I first visited All About Hair and Tanning Salon, located at 111 Star St. Ste. 106 in Mankato, a year ago when my daughters needed a hair cut. Their first visit to a hair salon, which was the Great Clips on Riverfront Drive a year prior, did not go well. In fact, the Great Clips fiasco was so traumatic for them, that I tried trimming their bangs and hair on my own following the event.
But they were about to start school and they needed a clean cut. I heard about All About Hair through a friend and thought I would give it a try. The salon is owned by Amy Osborne and is located off Madison Avenue next to H&R Block and behind Grizzly’s Grill N’ Saloon.
They accept walk-ins, and that is just what we did. A stylist each took one of my girls and dressed them in a very colorful smock and put them on a booster seat. They were very gentle, friendly and patient with them. While there have been friendly stylists at other salons I have visited, it seems that they only cut children’s hair one way- straight across with no style. But this was different.
Kids’ cuts at All About Hair are $13, which may be a little more than the national chain salons charge, but worth it if you want a nice cut that will last.
I was impressed by how experienced the stylists were at All About Hair. My girls didn’t even cry or get upset. They stayed very calm throughout the experience. During our second visit a few months later, we had yet another positive experience.
Another plus, is that the stylists actually listen to your requests. For example, I was in the process of growing out my girls’ bangs and didn’t want them cut. The stylists respected that decision and were able to thin out the bangs with a special tool.
I have also had my hair cut there several times, and have always been pleased with the results, as well as the friendly environment. It’s also very clean inside. Cuts for women start at $19.
A few months ago I decided to try another salon in Mankato because they had a special, and immediately regretted not going to All About Hair after the fact.
All About Hair is open six days a week, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed Sundays and major holidays. They do both walk-ins and appointments, although it’s best to call ahead, as they do get busy.
In addition to haircuts, the salon offers waxing, coloring and tanning services, which I have yet to try. They do often run specials on other services, which are usually advertised on their website or Facebook fan page.
One of their weekly deals, includes Tuesdays, which is Men’s Day. On those days, men receive $3 off the normal $16 price for a hair cut. I have also seen specials on eye brow waxing and haircuts advertised.