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Hi - I've seen many recent recommendations for hair stylists for
curly hair; mine is the opposite. I would love a recommendation
for a stylist that is FANTASTIC with color (older mom here), and
FABULOUS with fine, medium- to short-length hair. Any
recommendations, in or near Berkeley?
Just for fun, I'll kick in the request that h/she not also cost an
arm & a leg. These days, I'm realizing I just can't do a $200.
number on my hair to keep it beautifully colored and freshly,
attractively styled. (Not that it necessarily has been, although
I've certainly been paying that amount!)
Would love to hear your recommendations for someone, in or near
Berkeley, that fits the bill. What is/was your experience with
Thank you so much.
Need fantastic new hair stylist
Oh, I am so glad you asked this question b/c I have been meaning
to post to rave about my stylist!
Jennifer Brass is at Florescence
in Albany (on Tulare at Solano).
At my first visit, she took a lot of time to consult w/ me to
determine my lifestyle, how much time I give to my hair...she
looks at not just the hair, but the face, the body, and how the
cut will best complement and enhance the features. She checks in
at the beginning of subsequent visits and doesn't just repeat the
cut from the previous session, although I am sure she would if
you desired it. Using non-toxic products is also a priority. My
hair is shoulder length, maybe a little less, and she charges me
I'm the poster child for fine, straight hair and highly recommend
my stylist - Gerry Turner at Gerard's Hair Design on Piedmont in
Oakland (510-547-4107). As a busy professional, I've struggled
for years to find someone who could give me real style without a
lot of fuss and product. Jerry is a master with scissors, does a
wonderful job with color and highlights (yes, I'm over 40) and
the cost for a cut is under $50. I'm a convert because my
husband, an attorney, someone who also has a stake in looking
good, has used Gerry for 35 years. I've patronized big name
salons on both coasts (Bay Area and New York City) and Gerry's
skill and artistry far surpasses that of any stylist I've
encountered in my past.
Satisfied in Berkeley
I recommend Jil at Blow near Shattuck & University, 644-1871.
She has fine hair herself, so she understands how to deal with
I've been going to a great hair stylist for 10 years, located on
Island Drive in Alameda (I live in Oakland, and it's worth the
extra trip). Cost for cut and color, including a generous tip, is
$85. I have fine hair, almost shoulder length. I always get
compliments on both my haircut and the color. It's called
Salon 2004, and I see Tan Van, who is the owner.
Happy with hair
I have been going to Amanda at Bella Salon
in Alameda on Park St.
for years. I have fine, thin hair, altho it has some natural
curl. It took a couple of tries, but she gives me a really good
hair cut, & we then shape it gogether w/conditioner. My only care
inbetween is washing it, & putting on a little blob of
conditioner to give a bit more body & curl. I have grey hair,
never colored it, & in spite of its being thin, get lots of
compliments on my grey curls. Amanda is very reasonable in price.
I have the person for you - Julie-Ann at Orange Hair Salon on
Encinal Ave in Alameda. I have fine fine fine hair - before her,
every time I had it cut I'd say ''No products'' and they'd talk
me into a little of this, a little of that -- which looked great
after the salon blow out but at home - not so much. Julie-Ann
heard me when I said I do nothing -- and my hair looks better
than it has in years (I'm in my early forties, keeping it shorter
than shoulder length). I know they do color there (a woman was
leaving after her color - looked great to me). Julie-Ann is $55.
I've paid less (and more) and since it took me an extra month and
a half longer to get in to see her between cuts - and my hair
still looked great - I think its worth it. Give her a
I have very fine hair -- and not that much of it. My stylist is
Rainbeau, at J Salon (top of College Avenue in Oakland --
967-5549). She really understands fine hair -- I love what she
does with mine. It looks twice as thick as it really is, and
great style, all without my spending more than 5 minutes on it in
the morning! I get lots of compliments -- and lots of people
asking me who does my hair. She's not exactly inexpensive, but
she's not out of the ballpark, either.
I love Mary Ryan in Montclair. I have medium-length, very fine
hair, and she makes it turn under in a lovely pageboy that gets
me many compliments. I have 2 friends who use her, too, and they
love her. She charges $35.
Her Irish accent is an added bonus! Linda
I have been without a good stylist for a couple of years now and I
need help! I keep looking for someone who can do something positively
fabulous with my fine, short hair. He or she also must be good with
highlights. Does anyone have a recommendation? East Bay only
I highly recommend Annette at Peter Thomas. She has fine,
short hair herself (as do I), and has been giving me cute
styles for 10+ years. She is also excellent at highlights
and color in general. Peter Thomas salon is on Shattuck at
Virginia, in North Berkeley.
I have fine hair (lots of it, though) and am currently
wearing it chin length. I have been getting my hair cut (and
highlighted) by Betsy Zamacona at Lucero Salon for the 1.5
years and have been very happy with how my hair looks. The
Salon is located on College Ave in Oakland (just south of
63rd Street - it's right next door to Cole Coffee and across
the street from Safeway). The # is 420.8795.
I have fine, short hair and get my hair done by Qwynn at
Avelon Salon in Montclair. She is the owner and I have been
going to her for two years. She is amazing with color and
highlights and does a great cut. I get complements all the
time on my color and cut. You won't be sorry.
Mele Alberta at Jau Jou Studio in Oakland is the best at
cutting hair in the area and she also does a wonderful job
with highlights and color. She will do a great job with fine,
short hair, I think that is her speciality. I go to her and
alot of people I know do too, and we all love her. She is the
best and has been doing hair for over 15 years. Call her
today, you'll be so happy you did!
3351 Grand Avenue
Oakland CA 94610
I am looking for a hair stylist to help me find a new and improved look.
I have curly hair which is fine and looks wild without a good cut. I wear
my hair short and color it. A location in Oakland is preferable,
especially near Grand, Lakeshore or Piedmont. I'm looking for a long term
relationship with the stylist.
I highly recommend Carlos, the owner of
Arellanos Salon on College Ave in
Oakland. He's been my hairdresser for many years and I've been very happy.
I have straight fine hair and he's done amazing cuts (when I had it long
and now that I have it quite a bit shorter) as well as very good color and
highlighting. My daughter has fine but very curly, often frizzy hair and
I've been very happy with the cuts he's given her.
The other thing I really like about Carlos is that he doesn't talk your
ears off while he's working.
Here's his website: art-mindhair.com
Help, I am fairly new to the area and badly in need of a hair stylist. I have long, thin and fine dark hair and am tired of it looking limp. Any suggestions for a good hair stylist in Berkeley will be appreciated. Need a good hair style
on MLK is great. I also have fine, long hair and
I go to Darren who gives a superb cut. He is VERY hard to get
an appointment with and a little expensive but really good.
I've also heard that Eric, Betty and Bruno are good
I would highly recommend Ocean at Festoon Salon
(http://www.FestoonSalon.com/) in Berkeley. I have fine hair,
and she always knows what to do with it!
I have hair similar to yours--it is pretty long and fine.
Difficult to get a good cut. I found the greatest stylist ever!
I'm not sure what salon she is working at now but I know it is
on College-- her name is Deveshi Blue and her website is
I had the same problem with my sons locks. I sometimes joke
that I should hire a stylist to do his hair....
I opted to buy a pair of hair cutting scissors and I downloaded
instructions on cutting layers and I do it myself. People
always comment on his haircuts; although, it usually takes a
few days with a couple of sessions before I am pleased with it.
He is four and can not sit still for too long!
I can highly recommend Diana Simon with salons in both Alameda
and San Francisco, as an expert, knowing how to work with tricky
hair and can suit a cut to the person's hair and overall look.
She's lovely, very caring and knows hair!
She is the most highly trained hair stylist I have met!
933A Cnentral Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
2305 Van Ness Avenue
Her phone number is 510-387-7815. Enjoy!
I just answered the above post with this same rec.
Kipp Hamilton at Maru Hair Salon in Bkly is a great hair
He is skilled in styling/cutting all kinds of hair. He will
know what is the best style and cut for your texture of hair
and your face. The shop number is 549-3610. Good luck
I also have fine hair and have been getting great haircuts from
Camilla at Darin David Salon on Solano Ave (524-8121). She's
given me more style than I've ever had, and is a lovely person
I have very fine, thin straight hair. I'm looking for
a haircutter who can help me have an easy style that
works well with fine, thin hair...and is virtually no
maintenance. Right now I wear my hair long - shower,
brush and go, no stops for curling irons or blowdryers.
I'd like to get a shorter style (maybe the hubby wouldn't!)
but don't want to spend time primping and have had
failed cuts before with hairdressers giving me a cut
that doesn't work with my hair type. Any suggestions? Berk/Oak area. Thanks!
Alexander Pope Rockridge
Circle Salon Kensington
Hair Solano (2) Albany
Point of View Salon Oakland
Vine Street Salon N. Berkeley
Adding highlights to your hair will make your hair
fuller as well, and I have found (after trying I don't
know how many products) a conditioner that actually
lifts my hair instead of making it even flatter. It is
from Kiehls (#133) which has a website and a 1-800# but
recently, there is a special booth at Nordstrom's in
Walnut Creek. It is not cheap but it is the only
conditioner that does works and I can highly recomend
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