Welcome to TerriVarela.com! Here’s a little about me…. I am an innovative haircutter & specialist in Balayage & Color. I have extensive education/training with Bumble and Bumble, mentored by Howard and Raymond McLaren, continued education with TIGI Advanced Creative Cutting with Joel Torres (former Creative Director at TIGI) and Creative Colour from Nina Rubel. I am a DevaCurl specialist and skilled curl cutter trained in a unique method of cutting that combines technical and intuitive techniques. With 20 years of experience, my commitment is always to you—and crafting well-designed haircuts, color, or highlights that can translate what you feel on the inside to the outside. I am located at 888 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94707 (Salon La Luz) and in the salon on Sunday and Monday, 9AM – 8PM and offer mobile services Thursday and Fridays. Please see the “Mobile Services’ link above, or email/text me (see contact info below).


Balayage is a blonding technique that produces a natural-but-vibrant sun-kissed effect that can last up to 4- 5 months.



Whether it’s for formal event styling or a fun night out with a signature blow dry, we’ll plan out your hair vision in a consult session just for you.



A well designed haircut kicks off with a thorough consult, personalized with cutting techniques right for your hair.

Chroma Salon

Terri is outstanding – a curly-haired must-try!

I've got that challenging kind of hair – it's both wavy and curly and pretty difficult to cut right. I've only known one other stylist who could bring out the best of my hair over the last 20 years. Terri has been great to work with! I've seen her for a few cuts now. She's attentive, checks in to make sure the approach she's thinking of is what I want, and very encouraging about my getting in touch if the cut doesn't work out (I've never needed this). She's a must for all you curly-hair types 🙂
Janet T ● May 23, 2018

Great haircut & experience

Attention all curly haired folks who want a great haircut! I have had trouble finding the right person for me and am so happy to know I will be happy with Terri's cuts. I have just had my second cut with Terri and couldn't be happier with it. She really listens to what you want, but also has really good style sense–she can take what you want and make it even better. It is also a relaxing experience; she takes the time needed (no rushing through or people waiting for her while you are there).
Claudia M ● Jun 1, 2018

Terri is the ONLY person I will trust with my hair

Her artistry is unmatched, and her prices are beyond reasonable. I always leave feeling beautiful, and I trust her judgment unconditionally on color and styling. There is nowhere else I would go to get my hair colored cut or styled.
Julianne McGarry ● May 20, 2019

The Best

The best. Terri is a magnificent hair designer & colorist as well as a caring human! I have enjoyed every single visit and have walked out feeling satisfied for the past 3 years or so. Terri gradually helped me transition into the hair color I wanted. I notice that every visit she has learned something new that she passes on, in terms of available products and creative possibilities. Haircuts suit my taste and personality. She is a great listener. Strongly recommend. Go visit soon!
Annabelle B ● Aug 23, 2019

Terri Varela | Chroma Salon Credentials & Experience

  • Licensed Hairstylist & Cosmetologist for over 20 years
  • Mentorship at Bumble and bumble in NYC under Howard and Raymond Mclaren
  • Expert-level Education at TIGI Academy in advanced coloring with Nina Rubel and advanced cutting with Joel Torres
  • DevaCurl hair cutting Certification – curly care expert, combining technical & intuitive techniques
  • Global Keratin Smoothing Treatment Certification producing long lasting results
  • Certified in Framesi, TIGI, Loreal INOA, Redken and Goldwell Color Systems