|Address:||376 Granite Ave, Milton, MA 02186, USA|
|Working:||Closed 9AM–7PM 11AM–9PM 11AM–9PM 9AM–7PM 9AM–6PM Closed|
After several years of getting my hair cut, colored and styled at a high-end Newbury Street hair salon, I decided to try a local place near my home and see if I could capture the same quality hair styling I was used to. I checked various salons and came across Mellie Hair Salon. The salon website boasts that the salon is "high-end" and utilizes "the latest, cutting-edge" techniques. I called and spoke with the owner, Melanie. I explained to her I needed color, cut and blow-dry. I informed hair that my hair is long and curly and that I needed a stylist that was a pro at using a hair dryer, as the style I like is sleek and straight. She booked me with Janine. The day arrived for my appointment and I was greeted at the front door by Melanie, who was dressed in frumpy clothes and a 80s bob hair style. Immediately I was disappointed with Melanies look, because obviously as the owner of a salon that is supposedly high-end and trendy she was certainly not any of these things. Nevertheless, I was promptly escorted to a chair and I was introduced to Janine and my consultation began. I took one look at Janine and realized her arms were very skinny and she was very petite, and I had doubts about whether or not she really was competent enough to blow-dry my hair. But Ive had my hair fabulously blow-dried by petite women with skinny arms in the past so maybe it would be ok. I explained to Janine that I wanted to match my old color and that I needed to cover my grey. She said she liked it but did I consider low-lights. I said no, I was looking to keep the same color. She insisted that they would look nice and so after some back and forth I said Id give it a try. During the consult she also tried to sell me the Brazilian blow-out, which apparently is a big money maker for the salon. I passed. The appointment progressed, the color was completed and it did not look that bad wet. Then Janine started my blow-dry. I had high hopes for the blow-out because she in fact separated my hair into parts which was a signal that she may know what she was doing. Unfortunately Janine got tired half-way through my blow-dry and after 20 minutes she said she was done. I knew my hair takes at least 30-40 minutes from start to finish to blow-dry so I was skeptical. I touched my hair and it was still wet. I informed her of this and I also suggested she try the flat iron, if that would help her complete the job. She blew-dry a bit more but by now she was getting annoyed with me. Imagine! A hairstylist annoyed because a customer pointed out that she did a half-a** job. She tried the flat iron and further showed her incompetence by not handing the flat-iron correctly and not showing any sign of technique or experience with it. I had enough of amateur hour and said Ill go pay now. The amount I paid for this haircut exceeded what I normally payed on Newbury Street by about $20. The color was mediocre and when I took a look at my roots I found many grey hairs still not completely covered with the new color. The moral of the story: there is a reason Newbury Street is where all the experienced, edgy and high-end salons are located. Mellie Hair Salon said it was this type of salon; but in the end it was a rinky-dink, no talent, no style salon that obviously caters to "old lady hair." The vibe in the salon lacked energy and was dull. Janine showed no class when I voiced my concerns after the blow-out and was incompetent. I would not recommend this salon.
I love this salon. Booked a last minute appointment and they squeezed me in. The salon had a good buzz when I arrived it was very busy for a Thursday evening. I was offered a beverage, and took them up on a glass of red wine. Cutest little dog was there to greet me. Sweet. My color was beyond superb my expectations... I wanted and Ombre-ish color and they really delivered. My hair is hard to color (as Ive been told by many colorists before), but they nailed it. My cut by Mellie was superb. Prices are fair for the level of skill and the level of service. Parking is a bit tricky, but on-street parking can be had with little bit a bit of effort. Remember, T his aint Boise, Idaho for God Sakes. Color + cut was $170 + tip ($30). A bargain as far as Im concerned since I usually go to Newbury Street and pay $250 + tip + parking for the same services. This one ranks right up there with any "city" service Ive ever had. After some research, I discovered the staff is trained at NYC and Boston salons, and it certainly shows in their level of skill and expertise. Walked out feeling like a million bucks, and still feel that way three weeks later. Want a great color + cut for a fair price without the hassle of the city? Yes? Then youve gotta check out this little gem of a salon today! Enough said. Thanks Mellie, Ill be back, you can bet on that.
Was referred to Mellie by a friend back in 2011 and was so happy with my experience that I kept returning until I moved to California in mid 2012. I was having withdrawals because, believe it or not, I couldnt find another stylist who could do as good a cut as Melanie. Life brought me back to Boston in 2013 for another job relocation, and Ive been back to Mellie 3 times since, and my hair couldnt be happier! The salon itself is very atmospheric. Its stylish, cozy and classy, yet relaxed. The staff is incredibly attentive and professional. You can tell that the owner, Melanie, is very passionate about hair, fashion, and her business. Janine is an expert colorist. She is always very patient with me and honest about my hair. I have experimented with many colors and styles and was more than thrilled with the results every time. Whether you want something bold and vibrant or basic and traditional, Janine is your girl; she is a color wizard. If youre just going in for a cut, see Melanie...her cuts are $75, but so worth it. Again, whether you want something drastic or something simple, Melanie is the one. She created and maintained an awesome, precision bob for me. Couldnt have been happier with the results!
I went to Mellie for a cut on one of the few sunny saturdays we have had recently. I was made to wait 45 minutes without so much as an apology. I know the owner was there, so she clearly did not care and the 18 year old behind the front desk didnt either-I know Saturdays are busy, so I was upset but not completely turned off. The stylest did a nice cut, so I went back for a color--- that is when I realized I wont go back. Same stylist was again running 30 minutes late and took 4 hours to highlight my hair. 4 hours. I have been highlighting my hair for 20 years and it has never taken longer than 2.5 hours. This was color only, NO cut. She put the highlights 1/2 inch from my roots so within 2 days, I felt I needed to go again but I cant afford to. Very unprofessional and little regard to the clients except the ones they know well. Unfortunate because it is a great locale.