We’ve all been there. You’ve moved to a new city, you’re pretty much unpacked, you somewhat know you’re way around by now, and then you look in the mirror. It’s time to get your hair done; however, you have no clue where to go. I feel you. There’s many routes you can go at this point. You can take a risk by doing a quick Google search and see who pops up first. You can read a few Yelp reviews, make an appointment, and hope for the best. Or, you could post on some local Facebook pages and see who the people recommend. Personally, I think these CAN BE risky options. I’m going to walk you through the best way to find a new hair person so you don’t waste your time and money on bad experiences.
1. Don’t rush this process. Before you move, get your hair done as close as possible to move date so that you give yourself plenty of time to find a new person.
2. Look around-at people. When you’re at the grocery store, did you see someone’s hair you liked that day? Stop them, tell them you like their hair, you’re new here and ask who does their hair. I found my person in San Diego in an elevator. This woman had my hair color and a great cut. I asked her who did it and she gave me the most amazing recommendation. Easy.
3. When asking for recommendations, be sure to ask someone with similar hair color and length. For example, I have blonde, medium length hair. I would like to find someone that is great with blonde highlights and does awesome cuts with layers. I’m probably not going to ask a brunette with a pixie cut for a recommendation and she wouldn’t ask me either. When I moved to Jacksonville, there was a friend of mine from college who I hadn’t talked to in years. I knew she lived in Jacksonville and she has GREAT HAIR! So, I messaged her and viola, my new hair genius was found!
4. If you choose to go the, “ask the locals on Facebook” route, be sure to read through all the recommendations and the why. “She’s awesome and super cheap,” nope, not the recommendation you need. Why is she awesome and why is she super cheap? Is there someone recommended over and over? Also, if you’re still not sure, check the person’s profile pics who’s recommending them. Usually, people will put their best hair days in their Facebook profile pic so if you like their hair, it’s a good indication of what yours may look like.
Now, if you’re in Monterey or Jacksonville, I’m going to share my hair geniuses with you. You don’t even have to do the above steps because I’m going to give you the place, the names, and the location of where you will find your new stylist and then you can thank me later. Actually, you can thank my friend Abbey for her original recommendation and my friend Stacey for her recommendation.
Monterey: Ashley D at Studio 519. She’s awesome.
Trompe L’oeil Salon and Spa is located in Ponte Vedra Beach and Nocatee. Mayport ladies, it’s a hop skip and a jump down A1A. For those of you in St. John’s County, you are in luck because they just opened their new Nocatee location. Like I mentioned above though, it’s important to understand WHY someone loves their hair person/salon. Let me tell you why I like this place.
When you first walk in, it’s like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of whatever is going on in your life. Our time in Jacksonville has been spent with hubby spending way more days out to sea than on land. I’m sure you can relate. Getting my hair done means I either have to book a babysitter, or take away a few hours of the precious time we have when hubby is actually in port. So, this experience better be a good one!
I love the owners. Aren’t they adorable? Sheri and Carlos Beltran own Trompe L’oeil. Sheri does my hair, and Carlos does my husband’s and my son’s hair. They are both color geniuses and master stylists. Sheri is one of the select few chosen to train in New York with Eiji Yamine, master of dry hair cutting and recently participated in the International Beauty Show with him in New York City. These two are amazing but the entire salon is highly talented. Trompe L’oeil did my hair and makeup for The Navy Mom TV show, “Welcome to Jacksonville Guide.” I had four people work on me that day. I needed some serious help to be TV ready! They were all so talented. Let’s get back to the part where I tell you about how relaxing this place is because this is my version of Mommy’s Day Out. They have a quiet, relaxation area where they shampoo. The massage part is my favorite. They also have an area where you can receive facials and other skin care treatments.
Earlier, I mentioned that we had our toddler’s first hair cut here. You have to see the care and precision Carlos took and ensuring the perfect first hair cut. I waited almost 2 years to cut his blonde curly locks. It was more traumatic for me than the little one but it ended up being a great experience. Tip-bring the toddler an iPad just in case.
As I mentioned in #4, it’s important to like the person’s hair that’s giving you the recommendation. So, you decide! Here’s my profile pic: My hair thanks to Sheri Beltran, B & C Hair, thanks to Carlos Beltran, and photo by Laura Davis at Pure Life Photography.
In case you’re still not sold, check out this awesome video on the salon below. Trompe L’oeil was kind enough to be a sponsor of our “The Navy Mom’s Welcome to Jacksonville Guide.” This video was featured in our program. You can see Carlos and Sheri and the Trompe L’oeil team in our next airing, Saturday, April 18th at 8PM on CW17.
Here’s how to get in touch with them:
Ponte Vedra: 904-543-1520
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