A full-service hair salon in a relaxing, friendly environment — conveniently located off highway 680 in Martinez, California.
About Compliments Hair Salon
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."
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