18 Top San Francisco Salons for Hair Fabulosity

 May 28, 2016
Posted by jenn

It’s always good to try a new a look and why not pamper yourself every once in a while. Warning!! theses salons aren’t your cheap run of the mill Super Cuts, this is the real deal folks.

H-A-I-R. It has power. It can smell great. It can make one happy or sad. Some of us love our locks and some, well, let’s just say we’ve come to a mutual understanding. No matter where you fall, hair matters are a fact of life. A good cut and color is essential to maintaining healthy, complimenting-inducing tresses—and all that starts with a great salon. This handy guide is filled with 18 of our favorite spots in the city sure to improve your hair outlook.

1 Spoke & Weal

If you didn’t know it was there, you might just walk by this small, light-filled spot, situated in Russian Hill, and on the cusp of North Beach. But helmed by star-stylist Jon Reyman (who divides his time between SF, LA and NYC) and color guru Christine Thompson, a fave of glossies like Vogue and Elle, Spoke & Weal has become a destination salon. Making an appointment with Jon can be tricky and expensive ($450 for a cut); luckily his handpicked crew all wield a mean pair of scissors. Haircuts range from $45 to $125, depending on stylist’s experience. Partial highlights start at $130, Balayage starts at $250. [Photo]

850 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 800-7440

2 Milvali Salon & Cosmetics

For the longer, thicker hair that nature didn’t give you, head to Milvali on Union Street. It’s consistently ranked among the best salons for extensions in the city, and Allure even declared co-owner Deb Monti one of the top ten extensionists in the country. [Photo]

2040 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 409-1500

3 Posh Salon & Blow Dry Boutique

Colorist Lori Dylan has been working her magic for over 15 years, specializing in Balayage, sun-kissed highlights and vibrant, all-over color. She is amazing with blondes, whether faux-natural or Marilyn-platinum. The salon also has a team of skilled precision cutters —Rachael Anne is a whiz with pixies— a blowout counter, and makeup services. [Photo]

2444 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 440-7674

4 diPietro Todd Salon

This mainstay mini salon chain with five Bay Area locations, including the ever-popular Union Square space (177 Post Street) is teeming with talented stylists and colorists. We’re partial to the Pac Heights location for its laid-back vibe, comfortably chic space with high ceilings and, duh, awesome after-cut shopping and eating. Special props to all the assistants who give amazing shampoos (with neck massages) and excellent blowouts. Cuts and tints start at $90. [Photo]

2239 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA, 94115

5 Atelier Emmanuel

A perennial favorite in the city, color virgins quickly become color addicts under the skilled brushes of the Atelier Emmanuel staff. Partial highlights and partial Balayage start at $119. Cuts start at $69. [Photo]

415 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

6 Hair Collective

One of the most gorgeous spots in the city for a new do, Hair Collective will hook you up with the kind of color that causes complete strangers to stop you on the street and tell you how great you look. Partial highlights start at $165, ombre is $175, and Balayage starts at $165. Cuts run $115 t o $120 unless you work with an apprentice. [Photo: Aubrie Pick]

11 Tillman Place
San Francisco, CA 94108

7 Oro Salon

The former Salon Miel is now helmed by the talented Jarr Von Samuel, known for creating lived-in, sexy hair. The rest of the staff is still here—and continues to focus on amazing cuts and color. So kick back, relax, enjoy a glass of wine in lovely surroundings and wait for your happy hair reveal.

305 Grant Ave Fl 2
San Francisco, CA, 94108
(415) 563-7430

8 Joseph Cozza Salon

Joseph Cozza stylists have been coloring San Francisco’s best-kept tresses for over 20 years, even earning recognition fromAllure for their work. Partial highlights start at $135. Balayage starts at $225. [Photo]

77 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-3030

9 Barrow Salon

Part gallery, part hair heaven, Barrow Salon is full of color-savvy rockstars and shear geniuses. Founder and stylist Michelle Snyder was criss-crossing the nation to cut and style hair for fashion magazines (and her celebrity clients) for years before returning to SF. If you can’t get in Michelle’s chair, resident stylist Shelly Cross knows more than a thing or two about styling locks (she’s also a regular at fashion shoots). Cuts at Barrow range from $80 to $135. [Photo]

256 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 732-0356

10 Harper Paige Salon

Longtime Cowboys and Angels colorists Katie Casey and Marie Warden struck out on their own when they opened their still new-ish Harper Paige Salon, which garners great reviews. Stylists from other salons tell us they get their hair done here…hello? Cuts start at $85; partial highlights start at $155. [Photo]

11 Tillman Pl
Fl 2, San Francisco, CA 94108

11 Cinta Salon

Cinta had been around for almost 25 years, and it’s as fresh and modern as ever. This, thanks to a remodel last year, which included the addition of a blow-dry bar (blowouts are $40). But it’s the talented group of colorists and stylists who keep happy clients coming back year in and out. The MO here is to take an individual approach to cut and color. (Check out the fabulous festival looks the staff designed for Outside Lands.)Cuts start at $58 and partial highlights start at $122.

23 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108

12 Archer Salon

Situated in the middle of SF’s high fashion district (in a quiet spot off Grant), Archer Salon caters to, surprise surprise, the high fashion set. You really can’t go wrong with any of the stylists, including CK Karkhanis, who’s color expertise and sharpened shears enhance each client’s unique style. Prices aren’t cheap: haircuts start at $110, but the results are worth the extra bucks. [Photo]

33 Grant Street
San Francisco, CA 94127

13 Population

Population, which added a second location a year ago in the Mission (498 14th Street), is a blogger go-to. You know those bouncy layers they all seem to have? This is where the popular girls get ’em. P.S. Hair model alert: Mondays 11am to 3pm—$25 for a women’s cut. [Photo]

537 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 440-7677

14 David James

Located in the slightly ambiguous neighborhood that borders Alamo Square, Western Addition, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, and NoPa (whew!), this salon is the brainchild of brothers David and Daniel Karvasales. Trained in the Vidal Sassoon method, Daniel is an expert at cutting layers and framing the face. The staff is also known for highlights that will win you compliments (and stares) for months after your appointment. [Photo]

600 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 655-3973

15 Hair of the Gods

Clients rave about the $75 cuts at this salon with an anti-salon atmosphere. There are no zinc mirrors or hard polished surfaces in the shop. It’s upstairs, skylit, and full of plants and buddhas and tapestries—like someone’s eccentric aunt’s apartment in the East Village. [Photo]

324 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 863-9622

16 Edo Salon and Gallery

Edo was founded in 1998, with a vision to act as a springboard for street fashion, and it consistently pumps out one stunningly edgy cut after another. (Acrimony store owner Jenny Chung is a regular in stylist in Corinna Hernandez’s chair.) Haircuts range from $70 to $100, depending on hair length, and bang trims run $15 a pop. [Photo]

631 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 861-0131

17 Veer & Wander

This cool salon-cum-apothecary (find lots of yummy hair, makeup and skincare products and fragrances) is a fabulous place for all you hair needs—cut and color—at reasonable prices, with women’s cuts starting at $80. Every Tuesday it holds training workshops and hair models are needed: Get a great cut for $20. [Photo]

6 Brady St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-3012

18 Dekko

It’s easy to overlook Dekko Salon —hidden on an industrial strip of Potrero Hill— but the stylists in this light-filled loft space are worth the hunt (and hike). Highlights start at $135. Haircuts start at $65. [Photo]

1325 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 285-8848
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