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I have fairly short, fine hair and need a stylist for myself, that has
reasonable prices, great skills.
Would love an updated suggestion or 2. Berkeley area.
I swear by the Twins Hair Salon on Solano Ave. in the Beauty Center
Sisters Mary and Margaret do wonders, and they only charge about $30
for a cut and style. 525-TWIN (8946) anon
I have fine hair and have gone to many stylists in Berkeley and
Oakland over the past 10 years. After a very disappointing, layered
$110 cut at a high-end salon, I went to
SuperCuts on Solano Avenue. I
thought that it couldn't get any worse and at least wouldn't cost me
a fortune. Much to my surprise, I *loved* my new cut and have been
going to Lan at SuperCuts for the past two years and have not had a
bad experience. And did I mention that cuts are $16? Even with a
generous tip, I'm spending a fraction of what I used to. In this
case, it isn't too good to be true. I don't get my hair colored
anymore so can't speak to her skills there, but she has listened to
what I want and given me an amazing cut everytime.
Contact: Lan, SuperCuts, 1475 Solano Ave, Albany, 510.524.9050 Happy
Hair & Pocketbook
For an attractive yet reasonably priced haircut, I can recommend
Lillian Siu, Sahaira,
5510 College Avenue, Oakland 94618,(between
Ocean view and Lawton),(510) 595-4227,(park on Lawton).
Three years ago, after a disasterous attempt at a cheap cut, and
after admiring a friend's many hair style and color changes, I
followed through on her recommendation to work with Lillian.
Lillian's posted fees are $55 for an adult cut and blow dry and $25
for a child's cut and blow dry. For some time now, she has been
pleasing me with flattering styles for my full curly hair, and my 9
year old daughter with adorable styles for her straight thin hair.
I didn't see the original message, but I've found a wonderful
hairstylist-color tech I would like to recommend. She has had
extensive hours of European training and is highly experienced and
talented- she really knows her hair! In my opinion, she is more than
qualified to charge top salon prices, but charges an extremely
reasonable rate, I think b/c she's relatively new to the area and is
trying to build her client base. Best of all, she's an excellent
listener- she carefully listens to what *you* want (this is my most
important criterion, after bad experiences with stylists who do what
they want despite all your explanations). She's a hidden gem, her
name is Sandra, located in Walnut Creek, phone 925 286 2149.
happy with my stylist-finally!
I've been so impressed by haircuts I've received from Jenny at
(510) 232-1336. She does an outstanding job with my
fine slightly curly hair--better than stylists who charge far more
(she charges $25 for cut and style) The salon is in the shopping
center just off 580--23rd ave exit for Marina Bay.
getting compliments for my haircut
I have some gray hair that I like to color, however I had a heck of
a time finding a colorist/stylist who could do a quality job and
get it so my hair looked beautiful and natural and that the results
were consistent, not one dimensional. I lucked out when I found
Leana McShane at Panache
on College in Berkeley. I have been going
to her now for about 2 years and now my sister and mom do as well!
She is just wonderful, she takes her time, has the experience that
shows in her work, and her prices are very reasonable and she works
Sundays!!!! (I work full time so this great). She does a wonderful
job of stylying and cutting as well,I like to also get the
conditioning treatments sometimes too, and oh did I mention her
massage! Anyways, her number is 510-843-3255, she works Mondays,
Sundays and (I think ) Tuesday and will be adding Saturdays
starting Feb. (she's a local mom too!)
No gray for me not yet!
I have a hair stylist who is pricey, but terrific. However, the
colorist in the salon consistently has produced very disappointing
Could someone please share the name of a reasonably-priced colorist
who can do great highlights/lowlights?
Going to get that gray out of my hair
Sue and Rosa at Level 5 Salon in San Leandro are the BEST!
Reasonably priced, consistent results, and environmentally and community
conscious (they do a number of great projects with community groups, donate
their hair clippings for oil spill clean up and hair to cancer patients,
etc...and so much more)
check their website for pricing, address and other services...
I would like to recommend a local stylist named Susan Bailey.
She has done my
hair for most of my life, and I have done everything from perm, to butch cut,
to color, to highlight to bleach my hair! She is fairly priced, and has a
satisfaction-guaranteed attitude! (She will readjust if needed.) I am sure
you would find her 30+ years of experience helpful. She works at Chic Salon
on Shattuck avenue and can be reached at (510) 472-1006.
I believe this probably falls under the ''you get what you pay for''
category...but one can always hope, right? With the downturn of the
economy seriously affecting my daily spending, I'm hoping that my
hair-do won't have to suffer. I can no longer afford the $150 for
highlights plus $50 for cut plus tip on top of that every two months.
Any hair stylists to recommend that would do partial highlights and a
chic, short cut for say around $75 or less for color and $40-ish for
Roots showing in Oakland
You might try Sole Salon in Emeryville on Bay Street. It is an
Aveda shop and the staff is partly comprised of people doing
their internships/apprenticeships. So they have completed beauty
school but now they are studying further in the Aveda way. In
any case, my husband and I go there along with a few of our
neighbors. I recently started seeing Jaz (I think her name is
Jaslyn or something like that but just ask for Jaz) and she a few
weeks ago she took me from shoulder length to a super short cut
which I adore. She really listens and she is on the low end of
their pricing spectrum--I think my last cut & gloss was $39.
Can't beat it with a stick! Check it out.
I really like Classic Cuts
on Grand Ave across from the theater
in Oakland. Sisters Betty and Norma have a well run, friendly,
professional and affordable hair salon. Hair cuts are $23 and I
believe highlights are around $50--70. Betty has taught me about
cutting my longer hair in long layers and it is now light and
wavy instead of heavy and flat.
Teresa Roda at Hermosa Salon at 2703 college is brilliant
with hair coloring! when my color grows out now, you can't even
tell! She's not cheap but she fits in your price category of less
than $100 for color! (maybe around $70) Her number is (510)
932-1514 or 548-1170 good luck
I have been very pleased with Ja at Shear Perfection on
2433 Durant Ave.. Ja owns the Salon and is excellent. She is an
artiste and takes a lot of pride with her work. Very reasonably
priced, color and cut maybe around $100-120?
She has many hip young college girls as her clients and they seem
pleased with Ja.
Do give her a try. Tell her Shyamala recommended her :) She is
conveniently located and validates parking at the Durant garage.
Her phone number is 510 843-9581 shyamala
I'm searching for a hairstylist who charges in the $30-$40 range (before
tip). I usually get a shoulder-length layered cut, nothing fancy. I've
had great cuts from several stylists at Elixir but they are sadly out of my
price range. Any recommendations in the Berkeley area would be
I get a great and reasonably priced hair cut from Karla at
Reflections Hair Design (7000 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito)
510-527-2929. She listens, has good ideas and then gives a great
cut. She's also very good at hair color and happens to be a
wonderful and talented person.
Give her a try!
Happy with hair
I highly recommend Susan Bailey.
She has done my hair since age 13, and I am
now (ahem) 35...and has helped me to do everything from cuts, highlights,
full-dying, bleaching, drastic boy cuts :), and perms. She is reasonably
priced and also has other esthtician-type skills. Make sure you ask for a
neck massage with your shampoo- she's talented!!! I hope you enjoy your
experience-- She will make sure you do! She does males, and females, adults,
kids and teens! (510) 472-1006 She independently contracts in the Chic Salon
It's been a while since I've had my hair professionally cut and
I need a stylist recommendation. My hair is slightly wavy and
it's shoulder length. I'm looking for a hip style that's not
fussy since I have two kids under the age of four. I've looked
through the archives and they are a bit dated. Thanks!
-need hair help!
A friend of mine just recently took the ''plunge'' from her
expensive upscale hairdresser to an inexpensive shop, and I am
amazed at how fabulous her haircut looks, for only $18!!! She
went to Hairmasters at the El Cerrito Plaza.
I have been a ''hair snob'' all my life, and am seriously thinking
of trying Hairmasters out myself after seeing her cut. I
currently spend something like $65 per cut, and if I have my
natural blonde hair highlighted it costs something like $150.
(plus a fat tip) Ouch! I am at least going to try out
Hairmasters for a cut....and when there feel them out about what
products they use for highlights. It can't hurt!
cutting costs on cuts
HELP!!! I am overdue for a coloring!! I have checked the
website for recommendations, but have not found an up-to-date
posting for what I am looking for. I have long, wavy-kinda-curly
hair, and am looking for someone in the Albany, El Cerrito, North
Berkeley, Richmond Annex area who is good with color and cuts and
who won't break my bank. I recently switched from doing
exclusively highlights to having some demi-permanent color plus
the highlights done, which I really like, but it was from my
sister's stylist in Massachusetts. The people I have been to in
the area for cut and highlights have charged around $175 to $200,
and that is just too much for me to do it as often as I need. Any
suggestions you have would be so appreciated. Mary
I recommend Danielle at Pure Beauty in the El Cerrito Plaza.
She is great with color and also affordable. The phone # is 510-
Festoon Salon in N. Berkeley
does wonderful color and they have training sessions
often (weekly? monthly?) where you can be a "model" and get your
hair colored and/or cut very cheaply. This is done by
apprentices who are supervised by a regular stylist.
Every stylist at Festoon starts out as an apprentice,
even very experienced ones, so this is a good deal.
Check their website for
I'm in desperate need of a good cut & color (highlight). I
think my expectations might be crazy but is it still possibly
to get both for under $100 (plus tip)? I'm pretty sure I know
what I want but would be open to helpful suggestions.
Open to locations - Albany, Berkeley, Oakland. I can travel
throughout most of the east bay for the right stylist.
Needs an update
Ratsamy's Beauty Salon Berkeley
I have had a string of miserable haircuts and would like to
finally find a decent stylist. The catch is we are on a very
limited budget so going to some of the stylists I've seen
recommended here is out of the question. $15 is about what I
can affort, $25 is a big splurge. So does anyone have a cheap
stylist to recommend who is also really good at listening to a
client and helping find a good look for her? I know I'm asking
a lot but I'm hoping there's someone out there like that.
Am keeping my fingers crossed.
The Cutaway Piedmont Ave
Johnson for Hair Webster
Panache College Ave
Supercuts in Elmwood (2 reviews)
Vidal Sassoon SF
I am interested in getting my long hair into a short styled cut.
Unfortunately, I am also on a very limited budget. Any
recommendations for a place in Richmond, El Cerrito, El Sobrante
or Pinole? Can you recommend a specific person at one of the low
Thanks for any help.
Anna's San Pablo, Albany
Tommy Cuts San Pablo, Rich
I know there are recommendations on the website, but I still wonder if
anyone knows of a cutter in Berkeley who's under $40 and good with
mid-life hair, someone who can actually design a cut that has something
to do with the person's face and size, and who will not blithely inform
me, "Why, you have dry hair!" (Yes, I know that. I've lived with it for
40-odd years.) I tried Jimmy, the much-recommended person at University
Hair; he's a nice enough guy and an adequate cutter, but seemingly not a
stylist--not real forthcoming with ideas other than the usual, "Oh, you
have fine, dry hair."
Ah Dorno Northside
Beauty Center on Solano
Peter Thomas Berkeley
Shear Perfection Campus
Studio One Piedmont Av
Today's Rave Solano
I have been one for twenty years and I have to say that if you are
looking for a good person you can rely on and who can give you good
consistant cuts, you probably won't find one for under $40. The going
rate is $50-$60 these days mostly because the cost of living around here
is ridiculous. Two good ones: , Kristin Killian or Jennifer Archbold
@ 510.527.6226 in Kensington
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