1507 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.014738 -118.49321
M 9am-5pm, Tu-Su 9am-7pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
Awful Customer Service – It's quite possible that this place gives amazing haircuts, but based on the phone conversation I had with them, i'll never know. Here's what happened:
Me: Hi, I'd like to know how much a cut and color costs.
HDS (Hair Designers Studio): What color are you now and what color are you trying to go to?
Me: I'm currently dark brown and would like to go medium brown.
HDS: Is your dark hair dyed or natural?
Me: Dyed, but it's pretty faded.
HDS: *loud audible sigh* In that case, i'm going to have to strip out the color, put in a base and maybe even strip in color. I couldn't possibly give you a price quote.
Me: It's been more than 4 months since I've had my hair dyed so I don't think that's all necessary.
HDS: Um, I think i'm more equipped to answer that than you.
Me: Okay, what about cut?
HDS: Didn't you hear me? I couldn't possibly give you a range over the phone there are too many factors to consider. If you'd like to come in, I'll give you a free consultation.
Me: I don't have time to go from shop to shop for price consultations which is why i'm calling so I can get some sort of idea. So, if you can't give me a range even for a cut then I guess I can't make an appointment.
HDS: Then I guess you can't *click*
If you're considering this place - don't! I went to Kristy's Beauty in Century City and ABSOLUTELY LOVE my cut and color and had a very pleasant afternoon there.
Nicest salon in Santa Monica – When I opened a business in Santa Monica 7 years ago, I was on the lookout for a new Hair Salon. I only needed to look three doors down. When you go into Hair Designers studio you are treated like a friend. All the stylists, colorists, facialists, and the nail lady are wonderful. They are a full service salon and can fix whatever needs fixing and tell you when its time for a change. Many of my customers comment on my hair and I refer them to Hair Designers Studio and they are always very happy. I am always amazed at how busy they are and that they have had some customers since they first opened. IA very good sign in todays economy. I highly reccomend this salon and wouldn't think of goin anywhere else!
BEST HAIR SALON ON THE WESTSIDE – I HAVE BEEN A CUSTOMER OF HDS FOR OVER SIX YEARS AND HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER. I ORIGINALLY WENT TO THEM TO FIX A HORRIBLE MISTAKE MY HAIRDRESSER MADE WITH MY COLOR. NOT ONLY WERE THEY PROFESSIONAL, BUT THEY ARE ALL WARM AND COMPASSIONATE PROFESSIONALS. IT FEELS LIKE YOU ARE ENTERING A SPA WHEN YOU GO IN, AND WHEN YOU LEAVE, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE SPENT HOURS AT A SPA. I HAVE VERY DIFFICULT HAIR, AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN DISSAPOINTED WITH THE WAY MY HAIR LOOKS WHEN I LEAVE. I THINK THIS SALON IS A HIDDEN TREASURE IN SANTA MONICA. I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE WHO DOES COLOR BETTER THAN THE PROFESSIONALS AT THIS SALON. NOT ONLY DO YOU GET GREAT SERVICE, BUT YOU ARE ALWAYS GREETED WITH A WARM HUG, A CUP OF COFFEE, AND A LITTLE SNACK TO BOOT. IT ALMOST FEELS LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO YOUR FAVORITE AUNTS HOUSE TO HAVE YOUR HAIR DONE. THE CLIENTELE DOESN'T CHANGE, NOR DOES THE STAFF!!! I THINK ANYONE WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND A BETTER PLACE TO GET YOUR HAIR DONE.
Is it possible...an unpretentious salon in Santa Monica? – If you like cold and pretentious salons you have many choices in the greater L.A. area. Hair Designer?s Studio in Santa Monica however, is not one of them. I have had the pleasure of getting my hair cut at HDS for more than six years. The salon is staffed by talented professionals committed to customer satisfaction. What I really enjoy about my visits to HDS is the welcome I receive when I walk through the door. The relaxing atmosphere and attention to detail such as robes to protect your clothing would lead you to believe that you?re in for an expensive visit. Surprisingly, prices are very reasonable and the cost of my haircut is the same today as it was on my first visit. I appreciate the total lack of employee turnover. I can count on a perfect haircut every time. I also do not have to make appointments weeks in advance. If you?re particular about who cuts your hair and prefer a salon with caring people then Hair Designer?s Studio is for you.
Simply the best salon! – If you would like the best haircut you've ever had and a perfect manicure, go to Hair Designers. How do I know? I've been a patron of the salon for more than 20 years, and during all those years I've never had a bad haircut or less than perfect nails! It's a fun place to go, too, because you are welcomed and treated like a valued friend. When I first discovered this marvelous salon, I lived in Mar Vista,so I traveled only about 5 miles. Ten years ago, I moved more than 50 miles away, but the distance hasn't changed anything. I wouldn't even consider going elsewhere ... not as long as I am capable of driving. Their prices are fair and reasonable in today's economy. If you are looking for firstrate stylists and service, you might want to try this salon. I recommend it!
Worst Experience in hair history – My experience at Hair Designer Studios in Santa Monica, CA was the worst experience I have ever had in my entire life. I would rank my experience as if I would have colored my own hair out of a box for the first time and well that is how it turned out, but worse. My appointment went as followed. I showed up at 10:00 am for a hair cut, highlight with low lights... pretty simple task I believe if you do this for a living. Results are the follow: bad highlights - splats of bleach on the hair were the strands are multi colors, burnt and fried, low lights are darker on the ends then what they are on the top and my scalp it burnt from leaving the color to long. I would love to say if the lady that was working with my hair at the time would have not have been busy answering the phone, talking to customers who walked in and chatting with here friends that showed up unexpectedly my results would have been different, but I believe the stylists who styled my hair was incompetent. I would love to go back and have it corrected but I am scared it will end up worse than what it is already... not to mention they are super expensive for the poor service, quality and experience you receive.
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