I've seen you over the past 6 years, travelling from Salem, OR and have experienced all your color changes. With each change the results have been noticeably better, but hands down your latest move to the Nectaya color has knocked my socks off (& my husbands). Thank you for always seeking out a better way.......Christina
After many bouts with auto-immune issues I sought out Alan with dismal expectations..fast forward...thank you Alan for your mission, more importlantly to my end, eligant hair and a plan to keep it that way.
I found Nurture Salon just after we moved to Portland two and a half years ago. The warm, soul-nurturing language on their website did it for me! Alan and Natalie Mandarano have created a wonderful salon through their professionalism, terrific expertise, and great hearts. Alan is my hair whisperer. He does beautiful work with color and elegant, easy-going cuts that suit my look and my lifestyle. He's the real deal. And listen, every time I see him I leave feeling joyful, beautiful and affirmed AND with great hair. Seriously.
I came to you seeking an alternative to traditional hair dye. We tried your low PPD (no Ammmonia of course), but I still had a slight reaction. You researched and I played along not expecting to find a real alternative, but, alas, you did! I think it was the fact that I had so much hair & I was demanding that you foil it all (keeping it off my scalp), that held you to such diligency. you are a crazy and beautiful creature, thanks for sticking with me! MK
Thank you, your patience and knowledge has given my a new lease on life....with my hair, which I adore and had almost given up on. Thank you, Thank You!
As someone with a true PPD Allergy, I came to Alan and experienced a true professional in his field. I did have a reaction to the color that he used, milder as it was, but was astonished that he had alternatives to suggest based on my reactions. Next visit I felt like a test subject but the results were stellar and no adverse reactions (Horray!). OMG, Thank you for doing the research that led to this non-alergic reaction. Tiff. (too Young)'
Thank you so much Alan for bringing my hair back from the "dead". As someone with a true alergie to PPD I will always be grateful for your time and patience with me.
My hair is awesome! I love it. You put so much thought and care into every touch and I really appreciate it. I see that every time I come in. When I leave you I always feel healthier than when I came in. I'm so thankful to have found you!
Thanks so much!!! Kathy Y.
I just wanted to write you a short note letting you know how much I love my color and cut from you. I was in Portland for a few days and you were able to squeeze me in…thank you so very much. Best color and cut I have ever had..and the color has not faded at all, and that is something that always happened..so owe it to you and your green hair color system.
I would love to make the 6 hour trip over every time I’m due but that isn’t going to be feasible, but will try at least once a year. I was wondering if you happen to have contact or know a hair stylist in Spokane, Walla Walla or Tri-Cities that use your same color system?
Thanks so much and hope to see you again in the near future!
Just wanted to thank you again for the great hair cut! I love it, and yes, I love the bangs:>) Also, want to tell you that the color is the best I've ever had....the highlights are bright and very natural, which after all is a great accomplishment given the true color at this time in my life!
Have a terrific week-end with your family....the sun is glorious!
Sincerely, Brooke Johnson
My hair has been consistently "nice", but not too exciting. I've been ready for a change, but since living in the great city of Portland (from San Francisco) I've not found ANYONE I could trust to have at it with my hair! Dying for a change and adventure, I came on Yelp & found Nurture. I read the reviews about Alan and scheduled an appointment with him ASAP! When I arrived my appointment had to be pushed back a bit. Alan was helping a lady with PEROXIDE blonde hair look more natural. PS) She left looking AMAZING and healthy!! Good indication. :) I had a basic idea of what I wanted and a collage of photos. I told Alan I wanted something out of the box, sassy & fun but still feminine. (I was going VERY short). Alan was given FULL artistic freedom & I've NEVER been more thrilled with my hair!! He took time to see the pattern of my hair's growth, texture...you name it! My hair is pretty thick for a Caucasian and naturally wavy/curly. My cut is incredible! I can EASILY make my look sleek & chic! Or just put serum in it and air dry for an adorable wavy do!!! (My photo is of the cut he gave me.) Nurture is an INCREDIBLE salon! It's calming, professional & just as it's named- NURTURING!! I've found my salon for life! :)
Hi Alan - - Lonnie Morse here ~ formerly co-owner of Artistic Beauty. I'm proud of you for representing our beauty industry the way you are. Your well on your way to become a Internationally known professional one day. It is refreshing to watch young blood like you go the distance in such a short time you have been in the Biz. I ride a bike by your corner quite frequently - I'll stop in an say high one of these days.
Lonnie Morse USA Champion Hairstylist 1975/76
I'm hard to please. As the daughter of a hair stylist I was able to try any new style that came to Tiger Beat Magazine. The Dorothy Hamil cut vs the Olivia Newton John cut? Not all of these hair styles looked good on the face God gave me. Now, far from my hometown and tried and true stylists, I have found my Portland stylist. Thank you Yelp. Alan is that rare and wonderful stylist that takes what you say you want, is honest about what he thinks would look good on you, and adds years of knowledge to creates a true look. He communicates what he's doing always making my time with him a collaborative event. My cowlicks have always been a challenge and he had a vision on how they could work in my favor. The cut has worked beautifully. He's professional, kind, funny, authentic and hard working. My guess is Natalie and others in this beautiful salon is also the same way. I had worked in the Spa industry for 9 years prior to moving to Portland and he pays attention to those caring details that five star spas do. Try his own label of coffee. YUM.
I have been to many different hair salons in portland, trying to find the one that cares, spends time with the client and tells the true opinion instead of saying "oh you look so gorgeous" even if you looked like crap...well that is Alan...he will give you his time and honest opinion. sometimes we woman see pics in the magazines, thinking one of them would be the best look for us but lets think about this, we are not the experts, it is the stylist who should know this better than i do. and again that is Alan... as far as color goes, i pick the toughest color, red, for my hair and it has been since beginning of july when i got my last color and still it looks gorgeous and shiny. and the most important thing is it is still healthy! so if you are looking for a friendly place where your stylist is knowlegable and honest, Alan is the person to see. Thank you for all the knowledge that you bring to your work, Alan! Your european hair products are very much appreciated:)
Hey Alan, just thought I would give you some love. Thanks for being who you are and all the pampering you give me. I love what you do. All my best to you and your family (especially the little one on the way).
Nurture is a gem. A nugget in the Bowl of Ordinary. Husband and wife, Alan and Natalie M. (and all the staff) have earned all the stars available...and then some. Alan has cut my hair for over a year. Since I like to try different hair styles, our mantra has become: Change is good. Alan listens to what I'd like to try; we talk over the style and he goes over the process of how he will cut my hair and/or the colour process. Alan isn't just my hair dresser....he is my teammate. We are a team! It just doesn't get any better than this. Thanks, Sweet-Tea!!
I was in town for a week and desperately needed a haircut. Portlanders (or maybe just people who live outside of major metropolitan areas on the east coast) are lucky in that even great haircuts are cheap cheap cheap. My hair was a disaster due to my all-I-could-afford chain-salon haircut that I'd gotten back home, and all I wanted Alan to do was make it look decent. I wasn't even going for a specific look, I just wanted to be presentable. And wow, did he make my hair more than just presentable. He really cares about your hair and will put thought into what will make it look good instead of listening to you talk for 30 seconds and then hacking at it for 10 minutes. He took his time and I felt like I was sitting there for a while, and that's a good thing. Nurture also gets huge props for giving me an appointment an hour and a half after I called instead of, like, a month and a half. Awesome. Update 6/26/08: It's been over 2 months and I still don't need a haircut. Just sayin'.
I love my Alan, I always look forward to my hair appointment. He takes his time to do a good job and always gives it that spa experience (scalp massage, aroma therapy, flax seed heating pads, etc...). Thank you Nurture Salon
Thanks for the tip. Alan did a wonderful job and was a pleasurable experience. Very inviting and comfortable setting. I was able to work on my laptop, via their wireless and enjoy the pampering.
The service and experience is still excellent...Keep up the good work.
The hair stylist I see is Alan Mandarano at Nurture Salon - 7311 SE Milwaukie Avenue. I am very pleased to have found him. He is a genius with color and is the 1st hair dresser in 20 years that has known how to cut the back of my hair!!
Alan is the best!I went in and told him. "i'm bringing the Jennifer Aniston back baby!" and he really captured her hair in the first seasons of Friends.Now, where's my Brad?
Just arrived home from another visit to Portland and pre-booked appointment with Alan before departure. Repeat Success. While in town to visit my boyfriends parents we both found ourselves in need of hair cuts. What a great Salon! Very welcoming! Alan was my stylist and he does such an amazing job. He takes his time with your hair and takes care of every strand! He also gets a great understanding of what you want before he does anything! It is nice to have a hair dresser that first tries to understand what you want!.Alan also did my boyfriend's hair....and this boy is very very picky about his hair. Alan is awesome and so is Nurture.
Was able to see Alan again while in town on business. Continually great service and value. Thanks again.I received a great cut and retouch from Alan while on business in Portland.
Went to go see Alan owner/stylist of Nurture didn't have much hope. The stylist I had been going to for years, whom I loved, couldn't get the color right in my hair since I wanted to go from blonde to a complimentary shade of red for my skin tone. Easier said than done I guess. Anyway, went to Alan and he gave me exactly what I was looking for, I was really surprised that he was able to get it right on the first try because my old stylist told me it couldn't be done! Not only that, but the cut lays perfectly. This is the best my hair has looked in years, and I'm a pretty picky person. Alan rocks!!
The folks at Nurture know how to take care of my hair needs, but provide nourishment to my body, mind and spirit. I recommend any of the stylists depending on what you are able to afford, but my guy is Alan Mandarano. I have for many years seen a barber every two weeks and kept my hair super short. Alan and Natalie (his wife and Nurture founder) convinced me to let it grow and the feedback from family and friends is that they like my hair longer. More importantly, I like it longer too and now can go almost a month without cutting it. The space is colorful and creative. They support local artists by allowing them to display their work on their walls. They also have an amazing selection of hair care products for any budget or hair type. Finally, every visit reminds me of the importance of humor and fun in life. If your searching for an updated, fresh look or just a new stylist, check out Alan.
Very friendly, non pretentious salon. You will enjoy first class service and results at Nurture Salon. Let Natalie or Alan tend to your haircare needs.
Love my Alan, I look forward to every hair apointment. Talented Hair Stylist in Portland. My haircolor is always exceptional. He is my hairstylist in Portland Oregon and Nurture Salon is a true treasure of a hair salon. Not your average hair salon experience.
Lovely Salon, Enjoyed Alan's touch and approach. Fabulous Results
Had the best experience with hair colorist and stylist - Alan Mandarano. Services last longer than any other stylist I have had in the past. Italian color and European styling. Fun and Positive environment.
See for yourself, I am glad I did. Alan is a special guy who is very talented in his craft. It is always a pleasure to see someone enjoy what they do. Thank you for being you! I Love this quaint little salon. All the stylists were attentive when I arrived, friendly, family vibe, I felt right at home.
There is one male hairstylist at this salon (i forget his name), who cut and colored my hair...the results were incredible. The depth, shine, movement and health of my hair have never been better. This salon is a gem in my book.
Super friendly staff and Stylist. I have gone through a string of hair stylists in the last couple years and none of them stuck. I have super curly hair that most hair dressers find to be challenging to say the least. After reading so many wonderful reviews, I decided to check Alan out for myself. When I called to make an appointment I was told that Alan loves cutting curly hair and is extremely talented at it. I enjoyed my entire experience. From the head massage when shampooing and conditioning my hair, to the atmosphere, friedly staff, and conversation, Alan exceeded my expectations. My hair has a really great vertical shape now which makes it so much more manageable. He asked that I call in a couple of days to let him know how I was liking it but instead of calling I just decided I would let the stars speak for themselves. Thanks Alan
Alan Mandarano, a stylist @ Nurture salon has done wonders for my hair. Wanting a change, I booked an appointment with Alan, based on other reviews I had come across. He put me at ease straight away and the results were fabulous (cut & color). Thanks to all that recommended Alan, he sure was a good fit for me.
Alan Mandarano, a talented colorist & stylist at Nurture Salon has a private room where he performs his services. He is trained in European techniques and is very knowledgeable and informative about each process he executes. I felt extremely comfortable and well taken care of. I received the best cut and color of my life on my first visit and I will be seeing Alan for the rest of my hair coloring days. The cutting techniques that he uses are tailored to each individual and I must say I, and my co-workers, were blown away at the movement in my hair after the service. Thank you Alan for educating me on my hair care needs. Oh yeah, the products that he has for sell are all from Milan, Italy and are "The Best", my hair has never felt so healthy. I could go on and on..............friendly salon, great atmosphere, excellent hairdresser.
Alan Mandarano Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 971.533.5359 tel. 931.233.5359 fax.