Reasonable price, convenient location, and a talented stylist are just a few of the things we look for in a hair salon. And while we have yet to find a salon that meets all our requirements (we’re pretty picky), the best hair salons in San Francisco come pretty close. So just where should you get your hair done in the Bay Area? Thanks to some insight from local bloggers, we've compiled the most exceptional hair salons from Nob Hill to the Financial District.
Looking for an expert in textured hair? We'd suggest Cinta Salon. Want a new 'do to up your cool factor? One of Spoke & Weal's off-duty cuts will likely do the trick. Or perhaps babylights are more your style? If that happens to be the case, Barrow Salon will make your baby-blond dreams come true. For the hair salons Bay Area bloggers visit when they need a cut, color, or both, keep on reading.
"With two locations in San Francisco, this salon has a cult following," says Kate Ogata from The Fancy Pants Report. Known for its balayage treatments and I-woke-up-like-this hair, Population Salon is a go-to destination for San Francisco's stylish set, according to Ogata. Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 agrees, exclaiming she can't recommend Population enough, as it's the only place she'll go for both her cut and color.
537 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Lived-in balayage color and effortless French-girl cuts are just a couple of the reasons Melissa Middleton Lanman of JNSQ says Barrow Salon is "where all the cool girls go" in San Francisco. And while Lanman notes the décor and complimentary beverages are charming, it's the impeccable talent of stylists Bekie Raynard and Jamie Chow that keep her coming back to the salon. She says, "I want a very specific cut and color (blondaholoc), and my ladies at Barrow get it right."
256 Sutter St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Spoke & Weal
After just one cut, Ogata was smitten with Spoke & Weal Salon. She says, "My hair is stubbornly pin-straight, and I've never had a stylist give me so much texture. I have my hair cut by master stylist Christy Dylo—she's the absolute best." But cuts aren't all they do at Spoke & Weal; Ogata says they give great styling tips and recommendations based on your hair type as well.
Spoke & Weal
850 Greenwich St., San Francisco, CA 94133
According to Tina Phan from Phashionable, Vidal Sassoon is the birthplace of the original bob and the must-go salon for short, precise cuts. She says, "I have a very sharp bob hairstyle that goes high in the back and low in the front with blunt bangs. To say that this hairstyle is difficult to describe as well as cut is an understatement. However, the creative director at the San Francisco location, Michael Forrey is amazing."
359 Sutter St., San Francisco, 94108
DiPietro Todd Salon
If you're looking to be pampered, Phan highly recommends DiPietro Todd Salon, which she says is absolutely beautiful and perfectly situated in Union Square for shopping and lunch after getting your hair done. And as for the salon's performance, Phan says it is a great destination for haircuts, special-occasion blowouts, and extensions.
DiPietro Todd Salon
177 Post St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
A full-service styling boutique featuring a blow-dry station, coloring station, nail station, and facial room, Phan says Cinta Salon is the perfect place to catch up on all your beauty treatments. She further adds that the salon is a must for bridal parties: "You can get makeup, hair, and nails done all at once and go straight to the event without a smudge on the nails or flat hair." Now that's convenient.
23 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94108
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