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Looking for a east bay hair stylist. I am willing to pay more for a
good hair stylist. I need a stylist that can highlight dark hair
without making it brassy, orange or damaged. Let me know if you love
For a great stylist in the East Bay, call Theresa Roda. She
works out of Hermosa salon on College Avenue (at Derby) in
Berkeley. I've been going to her for about a year and I'm
happy with both my cut and color. She's honest about what
styles will and will not work with my hair type, face shape,
etc., and she is careful not to overprocess my hair. She
really loves her job and is a very sweet person as well! Her
number is 510-932-1514.
You can't find anyone better then Kipp Hamilton, at Maru
Hair Salon in Bkly (Shattuck and Rose). THe salon number is
Kipp is more pricey but well worth it. I know people who
have left his salon because they wanted to pay less and have
always come back cause they couldn't find anyone as good.
He's the best. Cutting, coloring, styling. He works with
your face, complexion, personality and what your hair will
I can highly recommend Mele Alberta of Jaujou Studio located
on Grand Ave. (near the Grand Lake Theater). Mele is
amazing! She has nearly 20 years experience and has even
been an industry educator. Mele is a great colorist and
gives me highlights that I LOVE and that look very natural.
You can check out her salon's website at
Happy to have found Mele!!
I have been really pleased with Yesenia at Keter salon (1815
A Fourth Street, Berkeley): 510.849.0306
The colorist she works with is also great. My dark brown
hair has not experienced any brassiness or orange tones.
And the color really accents my haircut.
I suggest Kathleena Gorga, 510.710.0309 (Hopkins near
Monterey), for hair cutting; she'll recommend a colorist in
her salon. Many excellent hair cutters do not also do color
and vice versa. My wonderful colorist is Annette at Peter
Thomas, 510.843.0697 (Shattuck at Virginia, next to Yoga
Kula); there are also many excellent hair cutters at this
salon (mine is forever booked, so no point making the
Linda Chiodo and her husband Gino own the fabulous Entourage
Salon in Thearter Square - Orinda, just off Hwy 24, very
easy to get to from Berkeley and Oakland.
Linda has been cutting and coloring my hair nearly 15 years
and even though I try other places -just for fun sometimes
-I usally have to go get my hair fixed by Linda afterwards.
Linda will work with you to give you a style you can then do
yourself without too much effort. People often compliment my
hair cut and I always give Linda the full credit.
Entourage is only 10 minutes from my house in the Oakland
Hills. They have other stylists who are also very good. My
daughter, age 15, loves her latest haircut from another
stylist there but I cannot remember her name right now.
Call and tell them JM sent you :) 925-254-9721
2 Theater Square, Orinda
happy with cut & color
I would like to HIGHLY recommend a wonderful haircut person:
his name is Tom and he works out of a place on Broadway near
college called Milagro.His private number in the salon
is:510-923.0403. He is not there on Mondays & Thursdays.
I have been going to him for over ten years and have never
been disappointed with my haircut. He has also mixed colour
for me just by my describing what i am looking for because i
can never find exactly what i want in one particular tube of
colour. I have had my hair cut in London, NY and Tokyo & he
remains the best. I will be most distressed if and when he
quits! he knows when i am about to make a really foolish
decision for which i shall be sorry later and good naturedly
but firmly talks me out of it! for this i am always
PS: if you wear your hair in any sort of bob, you are REALLY
in luck! his is the best i have ever had done & i have been
wearing variants of this style since childhood
I was so glad to find Patricia Lewis at La Peluqueria, 1600
Shattuck Ave. #108, Berkeley, (510) 601-0102. My hair was in
terrible shape although I had been going to quite upscale
hair salons. I found Patricia's shop tucked behind Cafe de
la Paz on Shattuck and across from Andronico's. She is
really an artist when it comes to hair. My hair is now in
good shape, has wonderful color, and extremely well cut.
Everyone who goes out of there seems very happy. She isn't
as expensive as some places. Currently, this is a one person
shop. She is funny, bright, and spirited and you can enjoy
the time with her. I can't recommend her enough!
It sounds like you are looking for a colorist more than a
stylist. I LOVE my colorist, though he is a bit expensive
and is in San Francisco. I have been going to him for more
than 8 years now; and can't believe the number of
compliments I regularly get (the best being when people have
NO idea that my hair is colored). His name is James and he
works at Au Top which is on the corner of Grant and Sutter.
He charges $150 for highlights (with base color of course).
He uses great products that seem to last a long time without
the harshness. He does his best to use the least invasive
products needed by your hair's condition. If you go see
him, tell him Nikki recommended him.
I really like my girl, Tracy, at Salon L in Walnut Creek. I
always get compliments that my hair color looks very
natural. I also like how she always asks if I want her to
put product in my hair before she styles it rather than just
assuming I want a bunch of goopy stuff. She also has pretty
flexible hours. The phone number there is (925)943-6737.
I love Susan Ferdowski at Elixir Salon in the east bay. She
was awesome and three months later i still get compliments
on my cut where ever I go. Call 510 526 1700 to get an
appointment. Have fun!
Hi. I have dark brown hair that I like to color and highlight, but no
matter how much I pay or where I go, I have yet to find someone who can do
a great job. My hair always turns brassy and orange. I know that it's
possible to have great highlights so I was hoping someone could recommend
a stylist (preferably in the east bay) who knows how to transform stubborn
dark hair into pretty blondish highlights w/o brass? Thanks!
Annette at Peter Thomas
(Shattuck @ Virginia, 843-0697) is the best
colorist I've ever had; she also does my eyebrows at the same time
for no extra charge. I had used others whose highlights looked
cheap rather than elegant. Peter is a fabulous cutter for my curly
hair; Annette does the color. Good luck!
Great head of hair
I've been following Suki Yim of Tresses
on Solano for years. She's
very skilled technically and artistically; she is also a painter so
she can really envision a great cut for you and make it a reality. I
always get a lot of compliments on my cut, most notably from other
stylists I know.
I know just the stylist for you! Mele Alberta is an amazing colorist and
stylist (who happens to have dark hair with highlights herself). She works
at JauJou Studio
located at 3351 Grand Ave. near the Grand Lake Theater.
I have dark brown hair and she gave me beautiful subtle highlights that
brighten up my face without looking unnatural. She can definitely work
with you so you don't experience brassy orange color again! Mele can be
reached at (510) 208-3449. Best of luck!
Loving my highlights and cut!
I am getting more and more gray hair and I am missing my brown hair.
Also, the gray is pretty frizzy. Does anyone know anything about this and
if you have to color over all your hair just to cover some gray areas, and
if you have to repeat this often to avoid the roots-coming-in look? Can I
do this myself and do a good job? Are there any products with non toxic
Thanks for any help on this.
Kate Narron has been cutting and coloring my hair for over two years now
-she's wonderful. She listens well and has great ideas and just simply
rocks it when it comes to color. I was washing out my own grey for a long
time and it always looked flat and frankly dyed. Kate somehow manages to
make my hair look really natural and vibrant without using highlights or
low lights (I have dark hair -the ones that aren't grey that is) and it
feels much healthier than when I was doing it myself.
I have wavy hair, but my friend who now sees Kate regularly has perfectly
straight hair --we both feel like it's the best hair cut experience we've
had. Kate's not only terrific at what she does, she's fun to visit with
too (she's also a mom) .
She's at Right Angle Hair Design
in Rockridge, 510-420-8447 or her direct
She is formerly of Sproos in SF (you can read some reviews from her fans
on YELP.com under Sproos Hair Salon).
It took me 3 years after moving to the area to find a hair stylist I like.
Ester Silvera is at Sherilynn Jade Salon
in Lafayette (925) 283-3785 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a color and cut specialist who
also does aromatherapy scalp massage in a bright salon across the street
from Trade Joe's - easy parking and quick access from the freeway.
Any natural blondes out there who use a good colorist to highlight? I'm asking natural
blondes because most of us tend to have finer hair, which doesn't seem to be as
forgiving on both cut and color. My main complaint is too few foils (even when paying
for extra) and missed areas. I have fine hair, but tons of it, so stylists often miss
patches that look odd when my hair is parted or worn differently and there never seem to
be enough in the back when I wear my hair up (and yes, I know the back should be done
less because that's what's natural-looking, but more than 4 or 6 streaks would be nice).
I live in Oakland, so somwhere in Oakland, South Berkeley, Alameda would be great, but
am willing to travel if necessary. Not worried about price.
I have very fine light brown hair and I love my colorist: Maggie Williams
at Studio 1 on Piedmont. I always get
compliments. Maggie does high- and low-lights for me. And in 10 years of having her color my hair, on
the few occasions where I didn't like how it came out, she immediately had me back in and changed it.
Her prices are very reasonable, and I enjoy the experience of being in her one-person shop much more
than times I've been at other fancier, more famous salons in the Bay Area. Her number: 510-923-1403.
I have fine dark blond hair and I've been getting highlights for years, at various places. The best
color I've ever gotten is at
in N. Berkeley. Anybody there will give you really great looking
professional highlights. They have regular classes for all the stylists to keep them up on the best
techniques. I go to Betty, who is one of the trainers for color. You really can't go wrong at Festoon
I just found out that I am alergic to ppd (paraphenylenediamine)
found in haircolor. I have jet black hair and the grays need to
be covered every 2 weeks. I found that every color in the
market is using ppd. I need serious help and soon. What should
I use for my hair color? if someone else has ppd allergy- let
me know what to look out for in products.
PS all you hair dying folks out there you should look
up /google ppd . it seems that it is a poison that is not
regulated at all. perhaps because so many beauty industries are
benefitting from it
poisened by ppd
This is a wild one but I've solved all sorts of ''need-black'' kinds of problems
scuffs, black paint scratches, etc.) with a black permanent ink magic marker.
you just mark up your hair whenever the grey grows out?
Hi. I am looking to find a hairstylist near the berkeley area who
does natural (not brassy!) looking blondish highlights and
haircolor for people with really dark hair. And a stylist who can
give slightly edgy looking haircuts too. Looking for someone
affordable (not too highend). Please let me know if you can
recommend someone. Thank you!
I love Elvia at Skye Salon in Piedmont!
Elvia is the owner and she has 3 or 4 staff. Give her a call
and tell her what your budget requirements are.
4385 Piedmont Avenue
This message is for all the people who asked about a great cut,
stylist, color, highlights.
Kipp Hamilton, owner of Maru Hair Salon on Rose and Shattuck is
the best ever. To the woman who wanted less expensive, I don't
think Kipp is less expensive than what you mentioned. He's
probably ''going rate''.
Salon # is 549-3610.
Good luck to all
I can highly recommend Diana Simon, in Alameda and SF, for
expert coloring, as well as perfect cut/styling. She travels to
LA once a month for customers there who cannot live without her.
Her prices are very fair, you will keep going back and she makes
you look your best you.
Diana Simon, SIMON SAYS, 933A Central Avenue, Alameda, 94501 Or
2305 Van Ness Ave, SF 94804 telephone for either: 510-387-7815.
Tell her Louise referred you.
I'm liking my hair blond these days and am looking for someone in Berkeley who does
really great blond foil highlights. Specifically, I'm having trouble finding someone who
can do fine highlights that look more natural. It seems like everyone does big chunky
ones (that take less time for them) and make me look tiger-striped. Any suggestions
for someone great in the Berkeley or Walnut creek area?
I have been seeing Katrina at Peter Thomas
salon on Shattuck for
years. She does fantastic natural looking blonde highlights.
Folks comment on my naturally blonde hair all the time (born a
toe-head, now have light brown hair). She is a bit expensive,
but extraordinary and I can go every 4 months because they grow
out so well. If you are going for a cut and highlight, plan on
spending 2.5 hours and $200.
having more fun
katrina at peter thomas is excellent with color and highlights
Shannon at Elixer does natural blond highlights. Elixer is on
Hopkins St. Good grow out
I have been getting blonde highlights for my blonde/gray hair for
10 years now at Peter Thomas Hair Salon, on Shattuck in North
Berkeley. My hair never looks stripey, but quite natural. My
particular stylist is Annette, but I've had quite a few colorists
Dawn at Vine St. salon has done a great job on my mousey
brown/blond hair (I used to be a tow-head as a child)...I also
wanted it to look completely natural...and it really does. It is
pricey ~ $110..but very worth it
A natural blond again..
Try Feeny at Hair Solano
on Colusa. 524-4800. She has colored
and highlighted and cut my hair for 10 years and it always looks
very natural! Plus she is a sweetheart!
I would highly recommend Katrina at Peter Thomas Hair Salon on
Shattuck. Her # is: 843-0697. She is excellent - creates very
I can absolutely recommend someone who is one of the best at
color/highlights and cuts for that matter. Her name is
Johnson, and her salon is on Piedmont Ave in Oakland (worth the
drive from anywhere). She has been doing my hair for years and
it looks incredibly natural and I am constantly being asked who
does my hair. She is hard to get an apnt with but if you are
flexible she can usually fit a new client in. She has great
technique and usually weaves in a few colors to give a more
Lynn Johnson, Studio One #510.428.4008
About the blond highlights in the Berkeley/Oakland area. There
is a SUPERB stylist at Phoenix Rising Hair Salon
who does very beautiful, natural-looking highlights. She goes by
the name ''Z.'' I'm a new client and am extremely pleased. The
price isn't outrageous either. According to Z, big, bold, blond
highlights are ''way out of style'' anyway. She compares it to
pasta! The fettuccine highlights are over. It's time for
I've been going to a really terrific hairdresser for several years --
Angela O'Connor. She does excellent, subtle highlights, and she's really good
company, too -- funny and smart. Her studio is in Emeryville. Phone
number is 653-3639
I strongly recommend Cari at the Moonshadow Salon
College). I have black hair and she gave me highlights with brown
and red. Yes, red! When she mentioned the color combinations to
me it sounded utterly hideous, until I realized that she meant
single strands of mahogany-red. She could actually highlight just
one strand of hair! The end result looked completely natural and
not like I had artificially colored my hair. Good luck!
Look no further. I know a great colorist who makes my hair look
naturally blonde. People are surprised when I tell them that I
have highlights. They just assume that I am naturally this
blonde. I was, but am no longer (sigh) due to a sequence of
events involving moving further from the equator, having a baby
and just plan getting older. It left me with much darker blonde
hair than I was happy with. About eight or so years ago I
nervously explained to the colorist that it was very important
to me that it look natural, aka, just like it used to. She has
been my colorist ever since that day and I love how naturally
blonde she makes my hair look. She also does it without frying
my hair and she uses foil. Her name is Laura and she is part
owner of Vine Street Salon in Walnut Square in North Berkeley
I'd recommend any stylist at Festoon
for blond highlights. I've
had mine done by 5 or 6 different stylists there and have always
had excellent results. They are all quite good at
natural-looking highlights, and that is the default they do there
I've been very happy with my foil highlights and haircut
(curly/wavy hair) from Susanne Adler at Moonshadow Salon
Ashby. (510) 841-4696. She's always busy and you have to book
For any kind of highlights, you need to see Lisa at Tique. She's
amazing and can make
anyone's hair look great! I wanted highlights, but didn't want it to
be too noticeable,
so she recommended understated lowlights. I get tons of compliments.
independent, so she doesn't have a full staff, but she is incredible
and loads of fun too.
I've recommended several people to her already. Everyone is a
I am looking for a good hair colorist and stylist in Alameda or Oakland. I want
highlights and a cut. I have a pretty good idea what I want, but I like someone with
a good sense of style who will tell me what they think would look good on me. (My
hair is fairly thick and wavy/curly.) I have checked the website and all the
recommendations are in Berkeley, SF, and Lamorinda. Also, I haven't had my hair
colored before, so let me know what I can expect to pay and how much to tip too.
Phoenix Rising Montclair
Salon Marcello Alameda
Sandra's Mane Affair Alameda
Spank Salon Alameda
--Ready to color!
Does anyone have a
good colorist they can recommend in the Berkeley or Walnut Creek
area? I need highlights and lowlights.
A Head in Need
Keter Salon 4th Street
Maru Hair Salon N. Berkeley
Ratsamy's Beauty Salon Berkeley
We Are Hair Lakeshore
I need to find someone in either the Rockridge/Elmwood area or
close to the SF financial district to do partial highlights. I
basically like my hair color and get highlights in order to give
a little body to my incredibly fine hair, so my main concern is
finding someone who will be sensitive to my desire NOT to
overcolor my hair (I've had some really awful experiences).
Also, someone not outrageously expensive would be great. Thanks
Skittish about hair coloring
Ratsamy's Beauty Salon Berkeley
I am looking for a stylist who is excellent with cut and color; I
do not want to go to one person for a haircut and to another
person for color. As well, I would like the name of someone who works in
the East Bay and who is not a primadonna.
Maru Hair Salon N. Berkeley
Moonshadow Salon Elmwood
Peter Thomas N. Berkeley
Today's Rave Solano
I need a hair colorist who works saturdays and does a good job.
I really need someone who is good as I have had a few stylists
who dye my hair and the color ends up all uneven....at this
point I don't care if they are on the higher price end. Please
give any recommendations. Thanks.
Jaboh Hair Studio SF
La Tour Elmwood
Miller and Company Montclair
Mr. Pinkwhistle SF
Peter Thomas N. Berkeley
The Powder Box Solano
I would appreciate any recommendations for good hair stylists in
Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Concord, or Lafayette area. (I have seen
the previous recommendations but they are a bit dated). Also,
when you respond, please let me know if you'd consider their
prices moderate or expensive. I'm primarily looking for someone
to cut and color my hair. My fiance is also looking for someone
to cut his hair so if you know of good recos for men, that's
helpful too. Thanks!
Circle Salon Kensington
Escape Salon El Cerrito
Henry Alexander Walnut Creek
Keter Salon 4th Street
On Salon-O Albany
Phoenix Salon & Day Spa Walnut Creek
I am looking for someone to cut and color my hair. I'm starting
to get some gray hair and have never had my hair colored
before. I'm a little nervous about the whole process, so
someone that really knows their stuff would be comforting. I
have read the previous postings on the website and didn't find
what I was looking for. I live in Lafayette, so the Lamorinda
area would be ideal, but not necessary. Thanks.
Changes Salon and Day Spa Walnut Creek
Robert Jensen Salon (2) Lafayette
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