Saturday, 11 May 2013

My experience at Rare Earth Hair Prahran

I'd never really been someone who splurged on hair cuts or anything hair related really- a quick and cheap $15 cut from a hairdresser who yells across the salon in various Asian languages would be what I settle on once a year. As of late, my flat and lacking in volume hair has been rather boring and I just wanted some volume! What great timing that I was offered a complimentary style-cut and blow wave from Rare Earth Hair Prahran (Melbourne), I was so excited!

How stylish do these chairs look?
After university one day, I popped down to the salon not knowing what to expect. What a huge change from the hair salons I am used to going to! It was beautifully furnished and had a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The staff were extremely friendly and I met the owner Donna and a lovely lady Amy who was going to do my hair that day. On welcoming I was offered a choice of complimentary drinks which I thought was so nice- all the little things count!


 Before we get started, Amy gives me a head, neck and shoulder massage and uses a really calming aromatic oil- I was too relaxed to remember what it smelled like! My hair was washed and treated with AVEDA products which are naturally derived, and smelled amazing- I nearly fell asleep during it all! I haven't felt so pampered before, and definitely very different to my other salon experiences where they would start snipping before you're even sure of what you want!


 I asked for some more volume to my hair and for the length to be shortened- I find that shorter hair suits me better. Amy decided to do a layered hairstyle called the "Rockstar" that she learnt in Italy on me. I was looking forward to seeing the results!


I'm not sure what I am laughing hysterically about in the picture above, but it was nice chatting to Amy and finding out she was from Chicago in the US! A very nice blowdry and a few touch ups later, the whole experience was finished and I was so happy with the result. I have been so used to being so dissatisfied with my hair post haircut (all they want to do at budget places is to get it over and done with so they can move onto their next client!). My hair was so soft afterwards, and it was more bouncy and voluminised- just what I wanted. Unfortunately my "after" pictures at the salon didn't turn out very well, but I do have a picture from last night of my hair. And yes, please excuse that I am on public transport in both the pictures!

Before
After
 It was such a great experience and I loved every second of it! If you are around Melbourne and want to have a try at Rare Earth Hair, it is in Prahran which is very easy to get to from the city. New clients can take advantage of a $20 voucher to use on their first visit too which is a great offer. After this visit, I don't think I could ever go back to my budget haircuts anymore and nevertheless, I'll be happy to return!

What experiences have you had at hair salons?


49 comments :

  1. I love the style she's done, it looks great! And what a lovely salon, sounds like a very nice experience. xx

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    1. I really like it too, my hair feels less weighed down now :)

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  2. I love your new hair cut! Ugh reminds me that I'm way overdue for a cut myself!

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    1. I'm always overdue for a haircut :( And thank you!

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  3. It looks great Karen, and I love the volume at the top!

    http://ahemitsemme.blogspot.com/

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  4. looking gorge karen :) its a lovely haircut..

    www.beautyfrontline.com

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  5. Looks great Karen!! I love getting pampered at the salon, makes you feel like a million bucks.

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    1. I haven't been pampered before so it was amazing, it really does :)

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  6. That is amazing, it's like an entire other experience, not just a haircut! Haha. Your hair looks gorgeous too! I've always wanted to try a salon experience, this sounds amazing!

    http://talisbury.blogspot.com

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    1. It was quite an experience that I haven't had before, it was great :)

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  7. Oh lovely! I love this cut on your as well! I usually have really awful experiences if I go to budget or beauty school-esque salons. The cuts are cheap for a reason, and I always leave unhappy or sad. It's funny though, even if it's a terrible cut, it usually looks okay after growing out for a few weeks. O_o; I go to a decent salon now, and pay $30 instead of $8-$15 for a cut I am almost always happy with. ^__^; I guess you get what you pay for. However, I wish my salon did complimentary massages!!

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    1. I have always gotten cheap haircuts as I'm quite the penny pincher (haha) but I think $30 is a decent amount, depending on what you are getting done. All my budget haircuts have left me unsatisfied and unhappy so I'm glad this was worth it!

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  8. I had always stuck to those cheap $15 haircuts as well until I got my hair done in Hong Kong at a pricier salon. Now I don't think I'll mind spending a little extra after the experience of being in a nice salon environment with great staff! Your hair turned out pretty by the way! It really suits you ^^

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    1. It's such a new experience and it really is worth it! The cheap $15 haircuts don't really cut it anymore now :P Thank you Ivy!

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  9. i always go for the $15 haircuts too! I neglect my hair so bad haha
    complimentary drinks & free massages? this sounds like a really great experience! i should try this place out once my hair grows longer haha
    the new haircut really looks great on you :P

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    1. I neglect my hair so much too, all I do is get a cheap haircut, use shampoo and conditioner and heat protectant! Thank you :)

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  10. You hair looks gorgeous! @0@
    And you got a complimentary drink - that's awesome! ^^

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  11. Oh wow that sounds like so much fun. Yeah quick asian haircuts are just so cheap though! Haha

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  12. Your hair looks lovely! :)

    Emily x
    http://embirds.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Awesome hair styling!
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  14. Man, that reminds me I have yet to get a hair cut in ages and ages! Haircuts in Melbourne are so expensive! When I read 'Rockstar' hair, my mind instantly thought 'MULLET!?!?' Lol! The final product's awesome tho!

    IMO, a good salon experience really depends on how well you click with the stylist. Amy looks and sounds like a really nice person!

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    1. I know, having your hair cut at salons in Melbourne is so pricey! Ahaha I'm glad I didn't turn out with a mullet like I have gotten from a crappy hairdresser years ago :( That's true, a good stylish really makes the experience amazing!

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  15. i love love love your nice hair! ^_~

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  16. The new layers look good :) Thanks for sharing !

    Cherry ~~

    cherryberrypoon.blogspot.ca

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  17. I love your new layers, they really suit you! I hate the salon as it's often so expensive, but this one sounds great :)

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    1. Thank you! I hate how expensive it is too :(

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  18. looks very nice! your blog is very lovely and interesting. im glad if you visit my blog, too <3 keep in touch!

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh sweetie your new haircut looks really cute and lovely!
    xoxo

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  20. I always get my hair cut at some el cheapo Asian place that does it for $15. Sometimes I'll upgrade to a slightly more expensive Korean salon, but it's pretty much the same LOL. It sounds like you had a really nice pampering session with the massage and Aveda shampoo and some much-needed good ol' TLC for your locks! I can see that the top part of your hair definitely looks more voluminised, I like the wave that you have going on, it almost looks like a side fringe :)

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    1. I've never gone to a Korean salon before, didn't know there was such a thing! The Aveda hair products smelled amazing and it was such a great experience :)

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  21. i've stopped getting haircuts from hairdressers because i used to get them done at cheap asian places and it never turned out how i liked it. so i've cut my hair ever since (last time i went to the hairdressers was probably 5 years ago!) but if i got complimentary drinks and massages, i'd definitely go back to the hairdressers! haha
    it sounds like you received a wonderful experience and you look gorgeous in your photos :)

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    1. Yes, the cheap asian hairdressers never do your hair the way you like it- and always walk out disappointed :( I've tried trimming my own hair but it gets so messy at times! Thank you :)

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  22. Your hair looks gorgeous!
    Maybe we can follow each other~
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  23. your new hair looks so good :)

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  24. heyyyy angel, u r 2 beautiful

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  25. Wow, thank you Karen for your support! We are glad you enjoyed your time in the Salon. You have a wonderful blog. Regards from the team at Rare Earth

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  26. Your hair looks gorgeous! I love the colour too :)

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  27. Wow! What a difference!! Looks great!


    Sarah| Beauty and Lemonade xo

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  28. What a beautiful salon, No wonder you won't come back!

    Great Blog...Great style! Melbourne Hairdressers

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  29. I liked the way you put together everything, there is certainly no need to go any further to look for any additional information. You mentioned each and everything that too with much of ease.

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