Advice about Asian Hair
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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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
Try Betty or Gail at Festoon.
I'd never had a really good cut until I found
them. Pricey, but worth it.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
I have a great recommendation for a stylist who specializes in Asian hair. Her name
Kristen and she works in the Montclair Village at
Natural Expressions. I'm Chinese
my hair is stick straight in some places and kind of wavy in others. She's been
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
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
luck finding your perfect hairstyle. Her haircuts are $55.
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.
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
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.
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.
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