Moving to another island wasn’t easy. Not only did I have to pack way too much boxes and tearfully say goodbye to my friends and family on Oahu but I also had to rebuild my rolodex from the ground up.
I had been with the same stylist for ten years on Oahu and loved her (Tiffany Nakada). It was as hard to say goodbye to Tiff as it was my closest friends. So, I was thrilled and relieved when I found the hair guru of my Maui dreams, Marc Tolliver.
As I searched for a stylist on Maui, I stumbled on Marc’s business page for his salon, Lava 405 Hair. One thing that struck me in a positive way is everything in his profile demonstrated a love of learning from and teaching others. I also liked that he was located in Kihei and had flexible appointment times for a hard working office lady like myself. I booked my first appointment and wasn’t disappointed. I recently asked Marc to sit down with me for breakfast so that I could learn more about him.
Marc began his career in Chicago and continued to hone his craft in California. He has studied at Vidal Sassoon and has worked for the Grand Wailea, Four Seasons Spa and as a trainer for Paul Mitchell.
It was at Paul Mitchell that he discovered how much he enjoys teaching, motivating others and public speaking. In addition to being a salon owner, Marc teaches courses at Maui College’s EdVenture program and is an awareness coach/educator with Life Creations Edu. He helps stylists and others fill the gap between their industry knowledge and managing a business by coaching them on how to create a framework to help their business grow. Marc guides his clients on pragmatic skills than can include how to build a clientele and review a budget. He also works with them on personal growth such as improving one’s discipline to meet their goals.
I asked Marc how he became interested in doing hair and he talked about how he’s always been fascinated with old movies and the strong but glamorous leading ladies like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth and Joan Crawford. Marc grew up as an active contributor to community theatre as an actor and dancer. He comes from a family who appreciates the performing arts, including his mom, who studied at Julliard. Today he continues to be active behind the curtain with MAPA, Iao Theater and Pro Arts but hopes to return the stage in the future.
Marc has always provided me with great service and I’ve always loved what he’s done with my hair. I’ve abandoned my high maintenance ways since moving to the valley isle so I refuse to fight with my hair any longer. I couldn’t have done it without Marc’s wonderful cuts. Because of his experience in theater, fashion shows and photo shoots, he can also take me to a more dramatic hair place if my life suddenly takes a glamorous turn. Marc fully embraces technology in his business and you can view his availability and book all appointments online.
You can learn more about Marc or book an appointment here.
I look forward to each and every appointment with Marc not only because he does great hair but also due to his positive spirit, great taste, professionalism and continuous drive to learn and become a better version of himself.
Image via Marc Tolliver. That gorgeous girl in the pic with Marc is not me by the way.