Reviews compiled from yelp, city search, email and hand written letters from clients. Thank you
"I am usually from the Peninsula Bay Area (San Mateo) and I was in Petaluma
visiting family before I left for college the next day, and BOY AM I GLAD I
WENT HERE. I found this place on yelp, and I couldn't be happier. I booked my
hair cut appointment around noon and made it for later in the evening. I would
definitely recommend Sharon if you ever need to get your hair cut.
The place was very clean and very well kept up. The furnishing was very
classy and the product display was immaculate. But, thats besides the
Sharon knew exactly what I wanted, even when I didn't
describe it well at all. I'm in the pool all the time, so my hair is totally
chlorine damaged. She fixed everything! Cut off my unhealthy, dead hair, and
styled it amazingly. (I just wish it looked like this everyday! haha.) AND She
putt products in it so it'll remain healthy! She also gave me great tips on how
to keep my hair healthy, even when I have to get into the pool twice a day. We
had great conversations and I really feel like I've made a great new friend.
I definitely will be coming down from UC Davis to get my
hair taken care of here."
Alisha S. Redwood City, Ca
I'm not that picky. I wanted a salon where I could get a good cut and
get my eyebrows waxed. Not too much to ask for...
got those two things and so much more. Gena Fogleman did my waxing and
was so personable and gave me some recommendations for other local businesses
to try. (I am new to Petaluma and love to keep it local).
Rod did my hair and I was hesitant. I haven't had a new stylist
in 10 years and this crazy curly head can be a challenge. I loved what he
did with the style and he was fun to chat with.
and the pricing was so reasonable. I am looking forward to going back
Mimi C, Petaluma, Ca
Have you ever had this experience: you're laying on a table with an
extremely bright light shining in your eyes. A strangely hostile woman is
alternating between digging at your pores with a mini-ice pick and slathering
heavy, nasty-smelling creams that you KNOW will cause you to break out all over
your face. After an hour or so, you're asked to cough up $100 bucks or so, and
you leave thinking that you should have just washed your face on your own at
This is NOT what MoonEssence is all about! I am a fan
of facials again and I have clearer, softer, happier skin. All the products were
natural and smelled like heaven instead of like drain cleaner. And all of this
for a very reasonable price.
I will be a regular at
MoonEssence from now on!
I went to Rod years ago, he did my hair for my wedding in '02, and I was so
excited to find him at this wonderful salon 8 years after I moved away.
He told me when I left that I'd miss him, and he was right! I've never
found anyone who cuts or colors my hair as well as he did. So I was
thrilled to have a reunion on a recent trip back to the area. The salon
is a great space and their own line of products look (and smell) wonderful.
Rod did a beautiful job, as always, with a perfect cut and gorgeous
color. When I got back to my family my 4 year-old said "you look beautiful
Mama" and my 18 month old yelled "Yeah!". My friends at home agree my
color looks better than ever. Just wish I could keep going back!
Sloane W., Conway, WA
I have been getting services done at MoonEssence for years now and I have
to say that they are simply the best in town. No one does hair like Rod.
He makes you fall in love with your hair again. I have also been
getting waxing and facial services from Gena, I love every product she uses on
me. This place is a gem.
Diana Z., Petaluma, CA
I have been seeing Rod at MoonEssence for a few months now. He is
absoutely the best in the business. He just knows what to do with
Another gem of MoonEssence is Gena. Best pedicure I have ever
The best part is I got it done while my hair color was
Love it when I can coordinate spa
Mary M., Petaluma, CA
I recommended my best friend to Gena and she was extremely satisified with
Gena's professionalism! She has since become a regular client like myself. I
urge you to visit Gena at MoonEssence for all of your waxing and facial needs!
Love the skin care!!
Faith B., Petaluma, CA
All I have to say!!! I am in love with my hair again. I have
gone to several different hair salons but with no luck finding an individual
who would cut/color the way I want, or even close for that matter. I was so
impressed with the way Rod had cut my sister's hair (the color is GORGEOUS)
that I made my appointment two days later. It has been about two weeks
now and everyday I wake up and look forward to the way I will be styling my
hair that day. Rod took his time to help me find the perfect colors (I am
extremely picky) and I cannot thank him ENOUGH for his fabulous sense of style,
WHAT A TALENT!!! and a Board Certified Master Hair Colorist to boot. I
found my permanent hair dresser, and I am so excited and relieved! Thank
you Rod, keep up the amazing work!!!! I also bought some of their skin
care products and I am in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with them. My skin has never
felt better and looks amazing. This place ROCKS.
Tammy M., Petaluma, CA
I have been seeing Rod at MoonEssence for a year now and I love his
expertise and knowledge of hair and color. He's funny, warm and very
informative of styles that are right for me.
Terra J., Petaluma, CA
Ok so this review is a long time coming but if you haven't been, just go!!
Anne was awesome. I never know what to say to my hairdressers but
she was cool and I was totally comfortable in her chair. Plus, she
actually listened to what I wanted, which for some reason tends to be a rare
trait in a hairdresser. Making an appointment was really easy and when I
got there I went right into the chair. She gave me a fabulous haircut, a
really smooth blowout. I left there feeling like a new person. Thanks
Desiree W., Rohnert Park, CA
I have had enough bad haircuts in my life to be completely neurotic about
finding a new salon, but it had to be done, and after reading a bunch of Yelp
reviews that gave Rod the thumbs up, I held my breath and made the
I asked for Rod, (who other folks with long
hair have said good things about and wasn't able to get in with.) He assured me
that Anne was very good and that I wouldn't be disappointed since he has been
training her since she started there. She took everything I asked for in and
gave me exactly the hair cut I asked for. I now have long hair with some
gentle layers that is just sexy enough. She also managed to be very
friendly without that forced chitchat that can make a client feel like she is
being interviewed. $45 seemed very reasonable for her level of expertise.
Bravo- I will be back.
Michelle S., Cotati, Ca
I made an appointment to get a color weave and bang trim done last week and
had to change it two days before the appointment due to work. They were able to
get me in with Sharon the very next day. AWESOME! The woman on the phone was
On the day of my appointment I decided to change
my mind and get just some chunky highlights in the front with a bang trim.
Sharon was soooo knowledgeable about what would look good and how to go about
it. She explained everything she was doing in extreme detail which I really
appreciated since I have some experience with hair. She was a great stylist to
talk to as well. She asked questions and listened and responded. Which seems so
simple but some stylists just don't do this. When you have a lot of hair like I
do you need to be able to talk to your stylist.
she chose and the choices she made in color placement were fantastic. The bang
trim also went swimmingly. Not only did she have ideas for the current look,
but we planned out the future look as well. The total price was also a very
nice surprise. I usually end up paying more than I did with tip. I will
definitely be seeing Sharon again.
On a side note, the owner
and genius Mr. G. came up with the skin care products they use there and they
are fantastic! How cool is that????
Maggie S., Novato, CA
I am new to the area and took a chance with MoonEssence Salon. I was
connected with Rod. I have fine but wavy hair. I wanted to
be able to wear it curly and straight. He did an amazing job and would
highly recommend him!
Sheryl P., Mill Valley, Ca
Like many others I found this place through Yelp and was very impressed by
the reviews. I called and made an appointment and was scheduled less than a
week later with Anne. I was a little skeptical about having a young stylist do
my hair as I have only had seasoned stylists before but I was open to a new
experience (she couldn't be worse than the last lady that did my hair and did
nothing I asked for at a completely different salon).
very impressed when I first walked into the salon as it was very open, bright
and airy and didn't have that "salon" smell. When Anne came out to introduce
herself within just a few minutes of my checking in I was at ease. She listened
to me very patiently and studied the pictures I brought in before walking me
through the plan she had from my hair and the look I was going for. We chatted
effortlessly throughout the process and she kept me informed about what she was
doing the entire time.
When I left I could not have
been happier with the way my hair looked, she brought the vision I had for my
hair to life! Even days later I am still as happy as can be. I am so impressed
by the salon, the staff and the experience I am happy to say I have found a
salon I plan to stick with for a long time.
Cindy P., Novato, CA
I have been searching for a great hair artist in this town for three years.
Seriously. Been all over. My hair turns out...okay, not great
for the price.
However, I have seen the light.
I'm almost hesitant to write the stylist's name so he doesn't get too
booked but his name starts with an R and ends with an od. He is
wonderful. Understood that I wanted my blonde hair to look expensive;)
Not trashy, like so many colorists end up making blonde hair look.
The cut, though, was the greatest revelation.
He just did a "quick trim" -his words - but honestly, this came out as
the best hair cut I have ever had. Ever. That includes some $200
jobs in at other salons. My naturally wavy hair looks amazing and
bouncy in a way I didn't think was possible. Thanks Rod. You truly are a
Becka S., Petaluma, CA
Are you a dude in need of some style, or just a great, solid cut? Then
look no further than Sharon!
Seriously though, I've
been struggling for years to figure out what the hell to do with my mop; long,
short, up, down, but finally ended up going to find some folks who knew what
they were doing.
I went and saw Sharon at MoonEssence and
basically said "I don't know what to do, help me out". She laughed and
started cutting. Long story short: best. haircut.
Seriously though, Sharon is an awesome gal who
can seriously style some hair (even if you don't know what the heck you want).
I put my faith in Sharon and MoonEssence, and I'll
never be going anywhere else.
Steve M., Petaluma, CA
I just moved to Petaluma from the East Coast two months ago, and managed
somehow to find a great hair stylist within weeks of moving here! I couldn't
believe it! Anne is a great listener and hair stylist and she really helped us
get to know Petaluma.
Barbara T., Petaluma, CA
Gena is the best! My skin has never looked better.
Gena is the absolute best at analysing my skin and mixing up clean potions to
make my face dewy, clear, etc. My skin looks fantastic now that I see
her. I've been to many spas where they just pile cheap lotion on your
face and rub it in. Beatrice uses fantastic organic products and each time
takes careful consideration as to what products and procedures will happen
during my session.
Hands down, Gena provides the best
facial I have ever received (and that's saying something!) I'm an avid
facial-getter and have never been happier than I am with Gena.
Oh and the space is gorgeous
C.C., Mill Valley, CA.
I love MoonEssence Salon! Rod is my hairstylist and he's absolutely
fantastic! I went in with hair down to the middle of my back with sad, dry
splitting ends, and he completely cured my hair! I was making the jump to a
shorter style and he made me feel so much more comfortable with the idea. He
also did a great job cutting my ever so unruly bangs. :)
will be back!!!
Jane W., Petaluma, CA
I love this salon. I got a massage, a wax and a facial here. The entire
experience was amazing. The massage was lovely and the therapist focused on
neck (which is what I wanted and sked her to do). I loved the warm massage
table. I actually fell asleep during the facial. The wax not so much, but it
was as pleasant an experience as waxing can get. It's in a great location
and it seems small but they've made good use of the space they have and the
massage and facial rooms are decent size. I love their space. I would definitely
recommend this place.
Celeste, Novato, Ca
I absolutely LOVE this salon!!! A former co-worker of mine recommended
MoonEssence after I complained about desperately needing to change my hair. My
hair stylist is now Rod (who my co-worker also recommended) and he is
absolutely AMAZING!!!!! I love love LOVE the way my hair looks every single
time I leave it in his hands! Rod opened my eyes to many firsts-cuts, bangs,
coloring- and they have been the best cuts/color I have ever received. His work
is extremely detailed and the cut is exceptionally fantastic because you can see
the results as he works!
The entire staff is
extremely personable and helpful (Rod will ALWAYS make time to squeeze me in
for a trim) and I feel very lucky to have found a stylist and salon that I love
and trust. :) ps. bought the daily moisture whip. WOW! my skin has never been
Julie P, Santa Rosa, CA
absolutely love this spa. I primarily go to see Gena for facials and I must
say she is amazing as well as extremely knowledgeable!!!! I'm extremely
obsessed with my skin, as in the past I've had to go on Accutane twice. I urge
anyone that has or has had acne problems to go see Gena, you will not regret it
!! Their organic products do wonders for my skin.
the Salon is terrific; Anne, Terry, Rod, make my spa experience always
Cari Lee, Santa Rosa, CA
I love this salon. Mostly because I love the way my hair looks EVERY SINGLE
TIME I leave this establishment. Rod is my hair stylist, and he's GREAT!
I recently got bangs, and I can pop in whenever it's convenient for me
(once a week or so!) and he'll trim them for no extra cost! Everyone there is
friendly, and the pedicures are excellent... with their foot massages, it's
like a mini spa day every time I go! Anyway, it's hard to find a good salon,
one that you love, and trust, and feel comfortable in, and so I feel very lucky
to have Rod and the MoonEssence salon! Thank you!
Colleen C. Bodega Bay, Ca