BALAYAGE AND COLOR MELT C/O BOBBY MACK & CO HAIR STUDIO
Because I’ve been traumatized by terrible hair experiences in the past, when I find a great stylist, I’m forever loyal. After moving from Georgia back to the Philadelphia area, I had to find a new salon. I discovered Bobby Mack & Co Hair Studio by chance through raving reviews on Yelp. After careful consideration, I stepped into my first appointment with Erin in October 2015 when the studio was still on 17th & South Streets. I’ve never looked back.
Since then, the growth for this team has been exponential; a few weeks ago, they moved to a new, larger location a few blocks away on the corner of 20th & South Streets. It’s a beautiful, open space with a family feel, especially since it’s run by namesake Bobby Mack and his darling fiancé, James. What I love is the authenticity of the team and the service. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted and offered your pick of coffee, tea, water (and yes, even wine).
Most importantly, they really know hair. I trust them so much that I’ll make appointments with a general idea then let them work their magic. I highly recommend Bobby and also my girl, Erin; they’re the only two who have cut and colored my hair so far. But scroll through their Instagram and you can see all of the stylists are on point. My coloring appointment took about three hours. In short, the process involves carefully hand-painting different sections of hair, wrapping them in foil, letting them melt under heat, rinsing, toning, and applying gloss.
One thing to note: because they are growing so quickly, sometimes colorists double-book (i.e.: apply your color in the time another client has to sit for a good amount of time under the heat with highlights already applied). While just about every great salon does this for maximum efficiency and to make sure they can accommodate every client, if this would bother you, just let them know when booking the appointment. And also make sure to schedule your appointments as far in advance as possible! They are extremely friendly and as flexible as possible.
What do you look for in a stylist? If you end up trying this salon, I’d love to hear about your experience!