Chakra Salon Spa

★★★★★

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Do NOT go to this salon for a color. They are not a real salon but a product-hawking institution. I had Laka, who was pleasant generally, and who at first sight didn't do too badly with my highlights. But after a week or so it was clear that the base was too red and the highlights were partially so bleachy that they looked gray after a few washes. I went back to get a roots touch-up and that's what really stunned me. She did not have a clue about how do touch up roots when you have highlights. She just applied the dark base, leaving me looking like I had a terrible case of dark roots. You have to do either a lighter base or put in a few foils to even the look. But, apparently, they follow some kind of a formula at this salon that doesn't let them do that. She was also completely inflexible. I asked her to hurry up and not spend time styling, to just dry my hair. Instead, she styled the front of my hair and *boggle* left the hair in the back wet. Plus, the color was all wrong. I was looking for a new salon in SF after leaving NYC, and this just is not up to bar. Plus, there is this constant push to buy products, which is just not a hallmark of a good salon. On the plus side, the space was very nice. I have since found a salon that corrected my color beautifully (and for 3/4 of the price of this).

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Do NOT go to this salon for a color. They are not a real salon but a product-hawking institution. I had Laka, who was pleasant generally, and who at first sight didn't do too badly with my highlights. But after a week or so it was clear that the base was too red and the highlights were partially so bleachy that they looked gray after a few washes. I went back to get a roots touch-up and that's what really stunned me. She did not have a clue about how do touch up roots when you have highlights. She just applied the dark base, leaving me looking like I had a terrible case of dark roots. You have to do either a lighter base or put in a few foils to even the look. But, apparently, they follow some kind of a formula at this salon that doesn't let them do that. She was also completely inflexible. I asked her to hurry up and not spend time styling, to just dry my hair. Instead, she styled the front of my hair and *boggle* left the hair in the back wet. Plus, the color was all wrong. I was looking for a new salon in SF after leaving NYC, and this just is not up to bar. Plus, there is this constant push to buy products, which is just not a hallmark of a good salon. On the plus side, the space was very nice. I have since found a salon that corrected my color beautifully (and for 3/4 of the price of this).

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Best services found in all of San Francisco. AJ and Natasha are the best in their field!!!

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Best services found in all of San Francisco. AJ and Natasha are the best in their field!!!

Pros: No attitude and unbelievable service

Cons: none

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I go in with the clipper jobbie my wife gives me every month just on a lark. Holy cow! Alex fixed me up in a jiff, just in time for a big interview. Needless to say, the job is mine. Had to be the haircut because I don't even know how to boil water and I am now the head chef at Chez Panisse...go figure. Anyway, the bottom line is that everyone is friendly. Ask for the manager Mrs. Sunny if you need an instant smile. She will warm your heart with good vibes! Go deh!

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I go in with the clipper jobbie my wife gives me every month just on a lark. Holy cow! Alex fixed me up in a jiff, just in time for a big interview. Needless to say, the job is mine. Had to be the haircut because I don't even know how to boil water and I am now the head chef at Chez Panisse...go figure. Anyway, the bottom line is that everyone is friendly. Ask for the manager Mrs. Sunny if you need an instant smile. She will warm your heart with good vibes! Go deh!

Pros: Everyone you meet when you walk in is friendly

Cons: They don't offer overnight stays! Hahaha

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We love it Thomas is the best .

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We love it Thomas is the best .

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I was nervous to find a new stylist when I relocated to San Francisco. Went to one salon where they BUTCHERED my hair. I then found Thomas and he fixed me up, despite my chemically damage hair. I am now a loyal follower and he has NEVER disappointed me!

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I was nervous to find a new stylist when I relocated to San Francisco. Went to one salon where they BUTCHERED my hair. I then found Thomas and he fixed me up, despite my chemically damage hair. I am now a loyal follower and he has NEVER disappointed me!

Pros: Thomas Klann is better than a Magician

Cons: I didn't meet Thomas earlier

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What a beautiful space! The salon has huge windows and I was able to sit next to one, slightly open so I could soak up the breeze as I got my hair done. The staff was super friendly and not too in your face like some other salons I've visited in SF. I was also not rushed to leave, they took their time and I really felt like they cared about the result. My hair looked amazing, and I felt great! Beautiful atmosphere and experience, will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

What a beautiful space! The salon has huge windows and I was able to sit next to one, slightly open so I could soak up the breeze as I got my hair done. The staff was super friendly and not too in your face like some other salons I've visited in SF. I was also not rushed to leave, they took their time and I really felt like they cared about the result. My hair looked amazing, and I felt great! Beautiful atmosphere and experience, will definitely be back.

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This spa can be pricey but is well worth it. The massage rooms are so relaxing and comfortable. They do a great job cutting hair too. The stylists have really good ideas on hair styles and execute them beautifully

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This spa can be pricey but is well worth it. The massage rooms are so relaxing and comfortable. They do a great job cutting hair too. The stylists have really good ideas on hair styles and execute them beautifully

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Thank you Chakra for another fabulous experience! I have had my hair and facial done at Chakra for over 1 year now and every time I go there I see them getting better and better. This last time I had the best shampoo ever! They have brought in a few new stylists who seem to be far more professional and caring. And they are now focusing more and more on Aveda rituals which is awesome because I love Aveda products and am happy to see Chakra operate as a true Aveda Concept Salon and Spa. Go to Chakra if you are looking for a fantastic all-around hair and spa experience!

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Thank you Chakra for another fabulous experience! I have had my hair and facial done at Chakra for over 1 year now and every time I go there I see them getting better and better. This last time I had the best shampoo ever! They have brought in a few new stylists who seem to be far more professional and caring. And they are now focusing more and more on Aveda rituals which is awesome because I love Aveda products and am happy to see Chakra operate as a true Aveda Concept Salon and Spa. Go to Chakra if you are looking for a fantastic all-around hair and spa experience!

Pros: Great open atmosphere. Pleasant staff.

Cons: The customer flow can be improved.

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Absolutely first class Aveda SalonSpa. Thank you Chakra for another fabulous experience! I have been going to Chakra for over 1 year now to get my hair cut, color, and facials, and every time I go there they seem to be getting better and better. Clearly their new management knows what they are doing. They have brought in new senior stylists who are professional and caring. This last time I had the best shampoo ever! And, they are now focusing more and more on Aveda rituals which is great because I love Aveda products. I am happy to see them operate like a true Aveda Concept Salon now. Go to Chakra Salon & Spa if you are looking for an exceptional service and all-around hair and spa experience. I will return.

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Absolutely first class Aveda SalonSpa. Thank you Chakra for another fabulous experience! I have been going to Chakra for over 1 year now to get my hair cut, color, and facials, and every time I go there they seem to be getting better and better. Clearly their new management knows what they are doing. They have brought in new senior stylists who are professional and caring. This last time I had the best shampoo ever! And, they are now focusing more and more on Aveda rituals which is great because I love Aveda products. I am happy to see them operate like a true Aveda Concept Salon now. Go to Chakra Salon & Spa if you are looking for an exceptional service and all-around hair and spa experience. I will return.

Pros: Ambience, service, staff

Cons: A little hard to get appointment

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Who would have guessed that next to the Paul Frank Store a place of serenity and complete bliss would exist! I like good massage and knew that my recovery post-marathon would be much smoother if I could schedule one the day of the race. However, I become a bit overwhelmed with chain spas that cater to bridesmaid bashes; I prefer something more quiet and zen. Not knowing any spas in San Fran, I did my homework and hoped for the best.

Charka Spa was everything and more. The staff was professional and courteous. The spa is relaxing, clean, and comfortable. Clients are asked to complete a brief health questionnaire ?something that many spas do not have clients do (some may balk but I think it?s a smart idea). My therapist, Violet, gave one of the best massages I have had in a LONG time.

I am not the type to YELP or write reviews (just too damn busy!) but Charka Spa was so great and I used these reviews to find it, I felt I needed to pay it forward?I only wish it was a bit closer to my home!

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Who would have guessed that next to the Paul Frank Store a place of serenity and complete bliss would exist! I like good massage and knew that my recovery post-marathon would be much smoother if I could schedule one the day of the race. However, I become a bit overwhelmed with chain spas that cater to bridesmaid bashes; I prefer something more quiet and zen. Not knowing any spas in San Fran, I did my homework and hoped for the best.

Charka Spa was everything and more. The staff was professional and courteous. The spa is relaxing, clean, and comfortable. Clients are asked to complete a brief health questionnaire ?something that many spas do not have clients do (some may balk but I think it?s a smart idea). My therapist, Violet, gave one of the best massages I have had in a LONG time.

I am not the type to YELP or write reviews (just too damn busy!) but Charka Spa was so great and I used these reviews to find it, I felt I needed to pay it forward?I only wish it was a bit closer to my home!

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Had a facial at chakra and it was amazing. Relaxing atmosphere, friendly people, wonderful service. Request Marlo, as she is a pro and did a great job. chakra rules!

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Had a facial at chakra and it was amazing. Relaxing atmosphere, friendly people, wonderful service. Request Marlo, as she is a pro and did a great job. chakra rules!

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I chose this salon from a list available without knowing anything about it, and I'm glad I chose this one out of the bunch. From the moment you enter the spa area on the 3rd floor, everything is so calm and peaceful. The massage therapist I had was great, made me feel comfortable, and gave me a GREAT massage. I will definitely return to this spa on my next trip to San Francisco.

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I chose this salon from a list available without knowing anything about it, and I'm glad I chose this one out of the bunch. From the moment you enter the spa area on the 3rd floor, everything is so calm and peaceful. The massage therapist I had was great, made me feel comfortable, and gave me a GREAT massage. I will definitely return to this spa on my next trip to San Francisco.

Pros: Great massage, service, and ambience

Cons: they just raised their prices so there are places where you can get cheaper massages

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I've been going to Chakra for 3 years now for facials and other spa treatments......and this is by far the best in San Francisco. Currently, my esthetician is Marlo. I want to take this opportunity to recommend her services to anyone who likes to be taken care of by an experienced and freindly esthetician. She is very professional and knowledgable and ofcourse a great person.
I moved away from the city, but friends, I still drive 1 hr every 2 months....becasue I still haven't found the same level of exceptional skincare anywhere else........................
Thankyou Chakra....................

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I've been going to Chakra for 3 years now for facials and other spa treatments......and this is by far the best in San Francisco. Currently, my esthetician is Marlo. I want to take this opportunity to recommend her services to anyone who likes to be taken care of by an experienced and freindly esthetician. She is very professional and knowledgable and ofcourse a great person.
I moved away from the city, but friends, I still drive 1 hr every 2 months....becasue I still haven't found the same level of exceptional skincare anywhere else........................
Thankyou Chakra....................

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I am so grateful to a friend who suggested that I go to Thomas at the Chakra Salon for a haircut while I was visiting in Marin County. What a marvelous experience!! My hair is very curly and white - each of which equals unruly! I was unable to control it - much less style it. Thomas was engaging - delightfully friendly, professional to the core, and amazingly gifted with shears - a true stylist in every sense of the word! Enough time has elapsed since Thomas cut and styled my hair that I have found that my hair has grown in such a way that I can still "deal" with it - for the first time in my life!! :-) I hope to be able to fly to San Francisco to make an appointment with Thomas for my next haircut and to be encouraged by his warm, caring, friendly manner. He is a well versed, intelligent person whose conversations are provocative. A real winner!! Be sure to go to Thomas at Chakra if you want a superior hair cut, a beautifully flattering style that is easily manageable after leaving the salon, and a delightful, uplifting experience!

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I am so grateful to a friend who suggested that I go to Thomas at the Chakra Salon for a haircut while I was visiting in Marin County. What a marvelous experience!! My hair is very curly and white - each of which equals unruly! I was unable to control it - much less style it. Thomas was engaging - delightfully friendly, professional to the core, and amazingly gifted with shears - a true stylist in every sense of the word! Enough time has elapsed since Thomas cut and styled my hair that I have found that my hair has grown in such a way that I can still "deal" with it - for the first time in my life!! :-) I hope to be able to fly to San Francisco to make an appointment with Thomas for my next haircut and to be encouraged by his warm, caring, friendly manner. He is a well versed, intelligent person whose conversations are provocative. A real winner!! Be sure to go to Thomas at Chakra if you want a superior hair cut, a beautifully flattering style that is easily manageable after leaving the salon, and a delightful, uplifting experience!

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I recently went to Chakra to get a haircut. I had been referred by my girlfriend. Thomas cut my hair and I love it. The salon was amazing and Thomas had great energy and I can not get enough of my hair. Not only is the hair cut important but I also received a wonderful scalp massage.

I will definately be back to see Thomas and would highly recommend him for an amazing cut well worth your money!

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I recently went to Chakra to get a haircut. I had been referred by my girlfriend. Thomas cut my hair and I love it. The salon was amazing and Thomas had great energy and I can not get enough of my hair. Not only is the hair cut important but I also received a wonderful scalp massage.

I will definately be back to see Thomas and would highly recommend him for an amazing cut well worth your money!

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I recommend Cindy Theo for any of Chakra's massage packages. I've been there five times and I know I'm going back. Aromatherapy session is highly recommended.

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I recommend Cindy Theo for any of Chakra's massage packages. I've been there five times and I know I'm going back. Aromatherapy session is highly recommended.

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Chakra must be one of the top destination Salons in SF. The Salon is bright, open and beautiful. The front desk staff appear professional, courteous, and knowledgeable, and stylists are brilliant. I had my hair done with Allison and she is awesome and so meticulous. The Spa on the third floor is truly eye-catching and unique. It is homey and comfortable with very elegant and harmonious decorative touches. I have only tried a facial service (Marlo) at the Spa and found her to be amazing. Go ahead and treat yourself (or someone you love) to a wonderful experience at Chakra Salon & Spa. Prices are not cheap but definitely worth it.

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Chakra must be one of the top destination Salons in SF. The Salon is bright, open and beautiful. The front desk staff appear professional, courteous, and knowledgeable, and stylists are brilliant. I had my hair done with Allison and she is awesome and so meticulous. The Spa on the third floor is truly eye-catching and unique. It is homey and comfortable with very elegant and harmonious decorative touches. I have only tried a facial service (Marlo) at the Spa and found her to be amazing. Go ahead and treat yourself (or someone you love) to a wonderful experience at Chakra Salon & Spa. Prices are not cheap but definitely worth it.

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My brother-in-law is a masseuse therapist, so I know a bit about techniques and quality therapists. My massage and Chakra was wonderful, I felt relaxed and refreshed afterword. The location is a little piece of heaven for those who need a treat after a busy week!

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My brother-in-law is a masseuse therapist, so I know a bit about techniques and quality therapists. My massage and Chakra was wonderful, I felt relaxed and refreshed afterword. The location is a little piece of heaven for those who need a treat after a busy week!

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The massage therapists are really good but how come I didn't know more about the wonderful space!?!?! The gorgeous escape where you relax before your treatment is really special as well. I was so pleasantly surprised by this well-kept secret. Chakra is really unique - very professional and skilled therapists but also such a lovely, relaxing space. It's quite a welcome change from busy Union Square. If you want to treat a friend to something special, send her/him to Chakra for treatment. Plus the aveda products are fantastic.

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The massage therapists are really good but how come I didn't know more about the wonderful space!?!?! The gorgeous escape where you relax before your treatment is really special as well. I was so pleasantly surprised by this well-kept secret. Chakra is really unique - very professional and skilled therapists but also such a lovely, relaxing space. It's quite a welcome change from busy Union Square. If you want to treat a friend to something special, send her/him to Chakra for treatment. Plus the aveda products are fantastic.

Pros: massage therapy, GORGEOUS space

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I recently ran a marathon and desperately wanted a soothing (i.e. not deep tissue) massage to loosen up my tortured legs. I got a same-day appt. with CINDY within 2 hours. CINDY was marrrrvelous! She knew exactly how much pressure to apply and as if by magic where to seek out the trouble spots. I'm not normally a big massage fan, but call me a convert now. I've signed my wife up for another treatment by CINDY. Trained in Bali, she has truly mastered the art of healing. She is the best in the planet; a consummate professional; and a joy to talk to. TWO THUMBS WAY UP!!

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I recently ran a marathon and desperately wanted a soothing (i.e. not deep tissue) massage to loosen up my tortured legs. I got a same-day appt. with CINDY within 2 hours. CINDY was marrrrvelous! She knew exactly how much pressure to apply and as if by magic where to seek out the trouble spots. I'm not normally a big massage fan, but call me a convert now. I've signed my wife up for another treatment by CINDY. Trained in Bali, she has truly mastered the art of healing. She is the best in the planet; a consummate professional; and a joy to talk to. TWO THUMBS WAY UP!!

Pros: Wonderful sitting lounge inside Chakra; great location

Cons: Parking is always a con in SF

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Great haircut, nice smelling products and nice staff. However, the only reason I would not go back is that I do not like sitting in front of full length mirrors! Also, the one big sinky "waiting" chair facing the front desk should go. It was way too comfy, um sleepy time, hi staff - watch me sleep. With some small creative changes, it would really make a big difference.

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Great haircut, nice smelling products and nice staff. However, the only reason I would not go back is that I do not like sitting in front of full length mirrors! Also, the one big sinky "waiting" chair facing the front desk should go. It was way too comfy, um sleepy time, hi staff - watch me sleep. With some small creative changes, it would really make a big difference.

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If you want to have a joyous relaxing massage to the point where you fall asleep, go to Chakra and see April. She is well trained and you will be well relaxed after your visit. Her massage is so good I go back to see her regularly. While the entrance to the spa is the hair salon and can be a bit overwhelming and bright, the staff is welcoming and the massage / spa area upstairs is quite tranquil.

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If you want to have a joyous relaxing massage to the point where you fall asleep, go to Chakra and see April. She is well trained and you will be well relaxed after your visit. Her massage is so good I go back to see her regularly. While the entrance to the spa is the hair salon and can be a bit overwhelming and bright, the staff is welcoming and the massage / spa area upstairs is quite tranquil.

Pros: Tranquil mellow atmosphere in spa

Cons: entrance to spa is through the bright noisy hair salon

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I went into Chakra because of the great reviews I heard here, sadly, my experience was not entirely positive. My long hair was intended to get a good 6'' inch trim and cut shoulder length. Instead, I received a straight page boy bob, ala' anna wintour, who while quite fashionable, is oh so ,how shall I say?... not sexee. I guess it suits one in their 60's, which is how old I looked after. However, I will say that the staff quickly accomodated my request for a recut and I soon had a style more fitting, although still shorter style than I originally intended. I am apt to believe that the women in the salon are better suited for the job of lobbing off one's mane. they personally know the loss and anticipation inherent in the endeavor and are great stylists as well. As for the salon itself, it was too cramped, the lighting was dreadful! and I mean dreadful. Learn a lesson from Barney's or Nordstrom, woman prefer, I assume men as well, to see themselves in soft focus flattering light, especially while engaged with one's face for a few hours.

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I went into Chakra because of the great reviews I heard here, sadly, my experience was not entirely positive. My long hair was intended to get a good 6'' inch trim and cut shoulder length. Instead, I received a straight page boy bob, ala' anna wintour, who while quite fashionable, is oh so ,how shall I say?... not sexee. I guess it suits one in their 60's, which is how old I looked after. However, I will say that the staff quickly accomodated my request for a recut and I soon had a style more fitting, although still shorter style than I originally intended. I am apt to believe that the women in the salon are better suited for the job of lobbing off one's mane. they personally know the loss and anticipation inherent in the endeavor and are great stylists as well. As for the salon itself, it was too cramped, the lighting was dreadful! and I mean dreadful. Learn a lesson from Barney's or Nordstrom, woman prefer, I assume men as well, to see themselves in soft focus flattering light, especially while engaged with one's face for a few hours.

Pros: great hair care products

Cons: salon atmosphere

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After long flight from NY, I was so exhausted, my friend recommend me to visit Chakra Salon and Spa to get a good massage. I went there, and I was so impressed by the atmosphere of the spa. It's beautiful, relaxing and everyone was so friendly. I got Deep Tissue Massage from Jay, and let me tell you, he just untied all the knots in my upper back and my neck. It's amazing :) I was so relaxed and I felt ready to start my vacation.

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After long flight from NY, I was so exhausted, my friend recommend me to visit Chakra Salon and Spa to get a good massage. I went there, and I was so impressed by the atmosphere of the spa. It's beautiful, relaxing and everyone was so friendly. I got Deep Tissue Massage from Jay, and let me tell you, he just untied all the knots in my upper back and my neck. It's amazing :) I was so relaxed and I felt ready to start my vacation.

Pros: in the middle of everywhere

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I've been going to Chakra for awhile now to get my hair done and wouldn't think of going anywhere else! You MUST see Cheyenne, he is absolutely the best!! He is a pro at coloring and cuts and my hair has never looked so good! I work at a tanning salon and our clients always ask me "Who does your hair?" It's Cheyenne ladies! Go see him!

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I've been going to Chakra for awhile now to get my hair done and wouldn't think of going anywhere else! You MUST see Cheyenne, he is absolutely the best!! He is a pro at coloring and cuts and my hair has never looked so good! I work at a tanning salon and our clients always ask me "Who does your hair?" It's Cheyenne ladies! Go see him!

Pros: Ambience, Excellent Staff

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OMG, I loooooooooove my new hair cut. I used to see Thomas in Palo Alto and I finally decided to go visit him again in SF after he moved to work there. He is so great I just wanted to write a quick review to share how much I enjoy having him as my hairstylist.

He mentioned city search and asked me to write a review because he said he is trying to get more clients wich was shocking to me because he has always been so hard to get an appointment with. I cannot reccomend him enough.

GO! :-)

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OMG, I loooooooooove my new hair cut. I used to see Thomas in Palo Alto and I finally decided to go visit him again in SF after he moved to work there. He is so great I just wanted to write a quick review to share how much I enjoy having him as my hairstylist.

He mentioned city search and asked me to write a review because he said he is trying to get more clients wich was shocking to me because he has always been so hard to get an appointment with. I cannot reccomend him enough.

GO! :-)

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Yes, this was my first massage ever and it was fantastic! I'm not the most adventurous person, so this was a big deal for me. My friend and I went to this spa and we're very impressed by the space, staff, and overall experience. I opted for the Swedish massage, which I received from Jay, and felt great afterwards. Jay was very kind and helped me to relax by chatting with me about my 11 month-old son. I will certainly go back to Chakra and encourage anyone that has never had a massage to request Jay.

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Yes, this was my first massage ever and it was fantastic! I'm not the most adventurous person, so this was a big deal for me. My friend and I went to this spa and we're very impressed by the space, staff, and overall experience. I opted for the Swedish massage, which I received from Jay, and felt great afterwards. Jay was very kind and helped me to relax by chatting with me about my 11 month-old son. I will certainly go back to Chakra and encourage anyone that has never had a massage to request Jay.

Pros: Atmosphere, friendly, relaxing

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I was in recently in San Francisco on vacation and went to Chakra for a deep tissue massage. The spa itself was beautiful, and I picked up on the relaxing and calm vibe from the minute I entered. The staff was friendly and professional, but my CMT, April, was truly outstanding. She gave me one of the best massages I've ever had (and I've had many)! I HIGHLY recommend this lovely place, and if you need a great massage, make sure you see April.

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I was in recently in San Francisco on vacation and went to Chakra for a deep tissue massage. The spa itself was beautiful, and I picked up on the relaxing and calm vibe from the minute I entered. The staff was friendly and professional, but my CMT, April, was truly outstanding. She gave me one of the best massages I've ever had (and I've had many)! I HIGHLY recommend this lovely place, and if you need a great massage, make sure you see April.

Pros: Ambience, Staff, Owners, Cool Vibe

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Typically, I don't write reviews on salons. However, I had a great experience at Chakra Aveda in SF. I have had highlights done for over a decade. Recently, I went to an Aveda salon in the East Bay where the colorist trashed my hair. The highlights were awful--zebra-esque. I went to Chakra Aveda and Kara worked on my hair. I think my hair has never looked better. I am so impressed and relieved! I highly recommend Chakra Aveda. I am sure that all their stylists are competent but I can completely vouch for Kara's artistry. Great experience and highly recommended!

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Typically, I don't write reviews on salons. However, I had a great experience at Chakra Aveda in SF. I have had highlights done for over a decade. Recently, I went to an Aveda salon in the East Bay where the colorist trashed my hair. The highlights were awful--zebra-esque. I went to Chakra Aveda and Kara worked on my hair. I think my hair has never looked better. I am so impressed and relieved! I highly recommend Chakra Aveda. I am sure that all their stylists are competent but I can completely vouch for Kara's artistry. Great experience and highly recommended!

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The 3 words I would use to describe my experience at this salon are: Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!!!! I took a picture of EXACTLY how I wanted my hair cut and the color I desired and......I WALKED OUT WITH THAT EXACT CUT AND COLOR! Dan is the absolute best!!!
My first impression of the salon was that everyone was very professional. Within talking to Dan for 5 minutes, I immediately felt comfortable enough to allow him to chop off my hair, which was midway down my back and very curly (anyone with curly hair knows cutting it is an experience within itself). I got a really short "Halle-Berryish" cut and died it from black to a shade of red and I absolutely love it! I can not say it enough: I love my new hair cut! Dan took the challenge on with absolutely no fear and transformed my whole look! I don't think I will ever grow it out again! And the best part is all of the compliments I have been getting. From the moment I walked out of the salon into the busy downtown SF area - all the way to Los Angeles, I have been getting nothing but positive comments! I recommend this salon for anyone! I recommend Dan a million times over!!!! I have no regrets!!!!
P.S. I purchased great products for my type of hair and cut: Aveda Control Paste & Aveda Hang Straight. Excellent buys!!!

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★★★★★

The 3 words I would use to describe my experience at this salon are: Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!!!! I took a picture of EXACTLY how I wanted my hair cut and the color I desired and......I WALKED OUT WITH THAT EXACT CUT AND COLOR! Dan is the absolute best!!!
My first impression of the salon was that everyone was very professional. Within talking to Dan for 5 minutes, I immediately felt comfortable enough to allow him to chop off my hair, which was midway down my back and very curly (anyone with curly hair knows cutting it is an experience within itself). I got a really short "Halle-Berryish" cut and died it from black to a shade of red and I absolutely love it! I can not say it enough: I love my new hair cut! Dan took the challenge on with absolutely no fear and transformed my whole look! I don't think I will ever grow it out again! And the best part is all of the compliments I have been getting. From the moment I walked out of the salon into the busy downtown SF area - all the way to Los Angeles, I have been getting nothing but positive comments! I recommend this salon for anyone! I recommend Dan a million times over!!!! I have no regrets!!!!
P.S. I purchased great products for my type of hair and cut: Aveda Control Paste & Aveda Hang Straight. Excellent buys!!!

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Chakra is the best. It's hard for me to find a new place to trust with my hair, but they by far exceeded my expectations. The front desk staff were friendly and attentive and there to help me with anything I needed. I've had my hair done at some of the best salons and I'd say this is definitely better than some other services I've received at other places. Dan is AMAZING!!! He was able to take a hairstyle that wasn't quite meant for my face shape and transformed it into something perfect for me, and I love him for it. He is there on Sundays and Mondays right now and I would SO recommend him to anyone! Genius! The color turned out great too I couldn't be happier. There wasn't any sales pressure either which was a huge plus. They made it so I actually wanted to buy product that I was interested in rather than shoving things on me like many places do. I was so excited to get out and show off my new 'do I even forgot my Visa card at the front desk! As I walked out and headed downtown I had people stop me and ask me where I got my hair done. I felt great. I definitely have a new place for all my beauty needs, and I can't wait to try their other services!

2
★★★★★

Chakra is the best. It's hard for me to find a new place to trust with my hair, but they by far exceeded my expectations. The front desk staff were friendly and attentive and there to help me with anything I needed. I've had my hair done at some of the best salons and I'd say this is definitely better than some other services I've received at other places. Dan is AMAZING!!! He was able to take a hairstyle that wasn't quite meant for my face shape and transformed it into something perfect for me, and I love him for it. He is there on Sundays and Mondays right now and I would SO recommend him to anyone! Genius! The color turned out great too I couldn't be happier. There wasn't any sales pressure either which was a huge plus. They made it so I actually wanted to buy product that I was interested in rather than shoving things on me like many places do. I was so excited to get out and show off my new 'do I even forgot my Visa card at the front desk! As I walked out and headed downtown I had people stop me and ask me where I got my hair done. I felt great. I definitely have a new place for all my beauty needs, and I can't wait to try their other services!

Pros: Knowledge of the stylest and staff! Plus they are all so friendly!

Cons: I don't have any, it was an awesome experience!

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After a few visits to Chakra I can say they are the best place I have been for my hair in town.

I had dry, semi-thick hair with an out of date cut and they slowly transformed it into a style and level of shine that I didn't think was possible.

I had to book my first appointment about a week in advance but was worth the wait.

2
★★★★★

After a few visits to Chakra I can say they are the best place I have been for my hair in town.

I had dry, semi-thick hair with an out of date cut and they slowly transformed it into a style and level of shine that I didn't think was possible.

I had to book my first appointment about a week in advance but was worth the wait.

Pros: great stylist, great color, convenient location

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I love going to Chakra! The salon has a high-energy, warm and friendly staff. I am always greeted with a friendly smile as soon as I enter through the door, and I am immediately asked if I would care for something to drink while I wait. I am especially thrilled to have Ricky as my hair stylist. I met Ricky several months ago at an event in the Bay area. At the time, my blond hair had a "green" tint to it after another hair salon mixed the wrong colors together when dying my hair. Ricky graciously offered several suggestions on how to handle the situation. Because of his expertise, training and advice, he was able to return my hair back to its original state. I have been going to Chakra to see Jeanna every month since. I highly recommend that you ask for him. BTW, I love the Aveda products as well!

2
★★★★★

I love going to Chakra! The salon has a high-energy, warm and friendly staff. I am always greeted with a friendly smile as soon as I enter through the door, and I am immediately asked if I would care for something to drink while I wait. I am especially thrilled to have Ricky as my hair stylist. I met Ricky several months ago at an event in the Bay area. At the time, my blond hair had a "green" tint to it after another hair salon mixed the wrong colors together when dying my hair. Ricky graciously offered several suggestions on how to handle the situation. Because of his expertise, training and advice, he was able to return my hair back to its original state. I have been going to Chakra to see Jeanna every month since. I highly recommend that you ask for him. BTW, I love the Aveda products as well!

Pros: Ricky, Aveda Color, wine

Cons: Sometimes hard to get an appointment

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I have been coming to Chakra for some time now and always get awesome, natural highlights and a really great cut. I also find that the haircuts seem to grow out really well and the color doesn't fade as fast as it has from some other salons. The color also doesn't damage my hair as much as other places I have tried.

Between my friends and I, we go to 4 different stylists at Chakra and they are all GREAT. I would recommend Chakra to anyone for a haircut and color.

2
★★★★★

I have been coming to Chakra for some time now and always get awesome, natural highlights and a really great cut. I also find that the haircuts seem to grow out really well and the color doesn't fade as fast as it has from some other salons. The color also doesn't damage my hair as much as other places I have tried.

Between my friends and I, we go to 4 different stylists at Chakra and they are all GREAT. I would recommend Chakra to anyone for a haircut and color.

Pros: Highlights, Color, Wine

Cons: have to park in union square!

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Very relaxing/peaceful ambiance, totally unlike other salons I have visited. Loved the smell of the Aveda products. Salon chairs are plush and lull you off to dreamland. I had a cut and color with Ricki and he was fabulous. My most recent visit included a massage, which I loved, and am already looking forward to the next time.

2
★★★★★

Very relaxing/peaceful ambiance, totally unlike other salons I have visited. Loved the smell of the Aveda products. Salon chairs are plush and lull you off to dreamland. I had a cut and color with Ricki and he was fabulous. My most recent visit included a massage, which I loved, and am already looking forward to the next time.

Pros: Design, Aveda Products, Spa services

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Thomas is not only a looker he has transformed my hair!! I have curly, nappy hair, I walked in and he says" Girl, I know just what to do". I was a bit skeptical because he was a white boy! He entertained me throughout the whole visit! He made me laugh and feel extremly comfortable. I have found my hairdresser for life..He is the "hairdresser" of SF! THANK YOU THOMAS!! YOU REALLY WORKED A MIRACLE!

1
★★★☆☆

Thomas is not only a looker he has transformed my hair!! I have curly, nappy hair, I walked in and he says" Girl, I know just what to do". I was a bit skeptical because he was a white boy! He entertained me throughout the whole visit! He made me laugh and feel extremly comfortable. I have found my hairdresser for life..He is the "hairdresser" of SF! THANK YOU THOMAS!! YOU REALLY WORKED A MIRACLE!

Pros: nice salon, fun enviornment

Cons: parking!

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Thomas has been cutting my hair on and off for several years. I cannot say enough about how great he is with hair and as an entertainer behind his chair. I look forward to seeing Thomas as much as I do my good friends. He is very warm and friendly, and always takes the time to ask me how I am feeling about my hair. He is so creative and always has great ideas to reccomend. His ideas make my hair so easy to style. I highly recommend him to my friends and to all who might come across this review!!!!

2
★★★★★

Thomas has been cutting my hair on and off for several years. I cannot say enough about how great he is with hair and as an entertainer behind his chair. I look forward to seeing Thomas as much as I do my good friends. He is very warm and friendly, and always takes the time to ask me how I am feeling about my hair. He is so creative and always has great ideas to reccomend. His ideas make my hair so easy to style. I highly recommend him to my friends and to all who might come across this review!!!!

Pros: always enjoyable

Cons: parking

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Too pricey, overbooked and bad parking but Cheynne is great! I have gone to Chakra several times. The first time was great, good cut ect. However the next time when I went for highlights and a cut when I arrived I found out..they were overbooked. When I booked my appt. the front desk...which usally went to voicemail...suggested one person that is suppose to do Fab Highlights (maybe for blonds...my beautiful auburn hair was ruined) my highlights were overprocessed....and they were not evern going to dry my hair......BUT....Cheyenne saved the day and he is awesome, good with highlights and hair plus he is fun. The parking is terriable and pricey and the feel of the place is over-rated as well as the cost....PLUS if you want to tip the stylist you have to pay cash you CANNOT add it to the card and they dont take checks!!! If you go take the bus or walk there and ask for Cheynne only!!!

1
★★★☆☆

Too pricey, overbooked and bad parking but Cheynne is great! I have gone to Chakra several times. The first time was great, good cut ect. However the next time when I went for highlights and a cut when I arrived I found out..they were overbooked. When I booked my appt. the front desk...which usally went to voicemail...suggested one person that is suppose to do Fab Highlights (maybe for blonds...my beautiful auburn hair was ruined) my highlights were overprocessed....and they were not evern going to dry my hair......BUT....Cheyenne saved the day and he is awesome, good with highlights and hair plus he is fun. The parking is terriable and pricey and the feel of the place is over-rated as well as the cost....PLUS if you want to tip the stylist you have to pay cash you CANNOT add it to the card and they dont take checks!!! If you go take the bus or walk there and ask for Cheynne only!!!

Pros: Cheyenne is the only "pro"

Cons: too pricey once you include the parking. You cannot put the tip on your credit card must pay cash for tips, loud, not a warm place at all

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This place is beautiful and I always have a good relaxing time when getting my hair cut and colored. The complimentary wine sure does help with the relaxation, but I also enjoy the talk and the friendly faces. Will be returning as soon as I can!

2
★★★★★

This place is beautiful and I always have a good relaxing time when getting my hair cut and colored. The complimentary wine sure does help with the relaxation, but I also enjoy the talk and the friendly faces. Will be returning as soon as I can!

Pros: Smiling Staff, GREAT hair

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He trained in New York !!
With my chronic upper back problems, due to bad posture and work in the front of computer all day, I chose Deep Tissue massage. I just want to tell you that he gave me one of the best massage in my life (I got massage a lot :) Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

He trained in New York !!
With my chronic upper back problems, due to bad posture and work in the front of computer all day, I chose Deep Tissue massage. I just want to tell you that he gave me one of the best massage in my life (I got massage a lot :) Highly recommended.

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I usually don't write reviews but I decided to after an exceptional experience at Chakra. The front desk staff made me feel welcome from the start and my hair has never looked better even after styling it myself at home. I also got an elemental nature facial in their spa and was impressed with the results and the ambiance of the spa. I will be recommending this place to all my of friends.

2
★★★★★

I usually don't write reviews but I decided to after an exceptional experience at Chakra. The front desk staff made me feel welcome from the start and my hair has never looked better even after styling it myself at home. I also got an elemental nature facial in their spa and was impressed with the results and the ambiance of the spa. I will be recommending this place to all my of friends.

Pros: Location, easy parking, welcoming staff, great service

Cons: none

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After trying out a different spa recently I was reminded of how spoiled I am with my esthetician. I couldn't help but read the last review and cringe at the thought of that being the same Brandie I have trusted my skin with for almost 6 months. I attribute not wearing foundation anymore solely to my esthtician! She is thorough and complete with her services and knows what is going to work for my skin and what I should stay away from. I feel relaxed and fully taken care of when I work with Brandie. I am getting married next year and already have my wedding makeup chosen and feel totally confident she will recreate the beautiful look we have picked. Overall, I find the staff at Chakra very friendly and non-pretentious, eager to help and aren't PUSHY! I have never felt obligated to purchase product or makeup because of a sleazy sales pitch. I continue to come here because I do not feel like a number, I have seen serious results with my skin and the make up (the best part) application is incredible everytime. I whole-heartedly disagree with the last reveiwer, Brandie is the main reason I go to Chakra. Over the years I have tried several spas in the city and I consistently give them an A+.

2
★★★★★

After trying out a different spa recently I was reminded of how spoiled I am with my esthetician. I couldn't help but read the last review and cringe at the thought of that being the same Brandie I have trusted my skin with for almost 6 months. I attribute not wearing foundation anymore solely to my esthtician! She is thorough and complete with her services and knows what is going to work for my skin and what I should stay away from. I feel relaxed and fully taken care of when I work with Brandie. I am getting married next year and already have my wedding makeup chosen and feel totally confident she will recreate the beautiful look we have picked. Overall, I find the staff at Chakra very friendly and non-pretentious, eager to help and aren't PUSHY! I have never felt obligated to purchase product or makeup because of a sleazy sales pitch. I continue to come here because I do not feel like a number, I have seen serious results with my skin and the make up (the best part) application is incredible everytime. I whole-heartedly disagree with the last reveiwer, Brandie is the main reason I go to Chakra. Over the years I have tried several spas in the city and I consistently give them an A+.

Pros: Staff, atmosphere, products, level of professionalism

Cons: They don't validate parking

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Being that I used to work at an Aveda salon, I was excited to get my Aveda facial and back treatment. I was greeted with a friendly smile and some comforting tea. Unfortunatly that is where the Aveda experience ended. I was not given a sensory journey from my Esthetician Brandie. She did not do the opening and closing rituals, which is what sets Aveda apart from the rest. I was left in the room for both of my treatments for at least 15 minutes with the mask on. Meaning that for the hour and a half treatment, half of the that was spent alone with the masks on, at least give me a hand massage! At the end of the facial she did not recommend any products or give me a make up touch up. I was dissapointed that i did not get the full Aveda experience for the price i paid.

1
★★☆☆☆

Being that I used to work at an Aveda salon, I was excited to get my Aveda facial and back treatment. I was greeted with a friendly smile and some comforting tea. Unfortunatly that is where the Aveda experience ended. I was not given a sensory journey from my Esthetician Brandie. She did not do the opening and closing rituals, which is what sets Aveda apart from the rest. I was left in the room for both of my treatments for at least 15 minutes with the mask on. Meaning that for the hour and a half treatment, half of the that was spent alone with the masks on, at least give me a hand massage! At the end of the facial she did not recommend any products or give me a make up touch up. I was dissapointed that i did not get the full Aveda experience for the price i paid.

Pros: friendly staff

Cons: not aveda experienced

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I recently moved here from LA and I was a little worried about finding someone who really could understand my hair and give me a highlight that would work for my lifestyle. After trying a couple of the other top rated salons in the city, I came across Chakra. Unlike the other places I visited, everyone was very friendly and I felt comfortable the entire time I was there. More importantly, my hair came out fantastic! Better than my old hair stylist (is that ok to say). I even purchased a few gift certificates for my friends to check out the place for the holidays. I will be back as soon as I can.

2
★★★★★

I recently moved here from LA and I was a little worried about finding someone who really could understand my hair and give me a highlight that would work for my lifestyle. After trying a couple of the other top rated salons in the city, I came across Chakra. Unlike the other places I visited, everyone was very friendly and I felt comfortable the entire time I was there. More importantly, my hair came out fantastic! Better than my old hair stylist (is that ok to say). I even purchased a few gift certificates for my friends to check out the place for the holidays. I will be back as soon as I can.

Pros: great hair, smiling people, attractive gift certificates available

Cons: union square can get busy

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I was recently referred to Chakra, specfically to Lara, by a stylist in NYC that I had seen previosly. She did an amazing job cutting my hair! I highly recommend her if you are looking for a great (and friendly) stylist in SF.

2
★★★★★

I was recently referred to Chakra, specfically to Lara, by a stylist in NYC that I had seen previosly. She did an amazing job cutting my hair! I highly recommend her if you are looking for a great (and friendly) stylist in SF.

Pros: Great Atmoshere, they serve wine to their guests, great stylists

Cons: expensive

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an amazing experience.....I also walked in with fried split ends 6 inches long...fizzy curly and thick. Complete nightmare. I was given Tanya for coloring, Thomas for cut/style and straightening. I read all the reviews before making my appointment but was still nervous . I have long , very fizzy curly thick hair that I wear straight everyday.So it was fried beyond recognition. Most stylist argue with me about cutting my hair while its wet and curly, they insist they can do it...and it always comes out wrong. They can never layer it .I didnt have to say anything to thomas. I just told him DO IT-DO WHATEVER...and he did it...He is the only stylist to leave my hair so soft, so straight and perfectly layered. He did have to use a lot of products but he had no problem doing it...I thought his arms were going to fall off. Tanya was good too...I have very dark brown hair she put the highlights in perfectly...no blotches...looks very natural.

2
★★★★★

an amazing experience.....I also walked in with fried split ends 6 inches long...fizzy curly and thick. Complete nightmare. I was given Tanya for coloring, Thomas for cut/style and straightening. I read all the reviews before making my appointment but was still nervous . I have long , very fizzy curly thick hair that I wear straight everyday.So it was fried beyond recognition. Most stylist argue with me about cutting my hair while its wet and curly, they insist they can do it...and it always comes out wrong. They can never layer it .I didnt have to say anything to thomas. I just told him DO IT-DO WHATEVER...and he did it...He is the only stylist to leave my hair so soft, so straight and perfectly layered. He did have to use a lot of products but he had no problem doing it...I thought his arms were going to fall off. Tanya was good too...I have very dark brown hair she put the highlights in perfectly...no blotches...looks very natural.

Pros: price-worth it for me!

Cons: cons?never!

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I got married in CA a few weeks ago and planned my entire wedding from IL. I was really nervous selecting someone to do my hair and make-up for the first time...for my wedding. I read the reviews and could not be happier that I selected this salon. Cheyenne did my hair and he is fabulous. He was so nice and made me feel like I had been going to that salon for years! I showed him a picture of what I wanted and the finished result exceeded my expectations. Brandie did my make-up and she is definitely in the right field of work. She is so personable and did an outstanding job! I felt like a princess after being in their salon and they helped to make my wedding day perfect!!

2
★★★★★

I got married in CA a few weeks ago and planned my entire wedding from IL. I was really nervous selecting someone to do my hair and make-up for the first time...for my wedding. I read the reviews and could not be happier that I selected this salon. Cheyenne did my hair and he is fabulous. He was so nice and made me feel like I had been going to that salon for years! I showed him a picture of what I wanted and the finished result exceeded my expectations. Brandie did my make-up and she is definitely in the right field of work. She is so personable and did an outstanding job! I felt like a princess after being in their salon and they helped to make my wedding day perfect!!

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I had a hair color disaster at another salon 8 days before my wedding!!!! Kara at Chakra Aveda not only fixed the disaster, but colored my hair more beautiful than even my expectations. Hats off to Kara - I won't go to another colorist again.

2
★★★★★

I had a hair color disaster at another salon 8 days before my wedding!!!! Kara at Chakra Aveda not only fixed the disaster, but colored my hair more beautiful than even my expectations. Hats off to Kara - I won't go to another colorist again.

Pros: Highly skilled colorists

Cons: Parking is horrible and prices are pretty high-end

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I received a facial and massage as a gift from some friends and couldn't stop raving about it all week. The place is located on a busy street around Union Square but once you step off the elevator onto the spa level, it transforms into a gorgeous retreat. I LOVED the trees and soothing music and sounds and my therapists basically made it impossible for me to walk out of there (in a good way!). Definitely check out Chakra!

2
★★★★★

I received a facial and massage as a gift from some friends and couldn't stop raving about it all week. The place is located on a busy street around Union Square but once you step off the elevator onto the spa level, it transforms into a gorgeous retreat. I LOVED the trees and soothing music and sounds and my therapists basically made it impossible for me to walk out of there (in a good way!). Definitely check out Chakra!

Pros: Location, Decor, Therapists

Cons: none!

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I really love this place. I have had my hair highlighted and cut multiple times and every time I come out of there looking like a star. I think the Aveda color has something to do with the way my hair feels after the colorings. It is very soft and tangle free unlike other places I have gone. Also, the highlight work that I have had and seen occuring around me are second to none.

I also decided to try out an outer-peace facial on my last trip in and it was plain incredible. Super relaxing and my skin was glowing and vibrant for the next week!

I would definitely recommend Chakra to anyone in search of a new place to take care of their beauty needs.

2
★★★★★

I really love this place. I have had my hair highlighted and cut multiple times and every time I come out of there looking like a star. I think the Aveda color has something to do with the way my hair feels after the colorings. It is very soft and tangle free unlike other places I have gone. Also, the highlight work that I have had and seen occuring around me are second to none.

I also decided to try out an outer-peace facial on my last trip in and it was plain incredible. Super relaxing and my skin was glowing and vibrant for the next week!

I would definitely recommend Chakra to anyone in search of a new place to take care of their beauty needs.

Pros: Parking at sutter/stockton, great attitude, very skilled

Cons: expensive (but not too too bad)

 

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