Seattle >Beauty > Gary Manuel Salon
2127 1st Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.612201 -122.344533
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
Not often does a Mom of a toddler have time to get a haircut, and then also want to take the time to review said haircut on the World Wide Web, but today, I did and I do:
Tsofia made my hair dreams come true today. Really. I brought three photos of what I've been wanting and she knew just what to do to achieve my vision. Tsofia articulated her plan during our consultation and then made it happen right before my eyes, much like my "fairy hair mother" (Tsofia, is that too much !?! I think not.) She is crafty, confident and I dare say, magical with her tools, and has vision that is not often seen in the industry.
I am loving this new hair - it is definitely a "DO."
Tsofia showed me some tricks so I also have all the confidence that I will be able to replicate the style at home.
Thank you Tsofia, I am living my hair dream, thanks to you.
And to all you reading this review, wondering if you should call, I say YES! Why wouldn't you want to be living the dream too?
your client for life,
I loved the amazing cut I got from Maria Espinoza, on of the stylists @ Gary Manuel. I had previously long hair when I moved to Seattle and felt like it was time for a new look. I couldn't have chosen a better place. This salon has impeccable service, talented stylist and are committed to making Seattle a better place by of their fundraising and volunteering efforts! What more could you ask for?
If you are looking for great hair GO TO MARIA! Maria is absolutely amazing. I have naturally curly hair and I am very picky about my hair, especially living in Seattle (with the wet weather and all.) My cut must be perfect in order for my hair to tolerate the moisture and still look good.
Maria is a true artist and perfectionist and it shows. One time I left the salon completely happy loving my hair and she called me and said "i was thinking about you and I want you to come back in today, It wasn’t exactly perfect." I told her I loved it and I really didn’t think i needed to. The point is, I was completely impressed with that level of detail and customer attention.
Way to go Gary and Manuel! You have a true gem!
How fortunate I was to be first booked with Maria, way back when she was at Gary Manuel Phase 3. I'd been in Seattle for about 8 years always looking, looking, looking for just the right stylist - you know, "the one." I didn't hesitate for a second to follow her when she moved to the main salon. Now, 4 to 5 years later, I know for sure I've found "the one." I haven't written a review until now because I wasn't sure how I'd be able to describe just how good she is.
Maria's amazingly talented -- it is obvious that her career as a stylist is a perfect fit that enables her to use her passion and creativity to make a difference in people's lives. I can say that because she did that for me! In the years I've been seeing her I've been through a lot and she's been there with me every step of the way, encouraging me, cheering for me, pushing me outside of my comfort zones (when I desperately needed to be), and I always walk out of that salon feeling better about myself than when I came in. I always love what she does with my hair - cut and color - and other people love it, too. I receive compliments all the time!
Maria encourages me to try new things but she always respects my boundaries. I've never, ever walked away from her chair having had a bad experience...even an "ok" experience. It's always awesome and I feel so fortunate to have found her! She's just an amazing, wonderful, incredibly talented person!! Truly, truly.
Gary Manuel Salon does a lot of good in the community, too and it's nice to support a business like this!
Maria is AMAZING!! She has transformed my hair and look! I have received so many compliments on my new bob cut and highlights.. I really trust her opinon and ideas. Maria is such a talent and a true artist! Thank you Maria for making my hair look so great!!
Tsofia is the best for coloring and cut – I have been seeing Tsofia at Gary Manuel for 14 years. She understands all hair types, the best coloring for your skin tone, and the best cut to keep you looking fresh. I would seriously fly from out of state to see her. She is very talented and is the instructor or Phase 3 of the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute hair stylist training program (the coloring phase of training). You will not be disappointed.
Michelle is great – Michelle has been my stylist for twenty years. She's accompanied me on a journey through middle age: counselor, strategist, cheerleader, friend and artist. When I've needed a change of course she's helped me find a new look: color, style, shape, mood. Michelle helped me find my way from curly to straight to wavy to avant guard to a more contemporary version of my curly youthful look. Throughout she has been professional, resourceful and - when necessary - firm. But always supportive of me and my goals. She understands that hair can pa metaphor for much more, for life's twists and turns and for empowerment and risk. Finally, Michelle is kind: when I was recovering from a terrible accident Michelle came, on her own time, and generously washed and colored my hair in my home when I was confined to a wheelchair. Pretty special. An lots of fun.
Maria is Ah-Maz-Ing! – Maria is the best. So skip this review if you're not interested in the best! I followed Maria over from Phase 3 because she is extremely good at what she does. Choosing colors, cuts and styles in a very knowledgeable, talented and inspired way. I had been highlighting my hair for a few years and it was getting very light. After Maria's insight and creativity on our first appointment at Phase 3, I knew I had found a stylist who understood what looked best on my face and with my features and skin tone and who could execute it flawlessly each and every time... tweaking it up to keep the boy on his feet, but always making it look flawless, natural, beautiful and flattering. Now I'm a ravishing brunette and love it.
Aside from her skills, she's a wonderful, smart, funny, thoughtful, deep and interesting woman. I look forward to seeing her for my appointments so I can seep up her advice, insight and knowledge, not only regarding my hair but also all the non-hair related aspects of my life. I'm sure Maria would be happy to have a quiet appointment if that's what you prefer, but personally I relish in her insight and find myself referring to "what maria said" for days to come with my girlfriends.
If you are looking for a fabulous cut, color that makes you shine and a style that makes you feel like a $$million$$ bucks - go see Maria! I assure you, you will NOT regret it.
Maria is a Creative Genius!! – I started getting my hair done with Maria at Phase 3, and followed her to the main salon. She is amazing, professional, and visionary! For both haircut and color she listens to what you are looking for, and knows what looks good with your particular face shape, skin tone, and personal style. I personally have very straight, fine hair on the thinner side and she is a master at creating incredible volume and texture in both short and longer styles.
I can safely say that I have been thrilled with every cut and color I have had with Maria over the years. Before I went to this salon, I had never had my hair professionally colored. Now? I'm addicted! She has done some awesome overall color and multi-dimensional foils on my hair, running the gamut from red to brown to blonde and back again. She's amazing at it all! Also, she's just a very kind, entertaining, and intelligent person who is a joy to talk to during my appointments. If you need a breath of fresh air, a creative, professional stylist who will make you look great, then go to Maria!!!
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