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Review of Peter Mark’s Hairdressing

Posted on | October 8, 2007 | 9 Comments

Peter Mark’s HairdressingMahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland
Good hairdressing in Cork
Update 2012: I haven’t been to Peter Marks, Mahon Point in years. This review was written in 2007. Simone has since moved to her own salon and she’s still great at cutting and styling hair. I would still definitely recommend her. Details on her website: Simone Best Hair Styling in Blackrock, Cork.

Original Blogpost:

Since moving to Cork just over 4 years ago, I’ve tried a fair number of hairdressers: D’Arcy’s Design on Paul Street, Leonard’s in Douglas, Toni & Guy’s in Washington St and Devine in Wilton.

Whilst all have been fine, none have grabbed me enough to make me want to return repeatedly. What I want when I go to the hairdressers is a stylist who’s ready to advise me. After all, they’re the professionals. I want a haircut that suits my face shape and makes me feel fabulous and gorgeous. Ok, ok, I’m asking for alot ;-)

I don’t want someone who just faffs about and just basically trims my hair or gives me the latest fad style which probably doesn’t suit me. I’m not an expert in haircolour or styles so I go to the hairdresser to provide this service. I really hate salons where it seems to take bloody ages to blow dry my hair, its short, it shouldn’t take an hour or where I’m left waiting for the stylist to juggle multiple appointments.

Last Saturday, on the advice of my sister in law, I headed to Peter Mark’s in Mahon Point to get my hair coloured and cut. I had made the appointment earlier in the week at which stage, I was required to have my skin tested to ensure I wasn’t allergic to the hair colourants.

The salon is bright and located in the middle of the Mahon Point shopping centre so parking is free and no problem.

Simone was my stylist. I thought she was great. Chatty but not in a “shut up, you’re doing my head in” fashion. She was brilliant in advising me what hair colour would suit. The dye application was carried out by a junior but I wasn’t left sitting hanging around at any stage. I left the styling to Simone and she suggested a haircut she thought would suit my face shape and lifestyle. The result of which I am very happy with.

Numerous offers of coffee and magazines were made, the service was great and efficient. I wasn’t left waiting at any stage. The cost was approximately €80.

I’ll be back the next time I need a haircut.
Rated 4/5 on Oct 08 2007 by ManicMammy
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9 Responses to “Review of Peter Mark’s Hairdressing”

  1. gill
    July 10th, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

    hi gill here i got my hair done in wilton peter marks. Being honest i wasnt pleased. Iasked for slices of blond and light brown .I got dark brown and lites that i cudnt hardly see,Iwasnt given or offerd tea coffee.I ended up with loads colour stains ,aslo the girl who did my hair was pig ignorant and stunk drink and was dress badly . it was over rated and to much money . iwoudnt recomend it.

  2. Manic Mammy
    July 10th, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

    Sounds awful Gill.

    I hope you complained there and then?

  3. Rox
    June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    I am a trainee hairdresser, i have just completed my first year, not saying im a pro or anything but i know my basics.

    Having been advised go to Peter Mark’s (wilton) i did so, and boy was i shocked leaving the salon.

    Upon entering the salon nobody offered to take my belongings, i had to keep them by my feet and haul them around with me when i was required to attend the basin. Also I was not offered tea/coffee.

    What i required from the salon was a full mesh of blonde and brown, the colours being applyed to my hair were never discussed with me only to have the stylist approach me (after leaving me sit and wait ten minutes) with a colour chart and say these are the colours i will be applying to your hair.

    Once the service finally went underway it took the stylist THREE hours to apply the colour (5.30-8.30),during this period the stylist seemed very fustrated even in the middle of it while trying to detangle my hair saying J**** C*****, i myself was boling at that stage, need i say??
    But putting myself in the trainee stylists position i was doing my up-most best to keep myself from running out the door(mesh and all)!!!

    When we got to rinsing out my colour, i was asked “Ah Do you still require your hair to be cut??”, that to me suggested that she did not want to cut my hair, and at this stage it was 8.40pm and the salon closed at 9, it would have been some cut, so i told her no just blast dry it and let that be that…

    To top it all they required the same price i had been quoated at the start, even though i got no cut or blowdry..

    Never Go to this salon no matter how good your told it is.
    Seems to me they have there name well established and just dont give a crap……

    Id have been better off at a dog grooming parlour, I know this seems harsh but O.M.F.G!!!
    I left the salon in tears with a burnt head of hair….. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!

  4. kat
    July 7th, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    peter mark in Merchants key is also awful. I just wanted a basic trim and I am new to Cork so I thought I would try a ‘safe bet’.the girl who did my hair was so ignorant. She criticized the colour of my hair even though I didnt ask her to anything with colour. (Iput semi permanent in dark brown in my hair, very close to natural colour to hide a few sneaky greys, had a bad experience in peter mark galway a few yrs ago,got orange hair instead of brown) She pretty much called me stupid because I didnt realize that the hair dye companies lie about whther it is permanent or not.
    She spoke to me at begining and then dealt with her client beside me, cut my hair and trainee did everything else.she bossed trainee around she was a dog. I wish Icould remember her name because I would shame here as she deserves nothing more. she was blonde and this was a few months ago.

  5. Trisha
    July 14th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    I am tired of going to Peter Mark Salon! Lots of inconsistency with their hairdressers. Douglas experienced wasn’t good, wilton wasn’t good. Tried mahon point and first hairdresses, she was very good, that it kept me from going there. But that was only once I catch up with her. I had my hair done twice after that satisfied experienced but then 2 failed. Another lady that was fully occupied with another client while I was there in the chair waiting to be attended. Last one was crap… wash, cut my hair for 3 minutes without even checking for uneven length and got it curled and it was done crap. Came home, feel not so sure how it will turn out the next day… ya I was right, uneven cut, or barely trimmed at all. I will look elsewhere now where it will be worth and happy with my hair after.

  6. Trish
    March 30th, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    I’ve just had my hair done in winthrop street and I’m not impressed. I feel that peter mark in general would want to focus alot more on customer service when they are training there staff….As customer you are made to feel like an inconvenience. The girl who was doing my hair had to keep leaving me to deal with her other clients.She seemed to be more interested in the next client than my hair.At this stage I will be finding another hairdressers one who at least appreciates the custom.

  7. Hess
    June 29th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Seriously Peter marks is a disgrace. Simone was good but has since left and opened her own business in black rock but I have not been. I feel Peter marks dont even wash my hair properly. They constantly critise the state of my hair too. Pathetic ! If anyone can suggest somewhere else please let me know !!!!!

  8. Worst cut ever
    July 25th, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    Just got the worst cut ever in Peter marks Douglas. Described in detail how I wanted my hair cut but the so called stylist didn’t seem to be listening. Turned out to be the case as my cut was a total disaster and far too short. When I complained I was told by the manager that I had been given the cut I had asked for and they refused to reimburse me. Was a loyal customer but will never set foot inside the place Again. Their treatment of customers is appalling as I was basically accused of lying

  9. Scalliwag50
    July 29th, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    This stuff is really interesting. I have recently returned to Ireland and am looking for a haairdresser. Thought about PM thinking they can’t still be that bad…. it seems they are, and I’m going back 20 years. how do they keep going with such ignorant service. Thanks for the warning.

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