I noticed an advertisement from this unique salon in a San Diego magazine. The more I read about it, the more I knew that I needed to set up an appointment immediately. The people and surroundings surpassed my expectations in friendliness and ability. Serena was able to correct the faults of an earlier colorist and give me exactly the finished look I was craving. Bravo!
— Marsha, Rockport, ME
Although my hair is extremely gray resistant, my hair color is gorgeous and completely natural looking which is very important to me. I constantly receive rave compliments on it. Dawn is very professional in her work but also warm and giving and it is a joy to have a relationship with her and share in her life.
— Kathy Vlahakis, Los Angeles, CA
Thank the lawd..! After relocating to san diego from san fran 6 yrs ago (and chasing a haircut i loved but could never get replicated...) i have finally a stylist that I truly believe knows her shi*.

Dawn is extremely talented. Very understated..listens but really checks out your hair (dry) before picking up the scissors. I have had such a lackluster run with haircuts here, that i feel the need to exhale. Try her.. I am not a yelper (lurker only) and signed up today to review.
— Allison, San Diego, CA
I have been coloring my hair at Ubuntu since 2009. I still went back to my hair stylist in NY to cut my hair but last fall I was in need of a haircut and not planning to travel back to NY anytime soon. Vanessa listened to my hair routine and my preferences then cut my hair. Love it!! And don’t forget to get a deep conditioning too, my hair is so shiny afterwards. I also love how Ubuntu is committed to community and is socially conscious.
— Anne, Solana Beach, CA
Dawn Ellinwood has been taking care of my hair for over 10 years. I have always relied on Dawn’s consistency and artistry in her coloring techniques. She provides calm and practical expertise and is always mindful of maintaining exceptionally healthy hair. She listens carefully to my wishes and never fails to deliver exactly what I request. I have recommended her to many friends and will continue to do so. Thanks Dawn!
— Melissa Flanigan, Los Angeles, CA
Serena! Is rad. I decided to go to Ubuntu for several reasons: it is a half block away from my house so I can walk there, I heard Serena is good with wavy/curly hair, no tipping policy, and it is a Green Circle salon! All wins. I went in for a balayage and cut and Serena did amazing. She took her time and the color came out fantastic. I sipped on a glass of wine and chatted with her, able to just enjoy the experience. Being a Green Circle salon means basically they are as environmentally friendly as possible and recycle just about everything while also reducing energy costs. Now that is speaking my language! I feel great about making this my new hair spot, so much so that I am going back this month for more!
— Abbie, Solana Beach, CA
I have to say Ubuntu Hair Studio is one of the best I have found in North County. After having my hair completely destroied (when trying to go ombre at another salon), Vanessa was there to fix it. In just six weeks, my hair was back to looking beautiful. I actually think it looks better now than it did before!

Vanessa is easy going, sweet and knows her stuff. I highly recommend trying out Ubuntu, you won’t go home unhappy!
— Bee, Encinitas, CA
Love love love. I am so thankful to have found Ubunutu. Love their staff (especially Vanessa) and I have loved every hair cut I’ve ever gotten. The salon Itself is very cute, clean and right by the beach. Although the prices are on the high end, I would say is worth the quality and service
— Lisa, San Diego, CA