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Excellent salon, impeccable service. They are masters at what they do. I have had the privilege of working with both Alex and Ashleigh. Their attention to detail and perfectionism is unmatched. So happy I found this gem.

Ava G.

Virginia gave me a perfectly shaped bob haircut yesterday. She was meticulous in her snipping and layering. Best haircut I have had in a couple of years. Very sweet too! Also appreciated the person who made the appointment letting me know that the salon was across from the cinema so I found it easily. Great job all around.

West F.

Really nice people! I’m super happy with the result. Thanks a lot!
Sam N.

Such an amazing hair stylist! They makes sure you get the cut that you want. I’ve been going to her for years for this reason.

Gia W.

Alex is incredibly talented and very thorough. She always gives 100% every time she does my hair and always takes great care of me. I am very picky about my blonde and sometimes have had a hard time getting what I want from previous colorists, however Alex always gives me what I ask for and suggests great affordable products for me to use. She’s always down for my questions and concerns when it comes to my color and haircuts so I never feel like I’m asking a lame question. She’s amazing I love Alex and nobody else touches my hair!

Amanda M.

Really great place! Very happy with the balayage ๐Ÿ˜€ Special thanks to Kelsey for the wonderful work.

Anchal S.

I went here because it was close to my house and had good reviews.Alex did a good job. (I did hair for 5 years myself) so I can tell when someone doesn’t know what they are doing.he didn’t push me on products although I did buy moroccanoil fromhim because it was probably the cheapest I’ve seen it (I I’ve checked amazon) overall a good experience, I will go back.

Ella H.

Great job by their staff… have come here a few times and they always leave me smiling!

Rebecca M.

Alex’s hair salon is great! Great service and Alex is really good with color. I am very happy with my highlights !! xoxo

Mary J.

Jaida is the best and makes me feel confident. Valerie is very welcoming and professional.

Hector S.

Such a classy hair salon. Great service, beautiful interior. They really make you feel comfortable and check up during the haircut to see if the customer is satisfied with the work so far. I loved my haircut they gave me. All I suggest to the owner that they provide drinks such as water or juice as hospitality since their price point is high.

Sara W.

Alex is a blonde mastermind, he is literally the only person I will allow to dye my hair. The first time I went to him was for a color correction after another hair stylist completely ruined my hair color. This other stylist, which had been pretty cheap, had made my hair so brassy on the top and grey on the bottom that I had to have it redone within the same week. Alex completely rescued it. Although it is a somewhat expensive place to get your hair done, you really truly get what you pay for, I learned the hard way that it’s not worth going cheap on hair coloring. Another thing I love about Alex is that he always listens to what you want and continues to get your input throughout the appointment. Never before have I had a hair stylist that really gives you exactly what you ask for rather than just what they think is best. He really wants YOU to like what you get. I don’t even live in Santa Barbara anymore but I make sure to make appointments with Alex when I visit because I just don’t trust anyone else. So many places I have gone I’ve left not quite liking what I get, its wonderful going into a hair appointment knowing that you’ll love what you leave with! Highly recommended! Thanks so much Alex!

Anna L.

I recently got a haircut here and I must say it was one of the best salon experiences I’ve had! Virginia was so patient and did such a great job! I loved how she was able to give me the haircut exactly how I had described to her. I was impressed by her attention to detail and you can tell how passionate she is about making it a great experience for you. I will be back and will definitely get an appointment with Virginia!

Anuja U.

Cut about a foot off of my hair to donate (a huge deal for someone who hasn’t cut my hair in 10 years)
They did a great job! I was very happy with the result, and will come back again!

Allyson L.

thank you alex & ashley for perfecting the blonde tone in my hair and getting the brassyness out from previous stylist . it’s been a mission but you did it and i’m happy i found you . they are super knowledgeable and worth the price ! thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

Marrissa D.

This is a long overdue review. I went to this salon in after another salon botched my balayage. Alex gave me my natural color back at my roots and blended it seamlessly to give me the perfect balayage that I wanted. After that experience, I have been going to this salon for everything hair-related. I have had my hair cut by Virginia twice, and each time she does a superb job. She pays so much attention to detail and is willing to change anything if you want it a bit different. I went in this past week to chop off about 4 inches and after she did that I ended up wanting it a little shorter, so she went back over and cut off another 2″ with her effortless precision. I love the salon, the stylists, and the hair that I get as a result!!

Loren T.

I love this place and my stylist, Jaida Lynn. Been coming to her for color, keratin straightening treatments and hair extensions for about 6 months, every 2 months. It’s convenient being at paseo Nuevo mall. Good energy there.

Dawn R.

I can’t even express how happy I am with my hair!!!! I had been going to the same place for over 10 years and finally decided to take a chance somewhere else. I got my hair cut by Alex and couldn’t believe how amazing my hair looked. He does meticulous work and the staff there is extremely welcoming!!!! I’m looking forward to my next visit!!!

Ashley D.

Alex is a master at what he does. Accomodating, friendly and so knowledgeable. His staff service is impeccable as always. Love the bead curtains!
See you guys soon.

Cat S.

OMG this place was my saving grace! I was completing a week long trip through CA, and through the sun, sand, and air my hair was needing help ASAP. First off, they were able to get me in on the same day I called which is almost unheard of in most salons. Major props to that! I had a haircut with Kelsey and was so happy with the results. I felt she really listened to all my concerns and also pointed out a few tweaks she wanted to cut differently with my hair. Love that! Last thing I need is someone who will just cut my hair and let go.
All the gals were so nice, the front desk was a major help in guiding my foreign ass to the place. Also, they were having a killer sale on Oribe and other high-end products which I snagged. I really wish I lived in the area because I’d have only Kelsey cut my hair. Come up to Seattle to cut my hair please!

Heather H.

I love this salon! I found them on Yelp. My hairdresser’s before would always cut my length off more than I wanted. Kelsey gives me the best cuts and has helped me get my hair way longer. Not to mention their color skills are the best!!! My hair was black for years. Kelsey started lighting it. It looks so good and it didn’t get damaged at all. She is pure magic! I can completely trust her to with my hair. I also go for bow outs on special occasions. Another benefit is that everyone that works there and other clients are all really friendly. It’s a great atmosphere. I’m never going to go anywhere else! Best salon ever!

Noelle C.

Honestly, I was so nervous about getting highlights (1st time). But I did my research and found these guys had many positive reviews -so I went for it. Betsy did an amazing job, I absolutely love it!

Julie H.

This was my first time here and I was nervous because the last salon I went to gave me a white blonde streaky look. Coming into Alex’s Salon, I wanted to fix my root line and have more of a settled blonde that looked natural with my skin tone. My hairstylist Betsy gave me exactly that! She took the time to sit down with me before my appointment and go over everything that I wanted and made sure I got it. I have never been so pleased with my hair results from a salon, definitely going back! It is on the pricier side but I’d say it’s worth it.

Anna N.

My hairstylist from my hometown is from Santa Barbara, so I reached out to her to ask her where I should get my haircut when I moved here. She told me that she learned everything she knows from Alex, so I made an appointment with him. Even though I was just getting a trim I left feeling really cute, like I got so much more than just a basic trim. Thank you, Alex!

Baily B.

I just went to alex to have him do a blond highlight and to cover up my stubborn grey hairs. He did a fabulous job! I am new to town and excited to have found a new hair stylist that is awesome!!
Marlis H.

Jaida did a flawless hair transformation for me. I came to her with brassy brown hair and left with beautiful ashy beach blonde hair! She is a gem of a hairstylist and this is by far the best color salon I’ve ever experienced (I have not gotten a haircut from them yet, but look forward to it)! Thanks Alex’s Salon!!!!
Noelle C.

I’ve been going to Kelsey for about a year. Growing up in this town, I can confidently say that she’s one of the best in SB! Thank you for going above and beyond.
Ursula S.

If you want a stylist that actually cares for the health and beauty of your hair come to Alex! He is beyond knowledgable in his craft. I drive all the way from SF to get done up by him since I’ve moved and everytime it’s worth it. Love it! Xoxox
Ariel W.

I have been going to Alex for 11 years! He always does what I ask (partial highlight and trim) and I always get compliments when I leave. He also is an expert on products and knows how to keep my dry, curly hair healthy. Plus, I just love talking with him and his other stylists. They are all so friendly! I highly recommend Alex, just book in advance, they are busy (and don’t ever overcrowd the salon) so it is sometimes hard to get an appointment the week before.
Nikki H.

My sis was a hairstylist for many years and used to cut my hair for decades. She recently obtained her PhD and so I wanted to give her a break from cutting my hair when she comes to visit me for the holidays. So, I made an appointment with Alex while I was up in Santa Barbara on Thanksgiving break.

Alex spent a good 20 minutes talking with me about exactly what I wanted and my hair. I appreciated the time he spent working to find out what I was looking for.

It’s been tough finding someone to replace my sis who can cut my very straight hair (a bad cut shows up and cannot be hidden) and I was very pleased with Alex’s work.

I recommend him to anyone who is in Santa Barbara and is looking for a stylist.

Rajam R.

Jaida was my stylist and she did an amazing job! I came in with what had turned into an orangey blonde and a bit of roots grown in. She got the orange out and softened the root for a more natural look. Even after the salon had closed, she took her time instead of rushing to leave for the day. Another thing I liked about this salon, they really help each other. There was almost always two people working on my hair. I highly recommend this salon and especially Jaida! I recommend him to anyone who is in Santa Barbara and is looking for a stylist.
Lacy W.

I was visiting from out of town and came in for a blow out on Wednesday 12/28. They were able to accommodate me right away and I was able to get an appointment that morning that I called in. My stylist was Laura. She was friendly, professional and did a great job on my hair! She washed my hair thoroughly and did a great job styling my curly, frizzy hair. Very satisfied!!
Liz C.

I love Phillip! He has been doing my hair for years and always does exactly what I want! If you want great service ask for Phillip you won’t be disappointed!
D.J.

I just have one question? Would you rather have any dance instructor teach you how to dance or would you really want Derek Hough, on Dancing with the Stars?

I ask you this because Hans colored my hair yesterday and I have now found the Derek Hough of Hairstying in Santa Barbara. My color looks amazing! Perfect! I love it!

Hans is the master. He was born in Austria ( yes, The sound of Music) and has been coloring hair since he has been 14. He has trained many of the colorists in Santa Barbara. I promise you he knows hair. From coloring to cutting to styling!

I have been to a lot of colorists and I am extremely fussy! I am so happy I found him!

Just go and see for yourself.

Rebecca M.

I have seen Jaida Mata now several times for cut and color and could not be more impressed! She is thorough with her consultation and really knows her stuff. I feel confident referring friends and family to see Jaida! The salon is very clean and friendly, easy to find across from paseo movie theater. Thank you Jaida for giving me the confident and easy to manage look!

I have been to a lot of colorists and I am extremely fussy! I am so happy I found him!

Justine B.

First impression: Such a beautiful salon. The interior had an upscale, contemporary feel to it, and the staff was incredibly friendly as well.

Alex and Jadah worked on my hair, and they walked me through what they were going to do. I was skeptical about lightening my hair, because I had really thick, long, dark hair which would’ve made it a difficult task to do so, however, unlike many other salons, Alex wasn’t afraid to take on this task due to his experience and specialization in this area. At the end, I was completely amazed and astonished. My hair came out beautifully. I can’t stop looking at my hair in the mirror, but it is absolutely gorgeous.

In short, if you’re looking for skilled staff, friendly service, and amazing results, this is definitely the place you should go to.

Tiffanie V.

The quality of service here is always excellent, and I always recommend Alexs to friends. I have literally never received a haircut from Alex that I don’t like. He is the only person I trust to cut my hair.
Kasey D.

Honestly I found a person there who I really like. So yeah… you should check it out. Don’t be surprised if you don’t feel like shopping around anymore after that. It’s also conveniently located.
Mortiz H.

Alex was amazing. He spent a lot of time consulting with me and putting some serious thought into what I wanted (since I tend to be indecisive). Rest of the staff were also wonderful. The results were exactly what I (tried) to describe and what I ultimately wanted. The products left my hair shiny and soft, unlike other products I used in the past (aveda)! I’m so happy I finally found ‘my place’ for hair!
Lauren V.

I love this place! Alex’s was introduced to me by a friend, and I can say it’s worth the investment. I see Vicky every couple months for a trim, and she’s a delight. She makes me feel at ease and she’s easy to talk to. Also, the shampoo and conditioner the salon uses smell amazing. It is a bit pricey. My hair is about mid-back, and I pay $60 for a hair trim. With tip, it’s usually about $70.
June S.

Alex is the best! I have been to many great hairdressers in LA and Beverly Hills, including celebrity hairdressers, and none compare to Alex. He is a master at blonde color. Highly recommend.
Sara L.

Alex’s Salon is as amazing! Jaida did a cut and color on my hair and it was done perfectly! It was clear that she was passionate about what she did and cared that I left happy, there was even another stylist assisting with the process! Jaida made sure to ask questions and not go too far with the cut or color. I also fancied the location of the salon, right in the middle of Paseo Nuevo, and the atmosphere was inviting- I will be back!! Thank you Alex’s Salon ๐Ÿ™‚
Paige M.

I had my first blow out here a few weeks ago & it was a relaxing experience that I will repeat. I have damaged hair & they did extra conditioner to help my habit look good-I highly re lambs this place
Patty S.

I was able to make an appointment for the same day I called, which was so convenient for my schedule! Jaida was my stylist, and she took the time to look up pictures with me about what I wanted. I also got the best head massage before the haircut! Jaida did a great job of making my vision become reality, and I loved my new style! She also took extra time to demonstrate how I could style it at home, and I didn’t feel any pressure to buy the products she used, but I think I might the next time I’m in! Definitely going back.
Eleanor L.

Alex gave me the perfect hair color! He took the time to really talk me through my options and what would be best for color correcting my hair and maintaining its strength after being a previous sun-in user. I’m so thankful for his consultation and the work he did; I’m probably never going anywhere else for a cut or color.
Claire C.

Excellent and fast service! My blow out always turn out great!
Airene W.

I randomly decided to get a haircut and read some reviews and this place sounded like a good pick. I was able to make an appointment for the same day. When I got there, they were ready for me. Erin was amazing. She was perfectly attentive, and had a great presence – not at all someone you feel trapped into taking to because they’re cutting your hair ๐Ÿ˜› and she did a great job! When I got home and showed my husband he actually said it was the best haircut I have ever gotten. Thank you for making us both happy. Would definitely recommend Erin and Alex’s Salon!
Ashley V.

Don’t worry this is a legit place. Very smart space looks great and all of the stylist have talent. In town for an event and wanted a splurge. I didn’t pay for hot tools and i wish I did. Loved that the stylist listened to what I wanted before we started. Relaxing and what I needed.
Janie A.

I work in the mall/live DT so it’s super convenient to get my haircut here. Jada is my stylist and she gives a great cut! The best part is she’ll shampoo/style my hair post haircut so I can continue on with my day. It’s across from Footlocker FYI. Great job!
Daniel G.

I walked into this place on a whim yesterday while exploring downtown ( I just moved here!) and I was not disappointed. The service I got was great. I don’t remember my stylists name ๐Ÿ™ but she did a fantastic job of making my style look better than it had when I first got the cut! I had just wanted a trim but I walked out with exceeded expectations and an even more flattering cut. Everyone in the salon was very friendly and welcoming and definitely think i found my salon in SB. I look forward to coming back when I plan to make a change.
Hannah L.

Men’s haircut: I’ve been going to this place for a couple years back since it was in Isla Vista. Never had a better men’s haircut in my life. Highly recommended so much so that now that I don’t live in the SB Area anymore I still will wait until I’m coming through to drop in and get a cut.
Mike M.

I absolutely love this place. Alex has been doing my hair for a couple years now and there is nobody else I will even think to let near my hair. He is amazing at balayage, highlights, ombrรฉ, you name it. I’ve sent friends to him and they’re always in love with their hair. I can’t wait for my next hair appointment with him!
Izzy Z.

Always nice people who do a good job and the salons’ ambiance is great too. Hans has been doing my hair for a decade now.
Megan R.

I’m so happy I came across this salon!! I was so happy to find a kerastase salon here. I was a walk in and Victoria took care of me, she was awesome. I just wanted a Kerastase fusio dose and I was in and out and my hair feels AMAZING now!! I cannot wait to come back for a cut and color. This is totally my go to salon now! I totally recommend a kerastase conditioning treatment. At $30, your hair is revived and brought back to life; it feels like a new head of hair!
Riley F.

I’m so happy I came across this salon!! I was so happy to find a kerastase salon here. I was a walk in and Victoria took care of me, she was awesome. I just wanted a Kerastase fusio dose and I was in and out and my hair feels AMAZING now!! I cannot wait to come back for a cut and color. This is totally my go to salon now! I totally recommend a kerastase conditioning treatment. At $30, your hair is revived and brought back to life; it feels like a new head of hair!
Stacy R.

Jaida did a wonderful job highlighting my hair! Can’t wait to go back in later today to get my hair cut ๐Ÿ™‚
Aline O.

This is the second time going with Alex and I loved it. He did highlights and they looked great. I had a bad experience in another place but not with him . We drove an hour just to do my hair with him. Thank you Alex and Laura. I recommend this place. Great customer service.
Casey B.

So happy I chose to come into this salon! Alex was amazing & did an awesome job on my hair! He literally brought it back to life with the help of his Amazing assistant Erin! I will definitely be back soon. BTW, Erin is the BEST at washing your hair, I could seriously sit there all day haha ๐Ÿ™‚
Jessica M.

I went to Alex for a color correction and he did an amazing job. He is highly knowledgable and very professional. He and his staff are very efficient as they work together to expedite the color process. I highly recommend this salon!
Angie E.

I really like the cuts, color is my favorite place! Vikky is awesome she’s the best! I got my hair colored by her and Alex was just watching her! But she was not intimidated by him she did an amazing job! Dark hair to light hard to pulled it off but she did it!! Definitely going back to her
Mya M.

This is the best hairdresser ever. My hairdressers name is Erin and I see her everytime she’s amazing I love alex’s they’re so professional and amazing
Jodie P.

This is a review for the amazing CANDICE!! I cannot say enough good things about her and I will never have anyone else touch my hair again. Please stay in Santa Barbara Candice! Lol!

I went to another salon and they really messed up my hair. I don’t even want to talk about how bad it was. I was in tears and I didn’t know what to do, and a friend recommended Candice.

The other salon had messed up my highlights really badly and left red and orange tones in my natural brown hair. It was truly awful and they told me I was stuck with it and couldn’t fix it. (A salon in Carpinteria with Asian designs outside)

Anyway when I went to Candice I was crying and she was so, so nice. She sat me down and was so reassuring and told me step by step exactly how she was going to fix it and really helped me calm down.

I don’t know how she did it, but I left the salon today with the most beautiful natural brown color with really subtle highlights. It feels so soft and it is so shiny it’s distracting! Lol. There is no horrible red left and I can’t even describe how happy I am!!!

Five stars for Candice!!! I wish I could give more! I will be back!!

Also–her head massage practically put me in a coma lol. Sooo relaxing. This woman is seriously amazing.

Alex F.

I was staying at the nearby Canary Hotel after a long hike along the ocean. My hair needed attention, and I was delighted to find your salon just 5 minutes walk away in the center of town. My blowout ranks among the best, shiniest and softest I’ve ever had, with a talented stylist and high-end products, including Ibiza natural bristle brushes. I definitely recommend!
Pamela T.

Alex is the only person I would ever 100% trust with my hair. Great listener of what you want and super competent. He is a perfectionist and don’t stop till you are totally happy with what he did. Staff is super nice and use good product. My favorite salon of ALL TIME
Soline D.

Used to be a Super Cuts only type guy till I went to Alex’s. Seriously don’t know what took me so long to find out what an actually good hair cut looks like. Cannot recommend this place enough.
Adrian A.

Went to Alex’s blow dry bar today for the third time and had an amazing experience yet again. Tara works wonders, although I am sad she’ll only be there for another two weeks, which means ill have to switch over to one of their other talented artists. I love how they take their time and don’t rush you through the process in order to make sure that you get exactly what you want. It’s also nice that they offer refreshments such as coffee tea or water upon arrival. I realize that because she was taking her time with me I was going to be late to work so another girl offered to help step in and help finish my hair with her. I am always satisfied with the results and I’ve already got tons of compliments today on the great job she did!
Alexandra M.

Alex’s Salon is serious TREASURE in Santa Barbara! I moved here 4 years ago from Orange County and had years of celebrity hairdressers down in LA and OC doing by hair and literally after trying every salon in Santa Barbara and ruining my hair in the meantime, I finally found Alex’s Salon from a friend of mine in town and I couldn’t be happier. Whats even more of a cherry on top is that Alex was trained by one of the biggest celebrity hairdressers that helped create the balayage/ombre french hair painting technique named George Papanikolas! Alex is truly an artist, down to earth, humble and super sweet! If you are PICKY and want your hair done perfectly (and ladies when going lighter it WILL take more than one visit, be patient)… Alex is the one to go to! Definitely recommend this place!
Gabrielle S.

I’ve been coloring my hair for 15 years, and have gone to lots of different stylists during that time. I recently went to Alex’s for the first time, on a friend’s recommendation. My stylist, Launa, was fantastic! I went in with a faded ombre, wanting to go back to something closer to my natural color. She did such an amazing job neutralizing the ombre, and the result was a beautiful, rich brown with subtle golden highlights…so much better than anything I expected given the many layers of faded color I went in with! Almost two months later, the color still looks great (always the true test). She was also really personable and sweet. The salon itself is super clean and well put together! I will be back again and again. Highly recommend.
Louise S.

The highlight of Alex’s Salon & Blow Dry Bar is first and foremost the personal connection with Alex and the talented team of professional stylists & colorists… Second is esthetic vibe of the place. It’s five star all the way. I don’t even have to mention the hair, but the confidence and pure enjoyment of having a fresh cut & color goes without saying. Try it for yourself… you’ll see.
Gary J.

Alex is a master at what he does. Accomodating, friendly, and knowlegeable, no bs, love it. Staff service is impeccable. #awesomebeadcurtain
Cat S.

I have been coming to Alex to get my highlights for 4 years. He strictly uses schwarzkopf which is the best hair product line. I am never disappointed with the service Alex and his staff provide. I love the brand new location downtown in the Paseo Nuevo shopping center. My hair looks natural every time and I get lots of compliments. I highly suggest making your next hair appointment at Alex’s Salon and Blow Dry Bar!
Morgan L.

Jada did a geat color cut & style. I have very thick hair and she thinned my hair and is so manageable now . Will be going back to see her again ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ
Lisa S.

I have been to my fair share of hair salons and been to countless stylists and as a Bottle Blonde with special hair care needs, I can without a doubt say Alex’s Beauty Bar is the absolute best you can get.
I’ve been going to Alex for almost 3 years now. Since then my hair has gotten healthier and actually grew an extra 6 inches which I could never do before I came to Alex’s because it would constantly break and require serious cutting. Alex and his stylists are great listeners and are EXCELLENT with color. I get the perfect color every time. Alex and the stylists are always very punctual, friendly and professional as well. I always feel like a princess at Alex’s and look like one coming out every time. If your hair is your pride and you want to look amazing you need to go to Alex’s Beauty Bar!
Loryn F.

My daughter hadn’t had a decent styling job done for over a year, so I bestowed her with an early 16th bday gift @ Alex’s. They were nice and explained all her options with patience.
Miguel G.

Such an amazing hair stylist! They makes sure you get the cut that you want. I’ve been going to her for years for this reason.

Gia W.

I have been working with Alex for the past several years and have absolutely nothing but good things to say. He’s great at what he does and I won’t hesitate to recommend any friends to Alex’s Salon in Santa Barbara.

Garrett K.

I have had my haircut at this stylist twice and the woman has been very friendly and accommodating.
scijunkie

Book an appointment with Virginia! Especially if you have curly/wavy hair that other stylists might find challenging. She gave me a great cut and style, and my sister said my hair has never looked this good before. I was only visiting, but I’ll definitely make time for a haircut with her next time I’m in town.
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Sadaf F.

Came here while visiting the area. Alex did an amazing job matching my current color. Cut was done by Kelsey. She was awesome!! Best experience ever at this salon! Would give 6 stars if I could! Price was so cheap compared to what I pay back home!! Highly recommend this lovely salon!
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Melinda T.

I randomly decided to get a haircut and read some reviews and this place sounded like a good pick. I was able to make an appointment for the same day. When I got there, they were ready for me. Erin was amazing. She was perfectly attentive, and had a great presence – not at all someone you feel trapped into taking to because they’re cutting your hair ๐Ÿ˜› and she did a great job! When I got home and showed my husband he actually said it was the best haircut I have ever gotten. Thank you for making us both happy. Would definitely recommend Erin and Alex’s Salon!
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Ashley V.

Alex is the best! Heโ€™s a master of color and transformed my hair. I came in as a brassy flat blonde with my dark brown roots, and left a new person! My hair is the most beautiful blonde shade and with a balayage my roots blend perfectly for a low maintenance hair style. Alex is an awesome guy and heโ€™s fun to talk to, the two hours I was in the salon felt like only 30 minutes! I love the atmosphere and set up of the salon too.
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Sasha G.

Excellent service and quality. Perhaps a little overpriced, but worth it if you want your hair done right. Probably overkill for a simple cut.
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John A.

Been going to Alex for years. Does a great job. Highly recommend him.
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Bromi K.

This is a the place to go for flattering color and a great haircut!
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Susan A.

I have VERY long curly hair and so I am always worried when I go to the hair salon as my hair is difficult to cut. I was so impressed by Virginia though and her gentleness with my hair and how she stuck to what I wanted her to do WHILE giving her expert advice on what would look best. I walked out of this hair cut for the first time in a long time (hence why I have long hair–I’ve been scarred before) very very happy with my hair!

The owner was very sweet too and expressed my concern ย about having a previously bad haircut and talked to Virginia before to let her know that I was nervous and to be gentle with my hair ๐Ÿ™‚ Very sweet! They really know their stuff at this salon. Virginia had a great knowledge of how to cut my hair right!

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Flow With C

I just got out of a haircut appointment with Virginia and she did such a great job! Aside from being super easy going, she made me feel comfortable about my decision to cut my hair short. In the end I have no complaints she completely exceeded my expectations! (:

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Issaura P.

Needed a wash and blow dry while visiting Santa Barbara. ย I requested an appointment online and received a speedy response. My blow dry was perfect. ย I will return my next trip to SB

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Susan J.

I had such a great experience! This was the first time I’ve loved my hair cut and color as soon as I saw it in the mirror. Alex is fantastic with the coloring and knowing what fits your face/skin tone best. I recommend him to anyone and will absolutely be returning.

Natalie O.

Virginia did an amazing job cutting my hair! I always struggled with finding a person to cut my hair exactly how I wanted and she’s the first to do just that. She was also very sweet and took her time.

Val C.

Alex’s salon was kind, knowledgeable, and efficient. They have definitely earned the title of, SALON. From great haircuts, to high quality hair coloring, and to being given the best advice of which high-end products are best, this facility offered the works. I highly recommend all to stop on by and give this Alex’s a try!
** Kayli is my stylist!

Nick P.

Alex is amazing! He really takes the time to look at your hair and see what works. He gives you options to make sure it is what you want. I can express how happy I was with my hair. Also, the staff was great very accommodating and friendly. They make sure you are taken care of, thank you!

Dee A.

Amazing customer service, extremely friendly staff, very thorough consultation. Can’t wait to see my hair when it’s all done ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Natalia A.

I’ve been going to Alex for over 6 years now and he’s the only person I trust with my hair!! He’s the king of ombrรฉ and balayage, I wouldn’t go anywhere else. He’s so kind and will not only listen to what you’re looking for, but give you awesome recommendations and his professional opinion – something I find invaluable!

After several horrifying experiences at other salons (my hair was stripped to cheetah print at one point!!) I’m super picky about who does my hair. Even when I lived in San Francisco for two years I would only let Alex do my hair when I’m home!

Thank you Alex for so many great hair days (and years!)

Riley L.

Highly recommend Torrie! Went in to get my hair fixed after a terrible cut and she exceeded my hopes for fixing it! Love my new cut! Thankful!!

Emily K.

Cassidy did an absolutely amazing job on my hair! ย I went in for a blow out and beach waves for a friends wedding and was so thrilled with the result. ย She was super personable, and knowledgeable. ย I enjoyed chatting with her, and she took extra care making sure the shorter layers of my hair blended in with the rest of the waves rather than sticking out as they began to do. ย I appreciated her skill and the time she took to make sure I was happy with the end result. I got so many compliments at the wedding, and will definitely be going back if I’m in the area again.

Helen A.

Alex, his staff and the salon were all amazing ! I made an appointment out of the blue hoping to get a refresh for spring – much lighter hair and a beach wave cut. Alex was a professional. He asked me intuitive questions about I wanted – he explained to what he was doing and why – and finally he made the experience relaxing and enjoyable. I left feeling pretty and 100% happy with the results. I have never had someone get it exactly right like that before. I will absolutely be going back. Clearly the other staff was doing amazing things too. They were all nice and respectful of each other’s work. It seemed like a good environment.

Lily P.

I was happy with the results of my rose gold hair! I did not have a bad experience elsewhere but knowing that the color I wanted can be a challenge, I wanted to make sure I had the right person to do it. I think Alex effectively understand my goal – I brought in a couple of pictures. After the consultation I felt confident that he could do it. The salon had a relaxing comfortable vibe. I think the work speaks for itself and that is what matters most.

Crystal W.

I’ve been a client of Alex for the past 7 years, so before he even started this salon. I couldn’t believe I had yet to leave a review! Alex is a master at his craft. I’ve had my hair dyed, highlighted, and masterfully chopped off (several times!). He is wonderful in explaining what upkeep is required with the various colors, what hues look better with your coloring, and figuring out how to translate your haircut inspiration onto your head so it looks great. In the last year I had Alex cut pretty much all my hair off. I went from bra-line hair to a pixie cut. Since then, I’ve kept that up, and am now growing my hair back out.

At my most recent appointment, Alex figured out how to fix my awkward growth look great. It had started looking like a mullet, ew. He took the time to understand what kind of hair style my goal look was going to be, and cut accordingly. I felt great walking out. I know when I go to him I will leave looking great.

Hannah K.

I went to Alex’s Salon 2 weeks ago and had my hair done by Kelsey! She did an awesome job! My hair was extremely damaged from being over processed by another salon in my area! She gave me tips on my hair and recommended products that would help the condition. I would highly recommend this hairdresser! As far as the salon itself….. I was greeted by the owner and the receptionist, who in turn offered me coffee or water while I waited!! Awesome service and so friendly!!! I live a distance away, but I will be back!!! Great shopping in the mall too!!!!Thank you Alex and crew for a great experience!!

Kerry D.

I finally found my perfect blonde color and cut!! Thank you to Jaida Lyn for the incredible blonde that I have always wanted! So happy I used a recommendation from Yelp and went to Jaida. She really knows her color. I am recommending her to all my family and friends! And to top it off, she is so sweet.
Erin B.

I went in for a hair cut on Friday night and had Betsy as my stylist. She was incredible! I had a rough idea of what I wanted my hair to look like, and I was worried that cutting it shorter (as I have wavy, thick hair) would make it too heavy and blocky looking. She knew EXACTLY how to cut my hair and it looked beautiful! Betsy was also super friendly and sociable, and very gentle with my hair. It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had at a hair salon, and I highly recommend Betsy! Will definitely come back for my next hair cut.
Jacy-Anne C.

I have never left a salon so happy with my hair! ALEX, the owner, was so extremely helpful in getting me exactly what I wanted even with my indecisiveness. HE IS THE BEST TO GET NATURAL HIGHLIGHTS. The salon is super cute and clean. You get your hair colored upstairs and washed/cut down stairs so it’s a little more personal. I got a color correction and highlight deal. My hair had a lot of brassy tones to it with chunky highlights and he totally changed it to perfection. I’ve received so many compliments on my new hair I would highly recommend this salon and Alex. I will now religiously be going here.
Ariel W.

We have been on a quest to find a salon in the SB area that could do bi-racial hair and we had very little luck until we found this salon.. My daughter went into the salon today and had an appointment with Tori! I want to extend my thanks as a parent for your salon having a stylist that can care for bi-racial/multi-racial hair. This seems to be lacking in the SB area. My daughter was very happy with the results from Tori doing her hair. She said she definitely wants to go to Tori regularly to care for her hair. She said the stylist listened to her concerns and explained what she was doing. It was a very good experience!!
Connie P.

Precise, artisan haircut from Alex. The Rose Gold color he did for my daughter was FABULOUS! Love this place.
Treasa S.

I had a great experience at this salon on Saturday. I don’t live in the area, and I needed a blow out for family photos we were taking that day. I searched on yelp and found their reviews to be good so gave them a call and booked an appointment.

They booked me with Jaida who was great, happy, helpful and very fast! She was waiting and ready for me at reception when I walked in. I had a 3pm appointment and was done within about 35-40 mins with a blow out and curl (I do have short bob hair cut). I have fine, straight hair and she was able to give me volume and a nice beach wave/ curl for my photos. Having never done my hair before, she adapted well to what products would work best and using a straightener instead of a curling iron to get the desired outcome.

In addition to the prompt service at the salon, I received text messages to remind me of my service which was a nice touch. The salon was clean and had a nice vibe.

The only thing I didn’t care for was having to book with a credit card at the time of my call. I was going to schedule an appointment online and when it requested my cc I decided to just call the salon thinking I could avoid that. Instead the receptionist still needed my cc info for a $43 blow out. I’m sure they have their reasons, but at my salon in LA where my cut/ color runs me $200 or more, I never have to give my cc to book an appointment.

Overall, the experience was great and I will go back if in the area and need anything.

Angela P.

I went to Alex after a previous stylist gave me a “chocolate melt” gone horribly wrong. My natural ash light brown hair that was to my mid back was orangey brass, with greenish tips. She was able to cover with a brown, but it still looked brassy and was breaking off. **Alex literally saved my life.** (I know dramatic) Not only did get rid of the horrible remaining color, he brought my hair to a gorgeous lived modern blonde that I am complimented on all the time. He is professional, knowledgeable and often will fit me in pretty fast before I have fly out for a conference. If you want to have one stylist that you know that you can get a consistently great product, go to Alex Salon and nowhere else.
Lucrezia C.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Alex, Jaida, and Vickie for stepping in for Hans at the last minute when I needed a little touch up with my roots! Everyone was booked but they came to the rescue and squeezed me in! Now that’s GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!
Lucrezia C.

By far my favorite salon in Santa Barbara! Have been going here for 3 years now and I have never once left unhappy. Everyone is extremely welcoming and I always look forward to coming in. Kelsey does an amazing job at doing a balayage, she always does it exactly how I want it. She just recently cut my hair and it looks identical to the picture I showed. Absolutely love this place! Even when I move I will make my way back to Santa Barbara for Kelsey, she is seriously AMAZING!
Eva M.

Alex’ salon is fantastic, the staff is friendly, hip & knowledgable. Love this place for color or cuts!
Aimee J.

Love love love this place! It took me awhile to find a good hair salon and I’m so thankful I found them! Definitely going to be a regular, Kelsey is the best!!!
Caitlin G.

Such a good experience. Me being the most untrusting person with my hair was able to relax and enjoy the hair process that Alex and Betsy did! Amazing job and such professionalism.
Julia N.

Got my ombrรฉ redone and i loved how it came out! They were very attentive to what I wanted and gave me advice on how light to go. Definitely would come back again.
Jennifer V.

Ask for Kelsey!
I get my hair cut, colored, and keratin treated by her. Whether it’s just a trim or chopping off 13 inches I’ve always been very impressed with the results. I have a lot a lot of hair and she will happily spend the time thinning and layering until we are satisfied with the results. I get my hair balayaged, and she really turns it into an art form. It’s so natural and well blended that my own family couldn’t even tell that my hair was colored–instead, the last time I visited home, they told me that my hair looked like I’d been out in the sun a lot. This subtle, brighter, sun kissed look is exactly what I was going for. This brings me to my final point, which is that she listens to what you want. She is, of course, happy to offer her expertise and talk through what will look best and what is feasible, but at the end of the day I always feel like I get exactly what I ask for (i.e. “trims” do not result in me losing 4 inches of length, and my balayage doesn’t look like an ombre–which is not to say that she couldn’t do an ombre, it’s just not what I ask for.)
PS. Kelsey is super sweet and great to talk to. We have a lot of fun every time I go in!
Sophia T.

Seriously the first haircut I’ve had that’s made me love my hair again! And it was so easy for her! Thank you Jaida!
Katie C.

I highly recommend Alex’s Salon. The first time I came here I was actually a hair model for Alex. He cut, colored and styled my hair, thoroughly explaining each step to his stylists on staff. His expertise was apparent and he really listened to what I was looking for and suggested some ideas for my specific hair type and look. I was so impressed I came back a few months later and got my hair done by Erin. I was a little hesitant because I was so happy with Alex’s work, but Erin was great! She was very friendly and beautifully cut and styled my hair. She even showed me how to properly use a wand. Amazing service all around, and I am extremely happy to have finally found a consistently great hair salon in Santa Barbara!
Amanda S.

My go to blow dry bar. The girls make me feel so much better then when I walk in. I love the staff & the products. I’m going to book a blow out now just thinking of how good the wash feels!!! I like the deep conditioning treatment for my damaged hair
Patty S.

I loved my blow out style, thank you! It was easy to book and they were able to take me on a Saturday morning before a wedding I was going to. It made getting ready stress free and enjoyable!
Jannelle N.

Simply put – I desperately needed some fabulous hair last minute for a wedding I was running late to. They squeezed me in on a late afternoon on a very busy Saturday. They were extremely friendly as well as fast and efficient. The salon itself is also very nice! It was my first time in this part of town and the salon is definitely located in a wonderful part of town with tons of great food and shopping. When I go back I will definitely be coming to this salon again.
Tiffany R.

Felicia is amazing! I just had a blow dry and style, and she left me looking and feeling like a million bucks. My hair, believe me when I type this, is no easy task to manage. I have tightly curled, frizzy hair that hardly any stylists is able to handle….until now. Felicia was unscathed by the challenge of blowing out my curly locks. She asked what I wanted, which was hair with volume, not bone straight, but with a slight curl. A wash, blow dry, straight iron followed by a curling iron later and I was looking like a totally new person! I was blown away by her skill. My husband who met me toward the end of the appointment couldn’t believe his eyes either! This is the best my hair has ever looked! I will be visiting this salon again for all my future blow drys,and if Felicia can blow dry and style my unmanageable frizzy curly hair this well, I can’t wait to see her work her magic with a pair of scissors! Stunning—absolutely stunning!
Armita A.

Alex and Victoria are the BEST. They are knowledgeable, understanding and know what is best for you. They are off the charts. I would recommend them to everyone. Once you go to them you won’t go anywhere else.
Joe C.

I’ve gotten the best haircuts of my life from Alex himself. He really has helped me understand my hair in a way I didn’t know possible. Alex turns hair cutting into a science based on the thickness of your hair, the way light hits it, your face shape, etc. Not only did he give me an awesome haircut, he told me what to ask specifically for in future haircuts if I went somewhere else (usually I’m the person to say, “just a trim, layers sound good, whatever you think is best”). I’ve driven up from LA just to get a haircut with Alex. Worth the money to get a haircut you actually enjoy and one that lasts for months. A side note is that he has the perfect balance of conversation. Sometimes I feel like I’m supposed to be superchatty but he made me at ease with gentle conversation here and there.
Carrie H.

I wish I could put more stars Cassidy did a phenomenal job on my hair! Soo happy with the results! She is the best! Super professional and fun to talk to, she was so knowledgeable on the products and modern hair color. I would highly recommend her to my friends and family! Definitely will be back again! ๐Ÿ™‚
Emma A.

Alex has been cutting and styling my hair off and on for over 5 years. Every time I’ve ever gone to see him, I have left and felt like a million bucks. I have gone to other, more expensive salons, but nothing compared to the confidence I felt after leaving Alex’s chair. I feel like he really loves what he does, and that comes through in the final product. Alex is passionate, honest, and amazing at creating “Victoria’s Secret bombshell” hair.

The last time Alex did my hair, I met my fiance afterwards. He was sitting inside a restaurant, and he actually told me that he noticed my hair while I was walking across the parking lot! I will keep seeing Alex as long as he is around.

Nicole L.

Availability/Timeliness – 5/5
Quality of service – 5/5
Fair pricing – 5/5
Location/atmosphere – 5/5

This is kind of a review of both locations – Isla Vista and Santa Barbara – because I dealt with both of them in this experience. So long story short, I made a big mistake trying to go blonde from a box, using Born Blonde box bleach on very long dyed brown hair. The bleach left me with very strange and stubborn spots of dark in random places on my hair, Barbie-yellow roots, and orange everywhere else. Basically, my hair was in a very dire state…(ratchet)

I walked into the Isla Vista location on a whim, just desperate for someone to look at my hair and advise me further. I’d even considered going to other fancy, possibly more pricy State St. salons after reading Yelp reviews. But I’m really glad I walked into Alex’s Beauty Bar in IV. The girl there saw my hair and said that Alex would be the best for the job but that he was at the SB location that day and it would have to wait two days if I wanted it in IV. I said today would be better, and she called the SB location for me and they said I could come in anytime. What a relief!

So I took the bus and found the place, and Alex and Felicia immediately made me feel assured that my tough situation would be fixed. They started on me right away. So within an hour of pursuing an appointment I was already being worked on!

Alex offered me two options and advised me on how he hoped to reconcile the situation – fixing the current color while still allowing me to go blonde in the future. They bleached my hair all over, getting rid of the spots and leveling out the tone a bit, and then they used a demi-permanent brown dye that will fade to a lighter golden brown in about a month, allowing me to start the highlighting/blonding process. The total for bleach and color on very long hair was $180.

Long story short, GO HERE. I have only had one hairstylist in my whole life back home in the Bay Area, and it took a lot for me to have faith in someone new in such a desperate situation. Alex and Felicia are both fantastic – very kind, understanding, and helpful. Definitely recommend!

Diane V.

Was able to get a wash and blow out at the last minute with Kayly. She seems to really enjoy her job and was patient and thorough in explaining how she styled the beach look on my hair. Kayly asked for permission to use product and advised what each product was for and the benefit it gave. She has a unique, strategic technique which resulted in one of the best styles I have ever had.
Sheri S.

Went here with a friend to get a blow-out before a Santa Barbara wedding. The only comparison I can make with DryBar, which I was used to being able to get a blowout with curls/waves for the same price as a normal blowout. This place is probably best for curly/wavy hair girls that want straight hair, versus straight hair girls like me who want curly/wavy hair. Oh well. The girl who worked on me was friendly and did a great job. I just probably wouldn’t go back because it’s not the right fit for me. My friend with curly hair who wanted straight hair looked GREAT!
Jenna C.

Kelsey takes care of my balayage, keratin treatments and haircuts. She is an expert in her field and a great listener about your your concerns and requests. The salon is fun, relaxed and I love the private location of the color bar. I always get my hair done at Alex’s – can’t imagine going anywhere else!
DM

Went here for the first time and Alex helped me. I was having trouble with my blonde hair , everyone that was dying it seemed to make it too yellow or would always turn brassy later on. Alex was able to fix my hair color for me, something I’ve been struggling with for the past 8 months. It turned out perfect! Definitely would recommend him.
Kayla H.

I have been coming to Alex for over 6 months now and I never leave disappointed. He really takes time and puts thought into what he is going to do before just slapping some color on. He is very talented and I’ll continue to come back! Also all the girls are so sweet!
Blake L.

I’d called last minute on a Sunday. They had availabilities! Major bonus there. Tara was great on the phone (I was visiting From Los Angeles), and gave me great directions to the salon. She offered to help me further if I get lost on the way. When I got there, Tara saw me straight away. I went in for a blowout only. She gave me a great wash and dry! Next time I visit Santa Barbara again, I will definitely come see her again.
Alpna P.

I’ve been going to Alex for years and always LOVE my cut and highlights! He is professional and knows his stuff.
Robyn W.

Alex has been doing my hair for over a decade now and I’ve never been disappointed with a cut or color. He specializes in color and knows more about hair than any other hair dresser I’ve met. Alex’s beauty bar is modern, clean and welcoming. The staff are friendly and it’s in a prime location at Paseo Nuevo mall. You can also shop after your appointment. I highly recommend seeing Alex for any cut or color.
Naomi S.

This is another review from someone who is not 20. I always get great results when Alex colors my hair. The color lasts and as it grows out, it continues to look natural. Another reason why Alex gets five stars is that his shampoos are to die for! As I have sat in the chair getting my hair colored, cut, and styled, I have observed the professional manner in which Alex treats all of his customers. He is the best thing that has happened to Santa Barbara.!
Susan A.

I had a positive and fun experience at this salon. My stylist Launa did an amazing job with my cut and highlight. I love my hair now! She was able to take me last minute and was very accommodating and friendly…as well as doing awesome hair! Alex’s definitely has a new fan.
Sarah S.

Clean and open space, kind and knowledgeable staff. Great job by Jaida today, and as always, love Alex. Will be coming back!
Shan M.

Alex is by far the best stylist I have ever been too. His level of professionalism is outstanding! He fixed my previous hair botch job from another salon in town. My hair is now the perfect color and the perfect cut, I can’t thank him enough! I HIGHLY recommend this salon, they are worth every penny!!!
Katie P.

Got my hair colored recently by Felicia. My hair was looking dull and boring, so she added some amazing color, and some rich highlights the shine was great! The product and techniques are awesome The salon is fresh and welcoming. Walked out feeling fabulous!!
Elizabeth C.

I’ve been to Alex’s beauty bar twice now to get my roots touched up on my hair and they have done an amazing job! I have strawberry blonde hair which is usually harder to touch up smoothly but they are great about getting the perfect match and always leave me feeling happy about my new locks ๐Ÿ™‚
Michaela C.

I got a cut and color here last week with Alex and I am so so happy with the results. He colored my hair jet black and trimmed off all my split ends. He then blew out my hair straight. My hair is so soft and looks much healthier now. I was treated very nicely by the receptionist and the faculty here. I will be returning very soon!
Samantha C.

Alex has been cutting and coloring my hair for over 5 years. Every visit I have he does a great job of not only listening to what I want done, but executing it perfectly. I moved to Los Angeles for a period of time and would drive all the way to Santa Barbara just to get my hair cut. He also works on Saturdays which is great if you have a full-time job and don’t have time for a midweek appointment.
Kathryn G.

I rarely ever review anything, but I am excited that Alex has opened a place downtown! I’ve been to his salon in IV, and while the haircuts he gives kept me coming back, I’m not 20 and so I’m thrilled he’s opened an establishment geared towards a more grown up clientele. I have very curly hair, and have had a lot of bad cuts. Alex seems incredibly knowledgable when it comes to hair, and the cuts I’ve gotten from him have been great and reasonably priced. Plus, the new space is beautiful, with a hip mid-century modern thing going on.
S V.

Alex did my hair years ago. I loved it! I don’t normally go to salons but he was well worth the trip. If I ever do make it back into one Alex is who I would go to. Hands down.
Crissy C.

Alex knows his shuff! I have a full head of hair, it’s pretty fluffy and big and looks awful when if a stylist doesn’t know how to layer properly. I’ve had issues with this for years because I didn’t necessarily want layers but to take some weight off my head. Alex is Edward Scissorhands! Does amazing work “texturizing” the ends of my hair and takes his time. He has a friendly staff as well and uses pleasant products on my hair. Worth the price. Thanks Alex, for all your advice and being honest about what would look good with my head/face shape, skin tone, etc.

Dania V.

Alex is an expert when it comes to color! You will come out of his salon looking gorgeous!
Susan A.

Visiting family in SB on a Monday, needed a salon appointment asap for last minute road trip so I booked online ๐Ÿ™‚ Had an appointment the nxt day! Upon checking in Cassidy (my *wonderful, talented salonist*) immediately took me upstairs to begin the coloring. I loved how peaceful,clean and welcoming the salon is. Love how all the employees help out one another too. Will soon post pix of her beautiful hair work
Jessica S.

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Alex's Salon

11 W De La Guerra St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Located in Paseo Nuevo across from the Paseo Nuevo Cinema

Call: (805) 845-8849

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Tues - Sat: 10 am to 7 pm
Sun-Mon: Closed

After hours appointments available for special ocassions.

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