bellus academy salon, poway, ca
i love “firsts” – so what better way to start the new year, than with what-turned-out-to-be a great one!
having already been familiar with bellus academy through a couple of friends who are proud alumni, as well as connections via the san diego style bloggers network and fashion week san diego — i’d thought many a time before about checking out the poway campus’ salon. and in the interest of being a better “do-er” this year (and needing to pinch my pennies a bit more), i gave them a ring friday morning on the way to work.
i received a call back from the delightful carissa, and — given the terrible non-planner i am – i was so pleasantly surprised when she said they could take me in that day at 5:30p.
bridget warmly greeted me at the reception desk, and walked me back to her station. after an initial chat about what i was looking for (a slight trim to get my strands healthy and shaped, while keeping as much length as possible), she brought her instructor matt over to advise on overall direction.
getting started (the awkward selfie is totally my doing!)
i really enjoyed talking with her during my visit, about her time in the program so far, her background and family…especially since i just can feel the cosmetology student waiting to jump out of my corporate marketing body! (side note: she even checked to make sure the water temperature was comfortable — no one does that anymore! i thought it was really sweet.)
i was extremely impressed with how kind the instructors were to all the students on the floor, and equally with the sense of camaraderie i got from the class of students. contrary to some salons, there was no pretentiousness — just a lively group of people perfecting their skills. and with the very clear guidance matt offered bridget, i felt like i was receiving quite the quality education, too! i should also credit his fellow instructor, who assisted with my sideswept bangs (wish i had asked for his name!).
i’m so happy i “took the plunge” and went for it! i think it’s safe to say my hair is happy as well. i also love that i can help someone further their career *and* practice some newfound fiscal responsibility at the same time!
scary, jungle-mane hair! run for your lives!
note: it’s basically been in a ponytail for six months.
(did i mention i had baby #2 in june?)
pretty, soft hair à la bridget. so. much. better.
(in case you’re wondering, a cut is $12 — pick that jaw up — and first-timers receive half-off their initial service. what?!? – oh yes, ’tis true. you are able to tip your stylist in cash, or with a bellus gift card they can use for their own services, product, etc.)
thank you, bridget and matt! look forward to seeing you again soon!
with bridget after my visit (in old navy sweater). is she not the cutest??
fyi: her smock is tone-on-tone leopard print…with ruffles. major envy.
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interested in my recap of bellus artists at work during 2012 fashion week san diego’s “the art of beauty” event? to read about san diego style bloggers network founders rachel and paulina’s manicure night at bellus’ national city salon, click here.
the ‘do a few days later. half-up, half-down weekend casual.