Nola Studio

San Francisco, CA
4.1 / 16 Reviews
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Nola Studio

San Francisco, CA
4.1 / 16 Reviews

After 25 years in the beauty industry, Dianne is sought out for her knowledge and enthusiasm. She studied at Devachan in NYC, attaining the Advanced DevaCurl Stylist/Colorist status and has trained under both Lorraine Massey and Denis DaSilva, Co-founders of DevaCurl. She is also certified by Curly Hair Artistry. In 2014, she was interviewed and filmed on NaturallyCurly.com giving a DevaCut. She was also published in the renown trade magazine, Modern Salon, for her usage of Deva products.


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    Achieved DevaCurl certification, our highest level of curl expertise

  • Deva Product Pro

    Completed our online professional tutorial series for daily curl care


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After a decade of struggling with my daughter's hair...

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by Hilary F. on JULY 04, 2018
Service Received: DevaCut
Price: $175+

Dianne is a curl scientist who is obsessed with the science and the art of curly hair. As someone who has straight hair and somehow birthed a curly girl, her information is invaluable! If you are looking for life changing curl information and an understanding of how curly hair works , Diane is your stylist. It took me a decade to find Diane and I would travel the earth to have her cut my daughter's hair. She is a master curl stylist and Lord knows I have tried every single stylist and harassed curly girls on the street in an effort to find a stylist who understands the art of the curl. Diane's knowledge and compassion is truly priceless.

Game Changer!

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by Heather on JULY 01, 2018
Service Received: DevaCurl Transformation

I was a little nervous coming into my appointment but the moment I sat in the chair I knew I was in good hands. Dianne is knowledgeable, patient and funny! In the past year I made the decision to embrace my curls though I was still straightening my hair on occasion I knew getting a devacut would be the final step in embracing my curls 100% I did a lot of research and found Dianne and I am so happy I did. Never in my life have I left a salon with my curls and been happy with how it looked (typically it was soaking wet because the stylist had another client waiting or it was insanely frizzy from the stylist quickly trying to blowdry it) so I’d run home wash my hair and style it myself before i knew if I liked my cut. With Dianne I left with gorgeous curls and the biggest smile on my face. She listened to what I wanted and made sure I was comfortable vocalizing if I thought my bangs needed to be shorter or thicker etc. At times she would stop mid sentence and fall silent in thought then would quickly explain why she was quiet (learning/ anticipating your curls!) then pick up in conversation. I feel like she has been misunderstood in the past for this which is a shame. Cutting hair isn’t easy. Cutting curls is even harder and I appreciated the moments she took to concentrate. Overall I recommend Dianne and trust her completely with my hair. I have never loved my curls until she cut my hair. From one curly girl to another: do yourself a favor and invest in yourself. You will not regret it.

My vision brought to life by her

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by Sondra B. on FEBRUARY 08, 2018

I had my first DevaCut with Dianne four days ago. I had got the impression from her website that she would be reserved, aloof, and possibly a bit cold but I was willing to deal with that in order to get a good cut that would remove all the style-less, damaged hair and replace it with a stylish, shiny, more polished look. I was pleasantly surprised how warm and personable Dianne was. The first thing she asked me was "Do you have to use the bathroom?" I appreciate that because I had driven a bit from Marin county and did need to use the bathroom. It was very thoughtful of her! I expected her perhaps to not engage with me because I had read on her website that she "actually prefers to withhold conversation so she can give her job her full attention"(or something to that effect) but she struck up a conversation. I was thrilled and started jabbering on a little too much(as I have a tendency to do). When she told me what I was saying was interesting but she wanted to focus on cutting my hair and stop talking, I remebered what I read on her website and knew that was wise. I trusted her right off the bat. She made me feel comfortable, she was completely professional. Another thing I liked was that she answered the million dollar question I'd been asking myself..."What hair type do I have?" Now I know I have type 2c/3a. The cut turned out great. It's like she jumped in my head, grabbed the vision I had for myself, and brought it to life. Bravo! The best part was that she didn't try to sell me any products. I thought she would based off what I read on her website but she didn't. She actually gave me some clips and a spiral hair tie. Not only was the cut good, so was the experience! Don't you guys think I look better without my halo? I'd refer Dianne to any curly for sure!

More than a Cut

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by Kstar on APRIL 08, 2017

Dianne is very serious about her craft. She spends a lot of time with clients, gets to know your hair like no one has probably ever thought about your hair before, and considers educating her clients to be part of the service. Figuring out your hair is an exciting challenge to her. She's not just getting it done. The first visit, she has a lot of questions and expects you to come prepared. She does have a number of "rules" and she is not a flattering touchy-feely person, so if you're looking for that this isn't the place. This is however the place if you want someone to figure out your impossible hair that hasn't cooperated for decades. After my first cut, I lost count of how many people commented on my gorgeous curls. Women came out of the woodwork "confessing" that they had curly hair that they had been straightening and smoothing for years, asking me where I got mine cut. She is expensive. Paying more for a cut twice a year doesn't feel as wasteful to me as the many many cuts I have paid for over the years that didn't work. They were always hit or miss, and when it worked the stylist could never replicate it. That was throwing money out the door. This has been an investment in feeling good every day. Dividing the cost of a cut across the number of days per year that I wear my hair, it is a pretty low investment in feeling great. My hair is much more consistent and predictable and manageable, looks great, I get complimented on it, and Dianne's mastery of my hair evolves each time as she gets more information and data points.

Devacurl Convert!

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by Bailey on MARCH 14, 2017

I've had A LOT of bad haircuts in my life. First, I learned the difference between a regular stylist and a curly hair specialist (the hard way...) Then, I learned the difference in styles of curly hair cutting. I tried out Ouidad, but nothing was ever as good as that first cut (coming from regular stylists, the bar was low). I was dubious about the dry Devacut but WOW - I will never go back! And I've had nothing but great experiences with Dianne. She knows her stuff and I trust her wholeheartedly. I plop down in the chair and let her do whatever she needs to, and come out looking better than ever. She can see exactly how and where the individual curls need to layer, versus the awful one-size-fits-all horizontal layers I'm usually stuck with. I was so worried my second cut wouldn't be as good as the first (like with Ouidad) but it was beyond expectation. I can't recommend her enough!

Do not recommend

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by Liz on JUNE 14, 2016

I went to Dianne for a Deva Cut, I’ve been getting them for 10 or so years. The day started hopeful, but ended terribly, not only did I get a horrific cut, but Dianne made me feel terrible. Previous reviewers say she is cheerful and communicated clearly, explaining what she was going to do. I got none of that. I'm now wondering who cut my hair? It does not seem to be the same woman I met on Saturday. Everyone has an off day, but this hair cut is going to take a year to grow out. :/ When I arrived, I was not greeted warmly. I hopped into the chair, she asked how I wanted my hair cut, I let her know I wanted layers and to please take four inches off, I showed Dianne pictures of a prior hair style of mine as an example. In the past, stylists have held up a lock of hair and asked "this is how much I'm taking off, is this OK?", Dianne didn't do that. She didn't ask me how I style my hair, e.g., where I part my hair. I mentioned that my hair is tight curls on the crown & wavy underneath, a hint to go easy taking too much off the top. I didn't want to insult her - I was trying to give her a heads up that my hair can be tricky. Fast forward to nearly three hours later, the end result is Dianne made my hair look worse than when I came in. My bangs were at my chin when we started and are now so short they are at eyebrow level, the back was just past my shoulders (Bernadette Peters hair), I left with hair that is shorter than my collar line and barely any layers on the sides around the face. The hair shape is a short top layer with a longer second layer that has no blending. I ended looking like a mushroom.

A curly artist I can trust with my wavy hair

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by C.A. on MAY 23, 2016

Dianne is AMAZING!! She is an artist by nature. Has wavy hair herself so she understands the CG method and wavy hair challenges from both sides. She sees your head, hair, and style as one and gets your hair to do what it wants to do, in beauty. My last cut was the best haircut I've ever had, seriously, all I asked is that she maximize the curl and make me look pretty. ... I DO NOT UNDERSTAND some of the reviews that say she cut hair unevenly. Deva cuts, i.e. dry curly cuts, are not supposed to be even. That's the point. They are supposed to enhance the curl as the wave/curl/kinks want to go. (I bet if those people discussed what they were unhappy about, Dianne would fix it.) Dianne really concentrates to enhance the life (bounce) in my hair. She has mad skills, and draws on all her experience to do what each customer needs, specifically. She's also always learning and trying new things, to keep it fresh. It's so nice having a Curly Girl hairstylist who GETS IT!!!! I just love cut days now. .... Curly Girls, try her out, you will not regret it.

A True Artist

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by Sharon on MAY 21, 2016

Dianne Nola is the best stylist I have ever been to. Her attention to detail and artistic sensibility are finely honed. She brings a bright and cheery disposition and thoughtfulness to her work, and creates a comfortable and serene environment in the salon. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the many idiosyncrasies of curly hair and how to manage them through cut and care. I had been getting my hair cut by a Deva stylist on the east coast for a few years and had been quite satisfied with the results. So when I moved to San Francisco last summer, I did a search for a new Deva stylist and found Dianne. She took this hair to a whole new level. First, Dianne does her homework. Before the appointment she had me fill out an intake form and send some current pics of my hair. Then at the appointment, she asked me what my hair goals were. I'm a no-fuss kind of girl, so I've always worn my hair long enough to put up when I need to "look good" or on day 2 after washing. I told her I was interested in looking more put-together (I'm a mom and professional musician) without having to devote too much time to it. I wanted a style that was flattering and more current than my long, flat-on-top, unlayered do. She went to work and sculpted away until the hair had a beautiful shape. The curls had lovely definition. And the cut was the most flattering I can remember ever having gotten. All the while, she educated me on styling and maintenance, and helped me understand the various types of curly hair and how I'd been mishandling mine. She told me about putting my hair up in a "pineapple" when I slept (I was skeptical but it really works) and she recommended a great combination of products for my hair type. The end result has been a cut that I need to wash only every 3 or 4 days, hair that looks great day after day with essentially no effort, and that I can wear down every day if I want to. She recommended a 6 month schedule for me, and when I noticed my hair getting harder to manage, it was right at the 6 month mark. I went in for my second cut with her a couple of weeks ago and I think it's even better than the first. I'm a frugal person, and I have to say that for a twice a year cut that makes my mornings a piece of cake and has me walking out the door feeling great about the way I look every day, her rates are absolutely worth it. If you're a curly person anywhere in the Bay Area, go see Dianne!

Does do a good curlygirl cut

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by Christine on MAY 19, 2016

My previous Deva stylist move so I had a cut with Dianne - it was uneven and did not compare to my other Deva cuts. Never again, I was happy to pay her much higher price if she did the job, but she didn't, never again.

Over priced and sloppy

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by Anne on MAY 07, 2016

I agree with the previous poster who said she is expensive and no better skilled than other Deva stylists. When I had a cut and color with her, she left hair dye on my neck and shirt.

Not recommended

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by Julia on NOVEMBER 10, 2015

I had been getting my hair cut at DevaChan's salon in NY for a decade. But I've moved to the Bay Area and it's time to stop flying back NY for a haircut. I went to Dianne. She clearly has a passion for curls and appreciates the Devachan products. But, I found, her skills didn't match her enthusiasm. I left with the right side of my hair a full inch longer than the left side (or about 2 inches when straight). In addition, the layers in front just did not make sense at all, and I ended up taking a scissors to my hair to make my own corrections. While certainly better than going to someone who has no idea how to handle curls, her skill set does not warrant her extremely expensive rate; her price is even more than DevaChan stylists at their headquarters salon.

Best haircut of my life

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by Carolyn K on JULY 30, 2015

Dianne Nola is the best hair stylist I have ever encountered. She is so good, that although I recently moved an hour away from her (east bay near Walnut Creek), I have still gone back because she is worth the drive and the price! My entire life I struggled with my long-ish curly hair. I loved it in theory and knew it could look good but never managed to get the right cut or use the right product. I tried quite a few nice ‘curly-focused’ hair dressers (incl. those that did dry cuts) but after each cut, my hair was just meh. It was just fine and I always wanted it to be something more. June 2014 I went in for my first cut with Dianne and it changed my life! Before the appointment she had me fill out an intake form writing in stuff about my hair and then had me choose photos from her pintrest and the internet showing hairstyles that I liked. She also asked for a front and side photo of my head. When I came in she told me what she was thinking of doing and talked me through what it would look like. I felt really comfortable knowing that she had put thought into what would work with my hair and my face. She is really friendly and fun to talk to. Furthermore, she knows so much about curly hair, so it is fun to pick her brain! She has recently become a Deva Certified Curl Specialist I have now gone back for 2 followup cuts (I try to get it cut every 4-6 months) and every time I am happy. For the first time in my life I am receiving compliments for my hair! Although Dianne’s haircuts are expensive, she also offers ‘LITE’ haircuts for trims that take less time and are less pricey. Plus, her haircuts are worth the cost. After years of frustration, I now feel great about my hair AND I no longer spend money on product that I throw away later (she gives great advice on that front). I’ll definitely be back!

Always Leave Happy!

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by chiickadee on MAY 21, 2015

I discovered Dianne about two years ago on the devacurl.com website. It was just before my wedding and I was in need of someone who could help me look good for the big day. She has been my go-to for cuts and Pintura highlights ever since! She really cares about the health of your hair and knows tons of tips and tricks to help it look its best. From a quick up-do styling tutorial, to a little extra head massage -- she always goes above and beyond. I recently went from having pretty long hair to a short curly bob -- a HUGE change for me. It came out wonderfully, and it's been non-stop compliments since the big chop. I'm not sure that I could have trusted anyone else to make such a drastic change! Go see Dianne!

Book an appointment with Dianne - and relax!

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by WavyLady on MARCH 26, 2015

Finally, I found a stylist who can take care of my waves and let me relax in a salon without worry! She is passionate about the proper care and treatment of wavy and curly hair, has an artist's eye for shape, and a fun/sunny personality to boot. I love her work! Plus, bonus, every cut is sort of a mini-curly-girl lesson, Dianne has so many good tips to share. Highly recommend you try her for a cut or color, especially if you have curly or wavy hair.

Dianne is amazing!

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by SFGirl on FEBRUARY 17, 2015

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!

Dianne fan for life!

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by heatcar on FEBRUARY 10, 2015

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 products, which I've been enjoying since the dry cut.

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