Reviews & Testimonials
Thanks to some of my valued clients you're able to experience my work through their eyes and their personal experiences. Below are some of their lasting impressions, reviews and testimonials.
Allana is a complete package of talent, friendliness and professionalism. She’s intuitive, friendly and a terrific listener. She “gets” what you’re looking for and adds her own expertise to make your wish come true. I’ve been to extensionists all over the country and she is hands down the best. Check her out!!
I’m not very good at writing reviews so I’ll just write what I look for in a review.
My first visit to Allana/the Extologist was on May 12th of 2015. Weeks earlier we had a consultation to discuss what I wanted. I explained that I was looking for a new stylist because every time I went to my former stylist, I paid more but got less. I was terrified of switching because not many people can do hair extensions correctly and my hair is very thin and limp, so I didn’t want to do anymore damage to it but I also didn’t want to spend thousands being disappointed yet again. This would be my 4th time getting extensions and my first with Allana.
First, the atmosphere was so relaxed and fun. I’m always intimidated by large salons with many clients being worked on at once. I worry about miscommunications and being rushed out. I was the only person there except for Allana and her amazing, sweet, colorist Lauren. During my consultation, Allana looked at my hair and I brought the extensions that had come out of my hair from the last time my former stylist did my hair. She explained that I had half the hair that I should’ve had. Meaning I was going to pay the same price but get double the hair from her. It was an all day affair. Getting extensions takes time. I was there for 7 hours, so I was basically paying her for the day and it was completely worth it. I don’t make a ton of money but what I paid, for what I got was unbelievable. I looked like I was ready for a photo shoot by the time I left.
The quality of the hair was amazing! My hair went from thin and limp, to long, full and shiny. It was beautiful! She put some lighter Browns into my dark brown hair and it was very subtle, just enough to give it depth. Included in the price was high quality hair products, a fantastic extension brush, (which I was repeatedly promised by my former stylist and never received) and a follow up appointment 2 weeks later to check the condition of the hair.
Allana knows hair. She cares about the health of your hair and making the extensions last. She taught me how to style my hair and now it takes me ten minutes with a curling wand and I look like I just came from the salon. She also recommended a product that makes your hair thicker, using it in wet hair to expand it before styling. I was very skeptical. I don’t know what’s in that miracle product but it did exactly what she said it would and you only use very little, so it’s cost effective. I’m kind of glad I took so long to write this review because it’s been two months and I’ve lost exactly 3 tiny extensions. THREE!!! For anyone who has had hair extensions before, you know that, that is incredible! I think the brush and her work is why. Before, I would’ve lost at least a quarter of them by now and been panicking about finding the money for the next appointment. I can only afford to do this once a year and she does work that’s makes that possible!
Allana was fun, it was like spending the day with a couple of awesome girlfriends! Before and after the appointment she answered all my emails. I felt very safe in her hands. I showed her pictures of what I wanted and she delivered. She made me look better than I thought I could. I will never go to anyone else again for my hair.
One last thing. I read that one star review, it was posted after I’d gotten my hair done. Don’t be discouraged by that. I signed no contract and the money you pay up front is for the actual hair. Anyone who has had extensions knows that is standard procedure. When I went back for my follow up appointment she even put some more extensions in for me on top of my head for added volume and did not charge me and I was there an additional two hours, which I’m sure she didn’t plan for. She aims to please, if you’re dissatisfied, she’s going to fix it. She wants long term clients, not quick money.
Thank you Allana! I’ll be in touch soon to get my roots colored
Amazing Allana… that should be her name. She transformed my “Mom-bob” into the incredible, long, thick gorgeous hair I have been dreaming of for years. She put me at ease from the very first consultation. She answered my every question with confidence and took the time to show me how the extensions are applied and showed me all my options. I drive an hour from outside the city because I trust that I am in the right hands. The only hands I would ever trust with extensions, color and cut. She is magical. People cannot believe that I have hair extensions. They are so easy to care for and I am so happy to have made this move to Allana. She is funny, intelligent, knows her stuff and takes her time to get it right. The salon is modern, clean, professional and yet relaxed in a way that you feel like you’re family. The location is also wonderful in the North End. You can trust this lady- she is amazing!
My best hair color experience ever!!! Allana is a very professional, nice, open minded person. She knows everything about last trends and products. I am going to come over again, again and again.
Master colorist doesn’t even begin to describe Allana. Often I have been stopped in the street asking who does my my color and how can they find her. An exquisite extension expert, Allana transforms not only my hair but my entire look every time she does my hair. Her work is flawless and even others who have extensions themselves, are shocked when they find out I do. She is the most knowledgable hair extension professional I have ever met. Prior to Allana I was left with severely damaged hair and bald spots from other salons. My hair is now healthy, gorgeous and radiant thanks to her.
Allana is amazing. She really knows her hair color and exudes confidence when she is doing a consultation. After discussing my options with her I really felt confident about the direction we were going in. I have never gotten so many positive comments from random people about my hair! The salon has everything to make you have a fun and relaxing hair experience, plus Allana is so friendly that the time just flies by. The best thing about The Extologist is that Allana actually truly cares about the result and will do everything in her power to make your hairstyle come out the way it needs to!
I truly LOVE going to Allana’s cozy-but-chic spot in the North End. She is super talented and it’s always such a pleasure to be in her chair. She has done my hair long with extensions, short with a bob, and pretty much everything in between. She’s got style & vision and true skills with the scissors AND with the coloring brush. We have taken my hair from brown to blonde to caramel and back to brown and back again. I get compliments on my hair from strangers ALL the time. Plus Allana is such a fun, bubbly and positive person to be around that I always l look forward to my appointment. I love recommending Allana to my friends/coworkers/or to strangers because I can safely say I know that they are in good hands!!
Allana is the best, best, best ever! Most recently, she did my hair color. I came to her with a definite idea of what I wanted it but I fumbled to explain it to her, but she did an awesome job of listening, helping me to explain what I wanted, and then producing it exactly!! I didn’t even know if it was possible, but she literally made my hair dream come true. I have also been going to Allana for extensions, which have been life-changing! They have been unbelievably maintenance and convenient…even I forget that they are extensions. I used to consider myself cursed with “bad hair,” but Allana has taught me how to work with it (instead of trying to beat it into submission like I used to do!), and now I get stopped all the time and told how beautiful my hair is. Allana will holistically care for your hair (and really, for you!) There is no substitute for her expertise and her magic.
Allana is…the Extologist yes, but in reality she is soo much more! She has been doing my hair for TEN YEARS now and man, looking back I can just say “WOW”! She is a Transformation Artiste!! I am on the reserved side when it comes to hair but that ended right after I met Allana;) If you need/want a change, don’t worry about how it will look and don’t even wonder if it could be possible because you are in good hands! She is an expert on colour, cuts as well as hair extentions. You show her a picture or describe what you are thinking of and she will take it from there. And in her own words: “Honey, anyone can be a blonde!”. I took a leap of faith and let her do her thing. I was very nervous and kept on interrupting her with my eyes wide trying to deal with the transformation that was happening but she calmed me down and had me more than relaxed when I saw what she can do! There is just no boundary when it comes to her ability to transform your look. If you can dream it, SHE CAN DO IT! If you have a plan, sure, go to her and she will do it BUT I suggest that you listen to her advice because she KNOWS hair. Don’t bother listening to what she can do for you, I strongly recommend that you just let her take the front seat with your ideas in mind and experience how she transforms your look and Rock Your Style!!! I guarantee that she will make you Haute and Happy!
I first discovered Allana’s God given talents during the hectic crazy moments leading up to a friend’s wedding. Allana was the hairstylist for the bridesmaids, bride and family. She worked from early morning to moments before the wedding styling a handful or two of women. You would think the woman would get tired towards the end but nope not Allana. The last hairstyle was just as good as the first and I kid you not, my sister being one of the bridesmaids kept her updo in even for a few days after the wedding and that hair looked as if it was just done even days after! That was the first time I ever witnessed that kind of talent and staying power! Not only did the looks on the girls last but they were all gorgeous and complimented everyone’s own look. From that, I knew I wanted to try out Allana’s miraculous skills! Never doing anything drastic to my hair before, I decided to go all out and do something funky! Blue and purple extensions! Now I will not even color my hair, chemically treat or cut it short so this was big for me. I met her for a consultation first. We went over the different colors, maintenance etc. She knows her stuff! She educated me on the extensions and the process as well as answered my 1000000 questions.
Putting in the extensions takes a good couple of hours but worth every second! I loved my hair! It felt soo thick and looked soo fun!
Even after, she is always available for any questions or concerns I have. I am currently on my third extensions style. I have gone from blue and purple, to various shades of pinks and purples to now – dark green, blue and purple. I always receive compliments on my hair! Most think I have colored my hair-that’s how good and real it looks! Not only is she the master of extensions, but her styling after is flawless! I was scared at first but it was such an easy transition with Allana’s expertise! I highly recommend her talents and skills to all women!
Allana is a life-changing magic woman!! When I first started going to Allana, my frizzy curls had been through a lot. I call Allana my hair doctor because that’s really what she is–she takes care of my hair holistically, integrating cuts, color, extensions, and everything else to help me achieve my hair dreams. Before going to Allana, I had been going to expensive name brand salon that did an ok job, but I left because I felt my voice wasn’t heard. Switching to Allana was such a wonderful experience; instead of just doing a service and sending me out the door, Allana designs a haircare planned based on my lifestyle and goals, and then helps me achieve all aspects of the look I desire. She is unbelievably attentive and accessible, and I really treasure the relationship I have with her. I feel so secure knowing she’ll take care of everything related to my hair! Where I had once considered myself cursed with “bad hair”, I now get tons of compliments on my hair from friends, family, and even random passersby, and most importantly, I love my hair. I am really serious when I say doctor Allana is really life changing! She is THE best!
I literally get stopped on the street with people complementing my haircolor. It is very vibrant but it works very well for me and I have to thank Allana for this. She is the one who came up with the magic formula 🙂 Hair color and treatments she uses leaves my hair extra shiny and silky. Allana has always listened to my requests and I am blown away by the results.
Her salon in Boston’s North End is very modern and stylish but at the same time is cozy and relaxing.
I met Allana 3 years ago when I first come to Boston. I was afraid to do anything to my hair as I was not sure how hair stylist were in the USA (as I am from Spain). However, some friends recommended her to me so I decided to give her a chance. I was so impressed by her that I have not let anybody else touch my hair since then, even now that I live back in Spain I will wait to come back to Boston (to visit my sister) and go to Allana!!!
I have very long curly hair and I can assure you that not everybody knows how to handle it, but she takes the time and listen to you and the results are amazing!!!! I went from red hair to blonde to have ombre highlights and I loved all of them. She even did my wedding hair trials! If you want something special and professional she is definitely what you are looking for. I only regret don’t have had the time to get hair extensions with her….but I will next time I am in Boston!
After a “traumatic” hair experience as a teenager, I am SUPER picky when it comes to anyone touching my hair and picking a hair stylist. Allana is an incredible professional who LISTENS to what you want and then delivers! All too often hairdressers and stylists feign listening and then go about doing whatever they please. I would HIGHLY recommend Allana, she definitely knows what she’s talking about and what she’s doing! I love my hair that much more after a visit to her! 🙂
Allana has been doing my extensions since 2006. I absolutely love them. I currently live in Miami and I fly home to have her do my hair. She’s the best!
Its been 1 month since I’ve had my AMAZING Socap extensions in. Allana is the by far the best stylist to go to for extensions. This is my fifth set and I cant say enough! The experience with Allana has been wonderful I love to going to get them colored and styled. Everyone stops to ask about my hair and cant believe their extensions, they just look so natural and healthy! I’m competing for a pageant this year and I know my look will hold for the whole night ! Think about having that on a regular basis from morning to night! Thank you Allana you’re the best 🙂
Allana is a genius when it comes to extensions!! If you have ever dreamed of full voluminous hair or a long dreamy mane or both you need to schedule an appointment with Allana. She is the Extension Goddess!! I have been going to her for 6 years and have had my extensions done by four other hair stylists, no one can compare to Allana!
Allana is the finest stylist in the Metro Boston area. She does an amazing job with the cut and color. I have blonde hair which can be tricky to get the right hue. I always leave with an exceptionally well balanced and natural color that has a healthy shine. Her hair cuts are a true work of art especially with my fine and delicate hair. However; her work with extensions is out of this world. Allana is an expert at extensions and extremely knowledgeable about the variety of products on the market. She skillful puts them in and cuts my hair in a way that one can never tell that I have extensions. Many of my friends that have extensions themselves are surprised to learn that I have them as well. She is extremely gentle and skillful when removing them. My hair is never damaged even though it is very fine and delicate. After my hair is done I get showered with compliments and people frequently stop me to ask for the number of my stylist. I have had my hair cut, colored, styled and extensions done in many different salons around the country and haven’t found anyone that comes close to her amazing work.
Allana, has been doing my extensions for 2 years. She does an amazing job and I get sooo many compliments on it…you would never know it’s not my own hair. She uses human hair so it can be colored and heat-styled just as you would your OWN hair. I actually find my hair to be easier to take care of with the extensions because I only have to wash it 2-3 times/week. If you’ve ever considered getting extensions…Allana is the person to call!!!
I’ve gone to many salons and stylists in the past, and after discovering Allana, I’m not going anywhere else ever again!! Allana is an incredibly talented artist – she always does an incredible job on my hair, both color and cut. She always takes the time to listen to her clients and executes according to their preferences while adding her own artistic vision. She always exceeds my expectations, and I feel like a million bucks each time I leave the salon!! And I always get compliments on both my highlights and on my cut. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to styling my own hair, and she knows just how to cut it to give it awesome shape, so that it looks fabulous even with little maintenance required. She has also showed me the best products for my hair and exactly how to use them, and it has made a huge difference in how my hair looks and feels. She now also cuts my boyfriend’s hair, and does a great job on men’s cuts as well. If you’re looking for a new salon, I highly recommend her, you won’t regret it!
I got extensions done by Allana here about a month ago. I had gotten a horrible, super-short haircut at a different salon in South Boston and had been waiting for my hair to grow out… but then I gave up waiting and came to see Allana. A few hours later I had long, beautiful locks that matched my hair color and texture perfectly. Allana did an awesome job picking the perfect hair for me. I love telling people that it’s not my real hair because no one believes me! The extensions made my life so much easier: I get out of the shower, run a brush through my hair and walk out the door. They dry in beautiful, natural, beach-looking waves. I recommend Allana & extensions to all my ladyfriends who are tired of having hair meltdowns in the morning. It’s definitely an expense, but it’s totally worth it…. and it can last up to 8 months, so I’m psyched not to have to come in for cuts or touch-ups for that long!
I HAVE BEEN DOING MY HAIR EXTENSIONS FOR MANY YEARS NOW, AND BY FAR, ALLANA IS THE BEST AT THIS TASK. THE PROFESSIONALISM AND QUALITY OF HER WORK, IS IMPRESSIVE AND SUPERIOR IN COMPARISON TO THE WORK OF OTHERS. MY LAST SET WAS COMPLETED 9 MOS AGO, AND I AM STILL ENJOYING THE FULLNESS AND BEAUTY OF MY EXTENSIONS. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, HAIR EXTENSIONS LAST ONLY A FEW MONTHS, BUT ALLANA HAS PERFECTED HER TECHNIQUE AND SKILL, THUS ALLOWING ME TO STILL ENJOY THEM TILL THIS DAY. ADDITIONALLY TO THE HAIR EXTENSION WORK, ALLANA IS A GREAT HAIR DRESSER. I ORIGINALLY MET ALLANA YEARS AGO WHEN I HAD A HAIR COLOR EMERGENCY. MY HAIR WAS DYED BLONDE. I WANTED TO ADD A FEW BLACK HIGHLIGHTS. SO I WENT TO THIS SUPER EXPENSIVE SALON IN THE CITY, AND SADLY ENOUGH, TURNED ALL OF MY HAIR INTO BLACK. I WAS DEVASTATED AND INFURIATED. FORTUNATELY FOR ME, ALLANA CAME TO THE RESCUE. AGAIN SHE USED HER EXPERTISE AND SKILL, AND CORRECTED THE HAIR COLOR. IT TOOK A FEW TRIES AND TIME, BUT SHE WAS CAPABLE OF RESTORING MY COLOR AND MADE MY HAIR LOOK HEALTHY AND SHINY AGAIN. I WOULD ALSO RECOMMEND ANY MEMBER OF HER TEAM TO DYE, CUT, STYLE, OR JUST GIVE A LITTLE SHINE TO YOUR HAIR. I HAVE BEEN A TRUE FOLLOWER OF ALLANA, AND I HAVE FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF HER CAPABILITIES…
Allana is by far the best stylist I have ever been to. I always get a great cut and style. I have curly hair which can come out horribly if done wrong but Allana has always done an amazing job with my hair and I’m always getting compliments after I get my hair done by her. I have also gotten highlights (by Allana) and they were perfect and so natural looking. I also recommend her if you’re planning your wedding–Allana did an exceptional job for me and my bridesmaids on my wedding day!
Allana is the stylist to go to! Allana does my color and cut. I love how she does my hair. I get lots of compliments on the style as well as the color. Give Allana a try you won’t be disappointed. She always recommends great hair products.
Just had my 3rd appointment with Allana yesterday… for me this is a milestone! For years I’ve ruined hair using do-it-yourself boxed color because every stylist I tried could never get it right. During my first visit with Allana I explained what my reservations were about trying new stylists – they always cut it too short, dyed it too dark… Allana personally took on me and my mess of hair – she actually listened to what I wanted and didn’t try to talk me into anything different. She made me feel comfortable that she got me and my personal style. She got it absolutely right. Now, each time I go, I leave it up to Allana to try something different and each time she gets it right. Love it. I highly recommend checking her out!!!