Elixir Salon

★★★★★
  • 1599 Hopkins St

    Berkeley, CA 94707

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  • 510-526-1700

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Lindsay is great. I had my first appointment with her 2 weeks ago, and I couldn't be happier. My hair is very thick and dry. I thought I had found the solution over a year ago when I started getting Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments at another salon. However, the fourth treatment in February resulted in a serious dermatological reaction. I went to Linsay to see what I could do instead of the Keratin treatments. She gave me a beautiful trim for $35 (beveling the ends instead of blunt cutting them) and then suggested the I try the AVEDA Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner. She was completeley supportive of my staying with the Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Style Creme that I've been experimenting with lately. Bottom line: I love my hair. Thank you, Lindsay.

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Lindsay is great. I had my first appointment with her 2 weeks ago, and I couldn't be happier. My hair is very thick and dry. I thought I had found the solution over a year ago when I started getting Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments at another salon. However, the fourth treatment in February resulted in a serious dermatological reaction. I went to Linsay to see what I could do instead of the Keratin treatments. She gave me a beautiful trim for $35 (beveling the ends instead of blunt cutting them) and then suggested the I try the AVEDA Dry Remedy shampoo and conditioner. She was completeley supportive of my staying with the Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Style Creme that I've been experimenting with lately. Bottom line: I love my hair. Thank you, Lindsay.

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This is one of the best Salons in America. The cuts are great, the stylists are very professional. If you want really top service, this is the salon to go to!

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This is one of the best Salons in America. The cuts are great, the stylists are very professional. If you want really top service, this is the salon to go to!

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My wife will not go any where else. Granted it is a little costly but according to her you can not put a price tag on great service! I have even caught my self in there once in a great while getting my hair done. Really great people.

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My wife will not go any where else. Granted it is a little costly but according to her you can not put a price tag on great service! I have even caught my self in there once in a great while getting my hair done. Really great people.

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I can't say enough good things about Alex G. and Elixir! I had been going to a really high end SF salon and paying $$$ for cuts & color. I lost my hair twice to illness and was reluctant to switch stylists after 10+ years with the same person. Those previous cuts were technically good but just not "me" -I usually had some "hair trauma" each time I left the salon. With Alex I look forward to each visit (close to 2 yrs now!)

I don't miss the lattes, wine, designer kimonos or attitude of my former salon-and really appreciate the service at elixir.

Alex actually LISTENS to you, unlike my previous experience where the stylists and then colorist had their own agenda- She nails it every time, cut, color & experience. She was amazingly patient with all my concerns & issues and gives honest feedback.

My ONLY reluctance to posting this review is it will make it even harder to see her! I also visit the El Cerrito salon and love the airy, light filled space.

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I can't say enough good things about Alex G. and Elixir! I had been going to a really high end SF salon and paying $$$ for cuts & color. I lost my hair twice to illness and was reluctant to switch stylists after 10+ years with the same person. Those previous cuts were technically good but just not "me" -I usually had some "hair trauma" each time I left the salon. With Alex I look forward to each visit (close to 2 yrs now!)

I don't miss the lattes, wine, designer kimonos or attitude of my former salon-and really appreciate the service at elixir.

Alex actually LISTENS to you, unlike my previous experience where the stylists and then colorist had their own agenda- She nails it every time, cut, color & experience. She was amazingly patient with all my concerns & issues and gives honest feedback.

My ONLY reluctance to posting this review is it will make it even harder to see her! I also visit the El Cerrito salon and love the airy, light filled space.

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A little tricky to get to if you don't know the area. But worth it for
a hair cut from Alex.
Best Haircut I ever had...and have had a lot of haircuts!

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★★★★★

A little tricky to get to if you don't know the area. But worth it for
a hair cut from Alex.
Best Haircut I ever had...and have had a lot of haircuts!

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Next week, I have my regular appointment with Erika at Elixir. I have seen her for two years for eyebrow waxing and tinting, and facials. This is always a nurturing spa date, a departure from the stresses of daiy life. Elixir has a healing atmosphere and decor; Erika provides calm, loving attention, gentle touch and voice, amazing skill; and knowledge.

As she places warm towels on my face and massages in nourishing products, all my cares disappear. Afterwards, my skin glows and my brows look beautiful.

Erika has the ability and compassion to work with clients of all ages--I have referred friends from twenty to sixty to her. She has a gift! Thank you, Erika

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Next week, I have my regular appointment with Erika at Elixir. I have seen her for two years for eyebrow waxing and tinting, and facials. This is always a nurturing spa date, a departure from the stresses of daiy life. Elixir has a healing atmosphere and decor; Erika provides calm, loving attention, gentle touch and voice, amazing skill; and knowledge.

As she places warm towels on my face and massages in nourishing products, all my cares disappear. Afterwards, my skin glows and my brows look beautiful.

Erika has the ability and compassion to work with clients of all ages--I have referred friends from twenty to sixty to her. She has a gift! Thank you, Erika

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Mireya at Elixir rocks. I had my first appointment with her and she was running really far behind, so I was a little worried, but she really came through. I had a full custom color and cut. My hair color needed adjusting for winter. It was a little brassy and in serious need of a trim. She gave me fabulous color (3 different custom shades!) and a great cut that took weight off my hair but not length-- something other stylists have a hard time conceptualizing. The experience was great and the cup of tea while I waited was nice. Mireya is highly recommended!

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Mireya at Elixir rocks. I had my first appointment with her and she was running really far behind, so I was a little worried, but she really came through. I had a full custom color and cut. My hair color needed adjusting for winter. It was a little brassy and in serious need of a trim. She gave me fabulous color (3 different custom shades!) and a great cut that took weight off my hair but not length-- something other stylists have a hard time conceptualizing. The experience was great and the cup of tea while I waited was nice. Mireya is highly recommended!

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Others who envy curly hair have no idea the nightmare it is finding someone who can expertly cut it without resulting in a mishapen tumbleweed look. I found out about Susan when I noticed my friend Natalie with a terrific new attractive haircut. Natalie has very thick, very curly hair, so I knew whoever cut it had to be especially talented.
I have gone to Susan many times since then and have never left with anything less than a great haircut. Elixir is on the higher end of the price scale but the service is top notch and if you have curly hair why risk another bad haircut? I worry that I won't be able to get an appointment now that I have helped to let others know about her, but I owe it to everyone out there with curly-challenged hair.

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Others who envy curly hair have no idea the nightmare it is finding someone who can expertly cut it without resulting in a mishapen tumbleweed look. I found out about Susan when I noticed my friend Natalie with a terrific new attractive haircut. Natalie has very thick, very curly hair, so I knew whoever cut it had to be especially talented.
I have gone to Susan many times since then and have never left with anything less than a great haircut. Elixir is on the higher end of the price scale but the service is top notch and if you have curly hair why risk another bad haircut? I worry that I won't be able to get an appointment now that I have helped to let others know about her, but I owe it to everyone out there with curly-challenged hair.

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I have had my hair cut by Susan now for the last two years and, I must say, I am completely satisfied. She has that most important trait that makes me go back to her again and again - RELIABILITY! I know, with confidence, when I get my hair cut by Susan that it will look good. She is very responsive to my preferences and I never feel like I am dealing with someone on an ego trip. She is also quite pleasant, which makes the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. I recommend her without reservation!

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★★★★★

I have had my hair cut by Susan now for the last two years and, I must say, I am completely satisfied. She has that most important trait that makes me go back to her again and again - RELIABILITY! I know, with confidence, when I get my hair cut by Susan that it will look good. She is very responsive to my preferences and I never feel like I am dealing with someone on an ego trip. She is also quite pleasant, which makes the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. I recommend her without reservation!

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I have had my hair cut by Susan Ferdowsali now for the last two years and, I must say, I am completely satisfied. She hast that most important trait that makes me go back to her again and again - RELIABILITY! I know, with confidence, when I get my hair cut by Susan that it will look good. She is very responsive to my preferences ,and I never feel like I am with someone on an ego trip. She is also quite pleasant, which makes the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. I reccomend her without reservation!

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I have had my hair cut by Susan Ferdowsali now for the last two years and, I must say, I am completely satisfied. She hast that most important trait that makes me go back to her again and again - RELIABILITY! I know, with confidence, when I get my hair cut by Susan that it will look good. She is very responsive to my preferences ,and I never feel like I am with someone on an ego trip. She is also quite pleasant, which makes the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. I reccomend her without reservation!

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After moving to the East Bay and needing to find a good hair stylist, I was SO lucky to find Susan at Elixir. Before moving, I was with the same hair stylist for ten years; now I wish I had found Susan earlier; she is incredibly talented and sweet. She really respects my requests for particular styles, never rushes, gives me her full attention and will spend extra time to get the cut exactly perfect. Now my husband and both sons go to her. My son (very discriminating teenager with tricky hair to cut - lots of tight curls) got such an awesome cut from her that his hair cut was a huge topic of discussion with all his friends who loved the cut. The salon is very friendly, fun to go to.

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After moving to the East Bay and needing to find a good hair stylist, I was SO lucky to find Susan at Elixir. Before moving, I was with the same hair stylist for ten years; now I wish I had found Susan earlier; she is incredibly talented and sweet. She really respects my requests for particular styles, never rushes, gives me her full attention and will spend extra time to get the cut exactly perfect. Now my husband and both sons go to her. My son (very discriminating teenager with tricky hair to cut - lots of tight curls) got such an awesome cut from her that his hair cut was a huge topic of discussion with all his friends who loved the cut. The salon is very friendly, fun to go to.

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After moving to the East Bay and needing to find a good hair stylist, I was SO lucky to find Susan at Elixir. Before moving, I was with the same hair stylist for ten years; now I wish I had found Susan earlier; she is incredibly talented and sweet. She really respects my requests for particular styles, never rushes, gives me her full attention and will spend extra time to get the cut exactly perfect. Now my husband and both sons go to her. My son (very discriminating teenager with tricky hair to cut - lots of tight curls) got such an awesome cut from her that his hair cut was a huge topic of discussion with all his friends who loved the cut. The salon is very friendly, fun to go to.

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After moving to the East Bay and needing to find a good hair stylist, I was SO lucky to find Susan at Elixir. Before moving, I was with the same hair stylist for ten years; now I wish I had found Susan earlier; she is incredibly talented and sweet. She really respects my requests for particular styles, never rushes, gives me her full attention and will spend extra time to get the cut exactly perfect. Now my husband and both sons go to her. My son (very discriminating teenager with tricky hair to cut - lots of tight curls) got such an awesome cut from her that his hair cut was a huge topic of discussion with all his friends who loved the cut. The salon is very friendly, fun to go to.

Pros: great location near Monteray Market, shops, good food

Cons: none

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I can't say enough good things about Alex G. and Elixir! I had been going to a really high end SF salon and paying $$$ for cuts & color. I lost my hair twice to illness and was reluctant to switch stylists after 10+ years with the same person. Those previous cuts were technically good but just not "me" -I usually had some "hair trauma" each time I left the salon. With Alex I look forward to each visit (close to 2 yrs now!)

I don't miss the lattes, wine, designer kimonos or attitude of my former salon-and really appreciate the service at elixir.

Alex actually LISTENS to you, unlike my previous experience where the stylists and then colorist had their own agenda- She nails it every time, cut, color & experience. She was amazingly patient with all my concerns & issues and gives honest feedback.

My ONLY reluctance to posting this review is it will make it even harder to see her!

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★★★★★

I can't say enough good things about Alex G. and Elixir! I had been going to a really high end SF salon and paying $$$ for cuts & color. I lost my hair twice to illness and was reluctant to switch stylists after 10+ years with the same person. Those previous cuts were technically good but just not "me" -I usually had some "hair trauma" each time I left the salon. With Alex I look forward to each visit (close to 2 yrs now!)

I don't miss the lattes, wine, designer kimonos or attitude of my former salon-and really appreciate the service at elixir.

Alex actually LISTENS to you, unlike my previous experience where the stylists and then colorist had their own agenda- She nails it every time, cut, color & experience. She was amazingly patient with all my concerns & issues and gives honest feedback.

My ONLY reluctance to posting this review is it will make it even harder to see her!

Pros: Service, skill and overall experience

Cons: haven't found one yet!

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I showed up at Elixir today for my haircut with Mireya with overgrown and shapeless hair, and a vague request to ?make it look better.? She listened carefully to my concerns, assessed my level of commitment to daily styling, and gave me her take on what cut and shape she thought would work best with my hair. After an amazing scalp massage, she proceeded to give me the best haircut I?ve had in years! Mireya worked very carefully to give my fine, straight hair a great cut with movement and texture that practically styles itself! In addition to Mireya?s talent, the entire salon experience was wonderful from start to finish ? relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, and small touches that made even a simple haircut appointment feel special. I can?t wait to come back for more services and see what else Elixir has to offer!

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★★★★★

I showed up at Elixir today for my haircut with Mireya with overgrown and shapeless hair, and a vague request to ?make it look better.? She listened carefully to my concerns, assessed my level of commitment to daily styling, and gave me her take on what cut and shape she thought would work best with my hair. After an amazing scalp massage, she proceeded to give me the best haircut I?ve had in years! Mireya worked very carefully to give my fine, straight hair a great cut with movement and texture that practically styles itself! In addition to Mireya?s talent, the entire salon experience was wonderful from start to finish ? relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, and small touches that made even a simple haircut appointment feel special. I can?t wait to come back for more services and see what else Elixir has to offer!

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This is a great place ? friendly and unpretentious. I chose it cause I love the Aveda line, and then found the professionalism of the staff at Elixir is even superior to the Aveda products.

It's a comfortable and welcoming environment - nice ambiance, and they provide t-shirts or drapes you can put on so you don't get hair on your clothes. AND, there's the wonderful herbal tea to sip. Prices aren?t budget, but are less than many similar Aveda salons.

I had a cut and color by Laura, and she is FABULOUS. Kind and engaging, despite my scheduling a last minute, 6:00 pm appointment. She is extremely thorough and attentive and her approach is as a hair artist, rather than a stylist? I never felt I was getting a routine cut or color, but rather, she listened to me and what I wanted for my hair, while at the same time stepping it up a notch and giving me more than what I wanted. AND, while waiting for my color to set, she gave me a hand massage, as well as a head massage while conditioning my hair at the shampoo station. This is pampering at it?s best. It is the best hair experience I've ever had, and I loved the results.

I also really appreciated the advise Laura gave me on the products? without selling them ? she knew what did and didn?t work for my hair. I have recommended this place to all my friends.

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★★★★★

This is a great place ? friendly and unpretentious. I chose it cause I love the Aveda line, and then found the professionalism of the staff at Elixir is even superior to the Aveda products.

It's a comfortable and welcoming environment - nice ambiance, and they provide t-shirts or drapes you can put on so you don't get hair on your clothes. AND, there's the wonderful herbal tea to sip. Prices aren?t budget, but are less than many similar Aveda salons.

I had a cut and color by Laura, and she is FABULOUS. Kind and engaging, despite my scheduling a last minute, 6:00 pm appointment. She is extremely thorough and attentive and her approach is as a hair artist, rather than a stylist? I never felt I was getting a routine cut or color, but rather, she listened to me and what I wanted for my hair, while at the same time stepping it up a notch and giving me more than what I wanted. AND, while waiting for my color to set, she gave me a hand massage, as well as a head massage while conditioning my hair at the shampoo station. This is pampering at it?s best. It is the best hair experience I've ever had, and I loved the results.

I also really appreciated the advise Laura gave me on the products? without selling them ? she knew what did and didn?t work for my hair. I have recommended this place to all my friends.

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I tried the Elixir's services about a several months ago, and now I use this salon regulary.
Before that, I couldn't find any hair salon that would satisfy me completely. It was always struggling with all that chemical stuff that many hair salons use. Elixir uses amazing natural Aveda colors that doesn't cause any damage to my hair.
I really appreciate friendly environment and professional advices, which I am receiving at the Elixir salon.
My hair stylist is Elena Mena is new at this business, but very creative and thoughtful stylist. I like her gentle touch to my beauty image. Because of her, my hair look healthy and beautiful.

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I tried the Elixir's services about a several months ago, and now I use this salon regulary.
Before that, I couldn't find any hair salon that would satisfy me completely. It was always struggling with all that chemical stuff that many hair salons use. Elixir uses amazing natural Aveda colors that doesn't cause any damage to my hair.
I really appreciate friendly environment and professional advices, which I am receiving at the Elixir salon.
My hair stylist is Elena Mena is new at this business, but very creative and thoughtful stylist. I like her gentle touch to my beauty image. Because of her, my hair look healthy and beautiful.

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I was referred to by a friend to visit Elixir and set up an appointment with Mireya. I have always been very cautious about who cuts my hair, because i had several bad haircuts. So, during a visit last weekend to the Bay area i set up an appointment with Mireya. From the time that i walked into the door she made me feel extremely comfortable. She is awesome with hair. Considering i am cautious with anyone that cuts my hair, i felt at ease and completely trusted her with my hair. She cut and highlighted my hair and i have continued to receive compliements on how my great my hair looks. Thank you so much for the wonderful customer service and the fabulous hair cut. I definitely recommend everyone stop by Elixir and see Mireya.

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I was referred to by a friend to visit Elixir and set up an appointment with Mireya. I have always been very cautious about who cuts my hair, because i had several bad haircuts. So, during a visit last weekend to the Bay area i set up an appointment with Mireya. From the time that i walked into the door she made me feel extremely comfortable. She is awesome with hair. Considering i am cautious with anyone that cuts my hair, i felt at ease and completely trusted her with my hair. She cut and highlighted my hair and i have continued to receive compliements on how my great my hair looks. Thank you so much for the wonderful customer service and the fabulous hair cut. I definitely recommend everyone stop by Elixir and see Mireya.

Pros: Welcoming environment, great service, hair stylist that knows what she is doing

Cons: To bad i live in San Diego and Mireya at Elixir is in Berkeley

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I started going to Elixir in Summer 2006, having previously used Aveda Salons in Colorado and non-Aveda salons elsewhere. I was delighted with the quality of service and with the friendliness of the people at Elixir. Mireya has been cutting my hair and I've had facials and brow shaping with Erika. Both women are phenomenal. Mireya was great both at actually giving me the cut I asked for, and also at suggesting ways to improve it. Without a doubt, she has given me the best haircuts I've ever had. Erika is likewise great about listening to a customer's concerns and providing excellent advice. She also makes the experience of a facial what it should be: relaxing and refreshing. Visiting Elixir is a real treat and I look forward to each appointment. I highly recommend this salon!

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★★★★★

I started going to Elixir in Summer 2006, having previously used Aveda Salons in Colorado and non-Aveda salons elsewhere. I was delighted with the quality of service and with the friendliness of the people at Elixir. Mireya has been cutting my hair and I've had facials and brow shaping with Erika. Both women are phenomenal. Mireya was great both at actually giving me the cut I asked for, and also at suggesting ways to improve it. Without a doubt, she has given me the best haircuts I've ever had. Erika is likewise great about listening to a customer's concerns and providing excellent advice. She also makes the experience of a facial what it should be: relaxing and refreshing. Visiting Elixir is a real treat and I look forward to each appointment. I highly recommend this salon!

Pros: Great ambiance, great staff, excellent service, excellent products

Cons: Imperfect parking, but not a real problem (actually, for Berkeley the parking situation is pretty good)

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I have been looking for a long time for a new hairstylist that listens to my needs and I found a wonderful person in Elena Mena. From the first moment I walked in she made me feel like my concerns and ideas on my hair were as important to her as to me. The salon was trendy, exciting and warm, and Elena was a gracious host. Elena gave a fantastic scalp treatment, hand message and thoroughly washed my hair with pleasant warm water and a thorough rinse. The hair cut was done just the way I invisioned it and I was vary happy with Elena's professionalism. I highly recommend Elena Mena as a new exciting addition to the Elixir staff.

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★★★★★

I have been looking for a long time for a new hairstylist that listens to my needs and I found a wonderful person in Elena Mena. From the first moment I walked in she made me feel like my concerns and ideas on my hair were as important to her as to me. The salon was trendy, exciting and warm, and Elena was a gracious host. Elena gave a fantastic scalp treatment, hand message and thoroughly washed my hair with pleasant warm water and a thorough rinse. The hair cut was done just the way I invisioned it and I was vary happy with Elena's professionalism. I highly recommend Elena Mena as a new exciting addition to the Elixir staff.

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A friend recommended Elena. For me it is usually uncomfortable to go to a new stylist. From the very first, Elena put me at ease. The day turned out to be a fantastic experience. I had a scalp treatment, highlights and style. I was pampered throughout. I have to say I have never received so many compliments after leaving a salon. Elena knows here stuff; knows how to treat a customer and send her off with the best look she has ever had.

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★★★★★

A friend recommended Elena. For me it is usually uncomfortable to go to a new stylist. From the very first, Elena put me at ease. The day turned out to be a fantastic experience. I had a scalp treatment, highlights and style. I was pampered throughout. I have to say I have never received so many compliments after leaving a salon. Elena knows here stuff; knows how to treat a customer and send her off with the best look she has ever had.

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I wanted to tell everyone today about my favorite hairstylist at Elixir, Elena Mena! I've been seeing her for awhile now, and I wanted to go on the record as saying I absolutely LOVE the way Elena took care of me yesterday! Elena gave me EXACTLY the haircut I wanted and needed for my night on the town, and the way she made me look and feel was absolutely divine! I really love the way she listened to me before she began. After the day I'd had at work, the scalp treatment she gave to me just relaxed me so much, I forgot all about all the problems that gave me a splitting headache when I walked in. Elena gave me a really great shampoo and haircut, and made me look really, really great!!! She made me feel like I no longer had a care in the world. The other part of my visit with Elena that I really liked was the way my coloring also came out -- Elena has a really great coloring touch that I just can't get enough of. I kid you not, Elena's the lady I ALWAYS want to do my hair!! She's a really great addition to what's already a great staff of hairstylists!!! Check her out!!

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I wanted to tell everyone today about my favorite hairstylist at Elixir, Elena Mena! I've been seeing her for awhile now, and I wanted to go on the record as saying I absolutely LOVE the way Elena took care of me yesterday! Elena gave me EXACTLY the haircut I wanted and needed for my night on the town, and the way she made me look and feel was absolutely divine! I really love the way she listened to me before she began. After the day I'd had at work, the scalp treatment she gave to me just relaxed me so much, I forgot all about all the problems that gave me a splitting headache when I walked in. Elena gave me a really great shampoo and haircut, and made me look really, really great!!! She made me feel like I no longer had a care in the world. The other part of my visit with Elena that I really liked was the way my coloring also came out -- Elena has a really great coloring touch that I just can't get enough of. I kid you not, Elena's the lady I ALWAYS want to do my hair!! She's a really great addition to what's already a great staff of hairstylists!!! Check her out!!

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I got my hair cut and colored at Elixir before my wedding and had a spectacular experience. Laura P. gave me a haircut that looked great (I've never gotten so many compliments) and was easy for me to maintain. I felt pampered and relaxed throughout my appointment. Many thanks (and props) to Laura and her scissors!

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I got my hair cut and colored at Elixir before my wedding and had a spectacular experience. Laura P. gave me a haircut that looked great (I've never gotten so many compliments) and was easy for me to maintain. I felt pampered and relaxed throughout my appointment. Many thanks (and props) to Laura and her scissors!

Pros: considerate service, fabulous hairstyling, relaxing atmosphere

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Elixir is in a quiet, convenient location (hello street parking), and offers a really calm, relaxing atmosphere. I had my hair cut and colored by Laura for my wedding and felt completely pampered. She made sure it was a cut that I liked and that worked with my life style and she made the experience comfortable for me. She gives a SPECTACULAR head massage, by the way.
I seriously have never had so many compliments on my hair, and have never had an easier hair cut to maintain. Many thanks to you, Laura!

PROS: Caring service with spectacular results!
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Elixir is in a quiet, convenient location (hello street parking), and offers a really calm, relaxing atmosphere. I had my hair cut and colored by Laura for my wedding and felt completely pampered. She made sure it was a cut that I liked and that worked with my life style and she made the experience comfortable for me. She gives a SPECTACULAR head massage, by the way.
I seriously have never had so many compliments on my hair, and have never had an easier hair cut to maintain. Many thanks to you, Laura!

PROS: Caring service with spectacular results!
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I kid you not... it all begins with a step inside the door of Elixir. As many of you, I am always looking for the best haircut with a salon atmosphere to match. Now you need to look no further. Make an appointment with Laura and be prepared for the best scalp massage you have ever experienced before you walk out the door extatic about your new haircut. Laura's welcoming smile and great conversation are merely the icing on the cake. You will not only not regret it... you will be hooked for life.

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I kid you not... it all begins with a step inside the door of Elixir. As many of you, I am always looking for the best haircut with a salon atmosphere to match. Now you need to look no further. Make an appointment with Laura and be prepared for the best scalp massage you have ever experienced before you walk out the door extatic about your new haircut. Laura's welcoming smile and great conversation are merely the icing on the cake. You will not only not regret it... you will be hooked for life.

Pros: Atmosphere, cut neighborhood, local cafe for post appointment relaxation

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It seems everyone is raving about Laura and I have to say I totally agree. She is a great stylist and really pays attention to detail. And I cannot say enough about her heavenly scalp massage! If you go to Elixir, you should make an appointment with her - you won't be disappointed. Plus, the location is great, parking was easy, and the salon was nice and relaxed. What more can you ask for?

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It seems everyone is raving about Laura and I have to say I totally agree. She is a great stylist and really pays attention to detail. And I cannot say enough about her heavenly scalp massage! If you go to Elixir, you should make an appointment with her - you won't be disappointed. Plus, the location is great, parking was easy, and the salon was nice and relaxed. What more can you ask for?

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Laura Pellaton has been my hair stylest for over five years, and I am so committed to her that when I moved to Washington DC for two years, I still made sure I saw her when I was back for visits every 3-4 months. I love Laura because she is fun, she offers something different-- she massages before each cut-- and most of all because she is competant-- cutting my hair in many varying styles and colors over the years.

People always ask me where I get my hair cut...REALLY... almost every week! I love to tell them where, and now I'm sharing it here with everyone! Go try Laura.. she's aweseome!!

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Laura Pellaton has been my hair stylest for over five years, and I am so committed to her that when I moved to Washington DC for two years, I still made sure I saw her when I was back for visits every 3-4 months. I love Laura because she is fun, she offers something different-- she massages before each cut-- and most of all because she is competant-- cutting my hair in many varying styles and colors over the years.

People always ask me where I get my hair cut...REALLY... almost every week! I love to tell them where, and now I'm sharing it here with everyone! Go try Laura.. she's aweseome!!

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For 4 years Laura Pellaton has given me the best cut & color I've ever gotten. Really. Ever. In my whole life. I rarely go a week without having at least one person comment on how great my hair color looks. Not only a genius with color, Laura's also a wonder at creating real texture and shape and movement with my difficult-to-manage hair. (Once I unexpectedly had to go 12 weeks rather than the standard 8 without a cut, and my Laura haircut *still* held it's shape. Now *that's* a good cut.) Anyhow, she's really great: talented, smart, funny, and she really listens and responds to *your* requests and ideas. I live in terror that one day she might move to another city! And, yeah, I realize this sounds too good to be true, but I promise it isn't. She's that good. Go see Laura--you won't be disappointed.

PROS: Laura, relaxed ambience, easy parking, Aveda color, great scalp massages.
CONS: None that come to mind.

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For 4 years Laura Pellaton has given me the best cut & color I've ever gotten. Really. Ever. In my whole life. I rarely go a week without having at least one person comment on how great my hair color looks. Not only a genius with color, Laura's also a wonder at creating real texture and shape and movement with my difficult-to-manage hair. (Once I unexpectedly had to go 12 weeks rather than the standard 8 without a cut, and my Laura haircut *still* held it's shape. Now *that's* a good cut.) Anyhow, she's really great: talented, smart, funny, and she really listens and responds to *your* requests and ideas. I live in terror that one day she might move to another city! And, yeah, I realize this sounds too good to be true, but I promise it isn't. She's that good. Go see Laura--you won't be disappointed.

PROS: Laura, relaxed ambience, easy parking, Aveda color, great scalp massages.
CONS: None that come to mind.

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For 4 years Laura Pellaton has given me the best cut & color I've ever gotten. Really. Ever. In my whole life. I rarely go a week without having at least one person comment on how great my hair color looks. Not only a genius with color, Laura's also a wonder at creating real texture and shape and movement with my difficult-to-manage hair. (Once I unexpectedly had to go 12 weeks rather than the standard 8 without a cut, and my Laura haircut *still* held it's shape. Now *that's* a good cut.) Anyhow, she's really great: talented, smart, funny, and she really listens and responds to *your* requests and ideas. I live in terror that one day she might move to another city! And, yeah, I realize this sounds too good to be true, but I promise it isn't. She's that good. Go see Laura--you won't be disappointed.

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For 4 years Laura Pellaton has given me the best cut & color I've ever gotten. Really. Ever. In my whole life. I rarely go a week without having at least one person comment on how great my hair color looks. Not only a genius with color, Laura's also a wonder at creating real texture and shape and movement with my difficult-to-manage hair. (Once I unexpectedly had to go 12 weeks rather than the standard 8 without a cut, and my Laura haircut *still* held it's shape. Now *that's* a good cut.) Anyhow, she's really great: talented, smart, funny, and she really listens and responds to *your* requests and ideas. I live in terror that one day she might move to another city! And, yeah, I realize this sounds too good to be true, but I promise it isn't. She's that good. Go see Laura--you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Laura Pellaton, relaxed ambience, easy parking

Cons: none that I can think of

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There is a stylist at this salon named Michelle who has been for me what every other stylist I've gone to in the last ten years has not been. She knows how to listen. She knows how to advise. You give her a picture and she knows exactly how to translate how it will work with your particular hair. She can do short, she can do long, she can do wild, or soft and pretty. She knows how to play with your curls and bends to get it to do what you want. When I first went to see her I said, "Michelle, I don't even own a blowdryer, so give me easy to maintain hair. I'm a wake up and go kinda girl." And she does. I don't even think about how my hair looks during the day. Most importantly she can systematically go through your hair layer by layer and cut with scissors and then touch up with a razor . The mad sculptor razor cut techniques that so many hip stylists out there favor are so awful for my hair. I'm a modern girl, but those modern cuts make me look like a fashion victim. Of course she knows her way around a razor cut, but she has the experience and classic training that many sylists don't. I also have started to color my hair. She toned down my unfortunate natural brassyness and gave me highlights that look very natural. My hair has never looked this good.

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★★★★★

There is a stylist at this salon named Michelle who has been for me what every other stylist I've gone to in the last ten years has not been. She knows how to listen. She knows how to advise. You give her a picture and she knows exactly how to translate how it will work with your particular hair. She can do short, she can do long, she can do wild, or soft and pretty. She knows how to play with your curls and bends to get it to do what you want. When I first went to see her I said, "Michelle, I don't even own a blowdryer, so give me easy to maintain hair. I'm a wake up and go kinda girl." And she does. I don't even think about how my hair looks during the day. Most importantly she can systematically go through your hair layer by layer and cut with scissors and then touch up with a razor . The mad sculptor razor cut techniques that so many hip stylists out there favor are so awful for my hair. I'm a modern girl, but those modern cuts make me look like a fashion victim. Of course she knows her way around a razor cut, but she has the experience and classic training that many sylists don't. I also have started to color my hair. She toned down my unfortunate natural brassyness and gave me highlights that look very natural. My hair has never looked this good.

Pros: Experienced service

Cons: Not the biggest Aveda products fan

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Extremely satisfied with my haircut at Elixir with Alex. Absolutely recommend it!!! This salon respects my time, has great service, is located in a pretty Berkeley neighborhood. They are reasonably priced and my hairstylist cares about my hair and knows how to cut it well! What more can I ask for?

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★★★★★

Extremely satisfied with my haircut at Elixir with Alex. Absolutely recommend it!!! This salon respects my time, has great service, is located in a pretty Berkeley neighborhood. They are reasonably priced and my hairstylist cares about my hair and knows how to cut it well! What more can I ask for?

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After roaming both L.A. and Bay Area and trying all kinds of high-end salons, I have found my color guru, Alex. She has the touch of a master who truly understands hair color, even for relatively simple single process. In the past, I have had (expensive) disaster color jobs which left me either looking like Cher, or with orange streaks in my hair, wishing I'd bought a box of drugstore hair dye instead. Alex has given me wonderful results consistently, leaving my hair with this fabulous deep rich brown color that manages to look natural, but is really a great improvement over my natural hair color. She uses Aveda colors which have the added benefit of not leaving your hair smelling like a chemical lab, while being relatively gentle to sensitive scalps. Yet, my grays are well covered and the color fades remaining true to its base, ie. no weird reddish undertones after a few months. This allows me to visit her as little as three times a year, if I wish. The salon is quiet and you receive as little or as much attention as you want. A definite find in Berkeley; highly recommended.

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After roaming both L.A. and Bay Area and trying all kinds of high-end salons, I have found my color guru, Alex. She has the touch of a master who truly understands hair color, even for relatively simple single process. In the past, I have had (expensive) disaster color jobs which left me either looking like Cher, or with orange streaks in my hair, wishing I'd bought a box of drugstore hair dye instead. Alex has given me wonderful results consistently, leaving my hair with this fabulous deep rich brown color that manages to look natural, but is really a great improvement over my natural hair color. She uses Aveda colors which have the added benefit of not leaving your hair smelling like a chemical lab, while being relatively gentle to sensitive scalps. Yet, my grays are well covered and the color fades remaining true to its base, ie. no weird reddish undertones after a few months. This allows me to visit her as little as three times a year, if I wish. The salon is quiet and you receive as little or as much attention as you want. A definite find in Berkeley; highly recommended.

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So, I can't comment on their skill in outrageous or 'creative' styles... but if you're looking for normal, pretty, sexy, moderately conservative and just looking for a great highlight and cut, in a low key, yet very relaxing and friendly environment... this is the place for you. I've been looking for over nine months for my new hair stylist (whom I hope to have for a long, long time!). I paid big money, went to trendy (not that this salon isn't!), big, loud, super salons in search of a decent blonde highlight and cute layered shoulder-length hair cut. Never found it. Not in the city, not in Walnut Creek... not even in Orinda. I searched CitySearch and luckily made an appointment, with Mireya, for a full highlight and cut. She is new-ish there (so start booking!), but not new in the business... and did the most beautiful job I've had in at least a few years. I'm not kidding! Having moved from Santa Barbara, I wanted a casually elegant place... and I SO found it. Everyone else I observed while there seemed very happy, very professional and so nice and down to earth, but 'fancy' down to earth. I was even treated to a complimentary hand massage while letting the color process. It's all Aveda too... so if you need some supplies, they've got it. After such an extensive and exPensive search, and for being a bit on the picky side... I am so genuinely pleased and have finally found 'my' place. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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So, I can't comment on their skill in outrageous or 'creative' styles... but if you're looking for normal, pretty, sexy, moderately conservative and just looking for a great highlight and cut, in a low key, yet very relaxing and friendly environment... this is the place for you. I've been looking for over nine months for my new hair stylist (whom I hope to have for a long, long time!). I paid big money, went to trendy (not that this salon isn't!), big, loud, super salons in search of a decent blonde highlight and cute layered shoulder-length hair cut. Never found it. Not in the city, not in Walnut Creek... not even in Orinda. I searched CitySearch and luckily made an appointment, with Mireya, for a full highlight and cut. She is new-ish there (so start booking!), but not new in the business... and did the most beautiful job I've had in at least a few years. I'm not kidding! Having moved from Santa Barbara, I wanted a casually elegant place... and I SO found it. Everyone else I observed while there seemed very happy, very professional and so nice and down to earth, but 'fancy' down to earth. I was even treated to a complimentary hand massage while letting the color process. It's all Aveda too... so if you need some supplies, they've got it. After such an extensive and exPensive search, and for being a bit on the picky side... I am so genuinely pleased and have finally found 'my' place. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Elixir is the place to go if you would like to be surrounded by knowledgeable professionals who are down-to-earth and very attentive to your needs.

I had my hair cut & styled by Alex and I keep getting compliments wherever I go! Alex greeted me with a smile, an amazing tea infusion, an aroma journey, and a lovely head massage. I immediately felt very comfortable with her and trusted her judgment completely.

Afterwards, Issis gave me one of the most relaxing facials I have had. She was very professional and knowledgeable. The facial left my skin glowing and also drew many compliments for the rest of the week.

Needless to say, I left the salon feeling rejuvenated and replenished at many different levels!

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★★★★★

Elixir is the place to go if you would like to be surrounded by knowledgeable professionals who are down-to-earth and very attentive to your needs.

I had my hair cut & styled by Alex and I keep getting compliments wherever I go! Alex greeted me with a smile, an amazing tea infusion, an aroma journey, and a lovely head massage. I immediately felt very comfortable with her and trusted her judgment completely.

Afterwards, Issis gave me one of the most relaxing facials I have had. She was very professional and knowledgeable. The facial left my skin glowing and also drew many compliments for the rest of the week.

Needless to say, I left the salon feeling rejuvenated and replenished at many different levels!

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I've been with Alex for over two years now and I look forward to every visit to her chair. The salon is hip without being trendy, and stylish without being cold. I'm always greeted with a warm smile and some hot tea or cold water. After my cut, I'm given a head and neck massage with a wonderful mint oil that leaves me simultanously invigorated and relaxed.

Alex equals Texture Master. She precision cuts texture into my short, straight-as-a-stick asian hair so it can be styled in multiple ways. Alex is also a color master: she has managed to morph my jet black hair into various shades of hot pink and white highlights.

Treat yourself to Elixir: Stellar service and amazing skills at an affordable price. Beautiful salon. Kind people. No attitude.

Ask for Alex. She'll take great care of you.

Worth every mile of my drive from Mountain View

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★★★★★

I've been with Alex for over two years now and I look forward to every visit to her chair. The salon is hip without being trendy, and stylish without being cold. I'm always greeted with a warm smile and some hot tea or cold water. After my cut, I'm given a head and neck massage with a wonderful mint oil that leaves me simultanously invigorated and relaxed.

Alex equals Texture Master. She precision cuts texture into my short, straight-as-a-stick asian hair so it can be styled in multiple ways. Alex is also a color master: she has managed to morph my jet black hair into various shades of hot pink and white highlights.

Treat yourself to Elixir: Stellar service and amazing skills at an affordable price. Beautiful salon. Kind people. No attitude.

Ask for Alex. She'll take great care of you.

Worth every mile of my drive from Mountain View

Pros: Alex, Atmosphere, Affordable

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Alex runs the Elixir Salon and I'm pretty sure it's her calling in life! She's positively the best hairstylist I have ever been to. I mean, I'm not really a hair expert, but when so many people tell you how great you look, you'll believe it too!!! She's very friendly and makes her customers feel comfortable.

I also had her color my hair a couple times (a long time ago, when I was feeling more experimental - hah!) and she did an absolutely perfect job. Haven't tried the massage at Elixir yet, but I'll be looking forward to my next appointment..

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Alex runs the Elixir Salon and I'm pretty sure it's her calling in life! She's positively the best hairstylist I have ever been to. I mean, I'm not really a hair expert, but when so many people tell you how great you look, you'll believe it too!!! She's very friendly and makes her customers feel comfortable.

I also had her color my hair a couple times (a long time ago, when I was feeling more experimental - hah!) and she did an absolutely perfect job. Haven't tried the massage at Elixir yet, but I'll be looking forward to my next appointment..

Pros: perfect haircuts, atmosphere, look and feel great!

Cons: ...there's only one!

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I love this salon great color, and great with extensions!

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I love this salon great color, and great with extensions!

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Alex Sussman runs a fabulous and relaxing salon in North Berkeley. The atmosphere is great - you can find salon and spa services that you need all in one place. Alex is the best hair stylist! She has a creative side that can give you something funky. And she has the skills to give you something classy and modern. She does it all! I trust Alex to just have at my hair, but she is great at doing exactly what you want too. All my friends that I have recommended to her have stayed.

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Alex Sussman runs a fabulous and relaxing salon in North Berkeley. The atmosphere is great - you can find salon and spa services that you need all in one place. Alex is the best hair stylist! She has a creative side that can give you something funky. And she has the skills to give you something classy and modern. She does it all! I trust Alex to just have at my hair, but she is great at doing exactly what you want too. All my friends that I have recommended to her have stayed.

Pros: creative style, spa services onsite, good parking

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After my last haircut at another salon nearly left me in tears, I was apprehensive about going in for a cut and color. The staff soon put me at ease and really listened to what I wanted and not what they wanted to do. My cut and color turned out great and it is totally worth the feww extra miles I had to drive. I really recommend the salon. Ask for Alex.

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★★★★★

After my last haircut at another salon nearly left me in tears, I was apprehensive about going in for a cut and color. The staff soon put me at ease and really listened to what I wanted and not what they wanted to do. My cut and color turned out great and it is totally worth the feww extra miles I had to drive. I really recommend the salon. Ask for Alex.

Pros: on-time, listened, great cut

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Elixir is a wonderful little spa/salon. Alex is a master at hair cuts and color. I've been going to see her for years, and always come away with something new and wonderful. Alex is constantly learning (classes, etc.) new coloring and cutting techniques - she is absolutely amazing. She also is very respectful of those who like to keep the same style, something that isn't always easy to find. But try something new if you go - you won't be disappointed!

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Elixir is a wonderful little spa/salon. Alex is a master at hair cuts and color. I've been going to see her for years, and always come away with something new and wonderful. Alex is constantly learning (classes, etc.) new coloring and cutting techniques - she is absolutely amazing. She also is very respectful of those who like to keep the same style, something that isn't always easy to find. But try something new if you go - you won't be disappointed!

Pros: Neighborhood, Staff, Not stuffy

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After I lost my hair stylist to a move, I couldn't find anyone else to bring my hair back to life. I ended up cutting my own hair for over two years before I tried to find another stylist. After many bay area salons, I met Alex at Elixir.

Wow.

I've been with Alex for over two years now and I look forward to every visit to her chair. The salon is hip without being trendy, and stylish without being cold. I'm always greeted with a warm smile and some hot tea or cold water. After my cut, I'm given a head and neck massage with a wonderful mint oil that leaves me simultanously invigorated and relaxed.

Alex is a texture guru. She precision cuts texture into my short, straight-as-a-stick asian hair so it can be styled in multiple ways. Alex is also a color master: she has managed to morph my jet black hair into various shades of hot pink and white highlights.

Treat yourself to Elixir: Stellar service and amazing skills at an affordable price. Beautiful salon. Kind people. No attitude.

Ask for Alex. She'll take great care of you.

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★★★★★

After I lost my hair stylist to a move, I couldn't find anyone else to bring my hair back to life. I ended up cutting my own hair for over two years before I tried to find another stylist. After many bay area salons, I met Alex at Elixir.

Wow.

I've been with Alex for over two years now and I look forward to every visit to her chair. The salon is hip without being trendy, and stylish without being cold. I'm always greeted with a warm smile and some hot tea or cold water. After my cut, I'm given a head and neck massage with a wonderful mint oil that leaves me simultanously invigorated and relaxed.

Alex is a texture guru. She precision cuts texture into my short, straight-as-a-stick asian hair so it can be styled in multiple ways. Alex is also a color master: she has managed to morph my jet black hair into various shades of hot pink and white highlights.

Treat yourself to Elixir: Stellar service and amazing skills at an affordable price. Beautiful salon. Kind people. No attitude.

Ask for Alex. She'll take great care of you.

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I've been going to Alex for over 7 years, and during that time I've had dozens of amazing transformations. Alex is truly a color guru, equally skilled at punk rock hues as she is creating natural looking California-sunshine highlights. And trust me, I've had 'em all. She's also equally gifted at cuts, and is very tuned in to what you want...and what will look best on you. I've tried other high-end salons throughout the Bay, and no one has anything on Alex.

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I've been going to Alex for over 7 years, and during that time I've had dozens of amazing transformations. Alex is truly a color guru, equally skilled at punk rock hues as she is creating natural looking California-sunshine highlights. And trust me, I've had 'em all. She's also equally gifted at cuts, and is very tuned in to what you want...and what will look best on you. I've tried other high-end salons throughout the Bay, and no one has anything on Alex.

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this place is very affordable and provides you the most comfortable service! i enjoyed my stay here and will definitely come back. this place is very packed on certain days, but it's well worth the wait. the owners of this place are extremely friendly and makes you feel at home!

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this place is very affordable and provides you the most comfortable service! i enjoyed my stay here and will definitely come back. this place is very packed on certain days, but it's well worth the wait. the owners of this place are extremely friendly and makes you feel at home!

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Alex Gibbs, owner and stylist, runs this fantastic aveda salon. Alex's hair styles are fresh and funky or sleek and stylish: she can give you what you want. This is a great place to get gift certificates for friends or to go and pamper yourself. The setting is relaxed and comfortable on a cute north berkeley block. Check it out!

PROS: Alex!
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Alex Gibbs, owner and stylist, runs this fantastic aveda salon. Alex's hair styles are fresh and funky or sleek and stylish: she can give you what you want. This is a great place to get gift certificates for friends or to go and pamper yourself. The setting is relaxed and comfortable on a cute north berkeley block. Check it out!

PROS: Alex!
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Susan at Elixir is a lovely person and a superb hair cutter, careful and artistic. I enjoy her tremendously and always leave her chair looking elegant and feeling pampered. I can't recommend her highly enough. When both she and I have time, she treats me to a deep condition, which is no charge to me. It's so peaceful sitting in that chair and drinking the yummy hot tea that they provide. At my last visit, the facialist gave me a complimentary hand massage. It was heavenly. The prices are pretty comparable for a cut, $65, I believe. It's worth it.

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Susan at Elixir is a lovely person and a superb hair cutter, careful and artistic. I enjoy her tremendously and always leave her chair looking elegant and feeling pampered. I can't recommend her highly enough. When both she and I have time, she treats me to a deep condition, which is no charge to me. It's so peaceful sitting in that chair and drinking the yummy hot tea that they provide. At my last visit, the facialist gave me a complimentary hand massage. It was heavenly. The prices are pretty comparable for a cut, $65, I believe. It's worth it.

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Voted Best Body Care Salon in 06,07 and 08 by the East Bay Express Readers Poll, Elixir salon specializes in taking the stress out of your beauty services. Come sip the Aveda Comforting Tea as you get your haircare, skincare, massage, and makeup services all in the same location. We use Aveda products exclusively, which are both kind to the earth and fabulous for all your beauty needs! Come and relax today!

 

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