Mission Ten Eleven owner Ernie Hernandez is everything a woman could want in her stylist. I started seeing Ernie after a friend, who has been going to him for years, first suggested I seek his advice about changing my hair color. When I resisted, she finally ordered me to go and let him straighten me out. Which he did, in the loveliest way possible. I've received nothing but compliments ever since, on both my cut and color, not only from women, but from men, too. (You know your hair looks good when a man actually thinks to make a comment!) Equally at ease talking about hair, rock 'n' roll, design, or his adorable kids, Ernie is a lot of fun to spend time with every month. Being straight, he's in a position to dole out a few secrets of his tribe, which I appreciate. And he makes me feel like a princess every time I have an appointment. Rounding out the experience is his sweet and talented assistant (she's got a way with a hairdryer), pleasant, high-energy staff, gorgeous salon and impeccable play list. Seriously, why would you get your hair cut anywhere else?
Pros: free, convenient parking; atmosphere, they'll always squeeze you in