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Bristles Hair Design and Day Spa

Charlottesville , VA

LOCATION

716 Rio Road West
Charlottesville, VA 22901 US

PHONE

434-977-1411

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Caitlin
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Bristles is the perfect salon for wedding party hair and makeup! I, as the bride, felt absolutely beautiful and could not have asked for a better hair and makeup stylist - Vanessa. My wedding party was well taken care of and we were all impressed with the efficient and stylish product. They provide a room for your party to use for snacks, drinks, and mirrors if there are some in your party not having their hair and makeup professionally done. I would highly recommend bristles for any beauty needs in the Charlottesville area!!
Bristles is the perfect salon for wedding party hair and makeup! I, as the bride, felt absolutely beautiful and could not Read more...
Bristles is the perfect salon for wedding party hair and makeup! I, as the bride, felt absolutely beautiful and could not have asked for a better hair and makeup stylist - Vanessa. My wedding party was well taken care of and we were all impressed with the efficient and stylish product. They provide a room for your party to use for snacks, drinks, and mirrors if there are some in your party not having their hair and makeup professionally done. I would highly recommend bristles for any beauty needs in the Charlottesville area!! Read less
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Annie
Wedding:
7/31/2015
4.7/5.0
Bristles was very accommodating to a large bridal party including many family members. Every hair appointment took less time than expected and each style was done wonderfully. Vanessa is FANTASTIC. She did my bridal hair and it was absolutely perfect, a low chignon with braids over the top---all done from a photograph during the trial. I received so many compliments on the hair--both from guests and from other vendors. She was so pleasant, professional, and I would highly recommend her!
Bristles was very accommodating to a large bridal party including many family members. Every hair appointment took less Read more...
Bristles was very accommodating to a large bridal party including many family members. Every hair appointment took less time than expected and each style was done wonderfully. Vanessa is FANTASTIC. She did my bridal hair and it was absolutely perfect, a low chignon with braids over the top---all done from a photograph during the trial. I received so many compliments on the hair--both from guests and from other vendors. She was so pleasant, professional, and I would highly recommend her! Read less
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Eileen
Wedding:
5/23/2015
4.4/5.0
Bristles did a great job planning, organizing, and styling the ten of us who came in for hair and makeup for my wedding. A couple of my bridesmaids didn't get exactly what they asked for, but I personally thought everyone looked stunning. The only thing that was a bit confusing is that a "blowout" is really not what we define as a "blowout" at our home salons in Philadelphia, NJ, and NY. We communicated about this in advance, though, so people could adjust what services they asked for accordingly.
Bristles did a great job planning, organizing, and styling the ten of us who came in for hair and makeup for my wedding. A Read more...
Bristles did a great job planning, organizing, and styling the ten of us who came in for hair and makeup for my wedding. A couple of my bridesmaids didn't get exactly what they asked for, but I personally thought everyone looked stunning. The only thing that was a bit confusing is that a "blowout" is really not what we define as a "blowout" at our home salons in Philadelphia, NJ, and NY. We communicated about this in advance, though, so people could adjust what services they asked for accordingly. Read less
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Merida
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
The Bristles team is the best! So glad they had room for us during the busiest wedding month in C-ville. They were very professional and knew exactly how to calm our nerves a couple hours before the big party! I loved how everything turned out, all of my bridesmaids maids were gorgeous and very pleased with their hair and make up! Miraculously my hair stayed in place all night, (its never ever done that before) and my makeup was fresh even after the after after party ended. I highly recommend Bristles to any Cville bride! My maid of honor is getting married next year and we've already booked our appointment to do it all over again in 2015!
The Bristles team is the best! So glad they had room for us during the busiest wedding month in C-ville. They were very Read more...
The Bristles team is the best! So glad they had room for us during the busiest wedding month in C-ville. They were very professional and knew exactly how to calm our nerves a couple hours before the big party! I loved how everything turned out, all of my bridesmaids maids were gorgeous and very pleased with their hair and make up! Miraculously my hair stayed in place all night, (its never ever done that before) and my makeup was fresh even after the after after party ended. I highly recommend Bristles to any Cville bride! My maid of honor is getting married next year and we've already booked our appointment to do it all over again in 2015! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.0/5.0
I was recently a bridesmaid in a wedding and the wedding party had their hair/makeup done here. I opted to only have my makeup done. A few days before the appointment I called and asked to see a portfolio of the person who would be doing my makeup and was told they "don't do that." I thought that was a little alarming as it is completely normal for makeup artists and stylists to have portfolios to show and it is completely reasonable for a client to request to see their work. I was concerned about the examples of the work on the main website which is what prompted me to ask for examples from my specific artist.

I arrived at the appointment with an example of what I wanted done and was very disappointed in the end. The makeup looked sloppy and did not at all look like what I requested, or something done by a professional. My blemishes were not covered, the foundation/powder that was used was too light and the mascara was cheap and did not look professional at all on my eye lashes. As an additional example, the picture I showed the artist had a peach lipstick and I ended up with maroon, which looked horrible with my new extra pale complexion. There were also black spots and mascara/eyeliner residue on my under eye immediately after we were "finished" (I saw it when I went right into the bathroom at the salon).

I honestly wish I had done my makeup myself. $75 + tip is completely ridiculous to pay for someone who isn't professionally trained. If she was professionally trained, I am concerned about the process Bristles goes through to hire people. I ended up getting to the wedding and completely re-doing my makeup and had wasted $90 which was very unfortunate. Their website says it's $65 by the way, so not sure why there's a discrepancy.

I will say that the bride had her hair and makeup done by Rachel who did a fantastic job. I wish my makeup had been done by her as well. If you go, definitely request her!
I was recently a bridesmaid in a wedding and the wedding party had their hair/makeup done here. I opted to only have my Read more...
I was recently a bridesmaid in a wedding and the wedding party had their hair/makeup done here. I opted to only have my makeup done. A few days before the appointment I called and asked to see a portfolio of the person who would be doing my makeup and was told they "don't do that." I thought that was a little alarming as it is completely normal for makeup artists and stylists to have portfolios to show and it is completely reasonable for a client to request to see their work. I was concerned about the examples of the work on the main website which is what prompted me to ask for examples from my specific artist.

I arrived at the appointment with an example of what I wanted done and was very disappointed in the end. The makeup looked sloppy and did not at all look like what I requested, or something done by a professional. My blemishes were not covered, the foundation/powder that was used was too light and the mascara was cheap and did not look professional at all on my eye lashes. As an additional example, the picture I showed the artist had a peach lipstick and I ended up with maroon, which looked horrible with my new extra pale complexion. There were also black spots and mascara/eyeliner residue on my under eye immediately after we were "finished" (I saw it when I went right into the bathroom at the salon).

I honestly wish I had done my makeup myself. $75 + tip is completely ridiculous to pay for someone who isn't professionally trained. If she was professionally trained, I am concerned about the process Bristles goes through to hire people. I ended up getting to the wedding and completely re-doing my makeup and had wasted $90 which was very unfortunate. Their website says it's $65 by the way, so not sure why there's a discrepancy.

I will say that the bride had her hair and makeup done by Rachel who did a fantastic job. I wish my makeup had been done by her as well. If you go, definitely request her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
Bristles did my entire wedding parties hair within an hour and a half. I loved that they had individual stylists for each girl instead of having to share one to three stylist amongst a large party. That in itself was worth the cost of the appointment. In terms of price they were comparable to everyone in Charlottesville.

We went to the salon and were given our own room to get ready in or hang out. It was nice to have a private space to get any day of jitters or stress out.

Almost all of the bridal parties hair held for the majority of the day and into the night and it all looked flawless in photos.
Bristles did my entire wedding parties hair within an hour and a half. I loved that they had individual stylists for each Read more...
Bristles did my entire wedding parties hair within an hour and a half. I loved that they had individual stylists for each girl instead of having to share one to three stylist amongst a large party. That in itself was worth the cost of the appointment. In terms of price they were comparable to everyone in Charlottesville.

We went to the salon and were given our own room to get ready in or hang out. It was nice to have a private space to get any day of jitters or stress out.

Almost all of the bridal parties hair held for the majority of the day and into the night and it all looked flawless in photos. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
I worked with Ali to schedule all of the bridesmaids hair as well as my own. She is very easy to work with, very professional and communicates quickly. Judy did my hair and make up and she is PHENOMENAL! I have very thick and sensitive hair and she did my hair with ease. Her make up technique left my make up perfect throughout the entire day. Cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism about this salon and finding ways to make it special. They gave us a room for us to put our belongings and drink mimosas. They will make your day special and are very easy to get to!
I worked with Ali to schedule all of the bridesmaids hair as well as my own. She is very easy to work with, very Read more...
I worked with Ali to schedule all of the bridesmaids hair as well as my own. She is very easy to work with, very professional and communicates quickly. Judy did my hair and make up and she is PHENOMENAL! I have very thick and sensitive hair and she did my hair with ease. Her make up technique left my make up perfect throughout the entire day. Cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism about this salon and finding ways to make it special. They gave us a room for us to put our belongings and drink mimosas. They will make your day special and are very easy to get to! Read less
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Patti
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Bristles did my hair and make-up at their building, which worked perfectly. There were 5 of us and more than 5 stylists scheduled to work with us, so we all got done at the same time, in a very timely fashion. Furthermore, as someone who literally never wears make-up, Judy did a fabulous job of applying enough make-up that I looked great in pictures, but not so much that I looked unlike myself. My fiance thought I looked amazing and I felt very confident walking down the aisle!
Bristles did my hair and make-up at their building, which worked perfectly. There were 5 of us and more than 5 stylists Read more...
Bristles did my hair and make-up at their building, which worked perfectly. There were 5 of us and more than 5 stylists scheduled to work with us, so we all got done at the same time, in a very timely fashion. Furthermore, as someone who literally never wears make-up, Judy did a fabulous job of applying enough make-up that I looked great in pictures, but not so much that I looked unlike myself. My fiance thought I looked amazing and I felt very confident walking down the aisle! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience at Bristles. Everyone's hair and makeup turned out beautifully, there was a room for all the bridesmaids to put there stuff, glasses for the mimosas that we brought, and Bristles had 9 bridesmaids, me, a flower girl, and the mother of the groom in and out in two hours.
We had a great experience at Bristles. Everyone's hair and makeup turned out beautifully, there was a room for all the Read more...
We had a great experience at Bristles. Everyone's hair and makeup turned out beautifully, there was a room for all the bridesmaids to put there stuff, glasses for the mimosas that we brought, and Bristles had 9 bridesmaids, me, a flower girl, and the mother of the groom in and out in two hours. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I used Judy for my hair and makeup. She was excellent! I have VERY thick, very long hair, and she made me look great. She also listened well to what my ideas were and offered excellent suggestions. I was especially pleased with Bristles' pricing, compared to other places in Charlottesville, for the same high quality of service. It was also very nice that they gave me and my wedding party a room to hang out in while we had our respective services. We brought a light brunch and mimosas to make the day special. All of the salon staff was very courteous and professional. Definitely consider a trial-run, if you can afford it. Judy is a hair artist, and it's worth your time and money to have her test out her ideas before the big day.
I used Judy for my hair and makeup. She was excellent! I have VERY thick, very long hair, and she made me look great. She Read more...
I used Judy for my hair and makeup. She was excellent! I have VERY thick, very long hair, and she made me look great. She also listened well to what my ideas were and offered excellent suggestions. I was especially pleased with Bristles' pricing, compared to other places in Charlottesville, for the same high quality of service. It was also very nice that they gave me and my wedding party a room to hang out in while we had our respective services. We brought a light brunch and mimosas to make the day special. All of the salon staff was very courteous and professional. Definitely consider a trial-run, if you can afford it. Judy is a hair artist, and it's worth your time and money to have her test out her ideas before the big day. Read less
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