201 Wilshire Blvd Ste 120, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.017998 -118.500154
Neighborhoods: West LA, Wilshire Montana
Kyle and hair = peanut butter and jelly (or oreos and milk, your preference) – For me, going to a great stylist is like going on a perfect date. Similarly, trying new stylists can be as painful as a string of very VERY bad dates. So when a trusted friend (with very good taste) recommended Kyle, I knew that I was in for a very good experience. The trip alone makes for a nice Saturday or Sunday. I got there a little early and purposefully parked in the garage at 4th and Broadway so that I could walk the length of the Promenade and enjoy some window shopping before getting in the chair. After getting my fill of street performers and pretty fall skirts, I arrived at the salon and was seated with no wait time. My appointment started with meeting Kyle, telling him what I wanted and then listening to him walk me through how he would use his techniques to make it happen. Next came meticulously hand-painted highlights, good conversation, an amazing shampoo from Curtis, and a delicious glass of wine. I never once found someone trying to rush the process or shove magazines in my face. At one point I felt more like I was at party than at the salon- and that's a good thing! The entire experience was stress-free, and the result was fabulous hair. Great color, great cut. Thanks Kyle!
Fantastic experience – I found Kyle through Citysearch (thank you to all the other reviewers) and was thrilled because his salon is so close to my house. The first time I went in, he and I had a conversation in which he asked me what I was looking for. I loved that he didn't just jump into the haircut, especially because I was looking for something different, and that he truly wanted me to be happy. That first haircut and blowdry ranks as one of the best I've ever had. My hair looked so amazing that several people literally stopped me that night to ask me where I get my hair done. Since then, I've been back for highlights and another haircut. I have been extremely happy with every experience - from checking in, to having my hair shampooed (Curtis is fantastic!!) to cut and style. I highly highly recommend Kyle and his salon.
KYLE MATHIS IS YOUR MAN!!!! – I usually wait until my 3rd visit to an establishment to write a review (past experiences, past mistakes), however, I am inclined to write nothing but positive news about Kyle Mathis. It is hard to find a stylist who can do everything, but with Kyle I have experienced perfect cut and perfect colour, every time. His assistant Curtis will give you HANDS DOWN the best head massage you have ever had (which I believe is essential as part of the service). The salon itself is spacious, hip and very clean. The staff are courteous and helpful. There is zero sales pressure and I leave feeling absolutely fabulous. After 10 years of searching in Los Angeles for an amazing stylist, I have found my man!!!! Thanks Kyle!!!
Awesome Salon – Kyle is great! Knowledgeable, listens to what you want, and most importantly very talented at cuts and color. Highly recommended for any and all of your hair needs. The salon is decorated very cool, extremely clean, and everyone there is so nice!!!
Salem is the best!!! – Love the Salon's location, a little hard to park but worth it. Salem has been doing my hair for a while now and I wanted to write a review of praise. My hair looks the best ever, the cut and color are amazing. I drive 2 1/2 hours to have my hair done by Salem and it is well worth the drive.
Worst haircut EVER!!!!! – Meticulous? Chic? Fun? These are three things that I did not experience at this Salon. I experienced horrible service and nothing but humility and belittlement. I witnessed other clients sitting silently while their stylist and the other stylists talked about their previous clients and who was Hot this month (celebrities) and who's dating who. Every client that paid and walked out of the salon was talked about and not in a nice way! Not only did I receive horrible service, but my hairtrim grew out as if it was chopped by a beginner with dull scissors! And Kyle is no beginner... I am never stepping foot in this salon and definitely not recommending it to my friends or family.
Horrible...... – I called this salon based on the reviews and asked for a color correction expert because I made my hair ash/greenish, and was referred to Salem. She listed attentively to me, and I showed her pictures of the color highlights that I wanted, and it seemed she understood. She made me feel confident that she could remove the green/ash and give me the medium golden brown base with golden brown highlights that I wanted. The lighting in there is terribly artificial, so 3 hours later, after she said that she used a "neutral base" (remember, I said I wanted a golden brown base), it was dark outside and since the lighting in there wasn't realistic, she told me to go home and look at it, and if I needed anything more/less/fixed, to come back and she would do it for free, no problem. I paid $95 for base color, $65 for highlights (not bad, I have shorter hair), and $105 (!) for a haircut! I went home and could not believe that I still had greenish/ash brown base with yellow highlights! I did this myself and that's what I came in to have corrected! I went back the next day and Salem managed to warm up the overall effect, I went home and looked at it - now she covered up all of the highlights and I was left with an overall one color dark golden brown with NO more highlights except for a few yellow ones still peeking through, no shine, dull, drab color! Now I needed to have highlights put back in! I wasn't about to go back there a 3rd time because I didn't think she knew what she was doing at this point and I lost all confidence in her. I couldn't believe she let me leave looking like that and she could be proud of her work. My hair can handle a lot and is still in good condition. However, I felt that I should be refunded for the hair coloring part. I left a message and they said no refunds, but the owner wanted to see my hair. No thank you!-not going back! And the haircut is NOT worth $105.00! And I didn't get a scalp massage like everyone else!
Kyle Mathis is WONDERFUL – Kyle has been looking after me and my coif for several years now. Fate brought me to him after a horrible experience in a hollywood salon that left me SILVER. i showed up at the salon he was working with in Venice, luck had it that he had an opening, and he fixed my hair, calmed my nerves, and was just lovely. i have followed him to his new salon in santa monica and am a dedicated Kyle Mathis fan, no one will ever touch my hair again. and the day he moves cross country or to Iceland, im there with him.
Tell him what youre thinking, what you want, and he will work with you to make it happen...one of the best listeners with a very sincere nature about him. His talent is unmatched.
Amazing would be an understatement to describe SONYA work. – I went to Kyle Mathis Hairdressing looking for a new salon and was pleasantly surprised. I am a very picky customer and SONYA made me feel at home. Not only is VERY talanetd, but she also LISTEN to you! My hair needed a different color and she was very attentive and professional. The color she did were very natural and complimentary to my skin color. She also styled my hair and it looked thicker and shinier than ever. Overall her service was excellent and I have never be happier with my hair. I have recommended her to all of my friends and family...
Salem: she's the color stylist you need – Finally!....I have the color and style I absolutely want. Oh and I got a trim...and yes it was only that ...the lovely stylist didn't chop my hair off. Ever since I started going to Kyle Mathis Hairdressing, I've been more than happy with my hair. Don't get me wrong i've had some cool color and cuts before..but not that exact ONE I've envisioned myself with. The stylist to see is Salem...she's all tatted up. I swear she really cared that I was happy....you might ask how would I know? Oh...I know when someone is sincere or if they're just trying to make a dime. Anyway...I loved my hair now that Salem colors and styles it and I highly suggest YOU take a shot.
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