hair, it looks so natural but still pops... now i'm the one getting asked where i go!!!!!! thats NEVER happened to me before :)

THANKS SAM.. your the best :) I'll definitly be back

Pros: love SAMANTHA

Cons: staff at front desk needs work

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I tried out James Joseph based on reviews here. I have short hair. I got the worst cut in probably 10 years. I liked my previous cut, and to test out the place, asked the hairdresser to just do the same thing. It was cut so poorly (it was curling out in random places, and in others just hung flat) that I went back. I hesitated to go back (they let you go back for free within 2 weeks and get a cut from the same person), but then thought maybe she could just tidy the bits that looked weird. The second round does look better, but its still sticks out in places and the style is completely gone. It looks like a flat barber cut for someone over 60! Really disappointing. Especially for the price ($60). If you have short hair, don't go to Mary! The other salon I've tried in Boston is Delaria, and they did a good job and for $20 less!

2
★★☆☆☆

I tried out James Joseph based on reviews here. I have short hair. I got the worst cut in probably 10 years. I liked my previous cut, and to test out the place, asked the hairdresser to just do the same thing. It was cut so poorly (it was curling out in random places, and in others just hung flat) that I went back. I hesitated to go back (they let you go back for free within 2 weeks and get a cut from the same person), but then thought maybe she could just tidy the bits that looked weird. The second round does look better, but its still sticks out in places and the style is completely gone. It looks like a flat barber cut for someone over 60! Really disappointing. Especially for the price ($60). If you have short hair, don't go to Mary! The other salon I've tried in Boston is Delaria, and they did a good job and for $20 less!

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I had read a number of great reviews for Darlene, and she came highly recommended for curly hair (although I straighten mine), so when I scheduled my appointment I was excited to try a new hairstylist. Well, I must say that I was very disappointed--right from the start, Darlene made a few semi-rude comments about my hair (ie, I came in with my hair straight, and after it was shampooed and she saw how thick and wavy my hair is, she said "this should be fun," followed by "just joking." I don't think she was joking). Also because I chemically straighten my hair, she said as she was drying it, "oh, I expected it to be like horse hair, but it isn't." A compliment? Maybe.

I also explained to her that although I know my ends are damaged (I had also just chemically straightened it a few days before which always leaves my ends REALLY dry, which is why I was getting my hair cut) that I am growing out my hair and only wanted a trim. She made her own decision about the length and told me AFTER she cut my hair that she cut an inch and a half off. This is not what I asked for.

I found Darlene to be moderately friendly, but kind of harsh and a bit rude, and I'm happy that I didn't make any stops on my way home because I hadn't looked closely in a mirror before I left the salon--my face was covered in hair, as she hadn't bothered to brush it off.

Maybe she was having a bad day, because so many of her other reviews are great, but I will not go back to her because I am really disappointed in my haircut, and did not like her customer service.

2
★★☆☆☆

I had read a number of great reviews for Darlene, and she came highly recommended for curly hair (although I straighten mine), so when I scheduled my appointment I was excited to try a new hairstylist. Well, I must say that I was very disappointed--right from the start, Darlene made a few semi-rude comments about my hair (ie, I came in with my hair straight, and after it was shampooed and she saw how thick and wavy my hair is, she said "this should be fun," followed by "just joking." I don't think she was joking). Also because I chemically straighten my hair, she said as she was drying it, "oh, I expected it to be like horse hair, but it isn't." A compliment? Maybe.

I also explained to her that although I know my ends are damaged (I had also just chemically straightened it a few days before which always leaves my ends REALLY dry, which is why I was getting my hair cut) that I am growing out my hair and only wanted a trim. She made her own decision about the length and told me AFTER she cut my hair that she cut an inch and a half off. This is not what I asked for.

I found Darlene to be moderately friendly, but kind of harsh and a bit rude, and I'm happy that I didn't make any stops on my way home because I hadn't looked closely in a mirror before I left the salon--my face was covered in hair, as she hadn't bothered to brush it off.

Maybe she was having a bad day, because so many of her other reviews are great, but I will not go back to her because I am really disappointed in my haircut, and did not like her customer service.

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I recommended James Joseph salon to my roommate and she hated her haircut. When I saw her I could not understand the reason for her frustration, once I thought her hair looked absolutely fantastic. the best I',ve ever seen on her.
So, here's what I concluded (and I'm sure it applies to many of the negative reviewers): she is extremely overweight, going through some serious emotional problems and she is trying to find reasons to blame the rest of the world.
This is a hair salon! You won't find psychiatrists there! Just extremely highly qualified hair stylists. My favorite: Rudina! Best highlights and haircut you can possibly get.

5
★★★★★

I recommended James Joseph salon to my roommate and she hated her haircut. When I saw her I could not understand the reason for her frustration, once I thought her hair looked absolutely fantastic. the best I',ve ever seen on her.
So, here's what I concluded (and I'm sure it applies to many of the negative reviewers): she is extremely overweight, going through some serious emotional problems and she is trying to find reasons to blame the rest of the world.
This is a hair salon! You won't find psychiatrists there! Just extremely highly qualified hair stylists. My favorite: Rudina! Best highlights and haircut you can possibly get.

Pros: Always exceeds my expectations

Cons: I'm broke...

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James Joseph Studio on Newbury St. is a real find. I had been going to a well known Cambridge salon for 2 years, and was pretty happy with my stylist. But in October, the cut wasn't quite as good as the ones she had given me in the past. But, since anyone can have a bad day, I went back in January - but that visit was even worse. Instead of natural looking blond highlights (on my medium blond hair) as I had received in the past, I suddenly had stripes. Alternating bands of too-light blond, and coppery brownish red. It was awful! I let it grow out, but knew I needed a change. After a lot of research, I chose James Joseph Studio - similar pricing to my Cambridge salon, and good reviews. It was an excellent choice! I asked for an advanced stylist, middle of the pack experience/price wise, and got an appointment with Grant. Grant was amazing - he listened to my concerns, asked me what I wanted my hair to do, asked me my styling routine, etc. He didn't try and talk me into something I didn't want, and sympathized with my stripe problem. He exuded confidence without any hint of pretense. He obviously knows hair! He gave me a fantastic cut, medium - long layers that fell into place as if they had been precision cut using a computer. Best of all, however, was the color. While he couldn't undo all the stripes in one sitting (and told me that at the beginning so as not to set unrealistic expectations, which I really appreciated), they have definitely been diminished. My hair looks pretty again - lots of pretty and natural looking blond highlights. I can't wait to go to work tomorrow and start hearing the compliments! Everyone at JJ Studio was great, from the front desk staff, to the assistant (shampoo person), to Grant the magical stylist! I highly recommend Grant and JJ Studio.

5
★★★★★

James Joseph Studio on Newbury St. is a real find. I had been going to a well known Cambridge salon for 2 years, and was pretty happy with my stylist. But in October, the cut wasn't quite as good as the ones she had given me in the past. But, since anyone can have a bad day, I went back in January - but that visit was even worse. Instead of natural looking blond highlights (on my medium blond hair) as I had received in the past, I suddenly had stripes. Alternating bands of too-light blond, and coppery brownish red. It was awful! I let it grow out, but knew I needed a change. After a lot of research, I chose James Joseph Studio - similar pricing to my Cambridge salon, and good reviews. It was an excellent choice! I asked for an advanced stylist, middle of the pack experience/price wise, and got an appointment with Grant. Grant was amazing - he listened to my concerns, asked me what I wanted my hair to do, asked me my styling routine, etc. He didn't try and talk me into something I didn't want, and sympathized with my stripe problem. He exuded confidence without any hint of pretense. He obviously knows hair! He gave me a fantastic cut, medium - long layers that fell into place as if they had been precision cut using a computer. Best of all, however, was the color. While he couldn't undo all the stripes in one sitting (and told me that at the beginning so as not to set unrealistic expectations, which I really appreciated), they have definitely been diminished. My hair looks pretty again - lots of pretty and natural looking blond highlights. I can't wait to go to work tomorrow and start hearing the compliments! Everyone at JJ Studio was great, from the front desk staff, to the assistant (shampoo person), to Grant the magical stylist! I highly recommend Grant and JJ Studio.

Pros: Sleek & Stylish, Friendly, Skilled Stylists

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i'm blonde and have never felt like a natural blonde until i was reccomedned to Samantha. i've been coloring my hair for about 15 years, A woman i work with just raves about her, and said i must go. I love to be blonde but have never been 100% happy with the results. when i first met Samantha, she sat with me and really listened to my concerns, i felt like she knew exactly what i was trying to say.... well i have to say she is AMAZING!!!!! i felt lika a new woman when i left the salon, and the great thing is, I literley get stopped on street with complements on my hair. I would HIGHLY reccomed her to any one. She also cut my hair and in just love it as well. its just amazing how someone can change your life, i wish i meet her 15 years ago !!!!!!!!!
thanks

5
★★★★★

i'm blonde and have never felt like a natural blonde until i was reccomedned to Samantha. i've been coloring my hair for about 15 years, A woman i work with just raves about her, and said i must go. I love to be blonde but have never been 100% happy with the results. when i first met Samantha, she sat with me and really listened to my concerns, i felt like she knew exactly what i was trying to say.... well i have to say she is AMAZING!!!!! i felt lika a new woman when i left the salon, and the great thing is, I literley get stopped on street with complements on my hair. I would HIGHLY reccomed her to any one. She also cut my hair and in just love it as well. its just amazing how someone can change your life, i wish i meet her 15 years ago !!!!!!!!!
thanks

Pros: samantha is the best with blondes

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I went to the James Joseph Studion in Medford at Station Landing. I asked for a trim of dead ends but to keep the length even if it did not take all the split ends off. She cut off way too much. It was past the middle of my back, now it is just barely below my shoulders!!! She asked how I styled it on a daily basis. I usually Pony tail it or curl the ends..., Now I can't do either because it is so short. The top of a pony tail sticks straigh up making me look like someone from Whoville! The WORST $50 I have ever spent in my entire life. I cry every morning when I try to do my hair.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I went to the James Joseph Studion in Medford at Station Landing. I asked for a trim of dead ends but to keep the length even if it did not take all the split ends off. She cut off way too much. It was past the middle of my back, now it is just barely below my shoulders!!! She asked how I styled it on a daily basis. I usually Pony tail it or curl the ends..., Now I can't do either because it is so short. The top of a pony tail sticks straigh up making me look like someone from Whoville! The WORST $50 I have ever spent in my entire life. I cry every morning when I try to do my hair.

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I recently went to james joseph studio on newbury street. I arrived on time and still had to sit for about 15 minutes before my stylist came over and told me that they were going to give me a complimentary conditioning treatment while i waited for her since she was apparently running about 30 minutes behind. i was seated in the shampoo room and a blonde and pink haired girl (who was kind but seemed annoyed and smelled strongly of cigarette smoke) shampooed me and put on this conditioning treatmed, put a plastic cap on my head and stuck me in a chair to wait 10 minutes before rinsing me. I finally meet with the stylist and she informs me that she doesn't think the cut that i explained to her will work for my hairtype and though i was annoyed i think she was probably correct. after much talking she did however manage to give me a fantastic layered cut that i absolutely loved! And it looks good even if i don't style it which is a major plus as a student. After i finished up with her she quickly had me out of her chair and had the next person in before i could blink. I went to the bathroom to change out of the robe they gave me and to get in another look at this fabulous cut before i leave. While waiting for the restroom I could hear stylists arguing in their backroom area and complaining about their clients. I was rather shocked at the language and how unprofessional they were. So in the end, although i left with a great cut i don't think i will be returning to james joseph. these people have a little too much attitude for my liking and i don't care to be one of the clients they discuss where they think they can't be heard.

2
★★☆☆☆

I recently went to james joseph studio on newbury street. I arrived on time and still had to sit for about 15 minutes before my stylist came over and told me that they were going to give me a complimentary conditioning treatment while i waited for her since she was apparently running about 30 minutes behind. i was seated in the shampoo room and a blonde and pink haired girl (who was kind but seemed annoyed and smelled strongly of cigarette smoke) shampooed me and put on this conditioning treatmed, put a plastic cap on my head and stuck me in a chair to wait 10 minutes before rinsing me. I finally meet with the stylist and she informs me that she doesn't think the cut that i explained to her will work for my hairtype and though i was annoyed i think she was probably correct. after much talking she did however manage to give me a fantastic layered cut that i absolutely loved! And it looks good even if i don't style it which is a major plus as a student. After i finished up with her she quickly had me out of her chair and had the next person in before i could blink. I went to the bathroom to change out of the robe they gave me and to get in another look at this fabulous cut before i leave. While waiting for the restroom I could hear stylists arguing in their backroom area and complaining about their clients. I was rather shocked at the language and how unprofessional they were. So in the end, although i left with a great cut i don't think i will be returning to james joseph. these people have a little too much attitude for my liking and i don't care to be one of the clients they discuss where they think they can't be heard.

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Note: I'm updating this review; I initially wrote it in January '08 (I think), and I'm now updating in September '08, after having had a total of three haircuts.

INITIAL REVIEW (Jan. '08):
I spent a considerable amount of time researching stylists/studios that are good with wavy/curly hair, and I'm so happy with my decision to go to James Joseph Studio and get a cut with a senior stylist.

First of all, the stylist seemed like a genuinely nice person, which is just a bonus given her styling expertise. When it came time for the cut, she asked a lot of questions about my hair and how I usually treat it. Though she sort of apologized for asking so many questions (it really wasn't that many), I was glad she was so concerned with giving me a cut suited to ME, and not just assuming my hair was like everyone else's. It was really evident that she knows hair -- knows how it works, knows how to treat it, etc. AND here's the great thing: I can do it myself!

All in all, I got a fantastic haircut from an excellent stylist.
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UPDATE (Sept. '08):
The prices seem to be steadily rising at James Joseph Studio -- my first cut was $60, a few months later it was $70, and a few months later it was $75. While paradoxically, it seems that the subsequent cuts weren't quite as great as the first one -- the one that was the least expensive! I felt I received a lot of attention on my first visit, which was really great, but on subsequent visits I felt less attention was paid. I don't expect a stylist to remember everything about my particular hair type, but I do feel I was kind of given a more generic, less tailored cut on the second and third visits. I'm not sure yet whether I'll return for a fourth visit; I'm considering seeking out someplace new.

3
★★★☆☆

Note: I'm updating this review; I initially wrote it in January '08 (I think), and I'm now updating in September '08, after having had a total of three haircuts.

INITIAL REVIEW (Jan. '08):
I spent a considerable amount of time researching stylists/studios that are good with wavy/curly hair, and I'm so happy with my decision to go to James Joseph Studio and get a cut with a senior stylist.

First of all, the stylist seemed like a genuinely nice person, which is just a bonus given her styling expertise. When it came time for the cut, she asked a lot of questions about my hair and how I usually treat it. Though she sort of apologized for asking so many questions (it really wasn't that many), I was glad she was so concerned with giving me a cut suited to ME, and not just assuming my hair was like everyone else's. It was really evident that she knows hair -- knows how it works, knows how to treat it, etc. AND here's the great thing: I can do it myself!

All in all, I got a fantastic haircut from an excellent stylist.
*********************************
UPDATE (Sept. '08):
The prices seem to be steadily rising at James Joseph Studio -- my first cut was $60, a few months later it was $70, and a few months later it was $75. While paradoxically, it seems that the subsequent cuts weren't quite as great as the first one -- the one that was the least expensive! I felt I received a lot of attention on my first visit, which was really great, but on subsequent visits I felt less attention was paid. I don't expect a stylist to remember everything about my particular hair type, but I do feel I was kind of given a more generic, less tailored cut on the second and third visits. I'm not sure yet whether I'll return for a fourth visit; I'm considering seeking out someplace new.

Pros: convenient location on Newbury, great haircut on first visit

Cons: rising prices, quality of initial haircut not matched on subsequent visits

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I recently moved here, and as all of you know finding a GREAT stylist is a hard thing to do.

I researched online, and asked some collegues at work for some recomendations. After all my research, I chose Eva at James Joseph Salon.

I was met by the front desk with the BIGGEST smile. It make me feel comfortable as soon as I walked in. I was shown where to change, and hang my coat. When I was done, Eva's assistant was waiting for me and offered me an array of beverages.

Next thing I knew it I was sitting in Eva's chair for a consultation where she actually listened to what I wanted. Next was the most amazing shampoo, and head massage that I have ever had. Her assistant (Ashley I think it was) was amazing.

I got a full hair cut of almost 45 minutes, where we shared laughs and stories. Eva made me feel like I had known her for years. In the end, I had the BEST hair cut I have ever gotten.

I checked out at the desk, and they had a few products that Eva used waiting for me. No pressure to buy, but of course I did get the shampoo since it smelt amazing, and felt like it worked great (or maybe it was the head massage that I got, I don't know).

I already booked my next appointment, and can't wait to come back!

5
★★★★★

I recently moved here, and as all of you know finding a GREAT stylist is a hard thing to do.

I researched online, and asked some collegues at work for some recomendations. After all my research, I chose Eva at James Joseph Salon.

I was met by the front desk with the BIGGEST smile. It make me feel comfortable as soon as I walked in. I was shown where to change, and hang my coat. When I was done, Eva's assistant was waiting for me and offered me an array of beverages.

Next thing I knew it I was sitting in Eva's chair for a consultation where she actually listened to what I wanted. Next was the most amazing shampoo, and head massage that I have ever had. Her assistant (Ashley I think it was) was amazing.

I got a full hair cut of almost 45 minutes, where we shared laughs and stories. Eva made me feel like I had known her for years. In the end, I had the BEST hair cut I have ever gotten.

I checked out at the desk, and they had a few products that Eva used waiting for me. No pressure to buy, but of course I did get the shampoo since it smelt amazing, and felt like it worked great (or maybe it was the head massage that I got, I don't know).

I already booked my next appointment, and can't wait to come back!

Pros: Friendly Staff, and Amazing Head Massages

Cons: Boston Parking...

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A month ago, I decided to finally cut my hair. It was well below my shoulders. I had been keeping the hair that length for a really long time. Finally, I decided to get some layers from my usual stylist, who I had been going to for at least 4 years. I usually trusted her because my cuts were so simple! This time around, I told her that I wanted layers, and I left with a nightmare. It was awful! I didn't even recognize myself! After going home and looking in the mirror, I knew that I could not show up to work on Monday looking like I had taken a razor to my hair, drunk. Checking out salon recommendations around Boston, I found James Joseph on Newbury Street. The recommendations were pretty good. So I called and was scheduled with Derek. When I got to the salon, I was greeted by a mildly friendly front desk. They were kind of cold, but also very busy. I sat for about 5 minutes and then Derek came and introduced himself. I sat down and explained what happened and he was very attentive. He listened to everything I had to say and gave me his feedback. He was genuinely interested. So 45 minutes later, my hair was completely different and "fierce" as he put it. But I was amazed, really. It was sleek and chic.

I was very happy. I recommend Derek highly and have done so to everyone at work!

4
★★★★☆

A month ago, I decided to finally cut my hair. It was well below my shoulders. I had been keeping the hair that length for a really long time. Finally, I decided to get some layers from my usual stylist, who I had been going to for at least 4 years. I usually trusted her because my cuts were so simple! This time around, I told her that I wanted layers, and I left with a nightmare. It was awful! I didn't even recognize myself! After going home and looking in the mirror, I knew that I could not show up to work on Monday looking like I had taken a razor to my hair, drunk. Checking out salon recommendations around Boston, I found James Joseph on Newbury Street. The recommendations were pretty good. So I called and was scheduled with Derek. When I got to the salon, I was greeted by a mildly friendly front desk. They were kind of cold, but also very busy. I sat for about 5 minutes and then Derek came and introduced himself. I sat down and explained what happened and he was very attentive. He listened to everything I had to say and gave me his feedback. He was genuinely interested. So 45 minutes later, my hair was completely different and "fierce" as he put it. But I was amazed, really. It was sleek and chic.

I was very happy. I recommend Derek highly and have done so to everyone at work!

Pros: great stylist, funky atmosphere

Cons: front desk staff

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This little Newbury Street salon is always bustling with a young, hip crowd of men and women who flock to the moderately priced cuts and color. The decor is understated (brick walls, comfy black chairs) and the staff…

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