Marina Beach Hair is like the salon version of Cheers bar, it's a salon where everybody knows your name. It's so welcoming and relaxing, it feels like your best friend's living room - think hip beachy upscale living room. I'm a regular here, and have sat in every stylists' chair at one point - they are ALL fantastic, beautiful, talented women. Everyone has been doing hair for 10-20 years, but they all have their own specialty - when you call, ask the receptionist which stylist can cater to your specific need. Stubborn roots? Crazy frizzy curls? Hair Extensions? Wedding day? Anything you want, you got it here. Prices are really fair and most stylists offer first time client discounts. The location is great too - a block away from the Costco shopping center, and just around the corner from the Marina Marketplace - so you can get all your shopping done and get beautified! Parking can get crazy on weekends, so I'd recommend parking on a side street or even at the Costco lot if you're shopping at one of the stores - just give yourself a few minutes to search for a spot and you'll be fine. There is a lot of restoration being done around the area - Washington Blvd. is really coming alive! I'd wander up the street to the health food store, stop by the Vanity Room, or get breakfast at Maxwell's Cafe across the street. Or you can just hang out at the salon - there is a sunny patio with tables and chairs, and the reception area just begs you to crash on the couch with coffee and magazine. For those of you who like to get the party started early, they offer wine and beer gratis, along with all types of sodas, tea, and coffee. I also heard they will be starting a ""blow-out before you go out"" night soon, where the ladies can get their make-up and hair ""did"" with great music and a cocktail to kick the night off. All in all, if you wanna go where everybody knows your name, where you're more than just money to a stylist, you wanna go to Marina Beach Hair.
Pros: Years of expertise, wedding/ special even packages, friendly staff, great location
Cons: none! give yourself a minute to find a parking spot and you're good to go!