417 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA | Directions 9506236.966885 -122.008029
Thank you Mindy! – Always insecure about my hair, I cautiously trusted my experienced stylist. Mindy llistened to how much care I was willing to take each day, and gave me a sassy cut!
Mindy has consistently listened to me, and we've played successfully with color and a variety of fun styles.
She specializes in wedding makeup and hair, so since I have a big wedding to go to, she's the one to make it perfect! Mindy has a nice catalogue of wedding experience to peruse, too.
OK One thing I know is a good cut......Jasons the best – My dad was a barber, whose salon was on the corner of Rodeo and Wilshire I have been watching cuts my entire life.
Jason has been doing my hair for 8 years the first thing I noticed was his incredible skills with scissors Jason also knows how to take color and wow
I have ventured to other salons over the years but I always come back. Now I travel from Sacramento every month just for Jason. This Christmas 4 of my gifts are gift certificates for cuts by Jason….. Thanks Jason for making me look beautiful
Leading edge, knowledgeable stylists; excellent service – These folks all know their chemistry. They keep up on the latest trends and technology, are knowledgeable and give considered advise.
Gabriella , a master of cuts and color, takes care of my hair. I appear on TV occasionally, sometimes with little notice. Thanks to Gabriella, I never worry about how my hair looks.
Good Stuff – This is, hands down, the best salon I have been to. I walked in a mysterious redhead with long hair and walked out a sassy short haired blond. The amount of work it took to strip that color was extremely tedious but I was entertained the entire time with Jason's off-the-wall sense of humor. He ended up staying two extra hours to accommodate my wants. In most salon's I feel like I am back in high school, trying to fit in with the jocks and cheerleaders but this place has a very excepting atmosphere that made me feel cool and trust me, I am not cool. Regardless of how a salon makes you feel at the time it is what you feel like afterwards that matters. It's been two weeks and I am completely in love with my new hair. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Best Hair Stylist in Santa Cruz – I haven't been going to Stranded Beauty Bar for very long (just three visits), but I would follow MINDY PALMER anywhere. I first met her in September 2005 and, at the time, I was scared to death of hair stylists messing up my hair. She did such a fantastic job that, since then, I've transferred my business with her from two previous salons.
This salon is clean and still close enough to work that I go on my lunch break. The receptionist, Penny, has been helpful and cheerful for all three visits and I do not have a problem getting an appointment with Mindy within a week of calling, even on short notice.
She does exactly what I ask (which has, of late, been the impossible: to cut it longer) but, at the same time, makes relevant suggestions and improves upon my vision of the perfect cut and knows exactly what she is doing. She is careful to choose nice-smelling products when styling and is not disdainful if I choose to use drugstore hair products (as long as they work for me!).
The haircuts are not Supercuts price, but she does such a good job, that I only go about 4 times per year. I don't know what I would do without MINDY; she is the best hair stylist in Santa Cruz county--make sure to ask for her by name...and tell her Amy sent you! :)
Stranded allright – So I went in to get my hair cut - nothing crazy I wanted the posh haircut -the one that everyone has I know that but for them to tell me that made me feel smaller. The girl cut my hair but it was a bob-kinda. She cut off like 4 inches of hair, not what i wanted or expected. I was afraid for her to try and fix it more would have to come off and you can already see my neck it's awfully white not getting any sun, I am already feeling uncomfortable, the place is small you can hear everything... I just had to pay, say thank you and just leave. I i decided to leave it at that. I still hate my haircut. That place it too confusing.
Boo – If you want attitude, go here. I was mocked to my face for using a non-salon shampoo. I never went back. Other friends of mine have horror stories. Not the salon for me.
nice, nice people who know their business – Made an appt. with them cause it's walking distance from the Boardwalk and went to get a cut while my teens hung out on the boardwalk. This is a young couple really making a go of their business. They were very, very welcoming (receptionist Penny is wonderful as everyone has commented). Plus I am very happy with the cut I got from Roxanne. She knows what she's doing. The cut works and it's easy. The salon was very nice and spotless clean. They have pride in their business and deserve to do well. I wish them well.
Beware of Stranded – I walked into Stranded wanting a trim with my hair past my shoulders, I walked out with a short bob haircut!!!!!!! I felt like Penny was trying to pick up on me the whole time I was there, and yes, I am female!! The whole experience was HELL. Roxanne talked my fricken ear off and practically cut it off while she was cutting my hair. NEVER AGAIN! Way over priced as well, I would have been better off going to Super Cuts.
Be very careful w. Stranded – I gave Stranded two stars because I have two words of suggestion... BE ASSERTIVE!!!
After my stylist of many years left the area, I found myself looking for a new salon. Back in Jan. 2008 I read so many rave reviews about Stranded I hoped it would be a good fit. I had an appt with Michael, who's an absolute love & v. professional. We had a good long talk, he looked at the pictures I brought, we decided it would take two separate appts to get the natural look I was going for. First appt went very well. Several weeks later-- not so much. I was informed that Micheal was unavailable ( a little detail they forgot to mention when they called to remind me the night before) but that Gabby had come in early to help. Now, I'm not as assertive as I should be. Even so, I try to describe Michael's plan & the look I'm going for despite the sinking feeling in my gut ( I just now discovered the post about colouring w. Gabby).
Three + hours, two+ inches & two hundred dollars later. I tumble out of Stranded with a "what just happened" feeling. I get myself to a mirror... My hair looks like somebody plopped a cancer patient's wig on me, one with fake grey-blonde hair. I look about five years older! I tried to call & re-schedule with Michael. When I gave my name they say "weren't you just here'. I explained that I would prefer Michael. "Oh, but if you're unhappy you should really go to Gabby". Why on earth would I go back for another round of mis-communication & someone else's styling? Apparently "Stranded" isn't just a clever play on words-- it's also how you feel when they're done with you .
If you go to this place be VERY PRECISE about how you & your hair should be treated. Otherwise you may spend the next year or so growing out their efforts. Also, ask for Michael & don't settle. GOOD LUCK!
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