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Dianne Nola

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  • 538 Irving St
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    United States
    415.786.6402
  • (Rated 5/5 based on 25 Reviews)
  • http://www.nolastudio.com

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Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Diane is a real pro. She is the first (and quite possibly the last) stylist who is able to figure out my hair.

Here’s my story: I have dark 3b curls that are very curly, very fine, and very frizzy. I could never figure out what to do with them. I only wore my hair down when straightened. I secretly hated my hair. Many a stylist have promised that they have “just the look / cut / product” for me, and it always ended up a disaster.

When I found Diane on naturallylcurly I didn’t expect any miracles. And I was dead wrong because what happened next was pretty magical. Diane gave me my first curly haircut in February 2014, taught me the abc-s of curly hair care, gave me the right products… and the world was never the same. My hair is forming tight, bouncy, shiny curls that look fabulous in the morning, after 12 hours at the office, at the gym, after a transatlantic flight, after a backpacking trip... My hair is healthy and perky. My haircut fits my lifestyle well, and frames my face beautifully. It only takes a few minutes to get ready in the morning. I get compliments on my hairstyle all the time. 

I couldn't be happier with Diane's work. Even my non-curly friends ask if they can see my stylist too :)

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

As someone with curly (3B/C) hair, I have been to many stylists over the years, and I have to say that Dianne is the best. She really understands and studies curly hair, and her very informative web site shows that. She also is a great listener and truly takes the time to hear what you have to say about your hair. I have been to her twice now. The first time I went, she had to correct the very weird cut that had been inflicted on me by a previous stylist. I had never had my hair cut dry before, and I think it makes a huge difference in the quality of the cut. The second time I went (a couple of days ago), four months had passed since my original cut. My hair still looked really good, and just needed some shaping and trimming to look even better than the first time. I have never been able to go that long between cuts which shows what a good cut it was to start with. I am now a true believer in not only dry cutting for my hair, but a true believer in Dianne as well!

The atmosphere in the salon is very relaxing and has zero pretension. Dianne is very focused on making my hair look its best. What more could a person want?!

REVIEWED BY: AnnePR  |  9.20.14

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I wanted a big change - a super short, asymmetrical change. I knew that if I went to a cheaper hair salon or one without a stylist who knew curly hair, it would likely end up a disaster. So I looked up stylists here and emailed Dianne. Getting my hair cut by Dianne was wonderful. She took the time to listen to me and what I wanted, and having someone with experience with curly hair and its wiley ways was invaluable. I had a great time even though the appointment ran long, she was super nice and fun to talk to, and I am so glad I booked an appointment with her! It was totally worth the money!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne is a wonderful curly hair stylist. My hair always looks great after the cut and lasts for a long time afterwards. I've only done wet cuts with her so far, but am considering splurging on a dry cut. I highly recommend her services.

REVIEWED BY: sfgoose  |  8.4.14

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I have been going to Dianne for years now and I love what she does with my curls. I started out getting traditional wet cuts, but decided to try a dry cut after hearing rave reviews from curly-haired friends. Whoa - my hair looked fabulous - and not just the day Dianne worked her magic. For me, the difference was in how the cut grew out - the dry cut held its shape perfectly and was incredibly easy to take care of. Also Dianne is easy to talk to and listens carefully to what you want. She is so knowledgable about curly hair - I would not dream of going anywhere else!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I refer to my first haircut with Dianne as my "life-changing haircut." And I'm not kidding! For the first time, I regularly wear my hair down; I feel glamorous; and my hair's full potential has been unleashed :) I found Dianne after years of trying different curly hair specialists--I even went to the fancy Devachan salon in SoHo, New York--and the haircut I got from Dianne was WAY better. I have been to her twice--my second haircut was equally fantastic. Dianne truly listens and hears what you want and makes sure she understands, plus she is not afraid to offer her expert advice on what will look best. Dianne is far and away the more gifted, professional and superb stylist whom I have encountered. And she has a lovely and low-key manner; it's a delight to be her client. So, in short, I highly recommend Dianne. Go see her and you'll also get a life-changing haircut :)

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne is amazing! I had never been to a curly hair specialist before. She knew exactly what to do with my curly, thinning, sometimes out of control hair. Not easy. My hair has never looked this good! Dianne took the time to find out what I really wanted in a cut, but since she’s the expert, I left it up to her. Glad I did! She explained what she was going to do and what I needed to do to keep my hair looking as good as it did when I left the salon. It took some practice, especially with the clips she used. But when I came in to color my gray, she explained again, which helped! I can’t recommend Dianne highly enough. If she can make my hair look this good, she can help anyone!

REVIEWED BY: SFGirl  |  6.25.14

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I just got my hair cut for the first time by Dianne and I am more than pleased with it. She got it 'just right.' I've had 'deva style' haircuts before, but Dianne is in a class of her own. She is a true master: she is extremely knowledgeable, and passionate about curly hair. It is such a difference to have your hair cut by a stylist who is devoted to her profession! I have to drive more than 3 hours to get to her, but I will be returning happily. I really recommend her. You will be getting a haircut that is right for you, and that is not that easy to find!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

After reading all the rave reviews for Dianne, I booked my first-ever dry cut. Wow! She really knows her stuff. I'm new to seriously curly hair - mine got VERY curly over a few months - and I couldn't figure out how to handle it. Dianne knew exactly what to do with my 2C hair: the perfect cut, the right products, and a clear expectation of how to use them. My hair looked perfect for 5 straight days after that cut, and when I wash and style it myself I can go at least 4 days w/o a wash. I love my new hair and so does my family. Even my clients comment on it. Like most curly women I've had my share of TERRIBLE cuts. It's Dianne's dry cuts for me from here on in. I'm so grateful for her!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I have to begin by saying I HATE to get my hair cut and have had nearly waist length hair for most of my life. Every time I'd think to go shorter, I'd get either one great cut and then several awful ones or would end up looking like a poodle. So, going to Dianne when I moved to San Francisco was a pretty anxious experience. To make a long story short- she is terrific, Nice and fun and good music in the background. Takes time and studies you and your hair to figure out what would suit both the hair and the client. Does a fabulous and meticulous job in the cutting and the styling afterwards, and gives great advice re products and hair care. And the result is amazing- my hair and I have never looked better. Furthermore, I have voted with my feet- I go back, I keep it in shape with regular trims/cuts, and enjoy it (no one would believe I'd really say this, but it is true!!) I'd recommend her to anyone, no reservations and lots of enthusiasm!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne kept my length but got rid of my split ends and shaped off the top half of my hair. It looks lovely! She also does this amazing massaging technique which feels GREAT. I would recommend Dianne to anyone in the San Francisco area.

REVIEWED BY: Devri1  |  2.17.14

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne rocks. :-) I knew I could have luscious sexy, beautiful hair. And now I do. Because I found the right stylist. Dianne's cut is the best I've ever had for my hair. The products and routine she recommended are working beautifully. I have absolutely no hairstyling capabilities and now that Dianne has cut my hair even I can manage to do my hair so that, in the words of a friend seeing my new 'do for the first time, I "look like [I] just stepped out of the salon." I had my hair cut just before Christmas, and at the annual family get together, my cousins, aunts, and EVEN MY MOM commented: You look...wow! You look so elegant. Your hair is amazing - what did you do? Where did you go? My mom even went to Dianne to get her hair cut and loved the result (Mom is a tough customer). The family hair is becoming a family affair at Dianne's. I feel gorgeous.

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I am a new client of Dianne's and not one to write reviews but here I go. I wanted to share my experience with others in letting them know Dianne is brilliant. She is very passionate, knowledgeable and creative when it comes to curly hair. I recommend her highly!!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Dianne has cut my hair several times and every cut has been great! I can't say that about anyone else who has cut my hair because Dianne understands curly hair better than anyone else I've ever met. She is exceptionally well trained to cut curly hair, stays up on all the latest techniques and products, is really into her work, and, guess what? She has curly hair, too! Every time she's cut my hair it grows out nicely, as well. I can't say enough positive things about her work--I highly recommend her. And one more thing: her salon is a relaxing and calm place--no pounding music or crazy chatter. It makes a difference.

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

What I like best about Dianne is that she always takes her time to understand how best to cut my hair. Although I have been going to her for nearly a year, each time I go for an appointment she gives me a through consultation before cutting. The extra attention is seen in her impeccable cuts that last and the ability to actually recreate the style back at home. She is extremely knowledgeable about all things curly, and I have so much fun chatting about the latest products and techniques. My curls are more defined than they ever have been, and I regularly receive compliments on my hair. All thanks to Dianne!

REVIEWED BY: acrow  |  10.21.13

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I have been to a variety of stylists that specialize in curly hair but Dianne is by far, the most gifted. She is wonderful! She has the ability to just touch and handle your hair and KNOW the type of layering, length and products that will work best for your specific curly hair type. She has cut my fine and long 3A/B hair twice and on both occasions she gave great tips and spent the time to make sure it was finished properly. My hair looked great the day of the cut and still had an attractive shape months later. I really cannot see myself going anywhere else.

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne took a botched cut with another hair stylist and turned it into a wonderful cut. I got loads of compliments on my hair. She is great.

REVIEWED BY: rdbrown  |  9.14.13

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I am a long time client of Dianne's but her increased expertise with curly hair is amazing! She has a lot of passion for cutting curly hair and she shares a wealth of knowledge and strategies for keeping my hair looking great in between cuts. I've always had wet cuts in the past but recently decided to try a dry cut - it was a really different experience. My curls really came out and Dianne also turned me on to jessicurl products, which I've been enjoying since the dry cut. Dianne fan for life!

REVIEWED BY: heatcar  |  8.5.13

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Even though I had read all of Dianne's reviews here, I was still nervous walking into her salon for my first Deva cut last week. I have gone to the same stylist for 38 years (yes, you read that correctly), and I have always worn my hair in a one-length bob that varies from super short to about chin length. The style has worked well for me, but over the past few years, I have been pining for the curly hair I had as a child. I thought it was gone forever... until I walked into Dianne's studio! Dianne is an amazing stylist. She took her time in studying my hair, cutting it dry and styling it. She talked me through the entire process and taught me about curly-hair products and how to use them. I had a terrible experience with layers years ago, and have stayed far away from them ever since, so for me, getting a Deva cut was a radical move. And even though I was VERY happy with the results, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get the same look at home. Was I ever wrong! Because of Dianne's talent, my hair looks great AND is super-easy to maintain. For me to be this thrilled with a haircut that is so different from anything I have ever had is a testament to Dianne's skill. I would recommend Dianne Nola to anyone looking for a specialist in curly hair. She does outstanding work, her prices are reasonable, and she creates a wonderful atmosphere in the salon with her professionalism and upbeat personality! Thank you, Dianne!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne is simply the best! I was terrified to have my hair cut. Usually when I do I end up going home and fixing it. Which leads to more cutting, which leads to my hair not growing very much and it already takes a long time for it to grow at all. Most people don't know how to cut my hair. I have very fine 3b hair. My hair was a disaster when I went to see Dianne. She spent 2 1/2 hours with me!!! I couldn't believe it! And the cut was so cute. It was almost maintenance free. I spend less time with my hair now and less blow drying time! But most importantly, I had no desire to "fix' it. I even looked hard to see if there was anything out of sorts with the cut and nothing. It's been about 2 weeks now and still no need for fixing! Dianne is a true gem!

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I’ve told my friends for decades, “In my next life I’m coming back tall with curly hair!” Now that Dianne is taking care of my hair I don’t have to wait until my next lifetime to enjoy having “naturally” curly hair. I tortured myself and my hair stylists for years getting “perms.” I thought I had it made when after chemotherapy 15 years ago my hair came back curly … but it didn’t last more than a couple of years … or so I thought. Even before Dianne became a “Deva Curl” specialist she worked wonders with my hair. But since she took the training my hair is as curly if not curlier than right after it first grew back. Now I tell my friends “In my next life I’m coming back as a tall person!” Thanks Dianne for making my dreams come true in this lifetime.

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne has cut and managed my hair for about 15 years. When I get compliments on my curls (even on public transit), I don't just smile and say Thany you! I tell them to go see Dianne, it's all her doing. Dianne knows how to get the best results out of my hair type and produces a great cut that maximizes my wavy, curly hair. My hair has changed over the years and Dianne has always managed to keep my cut looking great. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to improve their hair style.

REVIEWED BY: Nusseyb  |  3.3.13

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

I am so happy to have found Dianne, she has cut my hair twice already and in both occasions my hair turned out amazing and I say it with no doubt that for as long as I live in San Francisco I will be cutting my hair with her. I have always been afraid of experimenting different cuts because I feel it's so easy to mess up a curly hair and make you look like a mushroom cap (this happened to me right before I come to Dianne). I found Dianne while searching online for a Deva Cut, her saloon is ver close to my house so I decided to give it a try and it was one of best decisions I have ever made. She is very knowledgeable about curly hair and will take her time to talk to you and understand what is that you want. I have recommended her to two other friends that are now in love with their curls and with Dianne's work as well.

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

Dianne has been cutting my hair since 2006. Even after I left SF and moved 65 miles north I still return to have her trim this long curly hair of mine- simply because I can't find anyone else who understands curly hair the way she does. Since I was a kid I've had serious frustrations dealing with bad hair cuts and hating curly hair!! I found myself embarrassed and sad on far too many occasions. With a sense of relief I know I can count on a good cut, and one that lasts, when I get out of Dianne's chair. Consistently, for 7 years and counting.

Stylist: Dianne Nola

Rating: Salon Rating: 5 Scissors

For years I struggled to like my curly hair and then I found Dianne! She is an amazingly talented stylist although I really like to think of her as a magician. She miraculously figured out how to cut my hair in a way that promoted the curl, minimized the frizz and shaped it so that it complimented my face and looked as good on day #2 (after sleeping on it and constant exposure to SF’s never-ending wind) as day #1! Sadly, I relocated from the Bay Area to Seattle 6 years ago and have yet to find a stylist that comes close to Dianne’s level of skill and knowledge. I have seriously tried out 10 different stylists over the past 6 years and no one compares (and I even got a really unfortunate mullet once)! Whereas most stylists seem to spend 10-15 minutes cutting my hair, Dianne spends a good 40-45 minutes studying, cutting, assessing and refining. Every time I return to visit the Bay Area, I book an appointment with Dianne to get my hair back to its perfect cut. And I’m really not exaggerating!