Also a newbie to the area, I tried a salon upon my arrival only to find it mediocre at best. When the time came for another haircut I decided to try out Malibu by the Sea. The initial lure was it's location(right next to the NPS) , reviews of some very satisfied patrons and reasonable prices. When I called the salon I was instructed to contact Ashley directly as the stylists book their own appointments. About an hour later another stylist named Dallas called and told me that she would not be available for my preferred time and offered to take her place. I consented and proceeded to give him a little background about my hair and my expectations. It appeared the we were both on the same page so I confirmed an appointment for the following day.
My initial impression of the salon upon entering was it's spaciousness. The decor also reminded me a little of our last tour in Hawaii. Certainly a plus for me. I met up with Dallas and we discussed style options. He was very attentive and made several pleasing suggestions. After all was said and done, my hair looked INCREDIBLE! Dallas being very detail oriented, just like me, insured that I not leave without my hair being perfect. He remained courteous, down to earth and professional throughout the entire visit.
All in all my experience was FANTASTIC and I believe I have found my stylist for the remainder of my time here. The ENTIRE staff is very friendly and Dallas, a definite asset to Malibu, wields his shears with precision and talent. Highly recommended!