I recently moved to the Belmar area, and wanted to find a hair salon near my home. Maria told me she has been doing hair for 18 years, and it shows! She really knows her stuff. I told her I’m growing my hair out, so I didn’t want to cut more than an inch and a half. She said, “Well, we’ll do an inch” and she actually kept her promise (instead of chopping off two inches or more like some stylists have)! What I found different from her compared to all the other stylists I’ve been to is she actually consulted me and explained things to me at every step of the process, instead of just asking me at the beginning what I wanted and then going with it. She asked me how I wanted my layers, how I wanted the front, she even asked me my daily routine to determine how much maintenence I put into my hair (what products I use, how often I wash it, etc.). Then she cut layers underneath my hair as well, to give it volume from underneath without adding too many layers on top and making the ends too thin and stringy (my hair is pretty fine). That was an interesting technique that no one had ever done to me before! So all in all, it was a great experience: the prices are reasonable, the people are friendly, the haircuts rock. I’ll definitely be going back!