8 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
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I Soci has won tons of Boston awards and holds a great deal of parties. I went there for years and really liked it but every single time I went it was huge changes. I understand the constant updating of *cool* but it was too much. They also give you the complete ""bums rush"" the MINUTE your hair is done and i HATE that. They are even frustrated if you have to go to the bathroom!
Mondi is very sweet and very talented! I live in Nyc but travel back and forth to Boston. I look forward to my visits with Mondi. She waxes my brow first to clean them up and then goes in with tweezers and scissors to fine tune the shape. i always leave looking and feeling beautiful!!
I got my hair colored by Daryl and cut by Melissa. Love it more than I've every loved my hair. Not kidding. I'm an artist who appreciates it when others take pride in their craft and do it well. My hair was a mess from a bad dye job I got elsewhere-- I had four different colors going on when I got there and I didn't know if it could be fixed without compromising the look I wanted. Thanks Daryl & Melissa!
I called I Soci Salon in a panic after a new hair dresser fried my hair and left me with roots leaving the salon. I did not know what to do to fix my hair, but I knew that something needed to be done fast. A co-worker recommended I Soci and I called and begged for a last minute appointment. Daryl Drake had just returned from the UK and luckily was able to see me that day. Daryl is a life saver. He made me feel like I was in good hands immediately. He listened to my likes and dislikes and worked with me on a plan to bring my hair color back to what I wanted. Daryl is truly the BEST colorist I have ever gone to. He is a real artist and has mastered his craft. I wish that the original disaster had never happened, but feel lucky that it brought me to Daryl. If you are looking for an amazing colorist with a great personality, I recommend calling I Soci Salon and scheduling an appointment with Daryl.
If you are looking for a relaxed, but professional salon on Newbury St., I Soci is the place. Everyone that works there was friendly and nice, not snobby AT ALL. I called in dire need of color and they put me with Daryl. I am EXTREMELY picky about my hair, I hate ashy blond on me and a lot of stylists have a hard time making my hair warm without being too gold or red. Not Daryl, I have never been so happy with my color. He made my mousy brown hair a gorgeous and natural (no stripes, I hate stripes in my hair!) honey blond with lots of sun kissed highlights. And he was sweet as can be too - very down to earth! I'm so happy I found I Soci Salon and DARYL!!!
I go to see Heidi; I've had three visits with her so far. The price is steep: $90, though you are paying for an experienced colorist (plus tip), and she does a good job and is a very inviting, friendly person (also, they send you 20% off coupons from time to time, and appear to have good management). However, you don't get much time with a lead colorist: shampoo folks do the rest, which is not satisfactory for such an expensive service.
Beware the shampoo & dry! Each time I've been, a young woman is sent to wash & dry my fine hair. And because handing my hair to her sends me into a panic, I'm looking for a new place. She attempted to wet brush it even, with a plastic brush! This is a mistake not even a five-year old would not make. She always seems immensely annoyed. If not checked by someone more senior, these young interns stand to make serious mistakes.
In my humble opinion, this is a _serious_ business mistake for such an expensive, high-end salon, that prides itself on talent. They try to max out the bookings for the senior folks, and have interns doing the rest. But the interns aren't trained; this one is not even particularly pleasant. And since you see them last , and spend more time with them than the senior person, it is these folks you remember, along with their guffaws.
Sure, have a young person do the shampoo. But I think 15 minutes more per client-given the cost --would be reasonable, so that you had the feeling the person you are paying to see is actually attending to you. And, can't they afford the best, most cheerful young people for interns, to take care of their customers? These people are not the least important people there; I am, as I said, going to take my $$ elsewhere because of the lack of care & attitude of one of these folks.
I have been getting my hair cut by him for years and have never been disappointed. I've lived all along the east coast and cannot find anyone who compares and always end up finding an excuse to make the drive to come back to Boston. He has fixed what others have messed up, basically he is a lifesaver.
I went to see the lead colorist at iSoci a couple of months ago. After about an hour of waiting for my appointment (the colorist did come out to apologize) I finally got into her. My color came out so average and plain that you could barely tell I had gotten it done. Also, because she was running so late and does not cut, I was an hour late getting to the woman to cut my hair and she rushed through the whole thing. She barely did ANY dry hair cutting and basically just gave me a trim. When she did do my dry cut - another employee was on one side of my head blow-drying while she cut. I was SO dissappointed because I had heard such great reviews. It was also incredibly overpriced for what it is. I am sure if you have a very basic haircut/color it's a fine place but for anyone looking for something more, I would recommend finding another salon.
I had my first cut and color at Isoci with one of the lead stylists. She walked me through my hair type and what she was going to do - I felt completely comfortable. She took a full 45 minutes to cut my hair and really paid attention to detail. I got a much better cut and color than I had before for the same price. It is expensive but worth it.
You have to book in advance to get an appointment - the salon is very busy and bit cramped.
All the staff was friendly, accommodating and attitude free, which can be a challenge to find on Newbury St.
I have been going to the same stylist for the longest time. I recently had a bad experience so I was loooking for a new place to go. I wanted to stay on Newbury st. because thats where the best stylists are. I asked around and got a few suggestions but I soci was recommended the most. Needless to say I gave it a shot. I got exactly what I was looking for with great service. If you have had a bad experience in the past give this place a try.
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