Elixir Salon Spa
1599 Hopkins St.
Berkeley, CA 94707


Alexandra Sussman

Salon Owner/Stylist

Alexandra came into this world knowing that she loves and is passionate about hair. From the time she was old enough to hold a brush or braid, she knew what her mission in this life was to be. Slinging hair in the Berkeley area since 1994, Alexandra has a firm grasp on what her clients have come to expect from a stylist and a salon. Your hair is the best accessory you put forward everyday and Alexandra and her team know how to make the most of your natural attributes. Your 100% satisfaction is most important to her and she personally guarantees the satisfaction of every client, every time

Whitney Buchanan


Each client’s hair color and texture inspires me to create a unique look, that they’ll love and suits their lifestyle. My passion for creativity collaborates fantastically with my razor sharp attention to detail, in the realm of hair. Sharing techniques for proper hair care, as well as, fun easy ways to style your look at home, come free of charge with every appointment! I love working as a stylist and strive to deliver a relaxing experience, leaving y’all feeling refreshed, awesome, and ready to conquer all!

Shannon Solano


Tania Robertson


Rose Bouvier


Melody Jones


Melody is an inspired and talented artist who draws on the vibrancy and beauty of nature and the world around her in her designs. She originally hails from Florida and has a background in music, art and writing to name a few. She is particularly interested in Japanese art and culture and recently spent time traveling in Japan. Her diverse pool of experiences enhances her creative skills, and her caring nature makes her a great listener and a wonderful stylist.

Steve Elias


Born in southern California but relocated to Mexico for most of his childhood. After heading back to the United States, Steve completed cosmetology school while finishing high school. After apprenticing at Festoon, a Vidal Sassoon Salon in Berkeley, Steve moved on to do editorial work, his true passion. You can see his work featured in publications such as Italian Vogue Sposa, Mens Vogue, W, Elle, Prim Magazine Beauty Launchpad, American Salon, Modern Salon, Fantastics Mag, PREF HOT Magazine, Tantalum Magazine, Vibra, 7X7, Winq. Steve has worked on celebrities like Hilary Swank, Kristin Cavallari, Brittany Daniel, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Petra Nemcova, Anne Heche, Joan Chen to name a few. He is a frequent beauty expert / contributor to beauty blogs and also a guest artist to some of the biggest haircare brands in the world. He was a North American Hairstyling Awards winner for Texture in 2007 and Editorial stylist of the year for 2010, Steve has been a finalist 7 years running amassing 11 nominations.

Rebecca Shabazian


After more than a decade honing her skills behind the chair, Rebecca still loves what she does and brings her creative passion to all of her work. Rebecca is constantly mastering new techniques so her clients never get bored. Want a fabulous mermaid multi-color with a razor design at your nape? No problem. How about a modern twist on a vintage pin-up style? Easy Peasy! Rebecca knows classic styles inside and out but always keeps them looking fresh. It’s important to Rebecca to connect personally with everyone who graces her chair. No matter how you come in, she’ll make sure you leave feeling refreshed and renewed. Rebecca’s services include cuts, color, keratin smoothing treatments, updos, and botanical hair and Olaplex treatments to repair your hair and protect your color. Her hair mantra is creativity, passion, and inspiration.

Noel Shabazian


Noel’s been making hair magic for more than twenty years. His sunny disposition and relaxed style will make you feel right at home in his chair. Whether you’re a low-key librarian or a glittering drag queen, Noel will help you find the style that’s going to look great on you day to day. Do you want a low maintenance do that practically styles itself? Or an edgy look that won’t get lost in the crowd? How about a sleek bob by day that swings to sultry by night? Or a killer blow out that can hold its own for the next week? From punk rock to sun-kissed blonde, Noel can take you there. He’s probably worn it himself. Noel keeps up with the latest in fashion colors and receives ongoing education from natural brands Aveda and Davines. Make an appointment for a free consultation today and see for yourself what makes his clients so loyal.

Genevieve Palogan


Genevieve’s interest in the beauty industry emerged 17 years ago while working as a salon coordinator and finishing her last semester of college. Cosmetology replaced grad school, and she has exercised her passion ever since. Being a stylist satiates her boundless creativity, love of hair coloring, cutting and affection for people. She enjoys and excels at working with all types of hair from thick straight hair to textured curls and especially loves creative color techniques. She finds inspiration through fashion editorials, advanced education and her community of talented artists.

Starr Violet


AVEDA Spa = Results + Recovery. My vision is to provide legendary service. My objective is to exceed your expectations. Skincare expert with 6+ years experience in helping clients improve their skin health, blending outward beauty with inner tranquility.

Tricia Parrish

Certified Massage Therapist

I’ve been on a personal journey of conscious healing and awakening for 25 years and a certified healing bodyworker for 24 years. This deepens my understanding, sensitivity and compassion for others.
My passion is in sharing the terrain I have traversed thru this work. I have extensive education and certified training. My work is my life’s work. My own path of healing and transformation have led me to the realization that we all have the potential to heal and awaken, I offer guidance in that process. We all are able to to open our hearts, and experience the truth of who we are in wholeness and oneness. I explore all of this with you through the body.
The body holds every experience and memory, positive and negative, within every cell. Our lives are a reflection of this. Illness, disease and pain are an expression of this. Our body is always showing us where we need to heal, it’s an invitation to go deeper and find true freedom.
I share this journey with you.

Sandra Toyo

Hair has always been the reason for my being, it just makes sense to me, growing up my mother was a stylist so I just knew creating beautiful/fun Hair is what I was meant to do. I have embarked on this journey as a multicultural stylist stepping outside the norm to find what really works by paying attention to needs and wants when it comes to curly hair by dissecting what doesn’t work and why? But my journey goes beyond just curly hair I do the same with all textured. I find ways to mix colors to fit all different personalities and cuts to fit different lifestyles whether it someone looking for a change or someone looking for something fun & playful but still simple my sharp attention to detail and my perfectionist ways always takes me there.