Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12-8pm
Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm

4791 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez, CA 94553


Please call for an appointment.

Compliments will be doing hair, extensions and makeup for Alhambra High School's Prom Fashion Show on April 30th.

Welcome to Compliments Hair Salon

Compliments is a unique hair salon with the ability to bring the outdoors in and really relax people the minute they walk through the gate. Michelle will do the job you expect and give her knowledge to the client to help them learn about hair and how to care for their hair so it continues to look good until their next appointment. Michelle Compliments you for coming in and meeting with a professional who is so excited about passing on excellent work to make the client feel great.

Compliments Hair Salon also sells and reps Marrakesh all-natural hair and skin care products. "I love these products! They deliver what they say they are going to deliver... and my clients love them, too." — Michelle

“...Michelle is a true artist and professional. Don't waste your time and money anywhere else. This is the only place to have your hair done. You won't be disappointed.” — Linda T. (Read more testimonials)

About Compliments

Michelle Yarde is the owner and founder of Compliments Hair Salon, established in 1988.
She continues her advanced education in hands-on cutting, coloring, make-up and up-dos on a yearly basis. Her work on up-dos for proms and weddings is outstanding.

Today 26 years ago I opened my business and haven't looked back. My goal has always been to make the client feel welcome and do their hair to enhance all the beautiful features that everyone has. I work with and listen to my clients. I continue my education on a yearly basis. I feel that is so important in my business. I never stop going to classes, listening to motivational speakers and trying new techniques.

Compliments Hair Salon was founded in 1988 by Michelle Yarde still holds to the original dream. " I want to always do the very best work, based on continued education." " My motto has always been to work with and listen to my clients. " Education is so important." " Hands on training really helps to give me the tools needed to do stellar work."

Michelle has been trained for 20 years from an artist who was named Hairdresser of the Year. He teaches how to cut hair mathematically. "He made so much sense in cutting, coloring and up-dos for weddings and proms. The placement of color, the sections to the up do to make it comfortable to wear all day is easy with his training. " I’ve also trained under Nicholas, Jingles and The Altieri Brothers to name a few." I go to the Spring Style Show every year. Sometimes I go to the one in L.A. because they offer a different spin. The ISSO event in L.A. brings together the top educators and is well worth the trip for the inspiration they give me." "Once I gather all this information I learned how to create my own cutting style. I find it exhilarating to come back from a class and implement what I just learned." I call in friends and give them a "free bee" so I can keep that information uppermost in my mind by practicing on them."

Michelle is known for her up-dos for weddings and proms and special events such as a family photo or an anniversary party. Michelle will go on site to do any event the client may have. Michelle does the hair and make-up if the party is 5 people or less. If it is over 5 people she calls in her make-up artist Dusty Grey of Dusty Grey’s Skin Spectrum to do the make-up. "We’ve worked together for over 10 years. Her work is stellar. Her work is flawless.

Michelle recycles everything possible out of the salon. She even composts the hair! Michelle even cuts hair outside (weather permitting) surrounded by a serene background of bamboo gently swaying. People feel like they’re on vacation when they arrive at Compliments. We offer a comfortable atmosphere with books filled with pictures of her work. The website is constantly being updated with new looks. "My goal has always been client comfort first and foremost."

Over the 25 years Michelle has owned and operated Compliments Hair Salon she exudes joy over what she does. "I really love my work. I walk into my salon as if it were the very first day every day. " I never take my clients for granted." "They are what make me an artist." "I humbly thank each and every one of my clients for coming in." " I have cut hair for families for so many years I’m now taking care of the third and fourth generation." "I can’t tell you how honored I am to be able to do that."

Michelle has become a certified Hair Extensionist. "I am educated on the single strand method, the micro ring method and the tape method. These are 3 safe methods of adding hair without the use of glue. They’re easily removed with a non toxic substance. Michelle also does a Brazilian Blow Out without the use of harsh chemicals. " I have a product that the client can purchase and do this at home with no damage to the hair or lungs."


“After years of searching for a beautician who can give me a natural blonde color, cover gray, and a great hair style, I have found Michelle! Her exquisite shop is tucked away discretely on Pacheco Blvd. in a residential area. I have tried numerous beauty shops but the problems were always the same. Michelle resolved them all.

Michelle was able to work with my previously processed hair to give me a beautiful blonde color without the orange and to darken some areas to enhance the look, making my hair appear thicker and more natural. There are NO foil marks because she has a better method. She is an excellent hair stylist and cut my hair to flatter my face and go with my lifestyle. She has lots of experience and keeps up with current trends and products. It has been over a month and my color has not faded.

A friend and I were able to schedule our hair together and so we had a lot of fun. Michelle is fun and easy to talk to on any subject. You can trust her to know what you want and to have a good time. Michelle is a true artist and professional. Don't waste your time and money anywhere else. This is the only place to have your hair done. You won't be disappointed.” — Linda T.

“I've been going to Compliments hair salon for over 15 years (since I was in middle school) and I love it. I get my hair highlighted and trimmed every 6-8 weeks and Michelle does a great job. When I was going to college in Santa Barbara I would plan my trips home around my hair as I couldn't see myself going anywhere else. A good friend of mine recently got married in LA and I went down as I was a bridesmaid. For the wedding I got my hair styled at a salon in LA and the lady asked where I got my hair done as she said the color was beautiful. Michelle makes it look so natural and it always comes out perfect. I would definitely recommend Michelle to anyone. I don't know what I will do if she ever moves out of the area!” — Jenna G.
“Michelle has been cutting my hair for quite a while now and I had to go through quite a few hair cuts before I found her. She is very knowledgeable, artistic & a pleasure to work with! My wife because disillusioned with her previous stylist because she just couldn't get appointments when she needed so she asked em if Michelle would consider taking her on. I asked Michelle & she responded eagerly to work with us & has done so with my wife's ardent approval. She executes magic at her business & our needs are taken care of by her without compromise! I highly recommend her to any that are looking for hair care be they male or female... YOU CANT GO WRONG when you put your locks in her hands!” — Slider S.
“Having worked in the salon industry for 20+ years and having spent 9 of those working alongside Michelle at Compliments. I can honestly tell you that the quality of service, cleanliness, professionalism and commitment that you'll experience with her is far above and beyond most other salons/hairdressers. Though I have not worked in the salon for the last few years, I still trust no other than Michelle to color and cut my own hair and continue to relish our regular sessions together!” — Angie C.
“I have been going to Compliments Hair Salon for 20 years and highly recommend them. Of of the great things I like about Compliments (besides the convenient location) is that my kids get their hair cuts for the price of their age! (11 year old = $11, 14 year old $14) What a deal! Thanks Michelle for the first class service all these years.” — Steve M.
“Michelle was my mother's hairdresser for over 30 years. Being a woman who was very particular about her looks, this speaks volumes to the ability of Michelle to do great hair! My mother spoke of her often, and how she was always so much more than "just a hairdresser" to her though. She was a treasured friend. There were countless times when my mom would talk about her life while having her hair shampooed and trimmed, knowing that Michelle listened with her heart as well her ears. She walked beside my mom after the death of my step-father, rejoiced with her at the birth of her first grandchild, and held her hand while she caught her breath while carrying her oxygen tank. She was one of my mother's favorite people in life, and she counted on those appointments as if she were having lunch with a friend. My mother recently passed away and I was able to meet Michelle for the first time in person, after hearing about her for so many Years. I can see why my mother loved her so much! I'm sure she has many clients who feel the same way about her and look forward to their hair appointments for more than just great hair!” — Garcia L.

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Compliments Offers

  • Haircuts
  • Coloring (all aspects of hi lites and low lites)
  • Perms (traditional, creative and water perms)
  • Braiding
  • Up-dos (wedding, proms, special events)
  • Facial waxing
  • Eyebrow and eyelash tinting
  • Hair extensions (permanent and temporary)
  • Free parking
  • Payment with Discover, VISA, MasterCard, checks and cash

Marrakesh Products


Hair Gallery


Wedding Gallery


Prom Gallery


Makeup Gallery


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Red Letter Days

  • February 7 - 17
  • April 4 - 6
  • May 31 - June 1
  • October 17 - 19
  • November 28 - 30
  • December 24 - Jan 1, 2014