Listen up, ladies…this post is for you!
(I know, I know, it’s a mom’s blog – they are all for you, but still…take note!)
As you may or may not know, I have a 4 month old little bambino at home, along with his 5 year old brother. You also may or may not know that I am a total planner. Prior to Finn’s birth, I had scheduled a haircut and highlights for the evening before my scheduled C-section so that I would have great hair for my post-birth photos, obviously.
However, my little Early Bird turned the tables and decided that he would be born a month early. So when the hair appointment came around, I was in desperate need, but was not ready to leave my little guy with a sitter while I got my hair done…I’m sure many of you have been in the same boat…I am exclusively breastfeeding on demand, so I keep him with me all. the. time. I thought I was destined for ponytails and hats for the next few months, when I was told about WaterStone Salon.
Oh. My. Goodness. Mommas, I am telling you – RUN, don’t walk, to this fabulous place! Aside from the amazing atmosphere, sensational stylists, and convenient location, they offer ON SITE CHILDCARE! Seriously, how fabulous is that?? I could not wait to check out WaterStone Salon, get a great haircut, and all the while have my baby with me – knowing that they are a child friendly salon.
I had a morning appointment and, after battling a bit of Mopac traffic, found the salon very easily. I was thrilled to see that there was a parking garage directly behind the salon, so I didn’t have to deal with street parking or walking 5 miles with the baby in the stroller. I arrived for my appointment and was greeted by the friendly staff. The salon has a very cool vibe, with exposed ceilings, and very trendy decor. I loved the attention to detail – without looking like they tried too hard. It had a very effortless feel.
One of the on-site babysitters, AP, showed me around. They have a great little room that is just for the kiddos. The babysitters are CPR/First Aid trained and they offer a variety of activities in the playroom. From movies, to art projects, to a dress up vanity for the little girls, it was a very functional space that would make kids feel comfortable. I felt great knowing that my chair was 5 feet away from the room, so I could hear/see what was going on the whole time. On-site Sitters are currently available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 2:00 by appointment only. Just be sure to request a sitter when booking your service. Starting at just $9/hr, the rates are super competitive!
Sam was my stylist and I totally loved her. She just moved here from Chicago – and has a little guy of her own. It was great talking about Austin, music and our little boys. She was very thorough in my initial consultation and we made a plan for my hair. It needed a major overhaul as it had been 6+ months since my last cut/color. It was serious ya’ll.
While my color was processing, I checked out the rest of the salon. Everything about it was perfectly placed, and had exceptional attention to detail. I was head over heels for the color coordinated tissue-wrapped TP in the ladies room – as well as the river rocks in the sink. It’s the little things that make this momma happy!
They offer a variety of hair services, including: Scalp Massage, Shampoo and Conditioning, Blow out and Style, Complimentary Clean Up between haircuts. They can do full color, and full or partial highlights. As far as styling goes, the sky is the limit – they offer Shampoo, blow out and style, Updo’s, Wedding and Formal event styling (in salon and on site), curling with an iron, and straightening with an iron. Another cool treatment they offer (that I totally want to try out) is Bumble&bumble Concen-straight smoothing treatment. This is a straightening treatment infuses your hair with natural keratin protein – maintaining smooth, frizz-free hair whether air dried or blown out.
All in all, I had an excellent experience at WaterStone Salon. I will definitely return – not only was the salon a great place to hang out, the on-site childcare is brilliant. It was a lovely morning, and long overdue. I promised myself (and Sam!) that I will not neglect my hair for 9+ months ever again. And now that I don’t have to schedule my appointments around when I can get a sitter – I have no excuse!
WaterStone Salon is located at 3106 Guadalupe St, Suite B-100, Austin, TX 78705. You can call them to set up an appointment at 512.373.7546, or use their online booking system.
This review is solely based on Elisabeth’s opinions of WaterStone Salon.