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I went to Shauna at Venus for my very first DevaCurl haircut on my disorderly curly hair. It was my first dry haircut experience, so I was very apprehensive. Shaunawas amicable, observant, and well-informed. She doesn't have curly hair, but she KNOWS curls. She is Deva-certified, but even beyond that, she is an artist and acts with an instinctive aptitude to bring out the best of your curls. She took the time to cut each individual curl group -- two hours of work in total. While she was cutting she explained the method she uses (Deva Curl). She took extra time to show me a new way to dry my hair, and was very considerate with product recommendations, but not at all pushy about me needing to buy anything. Plus, she was just very charming and enjoyable to be around. I'll end this review with the honest admission that I cried after my haircut -- tears of relief that I finally found someone who can bring out the best in my hair and, by extension, my natural beauty. Having curly hair is an arduous journey, and everyone's curls are different. I highly recommend Shauna if you need help embracing your specific curls and making them look their best.
After a visibly botched all over color at another place in Milwaukie, I looked on Yelp for top reviewed places in Portland. I selected Venus Allure.
The stylist, named Shauna, not only had to correct the mess left in the wake of my days old hair disaster, but had to make the outcome look realistic, natural and professional.
Happily, Shauna succeeded at it all! This meant something special for me because, as a blind person, I can not directly observe whether the work is well done and must go through my day until I can find someone honest and clear-eyed enough to tell me honestly. My daughter filled that role this go-round and said that the work looked amazing.
Thanks, Shauna and staff for your welcoming and professionalism. I plan to re-visit Venus Allure regularly.