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Mark of Excellence

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A Hair Salon in Hermosa Beach, California

Mark of Excellence  505 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach CA 90254   310-374-1122    Open seven days a week, variety of hours  Appointments can be made via email (moe@hairexcellence.com) or phone and are highly … see full wiki

1 review about Mark of Excellence

Does Your Salon Offer You Free Booze, Food, Advice, Friendship and Beauty Products? Mine Does!

  • May 19, 2009
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Ladies, you know how hard it is to find a decent salon and how it's impossible to find that decent salon near your home. This has been my mission for awhile and I have found my winner...Mark of Excellence Salon in Hermosa Beach!

I came across this salon and liked that they said they took the time to ask you about your lifestyle, habits and morning routines, etc. If you ever have a problem with recreating a style, come back and they'll lead you through it for free. If you don't like your cut or color or anything, come back and they'll fix it for free. Oh, and the free beer part wasn't too bad either! Do you see a pattern?

I was running a little late but, was greeted by my stylist, Laura, who is so incredibly cool, there's just not enough space in this review. We sat down and had a little consultation-I hadn't had my hair done professionally in a year (because of the economy and my prior lack of a job). I had also tried to self-medicate with store bought dye. If you ever want to make a stylist cringe with agony, use the words "I dyed my own hair."

Mark, the owner,wanted to know if I wanted anything to drink- tequila, scotch, wine, beer, water...vodka and Red Bull. I thought he was kidding until a man came in later and sat waiting in a barber chair, Mark pardoned himself from his client and brought the man 12-year-old scotch. Another man came in "just to say hello". It felt like home and I wondered if this is how those New York barber shops are like in the movies.

As Laura started on the color correction, and boy is that an understatment, Mark  was going to go grab some dinner and asked if I wanted anything. Well, I hadn't eaten all day so, yes please- I'd love some. He bought us the BEST Tomato and Basil soup from Creme de la Crepe that I've ever had.

 At the end of four hours, fully fed, I faced the new me in the mirror and couldn't help but clap my hands in excitement. It's exactly what I wanted. Laura had found it even with my way-too-vague descriptions and "whatever you think" answers.

Mark oversaw the last bits of styling and offered me some free anti-frizz/shine serum that had a price tag of $11. He told me to come back tomorrow and he'd have a bag of goodies ready for me. Yay more free stuff!

For color correction, highlights, cut and style, dinner, and style products (all stuff to make your hair its silkiest, shiniest best), I was only charged $134. You guys know how I like my down-to-Earth, affordable places because of my Ragin Cajun review. Mark of Excellence is that and so much more,  they'll make their mark on your hair and in your heart.

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June 15, 2009
When I was living in Sherman Oaks, CA. there was a little shop around the corner called, American Hairlines (isn't that cute)? I could walk there if I had to and they were so accomodating. I just loved going there....it was like family. Luckily, I've remained very good friends with one of the stylists who still does my hair when I'm in L.A. She's now in Studio City, at another shop so lovely and user-friendly. I'm happy you found this place....good for you!
June 15, 2009
Sam......I really enjoyed reading this review..... how fun!.....so rare is a salon that caters to your every whim (well almost)! I'm lovin' this place and wish I could find one like that here in town. You really lucked out.....keep me posted on future visits, would ya??
June 15, 2009
I definitely will- I so lucked out and am thrilled that it's up the street from my house! I'm glad you enjoyed the review!!!
June 14, 2009
Wow, I wish I lived close enough to go to this salon! My daughter is a stylist—I'm going to tell her about the marvelous perks at this "styling heaven."
June 15, 2009
If she's near Los Angeles, definitely have her check it out. This salon might actually cure me of my lack of hair upkeep! Thanks for commenting!
May 19, 2009
Thanks for the insider info on Mark of Excellence! It's scary going to a salon for the first time so it's great to hear a solid review on how great they treated you. Plus, that price cant be beat. I'm excited to try them out soon!
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