Arena Salon

★★★★★
Cool cuts and vivid color in a no-fuss neighborhood.Eco- Friendly
  • 189 Orchard St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: Houston Street

    Map & Directions
  • 917-472-5390

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Hours
Tue-Sat 11am-7pm
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I made an appointment through Lifebooker on a whim (it was close to my office, so I could run out on my lunch break). Destiny and the woman who washed my hair (whose name I can't remember, unfortunately) were both very friendly. Destiny

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I made an appointment through Lifebooker on a whim (it was close to my office, so I could run out on my lunch break). Destiny and the woman who washed my hair (whose name I can't remember, unfortunately) were both very friendly. Destiny

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I know what I want when it comes to my haircut (short, pixy, with long bangs) and all of the previous hairdressers never quite got it right. After extensive research, I decided to give Rena at Arena Salon a go. Rena, (she is the owner)

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I know what I want when it comes to my haircut (short, pixy, with long bangs) and all of the previous hairdressers never quite got it right. After extensive research, I decided to give Rena at Arena Salon a go. Rena, (she is the owner)

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This is such a great place to go if you want a boost. The quality of the cut and colour were excellent, staff really welcoming and friendly and I left feeling good. I'll definitely be back.

I wanted to try it out because I'd heard it was an eco-frleindly salon - it's refreshing to find that they use all natural colours and have a real committment and passion for protecting the planet and ourselves.

Unlike some salons that I have been to they really listened and helped me think through what kind of look I wanted -

I love that they are positive about silver hair - I didn't want to just cover up all my silver hairs but I wanted something to brighten it up and they have a great approach - adding some cool coppery colour which I love.

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★★★★★

This is such a great place to go if you want a boost. The quality of the cut and colour were excellent, staff really welcoming and friendly and I left feeling good. I'll definitely be back.

I wanted to try it out because I'd heard it was an eco-frleindly salon - it's refreshing to find that they use all natural colours and have a real committment and passion for protecting the planet and ourselves.

Unlike some salons that I have been to they really listened and helped me think through what kind of look I wanted -

I love that they are positive about silver hair - I didn't want to just cover up all my silver hairs but I wanted something to brighten it up and they have a great approach - adding some cool coppery colour which I love.

Pros: friendly, fun, great cut - I came out of here feeling good

Cons: none

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I have followed Rena from Salon to Salon for almost 20 years. She is the BEST! Everyone who works in the salon is great too. Rena is amazing with color. She takes time to listen to what you want and knows what will work for you whether it's conservative or trendy. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better they've gone eco and now only use eco friendly products.
Highly recommend this well kept secret on the lower east side.

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★★★★★

I have followed Rena from Salon to Salon for almost 20 years. She is the BEST! Everyone who works in the salon is great too. Rena is amazing with color. She takes time to listen to what you want and knows what will work for you whether it's conservative or trendy. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better they've gone eco and now only use eco friendly products.
Highly recommend this well kept secret on the lower east side.

Pros: Laid back atmosphere, friendly, attentive staff

Cons: Still looking!

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Overall fantastic experience. Destiny is an excellent stylist and gave me the perfect cut and color to suit my personality. She asked what I was looking for, acknowledged my input, concerns and put effort into getting just the look I wanted while still making it funky and totally different. I won't go to anyone else. Highly recommended!!

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★★★★★

Overall fantastic experience. Destiny is an excellent stylist and gave me the perfect cut and color to suit my personality. She asked what I was looking for, acknowledged my input, concerns and put effort into getting just the look I wanted while still making it funky and totally different. I won't go to anyone else. Highly recommended!!

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NOT ONLY IS RENA A AMAZING HAIR STYLIST BUT SHE IS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT HER WORK.
SHE REALLY LOVES WHAT SHE DOES AND IT SHOWS IN YOUR HAIR.

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NOT ONLY IS RENA A AMAZING HAIR STYLIST BUT SHE IS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT HER WORK.
SHE REALLY LOVES WHAT SHE DOES AND IT SHOWS IN YOUR HAIR.

Pros: CARING AND LISTENS. TREATS YOUR HAIR WITH RESPECT.

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Destiny is the most amazing hair dresser!!!

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Destiny is the most amazing hair dresser!!!

Pros: Destiny

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Cute little salon in East Village where I can get eyebrow waxed during the hair appointment. Now all there products are eco friendly which is great to know. I always come out of there feeling great and ready for a night out which is perfect as there's loads of cool places to go close by. I love this place!!

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★★★★★

Cute little salon in East Village where I can get eyebrow waxed during the hair appointment. Now all there products are eco friendly which is great to know. I always come out of there feeling great and ready for a night out which is perfect as there's loads of cool places to go close by. I love this place!!

Pros: They look after you so well

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Rena from Arena salon has been taking care of my hair for years (or should i say for y'hairs) She is the best and i would not have it any other ways.
Her salon is like a secret little spa in the ubertrendy LES. The staff is fantastic, friendly and attentive. It's like beeing pampered in your own living room, since the place is always so warm and friendly.
and Rena...well she is the best. She works her magic each time!

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★★★★★

Rena from Arena salon has been taking care of my hair for years (or should i say for y'hairs) She is the best and i would not have it any other ways.
Her salon is like a secret little spa in the ubertrendy LES. The staff is fantastic, friendly and attentive. It's like beeing pampered in your own living room, since the place is always so warm and friendly.
and Rena...well she is the best. She works her magic each time!

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A high quality service, friendly and personal in a great neighborhood at a price that is worth it

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A high quality service, friendly and personal in a great neighborhood at a price that is worth it

Pros: Personal service, great cut

Cons: I would like to go more often

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Destiny did a beautiful job cutting and coloring my hair. I was a little nervous to get highlights in my hair but she was very cautious and understanding of my neurotic-ness. She did a divine job and i am extremely pleased with my new luscious locks. If you want your hair to be precisely what you have in mind, have Destiny cut or color your hair. She really is very kind and listens to your wants/ suggestions and trust her expertise in hair care.

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★★★★★

Destiny did a beautiful job cutting and coloring my hair. I was a little nervous to get highlights in my hair but she was very cautious and understanding of my neurotic-ness. She did a divine job and i am extremely pleased with my new luscious locks. If you want your hair to be precisely what you have in mind, have Destiny cut or color your hair. She really is very kind and listens to your wants/ suggestions and trust her expertise in hair care.

Pros: Best colorist, hair cut

Cons: None

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Rena, the owner of Arena, has been cutting my hair for more than 10 years. She is wonderful with curly hair and is always right on key with her cuts. Rena really spends time with all of her clients and truly cares about them ad their hair. Besides the great music, other great haircutters/colorists, nice cup of tea and warm vibe - I love Arena!

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Rena, the owner of Arena, has been cutting my hair for more than 10 years. She is wonderful with curly hair and is always right on key with her cuts. Rena really spends time with all of her clients and truly cares about them ad their hair. Besides the great music, other great haircutters/colorists, nice cup of tea and warm vibe - I love Arena!

Pros: Fantastic with curly hair, coloring and all

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I have been going to Rena for 3 years. I have always had blond highlights but could never grow my hair long because it always looked damaged (and was!) past a certain length. Not only does Rena use the most gentle products for color, but she also taught me the key to healthy hair...DON'T wash it everyday! My hair is now to the middle of my back and it is really the best it has ever looked in my 38 years! And because Rena is so nice, her team reflects her kindness and warmth. It is always a pleasure to visit Arena Salon.

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I have been going to Rena for 3 years. I have always had blond highlights but could never grow my hair long because it always looked damaged (and was!) past a certain length. Not only does Rena use the most gentle products for color, but she also taught me the key to healthy hair...DON'T wash it everyday! My hair is now to the middle of my back and it is really the best it has ever looked in my 38 years! And because Rena is so nice, her team reflects her kindness and warmth. It is always a pleasure to visit Arena Salon.

Pros: Warm, Friendly Atmosphere

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The Arena Salon is colourful, vivid and vibrant! Rena and Destiny are wonderful people! I've known them both for over 2 years now and their skills and creativity never cease to progress. If you want a special cut that defines you this is the place to go! They truly are humble hard working artists. Not to mention the waxing is phenomenal and precise! They'll recreate you!

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The Arena Salon is colourful, vivid and vibrant! Rena and Destiny are wonderful people! I've known them both for over 2 years now and their skills and creativity never cease to progress. If you want a special cut that defines you this is the place to go! They truly are humble hard working artists. Not to mention the waxing is phenomenal and precise! They'll recreate you!

Pros: Best area to get a new do and outfit to go with it

Cons: Nothing!

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Read about Rena from Citysearch after a year-long stay in Napa, CA where my hair was absolutely fried due to the dry weather. Walked in off the street last week and met Rena and she sat down with me, and we discussed options with color, dealng with the dryness and gray hair. Made an appointment for the following day. Rena told me that she had thought about my hair and repaired my hair and cut it. She took three hours with me and when I walked out, I really felt like I had been taken care of by a family member - she is that thoughtful, caring and really knows her color. I appreciate the years of experience she brings with her and her knowledge of the business. She also knew the keeping the youthfulness of my color was important and I really appreciated how she didn't push her thoughts on me and allowed me to feel very comfortable. The cut she gave me is amazing! I've always spent so much time with my hair and I literally get up and scrunch it or turn it upside down and it looks terrific. There are tons of places around here - all much more expensive, trying to be very hip and cool. For me, Arena is the only place on the Lower East Side worth it.

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★★★★★

Read about Rena from Citysearch after a year-long stay in Napa, CA where my hair was absolutely fried due to the dry weather. Walked in off the street last week and met Rena and she sat down with me, and we discussed options with color, dealng with the dryness and gray hair. Made an appointment for the following day. Rena told me that she had thought about my hair and repaired my hair and cut it. She took three hours with me and when I walked out, I really felt like I had been taken care of by a family member - she is that thoughtful, caring and really knows her color. I appreciate the years of experience she brings with her and her knowledge of the business. She also knew the keeping the youthfulness of my color was important and I really appreciated how she didn't push her thoughts on me and allowed me to feel very comfortable. The cut she gave me is amazing! I've always spent so much time with my hair and I literally get up and scrunch it or turn it upside down and it looks terrific. There are tons of places around here - all much more expensive, trying to be very hip and cool. For me, Arena is the only place on the Lower East Side worth it.

Pros: Professional, thoughtful color and cut

Cons: NONE

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A roommate of mine came home one day with a fabulous haircut. I said and asked,"Wow, where did you go? It looks amazing". She mentioned that she went to Arena Salon and got her haircut by Destiny. Automatically I looked up the website and made an appointment. Ever since that day Destiny has been my hair stylist. With an amazing personality and perfection she gives exactly what you ask for.

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★★★★★

A roommate of mine came home one day with a fabulous haircut. I said and asked,"Wow, where did you go? It looks amazing". She mentioned that she went to Arena Salon and got her haircut by Destiny. Automatically I looked up the website and made an appointment. Ever since that day Destiny has been my hair stylist. With an amazing personality and perfection she gives exactly what you ask for.

Pros: Arena Hair salon is comfortable and affordable

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As you walk into Arena, this little hair salon located in the Lower East Side, you are greeted by the charming owner, Rena, and the positive atmosphere. Destiny, the adorable girl from Florida, has cut my hair countless times. She has a great sense of style and always listens to what I want. Des?? input is always worthy of considering, since she knows what she is doing. Her personality lights the already exuberant salon. I am unable to imagine getting my hair done anywhere else!

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As you walk into Arena, this little hair salon located in the Lower East Side, you are greeted by the charming owner, Rena, and the positive atmosphere. Destiny, the adorable girl from Florida, has cut my hair countless times. She has a great sense of style and always listens to what I want. Des?? input is always worthy of considering, since she knows what she is doing. Her personality lights the already exuberant salon. I am unable to imagine getting my hair done anywhere else!

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I have been going to Rena for 10 years now. I started with highlights to give my hair that special 'pop'. Now, Rena has helped me embrace my 'white' hairs with her amazing blending technique. I always walk out of the salon feeling like a new woman. Thank you, Rena!

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★★★★★

I have been going to Rena for 10 years now. I started with highlights to give my hair that special 'pop'. Now, Rena has helped me embrace my 'white' hairs with her amazing blending technique. I always walk out of the salon feeling like a new woman. Thank you, Rena!

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I have never written a review about a salon before but i just couldn't help myself!! I had my hair done at Arena and i am thrilled! Irene did my highlights and for once; someone got it right. Being a brunette usually means brassy highlights- and Irene gave me the beautiful caramel color i was looking for!!! She therefore
restored my eagerness in getting highlights!!! I will definitely be going back to this salon.

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I have never written a review about a salon before but i just couldn't help myself!! I had my hair done at Arena and i am thrilled! Irene did my highlights and for once; someone got it right. Being a brunette usually means brassy highlights- and Irene gave me the beautiful caramel color i was looking for!!! She therefore
restored my eagerness in getting highlights!!! I will definitely be going back to this salon.

Pros: Irene, Irene, and Irene.

Cons: none

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It was my second time getting my hair highlighted by Arnulfo and I have to say he does a truly amazing job. I'm blond, and i tend to hate when blond highlights are very obvious. I told Arnulfo exactly what i wanted (bright, beachier blond without the chunkiness of normal highlights) and he gave me just that; amazing highlights that brightened up my hair without making it look fake. I have gotten tons of compliments on the color, and even people in the street ask me 1) if my color is natural, 2) who did it.
So, I would have to say, any blonds out there looking for an amazing colorist who listens and understand what you want (and what you need!) visit Arnulfo at Arena

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It was my second time getting my hair highlighted by Arnulfo and I have to say he does a truly amazing job. I'm blond, and i tend to hate when blond highlights are very obvious. I told Arnulfo exactly what i wanted (bright, beachier blond without the chunkiness of normal highlights) and he gave me just that; amazing highlights that brightened up my hair without making it look fake. I have gotten tons of compliments on the color, and even people in the street ask me 1) if my color is natural, 2) who did it.
So, I would have to say, any blonds out there looking for an amazing colorist who listens and understand what you want (and what you need!) visit Arnulfo at Arena

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I went to Rena on the recommendation of a friend who's hair looked incredible. I had been going to a place on the upper east side for years and had more and more trouble booking an appointment, as the colorist took more and more time off. I was wary of going to someone new, but Rena took time, explained everything and I am thrilled at the results! I cannot stop looking at my hair! For the first time in years it looks healthy and the style she gave me makes me look 10 years younger!!! I met Destiny and Arnulfo who were very nice. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.
I will definitely be going to Rena from now on!

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★★★★★

I went to Rena on the recommendation of a friend who's hair looked incredible. I had been going to a place on the upper east side for years and had more and more trouble booking an appointment, as the colorist took more and more time off. I was wary of going to someone new, but Rena took time, explained everything and I am thrilled at the results! I cannot stop looking at my hair! For the first time in years it looks healthy and the style she gave me makes me look 10 years younger!!! I met Destiny and Arnulfo who were very nice. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.
I will definitely be going to Rena from now on!

Pros: Wonderful experience. What can I say?

Cons: none

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For years I had been coloring my hair trying to make it look "natural" (i.e. covering the gray). As I got more and more gray hair, my single-process color (I was trying to get back to my natural dark brown) looked over-dyed, especially once I had to color every three weeks to cover my roots. I was also damaging my hair by blowing it out every time I shampooed in an attempt to tame my natural wave. Searching for a better way, I found Arena's website, and was intrigued by Rena's technique of using multi-color highlights to blend -- but not cover -- the gray (or, as Rena would say, silver) hairs. I went in with pronounced roots showing, ready for a radical change. Rena gave me blond and caramel highlights,and DID NOT color the roots. Then, she cut my hair to enhance my natural wave and curls. Amazingly, even though Rena did not color the roots, the multi color highlights masked my root line. Even though I still had some silver (and even some white) hairs, the overall effect was that of expensively highlighted hair. The cut helped too, as my natural wave lessened the effect of the root line (I had been wearing my hair parted in the middle and pulled back -- to tame the wave, with the unintended and unwanted effect of drawing attention to the root line). Yes, I knew pulling my hair back was not the best style, and yes, I had had other stylists try to cut my hair "natural" and curly, but the results were so unflattering, that I resorted to blowing my hair out and pulling it back. I loved the color immediately -- it took a few days (or even a few weeks) to get used to the curls. But I got so many compliments on the style and the color that I will never go back to blowing my hair out again, or to a single-process color. I don't think I would have been ready to accept my natural texture without a great cut, and certainly not without the great color. Rena is truly awesome.

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★★★★★

For years I had been coloring my hair trying to make it look "natural" (i.e. covering the gray). As I got more and more gray hair, my single-process color (I was trying to get back to my natural dark brown) looked over-dyed, especially once I had to color every three weeks to cover my roots. I was also damaging my hair by blowing it out every time I shampooed in an attempt to tame my natural wave. Searching for a better way, I found Arena's website, and was intrigued by Rena's technique of using multi-color highlights to blend -- but not cover -- the gray (or, as Rena would say, silver) hairs. I went in with pronounced roots showing, ready for a radical change. Rena gave me blond and caramel highlights,and DID NOT color the roots. Then, she cut my hair to enhance my natural wave and curls. Amazingly, even though Rena did not color the roots, the multi color highlights masked my root line. Even though I still had some silver (and even some white) hairs, the overall effect was that of expensively highlighted hair. The cut helped too, as my natural wave lessened the effect of the root line (I had been wearing my hair parted in the middle and pulled back -- to tame the wave, with the unintended and unwanted effect of drawing attention to the root line). Yes, I knew pulling my hair back was not the best style, and yes, I had had other stylists try to cut my hair "natural" and curly, but the results were so unflattering, that I resorted to blowing my hair out and pulling it back. I loved the color immediately -- it took a few days (or even a few weeks) to get used to the curls. But I got so many compliments on the style and the color that I will never go back to blowing my hair out again, or to a single-process color. I don't think I would have been ready to accept my natural texture without a great cut, and certainly not without the great color. Rena is truly awesome.

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I began going to Arena for color and cut after many years of getting highlights that just never looked quite right. I saw a woman with beautiful highlights in the park and asked her for the name of her stylist and have been having Rena do my color and cut for the last 9 years. Rena does the most natural and beautiful highlights using many different shades of color. Her cuts are amazing too....she has been giving me a soft layered cut that always looks great without requiring a lot of work. I can't say enough about how fabulous Rena is. In addition, I always look forward to my appointments...the salon is peaceful, serene replete with green tea and good conversation.

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★★★★★

I began going to Arena for color and cut after many years of getting highlights that just never looked quite right. I saw a woman with beautiful highlights in the park and asked her for the name of her stylist and have been having Rena do my color and cut for the last 9 years. Rena does the most natural and beautiful highlights using many different shades of color. Her cuts are amazing too....she has been giving me a soft layered cut that always looks great without requiring a lot of work. I can't say enough about how fabulous Rena is. In addition, I always look forward to my appointments...the salon is peaceful, serene replete with green tea and good conversation.

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His name is Arnulfo. He is a talented hair colorists and sylist. He just has the knowledge. He makes me look great. He gives me a very natural look......... soft and real.

The salon is small & fun. The design of the place is a delight. The owner Rena has great taste. I really like the artwork and walls. it is a great place to have your hair done. The music ranges.

It is no frills but so is the price and the most important part is that Arnulfo is as talented as any person could be.

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★★★★☆

His name is Arnulfo. He is a talented hair colorists and sylist. He just has the knowledge. He makes me look great. He gives me a very natural look......... soft and real.

The salon is small & fun. The design of the place is a delight. The owner Rena has great taste. I really like the artwork and walls. it is a great place to have your hair done. The music ranges.

It is no frills but so is the price and the most important part is that Arnulfo is as talented as any person could be.

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A friend of mine recommended this place to me because my hair was screaming for help. It was a totally different experience for me walking into this salon from the others I have tried, super cozy and a warm friendly reception from everyone there. Olga highlighted & styled my mangled nest into something that couldn't stop me from staring in the mirror because my hair looked amazing! which it hadn't in ages...The color & style was exactly what I wanted, so I went back before my vacation and am going again next month. If you get a chance definitely give this place a try-you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★☆

A friend of mine recommended this place to me because my hair was screaming for help. It was a totally different experience for me walking into this salon from the others I have tried, super cozy and a warm friendly reception from everyone there. Olga highlighted & styled my mangled nest into something that couldn't stop me from staring in the mirror because my hair looked amazing! which it hadn't in ages...The color & style was exactly what I wanted, so I went back before my vacation and am going again next month. If you get a chance definitely give this place a try-you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Professional staff & environment, great service, location (close to F train)

Cons: none

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After my experience at this salon, I will never trust another magazine or online review again. Lesson learned.

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After my experience at this salon, I will never trust another magazine or online review again. Lesson learned.

Pros: Arnulfo, receptionist, decor, and NO WAITING

Cons: over-priced "trims" - essentially what I got!

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I have followed Rena around for fifteen years here in new york, from salon to salon, finally her own salon arena, reflecting warmth,and calmness, and very friendly and efficient staff. especially Erica who would always wash my hair, now a stylist and color.
I have always loved my haircuts,and color that Rena does for me the best haircut and color i have ever had, friends always comment on how great my hair looks, i always feel like a new women to face the world, London born smiling Rena has created a beautiful saloon,with vibrant colors and a great atmosphere. The place to go for that great haircut and color. I look forward to my next appontment . so highly recommend ARENA SALON.

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★★★★★

I have followed Rena around for fifteen years here in new york, from salon to salon, finally her own salon arena, reflecting warmth,and calmness, and very friendly and efficient staff. especially Erica who would always wash my hair, now a stylist and color.
I have always loved my haircuts,and color that Rena does for me the best haircut and color i have ever had, friends always comment on how great my hair looks, i always feel like a new women to face the world, London born smiling Rena has created a beautiful saloon,with vibrant colors and a great atmosphere. The place to go for that great haircut and color. I look forward to my next appontment . so highly recommend ARENA SALON.

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I have been using Rena for about ten years now. I was so happy when she finally opened her own space. It is the epitome of who she is. Cozy in feeling, very personable, and wonderfully easy going. I have never felt that she has sacrificed professionalism to create and encourage this environment. I feel like I am part of the family when I enter her shop. It's rare to experience this in New York. I was referred to her by a colleague years ago and have been addicted ever since to her great cuts, and her warmth. Thanks Rena. Keep up the good work.

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★★★★☆

I have been using Rena for about ten years now. I was so happy when she finally opened her own space. It is the epitome of who she is. Cozy in feeling, very personable, and wonderfully easy going. I have never felt that she has sacrificed professionalism to create and encourage this environment. I feel like I am part of the family when I enter her shop. It's rare to experience this in New York. I was referred to her by a colleague years ago and have been addicted ever since to her great cuts, and her warmth. Thanks Rena. Keep up the good work.

Pros: Lovely environment in a great neighborhood worth exploring

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I have never written a review of a salon before, but felt I had to after my last visit there. I was referred to this salon by a friend who got a great short haircut from one of the female stylists there at a good price (I think around $70.) After I made my first appt. with one of the male stylists, my friend had another haircut with the same person, and this time, it wasn't good. The stlist didn't listen so well the second time around, and her short hair looked muchmore matronly the second time around, so my friend never went back. Despite the caeveat she gave me, I went anyway, and had a pretty bad first experience. The stylist was 30 minutes late, and did not cut my hair anything like the photo I gave him. Still, I went back, and the second cut was much better, so I thought, good! We're on the same page and I have now found someone who can cut hair well at a decent price. So I just recently went in for a trim, and -- like the first time! -- the stylist did not listen to me or seem to care about my concerns, and cut my bangs completely differently from how I came in with them. They were sideswept, but he chopped them short and very piecey. I now look like my fifth grade photo with bangs so short I have to slick them back. (FYI - at one point, I said, "Stop cutting!" I have *never* used these words with someone who is cutting my hair!) I tipped the dude anyway, but I won't be back. I will be paying for my haircuts now -- a $70 NYC haircut isn't worth it if you have to feel like you're bothering someone to get them to give you a decent haircut. *Very* uneven service.

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★★☆☆☆

I have never written a review of a salon before, but felt I had to after my last visit there. I was referred to this salon by a friend who got a great short haircut from one of the female stylists there at a good price (I think around $70.) After I made my first appt. with one of the male stylists, my friend had another haircut with the same person, and this time, it wasn't good. The stlist didn't listen so well the second time around, and her short hair looked muchmore matronly the second time around, so my friend never went back. Despite the caeveat she gave me, I went anyway, and had a pretty bad first experience. The stylist was 30 minutes late, and did not cut my hair anything like the photo I gave him. Still, I went back, and the second cut was much better, so I thought, good! We're on the same page and I have now found someone who can cut hair well at a decent price. So I just recently went in for a trim, and -- like the first time! -- the stylist did not listen to me or seem to care about my concerns, and cut my bangs completely differently from how I came in with them. They were sideswept, but he chopped them short and very piecey. I now look like my fifth grade photo with bangs so short I have to slick them back. (FYI - at one point, I said, "Stop cutting!" I have *never* used these words with someone who is cutting my hair!) I tipped the dude anyway, but I won't be back. I will be paying for my haircuts now -- a $70 NYC haircut isn't worth it if you have to feel like you're bothering someone to get them to give you a decent haircut. *Very* uneven service.

Cons: I almost fell on hair that hadn't been cleaned off the floor prior to my haircut

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This place is a gem. I have been going for years and never had a disappointing haircut. My stylist is Arnulfo. He truly listens to what you want and delivers a beautiful cut. I have pin straight hair, yet he is able to make it come to life with gorgeous soft layers. Plus, the cut tends to have lasting power and very easy to style when you are on the go. I love this place!

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★★★★★

This place is a gem. I have been going for years and never had a disappointing haircut. My stylist is Arnulfo. He truly listens to what you want and delivers a beautiful cut. I have pin straight hair, yet he is able to make it come to life with gorgeous soft layers. Plus, the cut tends to have lasting power and very easy to style when you are on the go. I love this place!

Pros: Attentive, Cozy Space, Quality Cut

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When I first moved to the East Village from Maryland, I had no idea where to get my hair done. I tried a place next to my apt called "Parlor". The woman did an awful job and my hilites turned out brassy and orange. $150 later I was not happy. 5 months went by and I decided to give another place a try. I randomly picked Arena on citysearch, based on everyone's awesome reviews. They were right. This place is non-pretentious, cozy and do the most amazing cuts and color. I go to Arnulfo. I bring in a picture and he will match it exactly. I recently moved all the way uptown but refuse to go anywhere else. Prices arent cheap, but every dollar is well worth it. You must go!

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★★★★★

When I first moved to the East Village from Maryland, I had no idea where to get my hair done. I tried a place next to my apt called "Parlor". The woman did an awful job and my hilites turned out brassy and orange. $150 later I was not happy. 5 months went by and I decided to give another place a try. I randomly picked Arena on citysearch, based on everyone's awesome reviews. They were right. This place is non-pretentious, cozy and do the most amazing cuts and color. I go to Arnulfo. I bring in a picture and he will match it exactly. I recently moved all the way uptown but refuse to go anywhere else. Prices arent cheap, but every dollar is well worth it. You must go!

Pros: cozy, great stylists, warm atmosphere, amazing cuts and color

Cons: nothing!

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I've never gotten so many compliments on my highlights (Erica) and Cut (Arnulfo). Having a great salon on the LES is a bonus

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★★★★★

I've never gotten so many compliments on my highlights (Erica) and Cut (Arnulfo). Having a great salon on the LES is a bonus

Pros: Great environment, no attitude, nothing but great things to say about Arena Salon

Cons: None

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I go to Arena once every two months for highlights, retouching, or a complete overhaul.
Erica and Rena are the best, and I've tried many places throughout NYC. The prices are decent, the service is great, and the results are why I keep going back.

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★★★★★

I go to Arena once every two months for highlights, retouching, or a complete overhaul.
Erica and Rena are the best, and I've tried many places throughout NYC. The prices are decent, the service is great, and the results are why I keep going back.

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I've been going to Rena for many years. I've had more compliments on my highlights than I can even begin to count -- I wouldn't go to another salon (well, there was that time while we were living in Paris but I was miserable and my hair was orange). I've sent friends to Arena and only ever heard great things back. The salon is marvelous, the people lovely, the neighborhood great -- and Rena is a very special woman indeed. I highly recommend this salon!

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★★★★★

I've been going to Rena for many years. I've had more compliments on my highlights than I can even begin to count -- I wouldn't go to another salon (well, there was that time while we were living in Paris but I was miserable and my hair was orange). I've sent friends to Arena and only ever heard great things back. The salon is marvelous, the people lovely, the neighborhood great -- and Rena is a very special woman indeed. I highly recommend this salon!

Pros: great conversation

Cons: can't think of one.....

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I could not believe the personal attention at Arena. It was amazing. Unlike many other salons, Arena is small, quaint and the staff is very friendly. I felt like I belonged the minute I walked in. And, while I was having my hair done, I wasn't bothered by people constantly walking around distracting me. No one was pushing other services on me either. It was all about my hair. As a 55 year old woman, I had decided that the constant dying was unhealthy, and the vistits every 4 to 5 weeks to the salon was becoming too much a part of my life. I met someone who had been to Arena and she looked so great that I just called and made the appointment. Then I took the plunge and decided to "embrace" my grays. Rena talked to me about my decision, and she's fantastic, by the way. Arnulfo, my colorist and stylist was very sensitive and he did an absolutely great job with my color. When I got home, I called to tell him and thank him. Oh and by the way, my haircut was the best haircut I've had in years!! Actually, I can't remember a better haircut. I come from Long Island. I took the LIRR and the subway down to 2nd Avenue. It's was completely worth it!

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★★★★★

I could not believe the personal attention at Arena. It was amazing. Unlike many other salons, Arena is small, quaint and the staff is very friendly. I felt like I belonged the minute I walked in. And, while I was having my hair done, I wasn't bothered by people constantly walking around distracting me. No one was pushing other services on me either. It was all about my hair. As a 55 year old woman, I had decided that the constant dying was unhealthy, and the vistits every 4 to 5 weeks to the salon was becoming too much a part of my life. I met someone who had been to Arena and she looked so great that I just called and made the appointment. Then I took the plunge and decided to "embrace" my grays. Rena talked to me about my decision, and she's fantastic, by the way. Arnulfo, my colorist and stylist was very sensitive and he did an absolutely great job with my color. When I got home, I called to tell him and thank him. Oh and by the way, my haircut was the best haircut I've had in years!! Actually, I can't remember a better haircut. I come from Long Island. I took the LIRR and the subway down to 2nd Avenue. It's was completely worth it!

Pros: Personal attention, professional staff

Cons: None

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Hey NYC. ok I have been having my hair cut...and yes even colored occasionally (I am NOT a metrosexual!!!) by Erica at Arena for a few years, before Arena in fact. I am a man. I do not spend a lot of time thinking about my hair. Sports yes - hair no. I go once every 6 weeks when I start looking scruffy, buy whatever she says I need out of the shower, one product is my limit thanks, and thats it. I dont style it, blowdry it, nothing. Id like to think I look pretty good, girls dont laugh at me I get dates and that is good enough for me. But I recently had to go to London at the last minute for a big meeting, I didnt have time to get a cut so I went to a respectable looking salon there.
Cut to me spending a sat. afternoon writing this to kiss up in the most humble possible way. Dude I did not think it was even possible to do such horrible things to a haircut like mine. Oh but leave it to the Brits.. (disclaimer: Just kidding I love the U>K>) I was so embarassed when I walked in to have her fix it. As always she was cool as hell, although once or twice I did see a look cross her face that seemed to say " I hope that you have learned a valuable lesson from all this" I dunno that could have just been my imagination..Erica I love ya I HAVE learned my lesson!! Thank you

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★★★★★

Hey NYC. ok I have been having my hair cut...and yes even colored occasionally (I am NOT a metrosexual!!!) by Erica at Arena for a few years, before Arena in fact. I am a man. I do not spend a lot of time thinking about my hair. Sports yes - hair no. I go once every 6 weeks when I start looking scruffy, buy whatever she says I need out of the shower, one product is my limit thanks, and thats it. I dont style it, blowdry it, nothing. Id like to think I look pretty good, girls dont laugh at me I get dates and that is good enough for me. But I recently had to go to London at the last minute for a big meeting, I didnt have time to get a cut so I went to a respectable looking salon there.
Cut to me spending a sat. afternoon writing this to kiss up in the most humble possible way. Dude I did not think it was even possible to do such horrible things to a haircut like mine. Oh but leave it to the Brits.. (disclaimer: Just kidding I love the U>K>) I was so embarassed when I walked in to have her fix it. As always she was cool as hell, although once or twice I did see a look cross her face that seemed to say " I hope that you have learned a valuable lesson from all this" I dunno that could have just been my imagination..Erica I love ya I HAVE learned my lesson!! Thank you

Pros: She has this incredibly HOT tall blonde friend who visits on occasion its a bonus!

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I just got the fiercest cut and color EVER!! I am asian so getting color to come out right is tricky. This chick went off on my locks the color is insane! I honestly didnt think it was possible on my hair. And the cut...lets say I am miserable to be around these days because I think I am sooo hot. Ha Ha shes the best

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★★★★★

I just got the fiercest cut and color EVER!! I am asian so getting color to come out right is tricky. This chick went off on my locks the color is insane! I honestly didnt think it was possible on my hair. And the cut...lets say I am miserable to be around these days because I think I am sooo hot. Ha Ha shes the best

Pros: I look Awesome

Cons: I feel like Im cooler than all my friends....well

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I could not say enough good things about this place in a month of Sundays. I know that it is just HAIR but when its not right it throws off your whole game, you know. My hair was over processed to the point of being a color not known to nature ....which of course meant it was in horrid condition, plus it just wouldnt lay right. A friend recommended ERICA POTENTE at ARENA. I couldnt be more thrilled to have found her and this place, not only did she fix my whole 'dreadlocked Barbie' thing I had going, she did it BEAUTIFULLY! This is hands down THE BEST COLORIST I HAVE EVER BEEN TO! no lie. Besides that my haircut is phenomonal! I dont know what she did, but all of a sudden my hair falls in just the right place. Everywhere I go people are gushing about my hair...and you know I love every second of it. And I cant stop gushing about ERICA. The whole salon is fabulous. Small but cool with a great vibe.
CHECK IT OUT...your follicles will thank you.

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★★★★★

I could not say enough good things about this place in a month of Sundays. I know that it is just HAIR but when its not right it throws off your whole game, you know. My hair was over processed to the point of being a color not known to nature ....which of course meant it was in horrid condition, plus it just wouldnt lay right. A friend recommended ERICA POTENTE at ARENA. I couldnt be more thrilled to have found her and this place, not only did she fix my whole 'dreadlocked Barbie' thing I had going, she did it BEAUTIFULLY! This is hands down THE BEST COLORIST I HAVE EVER BEEN TO! no lie. Besides that my haircut is phenomonal! I dont know what she did, but all of a sudden my hair falls in just the right place. Everywhere I go people are gushing about my hair...and you know I love every second of it. And I cant stop gushing about ERICA. The whole salon is fabulous. Small but cool with a great vibe.
CHECK IT OUT...your follicles will thank you.

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My daughter insisted I come to see a colorist at this salon named Erica. I was reluctant at first. It is a very nice place but a little funkier than where I would normally go. When I walked out of there I felt like a new woman. Erica was wonderful. She colored it in a whole new way. Not only does it look natural and gorgeous, but she explained that with the method she used I wont have to come in for a touch up for 6 to 8 weeks as opposed to every 3 weeks. I had to see that to believe it, but she was right. I plan to continue to have my hair cut by my regular stylist but I will never go to anyone else for my color again, she really is that good.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Vivian West

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★★★★★

My daughter insisted I come to see a colorist at this salon named Erica. I was reluctant at first. It is a very nice place but a little funkier than where I would normally go. When I walked out of there I felt like a new woman. Erica was wonderful. She colored it in a whole new way. Not only does it look natural and gorgeous, but she explained that with the method she used I wont have to come in for a touch up for 6 to 8 weeks as opposed to every 3 weeks. I had to see that to believe it, but she was right. I plan to continue to have my hair cut by my regular stylist but I will never go to anyone else for my color again, she really is that good.
Sincerely,
Mrs. Vivian West

Pros: I look better than I have in years

Cons: Not a lot of parking

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I used to see Serene at this salon and I was happy with her, not thrilled but it was sufficient. When she left, my color was startin to look scary so I tried Erica. %@?!&! I couldnt believe it, she blows Serene out of the water!! Thats all I can say, shes a friggin genius. And I know I have paid 3x the price for a not even a quarter of the quality, not even close. Salon is real cool too. No attitude, hip, you can get an appointment. Not for long. That bites but oh well. What am I gonna do her hair coloring skills are right up there with God's

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★★★★★

I used to see Serene at this salon and I was happy with her, not thrilled but it was sufficient. When she left, my color was startin to look scary so I tried Erica. %@?!&! I couldnt believe it, she blows Serene out of the water!! Thats all I can say, shes a friggin genius. And I know I have paid 3x the price for a not even a quarter of the quality, not even close. Salon is real cool too. No attitude, hip, you can get an appointment. Not for long. That bites but oh well. What am I gonna do her hair coloring skills are right up there with God's

Pros: Erica Rocks

Cons: I didnt find out sooner

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I have very curly, difficult to manage hair and tried so many places around the city before finding Arena Salon. Rena cut my hair in such a way that it's easy to style and looks great. I finally love my hair again. Rena is truly a talented stylist.

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★★★★★

I have very curly, difficult to manage hair and tried so many places around the city before finding Arena Salon. Rena cut my hair in such a way that it's easy to style and looks great. I finally love my hair again. Rena is truly a talented stylist.

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I have been going to Aveda in Soho for a few years now and think they do a great job but was getting a little bored and wanted to try something new - I tried this place and thought they did a great job! Arnulfo definitley did what was good for my hair - will definitely keep coming back

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★★★★★

I have been going to Aveda in Soho for a few years now and think they do a great job but was getting a little bored and wanted to try something new - I tried this place and thought they did a great job! Arnulfo definitley did what was good for my hair - will definitely keep coming back

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I love arena the salon is so cute and staff is so cool. My hair was such a mess when I first went in. Erica has been doing my color and she has transformed my hair. It is no longer fryed and dry. They know what there talking about over at arena. Working on the natural base is the way to go. My hair is healthy and shinning again I love it. Leave the crazy double process behind.

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★★★★★

I love arena the salon is so cute and staff is so cool. My hair was such a mess when I first went in. Erica has been doing my color and she has transformed my hair. It is no longer fryed and dry. They know what there talking about over at arena. Working on the natural base is the way to go. My hair is healthy and shinning again I love it. Leave the crazy double process behind.

Pros: good offers, educated staff

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Absoulutely loved the place and the people. Erica did a wonderful job with my highlights, so natural I felt as though I had them forever. Very talented and skilled stylist! They were extremely hospitable. The entire atmosphere was so cozy, I was right at home. Will never go anyplace else.

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★★★★★

Absoulutely loved the place and the people. Erica did a wonderful job with my highlights, so natural I felt as though I had them forever. Very talented and skilled stylist! They were extremely hospitable. The entire atmosphere was so cozy, I was right at home. Will never go anyplace else.

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Rena has to be the best at highlights in the city.
On each occasion I have been to her salon I walk out feeling fabulous.
she has always listened to what I want with color and when I have let her do her own thing with my cut ,it has always transformed me and made me look modern as well as younger.
I wouldn't go anywhere else now!

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★★★★★

Rena has to be the best at highlights in the city.
On each occasion I have been to her salon I walk out feeling fabulous.
she has always listened to what I want with color and when I have let her do her own thing with my cut ,it has always transformed me and made me look modern as well as younger.
I wouldn't go anywhere else now!

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I recently got my color done by erica. She gave me the best highlighs I have ever had. She really knows what she is doing.

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★★★★★

I recently got my color done by erica. She gave me the best highlighs I have ever had. She really knows what she is doing.

Pros: good price, educated colorist

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Erica was so cool. This was my first time getting highlights with her. She made me feel very comfortable....so good that I forgot I was changing my hair color. The outcome was phenomenal. I was a totally new person! WOW! Compliments all over the place.....from friends...family....people I didn't even know!.....WOW!

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★★★★★

Erica was so cool. This was my first time getting highlights with her. She made me feel very comfortable....so good that I forgot I was changing my hair color. The outcome was phenomenal. I was a totally new person! WOW! Compliments all over the place.....from friends...family....people I didn't even know!.....WOW!

Pros: comfort, trust, outcome

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My appt was with Rena the owner, she took her time and really listened to me. The end result was a fresh cut and color! Plus some education about how to take care of my hair.

Rena cut my hair as it air dried. A fantastic idea so that when you dont have the time to style, itll air dry looking as fabulous as it did in the salon; in fact, I thought that the appt was over when my hair was dry and she was done cutting (it looked great), but she went on to discuss the results with me, add more color streaks and then style it something fierce...I did not know that my hair could do that! I felt like a diva when I left!

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★★★★★

My appt was with Rena the owner, she took her time and really listened to me. The end result was a fresh cut and color! Plus some education about how to take care of my hair.

Rena cut my hair as it air dried. A fantastic idea so that when you dont have the time to style, itll air dry looking as fabulous as it did in the salon; in fact, I thought that the appt was over when my hair was dry and she was done cutting (it looked great), but she went on to discuss the results with me, add more color streaks and then style it something fierce...I did not know that my hair could do that! I felt like a diva when I left!

Pros: peaceful atmosphere, cut/color technique

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Rena Anastasi doesn't just cut or color hair: there is a whole philosophy behind it, a whole school of thoughts!
-"Love your hair, resepct them, treat them well and you will be rewarded..."
On top of that, when she cut or color, she cut REALLY well, and the colors...well, those who go there knows it, there is no one like her.

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★★★★★

Rena Anastasi doesn't just cut or color hair: there is a whole philosophy behind it, a whole school of thoughts!
-"Love your hair, resepct them, treat them well and you will be rewarded..."
On top of that, when she cut or color, she cut REALLY well, and the colors...well, those who go there knows it, there is no one like her.

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Arena's staff have the capabilities of highly skilled professional stylists in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. You don't need to be anything but who you are in this salon - no pretenses. One stylists, Serene, is quite a visionary and offers a complete hair care plan, not just a cut and out the door!

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★★★★★

Arena's staff have the capabilities of highly skilled professional stylists in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. You don't need to be anything but who you are in this salon - no pretenses. One stylists, Serene, is quite a visionary and offers a complete hair care plan, not just a cut and out the door!

 

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