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Gary Manuel Studio - 36 Reviews - 2123 A First Ave - Belltown, Seattle, WA - Beauty Salons Reviews - Phone (206) 728-9933

Gary Manuel Studio

2123 A First Ave - Belltown (at Blanchard Street)
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-9933
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OMG!!! I have been going to Gary Manuel for many years and I always have a great experiance. I just saw Derrick on Friday and he is absolutly amazing! Best shampoo I have ever had...


I have been to Phase 3 3 times now, and have never once seen a ""trainer."" That is important, because many people may think that, like at other big-name training salons, you get...

Great Haircut! 5/20/2010

I went to Phase 3 for the first time yesterday. The stylist (Robby) listened to my hair concerns and how I would like it to look. He then washed, conditioned and gave me an excellent scalp massage. The haircut is perfect and the blow dry outstanding. He is very professional and skilled at his hair art and has a friendly personality. The salon atmosphere is great and I highly recommend trying Phase 3. Pros: Highly trained and personable staff more

Gary Manuel's Best Kept Secret 12/19/2009

OMG!!! I have been going to Gary Manuel for many years and I always have a great experiance. I just saw Derrick on Friday and he is absolutly amazing! Best shampoo I have ever had and he is amazing at blow dry's too. He is sure to be one of Gary Manuels top stylists. No doubt about that. He is a natual talent and I don't think I can see anyone else after this awsome experience. Thanks Derrick! Pros: Best Shampoo I Ever Had! more

Always a great haircut with Monica! 12/9/2009

Gary Manual Phase 3 was recommended to me by a friend. I started seeing Dawn this past summer and loved the cuts/colors she did for me. When she left to return to school this past August she recommended I see Monica. I have now seen Monica 3 times and absolutely love her. I have had long hair since I was 16 and had seen some really cute short hair styles. I was extremely nervous to go ""short"" but after talking with her and going over my fears she reassured me I would not look like a boy, so I took the plunge. I love my short hair cut and have rec'd tons of compliments on it. She is willing to do some funky styles/coloring if that is what you're looking for. Right now I have some great purple highlights that I love and have rec'd great feedback from people I know and many I don't know. Pros: reasonable prices, creative stylists, friendly staff Cons: parking more

Fabulous hair at an affordable price 9/3/2009

Today I went to Phase 3 for the first time for a cut, color, and perm consultation. When deciding on a place to go to (I've tried out many salons in the greater Seattle area) I was encouraged by all the positive reviews on Citysearch; these great reviews turned out to be dead on. When I made the appointment, I didn't ask for any stylist in particular and was scheduled with MONICA. She did an absolutely amazing job, and was incredibly sweet. I came with some vague ideas and a couple pictures of what I was thinking about, and she gave me several options of styles and colors that would work best for me. Before she did anything she clarified what she was doing so there would be no surprises. Monica gave me one of the best (if not the best) hair cut I've had, and the color is not flat at all (she used three colors, and applied them in a way that would look even better once I had my perm done). While my color was setting she also gave me an phenomenal hand massage, and the shampoo felt amazing as well. When it was time to pay, I was shocked at how affordable two and a half hours of coloring and cutting was. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend Phase 3- friendly staff, extremely talented stylists, great products, and all at a surprisingly affordable price! *UPDATE* Since getting my hair cut and colored by Monica, I've received countless compliments about how flattering my new hair cut is. I'm excited to see the results of my perm in just another week! Pros: Friendly staff, knowledgeable stylists, affordable prices Cons: Parking more

MUST see CONNIE at Phase 3 by Gary Manuel-No one better 7/5/2009

I am THE PICKIEST person with THE MOST DIFFICULT hair on the planet, it seems! I have spent hundreds upon hundreds of dollars going to the ""best salons"" here and in various cities, while travelling, and having my hair cut and colored by the supposed ""best"" designers. Some great, some not so great. Pros: CONNIE is an artist who cares about her guests and her work Cons: Not a single one more

I LOVE MY HAIR!!!!! 6/8/2009

Maria E. is amazing and gave me a great cut. The next time I visit my friends in Seattle, I'll definitely get my hair done again. Wish I lived closer!!! more

I would highly recommend Nyesha! 5/8/2009

I didn't know what to expect when I made an appointment at Phase 3. I am an African American woman and I have very resistant hair and I wasn't sure if there would be a stylist at Phase 3 that would be able to 'tackle' my hair type. Low and behold I met Nyesha and she made all of my worries dissapear. She was very knowledgeable about my hair type and she asked a lot of questions to ensure I would be happy with the final outcome. She was very sweet and nice. We had great conversation and she made me feel very welcome and comfortable. I received a cut, shampoo and curl and she did an excellent job! After my service was complete I felt so hot! That was the first time my hair ever had shine and movement! The products she used were great and she even taught me how I can take care of my hair at home. As a black woman it is hard to find an upscale salon that caters to different hair types so I was very pleased and I will definitely be back to see Nyesha! And I will recommend her to all of my friends. Thank you Nyesha for making me look fantabulous! Pros: Atmosphere, staff, timely service more

Great Experience with Nyesha 2/27/2009

I just had my first appointment at Phase 3 and it was a wonderful experience! My appointment was with Nyesha and she was wonderful! I walked out of the salon with exactly what i wanted and more! Pros: Staff, Ambience, location, value more

Metamorphosis with ASHLEY of Phase 3 2/3/2009

I took my medicare birthday money and splurged with a Phase 3 appointment with ASHLEY. She applied her caring and skill and I left feeling ready for the high school prom. (Actually later that day an e-harmony coffee introduction led to a dazzling New Year's Eve date)! more

Nyesha rocks! 1/25/2009

My first experience at Phase 3 was wonderful. I was greeted by a very friendly receptionist, and was given a robe to change into so I wouldn't get my shirt messy during the cut. The atmosphere of the place is pretty upscale and has an edgy feel to it. Nyesha was my stylist, and she did a perfect job on trimming my long layers. I'm definitely recommending her to my friends on their next haircut. Thanks, Nyesha! :) more

connie does it better than a nyc stylist 1/22/2009

you'd imagine that new york city, with all its glitz and glamour, would have blown away a salon in seattle for highlights, but not the case when you go to connie. she made my hair look so natural and took such care in painting tiny sections of strands - it was truly impressive. i try to make it back to see her each time i return home! see her if you can. more

Best Haircut Anywhere for Curly Hair 12/4/2008

My friend goes to the main Gary Manuel salon and did me a favor by asking her stylist for a stylist that really knows how to cut curly hair. Her stylist immediately referred me to Chris at Phase 3. When I called for an appointment, I was surprised and happy that Chris had immediate availability. After a very professional greeting, I was seen by Chris in just a few minutes. I should mention that I have had a terrible time finding a stylist that really did know how to cut curly hair. Most say they can and don't have a clue. But boy, did Chris live up to his reputation. He gave me the best haircut I have had, including those from NYC. I'm only in Seattle for a few months, but I'm so thrilled with Chris that I may have to commute here just to get my haircut!!!! Pros: Very professional staff; ambience of a high-end salon; stylists really know what they're doing Cons: Parking isnt' great since it's downtown. Product sell is a little strong. more

If You Haven't Had Your Hair Done By Christopher, You Haven't Had Your Haid Done By The Best! 10/10/2008

To put it simply, my hair is a huge pain in the butt! Styling is an every day obstacle. I'd let my hair grow to my lower back because, we all know how easy it is to throw it back in a messy pony tail and call it a DAY! It was my first time at Phase 3 and I was lucky enough to have Christopher. I brought him a couple pictures I'd printed out of the hair styles I'd chosen from a vast array of them. He hadn't quite finished the hair cut , though, I thought he had and was quite dissapointed. Not because of his work, simply because I thought that was how my hair would do with the new ""do."" But, NO!! A few more snips and I saw how talented he was. It wasn't either of the pictures, no. From our conversating he actually saw the image I had portrayed and given it to me. I LOVE CHRISTOPHER. I'm hoping he can fit me in this weekend for a tune up. Pros: Christopher more

A Steal 6/17/2008

This salon is great for so many reasons - mainly because they use gorgeous Aveda products and the prices are extremely reasonable, but also because it has a really accessible location and their stylists are all very friendly. I have been to see a couple of different stylists (for a cut and blond highlights) and all have been wonderful, with Opal being the most fabulous. Once I met with her, I was sold! Her multi-colored highlights are so gorgeous - well blended and beautiful, and she gives the best head massages. I get so many compliments on my hair color, but never let my secret out. Haven't ever really gotten too crazy with a haircut (I usually just get a trim), but I am sure they would be fine too. Give them a try! Pros: Great downtown location, extremely good prices for the quality you get Cons: Parking more

I Heart Christopher! 5/24/2008

I have been to Gary Manuel's Phase 3 salon twice now. My first experience was amazing, but my second visit was INCREDIBLE, thanks to Christopher. I have been trying to lighten my dark brown hair for sometime now in preparation for the warmer weather that I am wishing and hoping will show up one of these days. Well I have not been having the best of luck with getting the hair color that I had pictured in my head, which I blame entirely on my inability to properly communicate to my stylists, but Christopher did it, spot on! My hair looks AMAZING, I really cannot remember the last time that I left the salon feeling this good. Not only did he do a great job on my hair he was super accommodating. You see I was only scheduled for an all over color but what I really wanted was a foil and an all over color (which I am sure is the worst thing you can do to a stylist on a busy Saturday sorry Christopher). He handled my request with absolute grace and professionalism, and now has a new client for life. Everyone should treat themselves and go in and see this guy, trust me you will thank me later :) Pros: Christopher more

Tsofia is great! Continue to Part#2 4/4/2008

Part# 2: Then, the hard part came: going from blonde of 9 years back to my natural brunette. It was a long process, but done the right way and in several steps. Tsofia made the best brunette color I EVER had (even when it was natural)! She created a multidimensional look with reach brown all over color and super dark pieces for dimension. Plus, golden, naturally blended highlights all over (just like I wanted) so that it?s not boring. I continued to feel relaxed and confident in her skill since the hair cut and her overall professional approach. The final result immediately looked great to me, I didn?t have to ?get used to the look?. My hair looks and feels healthy and thick. My husband, on the other hand, is ?growing into? this change, but says that he likes it. ?it?s just different, that?s all,? he says. He is not into ?change?, just so you know. I feel so eternally thankful to Tsofia for being so kind and patient with me; for making this transition easy on me, and for being such a great artist. She really knows her stuff! I left feeling light and beautiful. The only thing that kind of kicked me off my balance is the price I had to pay, I actually felt a little fuzzy in the head. Tsofia put in her 100% of skill, love and concentration into my new hair for which I am so grateful and would want to return again and again to see her and only her! She is a great professional and has the longest years of experience in GM and a great wealth of knowledge in what she does; however, the cost was more than what I initially anticipated and was not mentally prepared for it. It's a great idea to see a stylist in ""training"" under supervision and get the same great result for less money. I realized that this salon offers a wide range of price structure to fit different budgets. My plan would be to go see someone else for my color maintenance there and visit Tsofia for a ""boosted look"". Aveda is a good product; I really liked the rich color and great scent of products Bellevue WA Pros: Tsofia Cons: Cost more

Tsofia is the best hair artist I have encountered #1 4/4/2008

Part # 1: Tsofia is a very busy professional, but made me feel like I am the only one she is working with! I felt like a Princess. She was very attentive to my ?hair story? and what I was looking for this time. She must have spent at least 30 minutes helping me to create the look I am looking for. She seemed very patient and relaxed. Pros: Tsofia Cons: Cost more

jeff does it again 3/13/2008

for you skeptics out there like me: 1) i am not a friend of Jeff's. 2) i am not Jeff. more

Phase 3 Salon 2/28/2008

I have been going to the Gary Manuel Salons for a long time, so I totally love it!! But, I started going to Jeff in the Phase 3 Salon and I love, love, love him!!!! He has given me the best haircut I have EVER had!!!! I have never felt so confident!!! Again, everyone there is great, but JEFF is AWESOME!!!!! Pros: Staff is great!! more

Only the nicest people work here 2/1/2008

As a Beauty Consultant and Referral consultant for best spa's and salons in Seattle-I've been to too many to count,, I'd like to say I was treated to a beautiful color of blonde. more
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Owner Message

  • Phase 3 is a completely different and exciting hair salon. Located next door to the popular Gary Manuel Salon, it exists to "fine tune" Gary Manuel Salon hair designers. Designers working in Phase 3 have received many months of advanced education taught at Gary Manuel Salon before they work in Phase 3. In addition, there is always one of Gary Manuel Salon's most experienced designers on the premises to "trouble shoot" and add their expertise . Phase 3 is an AVEDA Concept Salon--using the finest products and haircolor. Haircuts start at $27.


  • The Scene
    A force to be reckoned with on the Seattle salon scene, the Gary Manuel trio of salons offers its employees the full spectrum of hairdressing education, from the basics to...

  • 6/29/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Belltown