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Hairdresser for short, thick Asian hair

Feb 2009

Looking for recommendations for a hairdresser (will go anywhere in bay area but East bay preferred) that is good with short, stylish, texturized cuts, and familiar with thick, Asian, straight hair. Just moved up from LA and miss my Westside Japanese hairdresser! Any suggestions appreciated. Also, if anyone has someone to recommend at Festoon in Berkeley, as it's location is convenient for me, that would be great. Thank you! Suzanne


I highly recommend Kinuko's beauty creation in Alameda on Park Street. It is run by Kinuko and her brother Yoshi. They are Japanese and were fully trained in Japan; ie knows how different technique is required to cut Asian hair. I've been their client for 9 years and even though I moved from Alameda to Union City, Newark, Palo Alto, San Diego, and back to Orinda, I remained their faithful client because I couldn't simply find anyone better! Their phone number is 510-814-9699.

The only downside is it's very difficult to get an appointment on the weekend unless you book in advance because many of their current clients always make their next appointment. Weekdays are not bad. shiho


Hi, My hair person, Alyssa, at Panache Spa on Shattuck & Cedar is GREAT! I have short, straight Asian hair--she gives me the cutest cuts! My 18 year old daughter goes to her too. She's a transplant from SoCal (finance at Cal). I highly recommend her. Her number: 841.5555. Karen
Madge at Louie Salon (415)864-3012 in SF is fantastic!She has a lot of experience with Asian hair as I and many of her other clients are Asian women.She was trained at Vidal Sassoon and has such precision in her technique. I've tried Festoon as well as two in Japan Town in the City, but I think Madge is the best. I love that she can suggest new styles for me when I ask for a change. I always like to keep my hair short, but she does a lot of nice variations. If you're looking for Japanese stylists, then try the Japan Beauty Center Salon. Judy

Good hairstylists for very straight Asian hair

March 2008

I'm asian and have very straight hair. Now that I'm back to work after maternity leave, I really need a cut that is professional but does not require too much fuss. I've tried various hair salons with so so results. I recently tried La Nana and it was kind of expensive and still was just an ok cut. Looking for someone who knows how to design a cut tailored to my face and definetely would like someone who knows how to cut asian hair. Any recommendations for good straight hair stylists east bay or otherwise? Anyone tried stylists in Japantown? Tired of bad haircut straight hair mama


I've been going to John at Peter Thomas (Shattuck Ave) for the past 12 years. This is a great salon, John is incredible - and so are the other stylists. Give them a try. -A bit pricey, but as far as I'm concerned, worth every penny! carol
My recent discovery is Monica, who recently moved to Remedy Salon (http://www.remedysalon.com/) from Alexander Pope in Rockidge. Shes young and hip,(but not in an itimidating way)and she does an awesome job. I too, had many many average haircuts (superfine, super straight hair and not alot of it), and was feeling like i was sinking into a habit of bad-mommy-hair days everyday. Glad to say those days are over! happy mama
Hi, I would HIGHLY recommend LISA HARVIE the owner and stylist/colorist I go to. Lisa owns SHED at 1518 Park in Emeryville. Her number is 510.655.1168. I have shoulder-length very straight blonde hair and she has done a spectacular job with the cut and the highlights. I've sent two of my Asian friends to her and they've been very satisfied. Lisa herself has long, straight hair. Good luck! Patty
I have straight hair and like it that way. I also like a simple bob haircut so that it's easy to maintain (I don't do hair products at all). It took me awhile to find someone who was friendly, takes her time, and cuts my hair right so that it doesn't curl out. I like my current hair stylist at Viveur Salon very much. She listens to what I want and doesn't try to do cuts that only looks good in the salon cuz of styling. She's located close to the gourmet ghetto in Berkeley. Kind of expensive ($50+) but worth the money for me. 1662 Shattuck Avenue ph. 510-540-8540 anon
I would like to reccommend Sue Ko ownner of Wicked Salon in SF. I have curly hair and she gave me a wonderful cut, very stylish, no fuss I get so many compliments on it. She is very talented and very detail oriented, I'm sure she could cut any kind of hair. She is herself asian and so is her partner whom I haven't gotten a cut from but believe is equally talented. Sue charges $80 for the cut and I feel they are a very well spent 80 bucks. I believe they are on Grant in downtown Sf, you can go online and get all the info. Good Luck. christie
Mele Alberta is the greatest - I have very straight hair and I am happier with her than any other stylist. She works at a wonderful salon -- JauJou Studio in Oakland on Grand ave. The number is (510) 208-3449. morayblue
Try Betty or Gail at Festoon. I'd never had a really good cut until I found them. Pricey, but worth it.

Coloring Asian hair

June 2007

I have a major birthday coming up this summer and I've been thinking about marking it by coloring my hair. But... I have the classic Asian hair, very thick and black-black. I want to get purple streaks put in. Can anyone tell me about their experiences with coloring Asian hair? I'm assuming that I would need to get it bleached before the purple will take, and I'm worried about the hair getting all crunchy and breakable, and ruining the texture. Will the color wash out before the hair grows out, leaving me with bleach streaks? Thanks in advance.


Try purple hair extensions. Call Barbarella salon about this. The extensions last a while and you don't have to worry about the bleaching. Happy Birthday!
Several years ago (maybe 10?), a Chinese friend of mine had almost ''translucent'' emerald green in her hair. I suppose it might have been cellophane color...? But it wasn't done to her whole head, but rather layers underneath so as her hair moved, you could see the color. It was especially beautiful in sunlight. No bleaching was done, and the texture of her hair wasn't affected. Ellen
I just visited B&J's on College and Bing and Joni are fantastic with Asian hair! I actually have mixed race hair which can be very difficult to treat and style. Mexican Korean Hair

Stylist for Asian hair in Berkeley/Albany

May 2006

I'm interested in updates to the 2004 postings in the archives on recommendations for hair stylists for Asian hair. I would like to find someone in the Berkeley/Albany area that can work with my thick, straight hair, and give me a stylish, easy cut for under $75. Carol


I used to be a hairstylist in a large salon near the UC so I got to watch all of the stylists work. One of the most talented stylists I have ever seen, particularly with haircutting is Myong. She works at Panache on College now 843-3255. I have 4 hairdressers in my family and they used to be the only ones to touch my hair. Now Myong is the only person I will let touch my hair. When you meet her for the first time bring a photo. After she gets to know you she will just know what to do. Joni
Try Kip Hamilton at Maru Hair Salon in Berkeley. The number is 549-3610. He's fabulous and also very popular. You might have to wait a while to get an appt. I think he's charging $50 these days. spouse of Asian-American with great hair
Hi! Marie at Festoon in Berkeley! She's the best!! My sisters and I have been going to her now for a few years and we're always pleased with it. I believe she charges $65 for a haircut. Here's the number 510.524.2953 Please email me if you have any questions! Jane
I have a great recommendation for a stylist who specializes in Asian hair. Her name is Kristen and she works in the Montclair Village at Natural Expressions. I'm Chinese and my hair is stick straight in some places and kind of wavy in others. She's been cutting and coloring my hair for 2 years now and she is AWESOME. Not only does she understand the texture and weight of Asian hair, she is also super nice and a good listener. She is very straightforward about what will work with your hair and help you to set your expectations realistically. You can reach her directly by cellphone at 510-376-0467. You can tell her Nicole sent you. She'll get a kick out of it. Best of luck finding your perfect hairstyle. Her haircuts are $55. Nicole
This is a little out of the way but my hairstylist does excellent work with Asian hair. She is in Alameda and charges way below $75 for a cut. Call her at 749-4199. EA
I've been going to Suki for over 10 years now and she has always done a great job giving shape and body to my heavy thick (Chinese) hair. I love that I can go there and just describe what I'm not liking about my hair and she always has a solution, and it's not always the same solution! She keeps very current on styles, and I always get compliments on the new do. Best of all, she knows I don't do any maintenance with my hair and won't come back for a few months, so she knows how to give me a cut that is wash-and-wear and will grow out well.

Suki had been a Senior Stylist at Panache on Telegraph for the last several years, but since they suddenly closed down in December, she moved to a salon on Solano called Tresses, upstairs from Sweet Basil. 1734 Solano Ave., ph. # 280.4903. She's been having trouble letting her past clients know where she is, so I am happy to spread the word about her new location.

I know she also specializes in color and Japanese straight perms, but I've never gotten those services from her. Feel free to email with any more questions. Mae


Hairdresser for Asian Hair

May 2004

I desperately want a new style but I have that straight, never, ever going to be wavy Asian hair. I have had the same style for about 10 years and would love something new and flattering. I am toying with the idea of having bangs. I would love any recommendations for a person that not only cuts but understands Asian hair as well as knowing what could really look good without having to be the latest in hair fashion. Thank you!

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