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Gregory Chakalian

award winning albuquerque hair stylist and colorist

In 1990 my partner and I opened Laru inside Double Rainbow on the south side of Route 66 in the center of up and coming Nob Hill. In 1997 I graduated from the Aveda Institute as their first Barber student. Wanting more education to up my game, I attended hand-on workshops around the country offered by Vidal Sassoon, Bumble and Bumble, Redken, and American Crew. As a result, I have focused my career on two creative avenues: cutting hair with a straight razor, and hair color that looks natural, but with subtleties that improve on nature. And finally I get satisfaction from sharing what I have learned with other stylists because I remember what it was like to learn in Albuquerque, NM.


award winning colorist and hair stylist in albuquerque

Dyan has been part of the Laru family since 1998. During that time, she has also worked as a stylist in one of the top salons on Newbury Street in Boston. She returned to Laru in 2012.
Never one to stop learning, Dyan has trained extensively with several companies, including Bumble+bumble, Aveda, Redken, Toni&Guy and Wella.
While working in Boston, she sought out editorial work, and has had much of her work published in various magazines. She also had a chance to work with Mark Wahlberg on the movie “Ted” as well as “Made” on MTV. In addition to her film and print work, this celebrity hairstylist was also contracted to style the dancers for both the Boston Celtics and the Bruins.
Dyan is amazing at creating custom cuts and colors that no other stylist can duplicate. She also specializes in blonde hair.


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“Your hair is your best accessory,” muses ABQ native Tazz Borrego. Tazz’s desire for knowledge and travel has taken him to train in top salons and with top stylists across the country.
Specializing in haircutting and barbering, Tazz’s aesthetic ranges from soft, lived-in, and beautiful, to sharp, precision, and polished. His passion for doing hair is illustrated in his talent and skill and he is always inspired by his clientele to execute a haircut that perfectly suits an individual’s personal lifestyle.


lashes braids and hair color

 Chelsie, born in Italy raised in New Mexico worked in business straight out of high school while going to college part time. She became blessed with kids at the age of 22 and became a housewife for four years. When Chelsie was thinking about going back into the business field, her brother inspired her to go to cosmetology school per her DIYs at home beauty hacks. Chelsie graduated from Olympian in 2016 with a cosmetology degree with eyebrow threading certification , extensions certification , shear certification , and (out of school) lash certification . Chelsie specializes in men’s cuts, women’s cuts, braids, color, highlights, balayage, perms, relaxers, lash extensions, waxing of the face and body, and facials. Chelsie is always striving to learn new things and is always taking new educational classes.  


Marcella Martinez

 Marcella is a talented transplant to Albuquerque, New Mexico from Denver, Colorado. She is passionate about making each client look and feel their absolute best. Trained at Toni & Guy, her specialties range from color to cuts and everything in between, but she especially loves bringing life and love to all those curly heads out there. Having participated in multiple fashion shows and weddings her dedication is always to her client and is always expanding her education, as well as always aiming to educate clients on best home care practices too keep those looks slaying. 


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Stephen  Sanchez is a makeup artist with a passion for helping his clients feel  confident and accentuating their beauty. He brings 3 years of  professional makeup artistry experience to the table and has been  certified through The Vanity Makeup Studio. His work has been used to  promote events hosted by Meow Wolf and to promote local boutique  Retrohexx. He has also collaborated with Future Fantasy Delight to  create makeup looks that were featured in a promotional video for their  SS19 fashion campaign.


award winning colorist and hair stylist

 I'm Kimberly Kay, from Indiana/Michigan border area. I am a Hairdresser and Educator and I have a passion for making people laugh and smile. I love to create walking works of art. My best skills are in Hair Coloring and Men's and Women's Cutting. I have worked with many color lines and hope one day to create my own.   

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voted best albuquerque salon

by the editors and readers of:

  • Washington Post, "Albuquerque, things to do" December 11, 2019
  • Elle Magazine - top 100 salons in the USA 
  • Albuquerque the Magazine - Best of the City
  • The Weekly Alibi - Best of Burque
  • The Daily Lobo - Lo Mejor
  • NM Film Industry - Go to Color Correction (Colin Farrell)

2019 best hair salon in Albuquerque New Mexico

2019 best hair salon in Albuquerque New Mexico

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Cancellation Policy

We understand busy schedules and different circumstances can not be avoided so we are happy to cancel or reschedule your appointment with a minimum of 24 hours notice. If any cancellation is not made with more than 24 hours notice we will require a non-refundable deposit to re-book. Missed appointments are subject to a one-time fee.

Laru Ni Hati Salon + Cafe Cubano

3413 Central Avenue Northeast, Albuquerque NM 87106, United States

(505) 255-1575


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10:00 am – 07:00 pm

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