I moved to Tulsa, OK in October 2013. By the time the end of November came around, I finally quit being in denial about how awful my hair looked and I decided to look up a place to get my hair done. My mom was in town for Thanksgiving so I wanted a place near her hotel. I ended up calling a place called A Robert Cromeans salon (Note, this is the salon off 71st. There is another location in Tulsa with this name. It is a Robert Cromeans walk-in salon, which is not the one I visited). They could get me in for a shampoo and cut right away, which shocked me because it was a Saturday morning. I walked in all nervous, because for some reason I’m always a wreck before I get my hair cut! Before I even got to the receptionist’s desk, I noticed what a cool looking salon it was, and how trendy all the stylists looked…funky hair color, cool clothes, piercings, tats, etc. I checked in with the receptionist and she had me take a seat on the huge round couch. I was only waiting for maybe a minute when a guy named Sean introduced himself to me. Sean was great! He took me on a very detailed tour of the salon. He showed me the shampoo area (more on that in a second), showed me the hair products available for sale, offered me a beverage, and even explained who the heck Robert Cromeans is. Apparently he is a very well known and talented stylist who also has salons in Las Vegas, Nevada and San Diego, California. After my tour, Sean showed me into an area with changing rooms so I could change out of my shirt and into a robe. You are NOT required to wear a robe, it is only recommended because it makes it easier for them to massage you (again, more on that later). I probably would not wear a robe again because I am overweight and I was paranoid my tummy was poking out the entire time!
I sat back down on the couch and this time, Samantha (my stylist) came up and introduced herself. She sat me down in the salon chair to see what I wanted done, then we walked back to the shampoo room. The shampoo room is a secluded, darker room with relaxing music playing. Samantha started shampooing my hair, then out of nowhere, she gave me this glorious scalp massage that included scratching my scalp. After the scalp massage (which lasted at least 5 minutes), she rinsed the shampoo and applied conditioner. I thought the scalp massage was a special treat but then she started rubbing my temples, neck, and shoulders (this is where wearing the robe comes in handy). The shampoo lasted about 20 minutes. She took her time massaging me and it was awesome.
After the shampoo, we went back to the chair to begin my cut. I am a shy person and do not open to people very easily, but Samantha was very easy to chat with. We discussed my move, what we were doing for the holidays, etc. The cut seemed to go by fast because of that, which is a good thing! She then blow dried my hair. I was scared to see the end result because I ALWAYS ask for layers and no matter what salon I would go to or which stylist I got, they never seemed to understand how long I wanted my layers (I guess this explains why I get nervous when I walk into a salon!). Samantha was actually the first stylist ever to get my hair the way I wanted. I was so pleasantly shocked! When I went back to the receptionist to pay, I expected my total to be at least $60, because I was used to paying $40 just for a mediocre shampoo and cut from a chain salon. My total was only $35!! I could not believe it only cost me $35 for a scalp massage, neck massage, and perfect cut and blow dry! Not only that, but they informed me that for every one person I refer to their salon, I get $20 credit. So if I got just 2 people to go to that salon, I could get a free cut/massage! The credits are great because you can let them build up and use them towards any service.
Sadly we moved away from Tulsa but I would make the 2 hour trip there just to go to this salon! If you live in Tulsa, I would highly recommend trying this salon, even if you already have a stylist you love. Everyone was nice, from the receptionist to the “tour guide” to the stylists.