Elevations Salon & Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 451 Bush St

    San Francisco, CA 94108

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  • 415-392-2969

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Wed-Thu: 10am-4pm, Sat: 10am-4pm

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I highly recommend Michelle for color and Leslie for a haircut. Michelle gives me beach blond highlights that get sooo many compliments and are the best I've had in Texas or California. Leslie's "bedside manner" is terrific. She spends the necessary time on a consultation, and I come out with long, subtle layers that have great shape and movement. Both Michelle and Leslie are immensely talented, kind, and pleasant.

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★★★★★

I highly recommend Michelle for color and Leslie for a haircut. Michelle gives me beach blond highlights that get sooo many compliments and are the best I've had in Texas or California. Leslie's "bedside manner" is terrific. She spends the necessary time on a consultation, and I come out with long, subtle layers that have great shape and movement. Both Michelle and Leslie are immensely talented, kind, and pleasant.

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Masumi did thermal conditioning on my hair, and it came out STUNNING! My hair has never looked so shiny and healthy. I swear by her talents and highly recommend her.

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★★★★★

Masumi did thermal conditioning on my hair, and it came out STUNNING! My hair has never looked so shiny and healthy. I swear by her talents and highly recommend her.

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I've always done my eyebrows myself and either over-tweezed or let them get out of control, I decited to have a specialist shape them. Marisa at Elevation salon did an amazing job. She even gave me a complimentary make-up touch up so I looked great when I left the salon. Now every 4 weeks I go in to have her clean up my arch on my lunch break and it's one less thing I have to worry about in my crazy life. Everyone should treat themselves to this experiance. I'll be back for make-up lessons from Marisa soon!!

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★★★★★

I've always done my eyebrows myself and either over-tweezed or let them get out of control, I decited to have a specialist shape them. Marisa at Elevation salon did an amazing job. She even gave me a complimentary make-up touch up so I looked great when I left the salon. Now every 4 weeks I go in to have her clean up my arch on my lunch break and it's one less thing I have to worry about in my crazy life. Everyone should treat themselves to this experiance. I'll be back for make-up lessons from Marisa soon!!

Pros: Tru Cosmetics

Cons: Nothing

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Atis (for highlights - especially good for blonds) & Russ (for cuts) are FANTASIC! I HIGHLY recommend both! I have only positive things to say about my overall salon experience at Elevations & I have been a client now for over two years.

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★★★★★

Atis (for highlights - especially good for blonds) & Russ (for cuts) are FANTASIC! I HIGHLY recommend both! I have only positive things to say about my overall salon experience at Elevations & I have been a client now for over two years.

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I'm surprised no one has raved about Jane yet! She has been coloring my hair the perfect blonde for years now. My hair used to be short because it would always break before I found Jane (through Allure mag.) because I like to be really blonde but, she has managed to give me my favorite color without it breaking. Now my hair is acutally shiny and healthy and past my shoulders!! Her color is always consistent, my hair has lots of, as she puts it "dimension", I always get compliments, I just love it, and her. I don't cut my hair very often but when I do it looks great too, but if you are looking for perfect color, see Jane.

2
★★★★★

I'm surprised no one has raved about Jane yet! She has been coloring my hair the perfect blonde for years now. My hair used to be short because it would always break before I found Jane (through Allure mag.) because I like to be really blonde but, she has managed to give me my favorite color without it breaking. Now my hair is acutally shiny and healthy and past my shoulders!! Her color is always consistent, my hair has lots of, as she puts it "dimension", I always get compliments, I just love it, and her. I don't cut my hair very often but when I do it looks great too, but if you are looking for perfect color, see Jane.

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My colorist left to go to another salon. The facility itself is very sleek and modern. The prices are a bit high and, unfortunately, I didn't really feel comfortable enough with any of the other staff that I worked with to continue there after my colorist moved.

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★★★☆☆

My colorist left to go to another salon. The facility itself is very sleek and modern. The prices are a bit high and, unfortunately, I didn't really feel comfortable enough with any of the other staff that I worked with to continue there after my colorist moved.

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Having just moved here from LA, i was very worried i would have a hard time replacing my old colorist. Well...i found the perfect place at Elevation Salon. I did alot of research online looking at different salons in the city and i'm very fussy and particular about the color of my hair.
I don't want what everyone else has. I have brunette hair and i like rich, gorgeous looking highlights that won't ruin the condition of my hair.
Michael Perry is new to Elevation Salon but he's very experienced and just arrived from the East Coast. He totally "gets it". He gave me a great consultation and i was able to communicate what i wanted and he also gave me great suggestions and recommendations. I felt like i was in good hands right from the start. He's going to have a superstar reputation here in SF in no time! I will definitely be back. I love the color, it's beautiful and worth every penny! Thanks Michael...you're awesome! I also like the salon because it's very modern and clean yet still very inviting and comfortable. It was great from start to finish!

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★★★★★

Having just moved here from LA, i was very worried i would have a hard time replacing my old colorist. Well...i found the perfect place at Elevation Salon. I did alot of research online looking at different salons in the city and i'm very fussy and particular about the color of my hair.
I don't want what everyone else has. I have brunette hair and i like rich, gorgeous looking highlights that won't ruin the condition of my hair.
Michael Perry is new to Elevation Salon but he's very experienced and just arrived from the East Coast. He totally "gets it". He gave me a great consultation and i was able to communicate what i wanted and he also gave me great suggestions and recommendations. I felt like i was in good hands right from the start. He's going to have a superstar reputation here in SF in no time! I will definitely be back. I love the color, it's beautiful and worth every penny! Thanks Michael...you're awesome! I also like the salon because it's very modern and clean yet still very inviting and comfortable. It was great from start to finish!

Pros: Very experienced colorists

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As soon as I walked in, the receptionist and staff greeted me and took me to change. They even offered me something to drink from their cafe. Masumi colored my hair beautifully. The color has lasted and hasn't changed. My hair is glowing, and I've gotten many compliments! Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

As soon as I walked in, the receptionist and staff greeted me and took me to change. They even offered me something to drink from their cafe. Masumi colored my hair beautifully. The color has lasted and hasn't changed. My hair is glowing, and I've gotten many compliments! Highly recommended!

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Atis is the best colorist in San Francisco ,I moved to SF from NYC and went to the best colorist in NYC ,I have to say Atis out did my old colorist highlights . I have been so happy with my hair .. If your looking for a colorist call him you need him.

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★★★★★

Atis is the best colorist in San Francisco ,I moved to SF from NYC and went to the best colorist in NYC ,I have to say Atis out did my old colorist highlights . I have been so happy with my hair .. If your looking for a colorist call him you need him.

Pros: Great Service

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I just had my hair colored by Marie and I must say that I have never had such a beautiful color job. She was able to give me the contrast and depth that I sought without any of the "reds" that like to creep into my hair. She really knows her stuff and has an amazing eye for color and sense for what should be done.

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★★★☆☆

I just had my hair colored by Marie and I must say that I have never had such a beautiful color job. She was able to give me the contrast and depth that I sought without any of the "reds" that like to creep into my hair. She really knows her stuff and has an amazing eye for color and sense for what should be done.

Pros: Excellent job by colorist

Cons: costly but worth it

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After admiring my friend's beautiful hair for years, I finally asked her who it was she went to for cut/color. I was skeptical about whether they could do the same for me, but was really impressed with the results. My boyfriend didn't want me to change my hair color, but had to admit how great and natural it looked once I had it done. It's worth the extra money to go to someone like Ron or Marie because they *know* what they are doing. Just make sure you can afford them, because it would be a shame not to be able to maintain the look...

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★★★★★

After admiring my friend's beautiful hair for years, I finally asked her who it was she went to for cut/color. I was skeptical about whether they could do the same for me, but was really impressed with the results. My boyfriend didn't want me to change my hair color, but had to admit how great and natural it looked once I had it done. It's worth the extra money to go to someone like Ron or Marie because they *know* what they are doing. Just make sure you can afford them, because it would be a shame not to be able to maintain the look...

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Cedric is new to Elevation Salon, but she's been cutting my hair for years now and I looove her! Friendly and uber-talented, her last cut garnered huge praise, including one "That's the best haircut I've ever seen!" No kidding. My boyfriend loves the cut she gave him too. This woman is well worth it!

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★★★★★

Cedric is new to Elevation Salon, but she's been cutting my hair for years now and I looove her! Friendly and uber-talented, her last cut garnered huge praise, including one "That's the best haircut I've ever seen!" No kidding. My boyfriend loves the cut she gave him too. This woman is well worth it!

Pros: Cedric!

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This salon has a cafe with coffe and snacks which makes the wait at a salon a little more tolerable. The service was good and my colorist and stylist were knowledgable and attentive. I left the salon with hair that was "ok" I guess this beats leaving with a "bad" hair cut or color.

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★★★★☆

This salon has a cafe with coffe and snacks which makes the wait at a salon a little more tolerable. The service was good and my colorist and stylist were knowledgable and attentive. I left the salon with hair that was "ok" I guess this beats leaving with a "bad" hair cut or color.

Pros: Ambience, location

Cons: parking, prices

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i've been going to see ron from elevations for 5 years now, and i simply cannot see any other hairstylist. when i have gone to other hairstylists, i end up calling ron immediately the following day to ask him for a emergency fix-it appointment. ron gives wonderful recommendations on what hairstyles would look best on me, and his haircuts can range from traditional to very artistic and stylized, depending on what you're looking for. my hair's super straight, and he gives it body, and i've also seen him work on super curly hair, and he's somehow able to tame that too. i've also gotten my hair colored at elevations... i don't remember who did it, but she did an excellent job as well.

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★★★★★

i've been going to see ron from elevations for 5 years now, and i simply cannot see any other hairstylist. when i have gone to other hairstylists, i end up calling ron immediately the following day to ask him for a emergency fix-it appointment. ron gives wonderful recommendations on what hairstyles would look best on me, and his haircuts can range from traditional to very artistic and stylized, depending on what you're looking for. my hair's super straight, and he gives it body, and i've also seen him work on super curly hair, and he's somehow able to tame that too. i've also gotten my hair colored at elevations... i don't remember who did it, but she did an excellent job as well.

Pros: great, talented hair stylists

Cons: it'll cost you a few dollars, no free parking in the area, sometimes difficult to get appointments

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Ron Lee is the best hair stylist I've ever seen. Every time I see him, my hair cut is perfection. I'm never even slightly disappointed. Of course, for a world-class hair cut, comes a significant price tag. But Ron is worth every single penny. Plus, he's a blast to chat with (he's a competitive fisher and everything!).

PROS: great hair cut, great stylist
CONS: a bit pricey, but worth it

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★★★★★

Ron Lee is the best hair stylist I've ever seen. Every time I see him, my hair cut is perfection. I'm never even slightly disappointed. Of course, for a world-class hair cut, comes a significant price tag. But Ron is worth every single penny. Plus, he's a blast to chat with (he's a competitive fisher and everything!).

PROS: great hair cut, great stylist
CONS: a bit pricey, but worth it

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I've been coming here for 3 years to see Todd. I get a great style every time. Jane has coloured my hair many times and I have always been completely satisfied. Both of them are engaging and I have never perceived them to be snobby. I do find the people standing around doing nothing to be a turn off, although they are not as "cool" and disinterested as the receptionists. Still that won't stop me coming here.

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★★★☆☆

I've been coming here for 3 years to see Todd. I get a great style every time. Jane has coloured my hair many times and I have always been completely satisfied. Both of them are engaging and I have never perceived them to be snobby. I do find the people standing around doing nothing to be a turn off, although they are not as "cool" and disinterested as the receptionists. Still that won't stop me coming here.

Pros: Todd, Jane

Cons: too cool receptionist

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how come after you pay all that money, nobody wants to even dry your hair, they just send you to a corner where you need to dry your own hair. I think this is ridicilous. Also there is a huger turnover, i saw three different stylists there in a year, and finally gave up when the third one left too.

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★★☆☆☆

how come after you pay all that money, nobody wants to even dry your hair, they just send you to a corner where you need to dry your own hair. I think this is ridicilous. Also there is a huger turnover, i saw three different stylists there in a year, and finally gave up when the third one left too.

Pros: convenient location

Cons: DO NOT DRY YOUR HAIR!

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My hair is 5 feet long...I don't let anyone except the stylists and colorists at Elevation touch it. I trust them completely and they always do an amazing job...and quickly too, none of this waiting hours for foil highlights to be done, you'll be in and out in under 2 hours with a great new look! And best of all the cafe has delicious snacks and toasted sandwiches and salads to munch on while you have your hair done!

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★★★★★

My hair is 5 feet long...I don't let anyone except the stylists and colorists at Elevation touch it. I trust them completely and they always do an amazing job...and quickly too, none of this waiting hours for foil highlights to be done, you'll be in and out in under 2 hours with a great new look! And best of all the cafe has delicious snacks and toasted sandwiches and salads to munch on while you have your hair done!

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I've had my hair done at Elevation Salon and Cafe a number of times in the past. The inside is very bright and clean, and very comforting. They also have a cafe inside where you can grab lunch while you're waiting for your hair coloring to set, or after getting a trim. The stylists usually offer you something to drink while they are working on your hair, too. (If you're cheap, water is free).

Scalp massages are given with the shampoo, which is often done by someone other than the stylist. The stylists all undergo apprenticeship programs where they are trained in the latest techniques. I've always been pleased with the quality of services I've received there. And I've noticed that other customers leave with very nice results, too.

Prices are in the $50-80 range for a hair cut. Staff is friendly, and seem happy to help you select a stylist that will best meet your needs.

PROS: Pampering and knowledgeable staff. Decent prices. Nice decor
CONS: They usually can't take walk-ins

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★★★★★

I've had my hair done at Elevation Salon and Cafe a number of times in the past. The inside is very bright and clean, and very comforting. They also have a cafe inside where you can grab lunch while you're waiting for your hair coloring to set, or after getting a trim. The stylists usually offer you something to drink while they are working on your hair, too. (If you're cheap, water is free).

Scalp massages are given with the shampoo, which is often done by someone other than the stylist. The stylists all undergo apprenticeship programs where they are trained in the latest techniques. I've always been pleased with the quality of services I've received there. And I've noticed that other customers leave with very nice results, too.

Prices are in the $50-80 range for a hair cut. Staff is friendly, and seem happy to help you select a stylist that will best meet your needs.

PROS: Pampering and knowledgeable staff. Decent prices. Nice decor
CONS: They usually can't take walk-ins

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This place used to be fantastic in the late 90s - now it is sort of a has-been. I find the facility very cavernous and a bit uncomfortable overall. It is definitely not warm or friendly. I feel the receptionists give off a little too much attitude and, well, that isn't my style. As for the service, I've had highlights down here and they were OK but not worth going back to have done again. I just wasn't impressed by anything this salon had to offer - there is much better in San Francisco.

PROS:
CONS: Facility is cold and unwelcoming, Receptionists are aloof

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★★☆☆☆

This place used to be fantastic in the late 90s - now it is sort of a has-been. I find the facility very cavernous and a bit uncomfortable overall. It is definitely not warm or friendly. I feel the receptionists give off a little too much attitude and, well, that isn't my style. As for the service, I've had highlights down here and they were OK but not worth going back to have done again. I just wasn't impressed by anything this salon had to offer - there is much better in San Francisco.

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CONS: Facility is cold and unwelcoming, Receptionists are aloof

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Go see Henrik, the owner and principal of Elevations of Hair Salon, if you are ready for a great, precise hair cut. Henrik works quickly but magically. Prices are not cheap but he's worth it! Also, while you get your hair cut you can order a little something from the Elevations Cafe. The salon is very conveniently located near the Sutter/Stockton Garage and Union Square.

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★★★★☆

Go see Henrik, the owner and principal of Elevations of Hair Salon, if you are ready for a great, precise hair cut. Henrik works quickly but magically. Prices are not cheap but he's worth it! Also, while you get your hair cut you can order a little something from the Elevations Cafe. The salon is very conveniently located near the Sutter/Stockton Garage and Union Square.

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I recommend hair colorist Melissa Wagner. She is an experienced professional and makes you hair very beautiful . Cindy Viola who cuts my hair is precise and excellent. I am always very happy with the way my hair looks since I met them !
I have never found any of the staff here to be snobbish , honestly !
There is a cafe that has good food if you need a nosh.
The only criticism I have is the interior is too bright and white and it is very hard on my eyes.

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★★★★★

I recommend hair colorist Melissa Wagner. She is an experienced professional and makes you hair very beautiful . Cindy Viola who cuts my hair is precise and excellent. I am always very happy with the way my hair looks since I met them !
I have never found any of the staff here to be snobbish , honestly !
There is a cafe that has good food if you need a nosh.
The only criticism I have is the interior is too bright and white and it is very hard on my eyes.

Pros: excellent color, excellent cuts, yummy lunsh/snacks

Cons: white gkaring walls , more bathrooms

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I would say that some of the staff here simply rocks, like Melissa Wagner, who is the best colorist in San Francisco, period. She is simply amazing, and very creative. Her looks are truly worth the money, and she is really fun and friendly. I wish the rest of Elevations staff was as cool. The reception people are very cold. And weird.

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★★☆☆☆

I would say that some of the staff here simply rocks, like Melissa Wagner, who is the best colorist in San Francisco, period. She is simply amazing, and very creative. Her looks are truly worth the money, and she is really fun and friendly. I wish the rest of Elevations staff was as cool. The reception people are very cold. And weird.

Pros: Good Color/Highlights, Friendly, Good location

Cons: Reception, Atmosphere

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I've been going to Elevations ever since my colorist moved there. I would follow her to the moon, but fortunately I only had to follow her to one of the nicest, calmest, most efficient salons I've ever been to.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Elevations ever since my colorist moved there. I would follow her to the moon, but fortunately I only had to follow her to one of the nicest, calmest, most efficient salons I've ever been to.

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I have been going to Elevation since my colorist and stylist moved there 2 years ago and it just keeps getting better and better. Not to mention that I absolutely love my hair, they now have a manicurist who rocks! It is such a cool vibe in the salon and I love that I can get everything done at once, while eating lunch as well. The new café owner is fabulous; her quiche is divine as are the soups. This is a very European salon and it is obvious that the staff knows what they are doing

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★★★★★

I have been going to Elevation since my colorist and stylist moved there 2 years ago and it just keeps getting better and better. Not to mention that I absolutely love my hair, they now have a manicurist who rocks! It is such a cool vibe in the salon and I love that I can get everything done at once, while eating lunch as well. The new café owner is fabulous; her quiche is divine as are the soups. This is a very European salon and it is obvious that the staff knows what they are doing

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I saw the name of Elevations Salon & Cafe in Lucky magazine consistently for a few months. So I thought I'd give it a try. The first time was pretty great-- the hair stylist was very freindly, the guy who gave me a shampoo was freindly. The cut was good, though it wasn't one of the best. So I went back there-- then I had a different hair stylist, since the guy I liked went back to New York. The second guy gave me an attitude, like he's better than me. I gave him a picture of what I'd like my hair to look like, and he looked at it and said " your hair is too short for that." There wasn't any "I'd recommend this instead--what'd you think?" I left there feeling very neglected.

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★★★☆☆

I saw the name of Elevations Salon & Cafe in Lucky magazine consistently for a few months. So I thought I'd give it a try. The first time was pretty great-- the hair stylist was very freindly, the guy who gave me a shampoo was freindly. The cut was good, though it wasn't one of the best. So I went back there-- then I had a different hair stylist, since the guy I liked went back to New York. The second guy gave me an attitude, like he's better than me. I gave him a picture of what I'd like my hair to look like, and he looked at it and said " your hair is too short for that." There wasn't any "I'd recommend this instead--what'd you think?" I left there feeling very neglected.

Pros: easy appointments

Cons: unskillful

 

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