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I sometimes watch ''What not to wear'' and ''10 years younger'' on TV and I wonder where I get a
makeover just like that. It would be nice to have somebody who would know what type of clothing looks
good on my body shape, what make up looks great on me, which hair syle would suit me ... etc. Where do
I get a makeover like that and how much is something like that ?
I highly recommend Micki Turner as a personal shopper/image consultant.
http://mickiturner.com/home.html. I've worked with her twice, and she's personable,
experienced, has great style, works with many different shapes and types of people--and
really helps us create style.
I've been looking at pictures from over 20 years and I realized
that I still have the same hairstyle!! I would like something
new, but don't know what would look okay with my face shape. I
love the shows where a hairstylist suggests the best style for a
woman's face. Can anyone recommend a hairstylist that has not
only has an eye for style, but can also suggest the best style?
My hair is very fine, but also wavy to slightly curly. Thanks.
In Need of a hairstyle makeover
Go to John at Peter Thomas. He is great! Not only will he recommend an
for your face, age, lifestyle, etc. he will give you a great haircut. I
have sent a few
friends to him and they all came back very satisfied.
Peter Thomas Hair Salon
1700 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Your post did not specify a location. If Berkeley is doable for
you, I highly recommend Alexandra Gibbs, owner of Elixir Salon
and Spa (1599 Hopkins Street, Berkeley 510-526-1700). I have
been a client of hers for over 10 years and trust her
completely for both cuts and color. She has created many
different looks for me over the years. I have even had
strangers come up to me on the street asking me who does my
If you are looking for a new hair style designed specifically for you,
and your face, I cannot recommend Victor Wu of
Victor Wu Studio in
(510.428.2885) highly enough. He is an artist and very very attentive.
examine how your hair falls naturally, ask you questions etc. He is a
so plan for a couple of hours--so worth it! he is a genius with color
too. if you are
tight on time let him know and monitor your watch. He is an artist and
caught up and loose track of time. This is why you walk out of the
like a million.
Hi, I'm pregnant and couldn't be happier about it, but I'm
definitely feeling the need for a boost to my personal style. I
have fine, thick, and somewhat wavy hair. For years I had a
short cut and a stylist I adored. Then I moved and decided to
grow my hair out. Since then it's just been... well, hanging
there. I need a great stylist with a flair for matching hair
type, face shape, and personal style. I don't know exactly what
I want done, so ideally s/he'll have a creative eye. I'm willing
to pay up to around $60 or so, and I'd rather not wait for
months. Recs appreciated, for a stylist you know to do great
try john at peter thomas
in berkeley. 1700 Shattuck Ave / 843-0697. he is great and
has a well-trained eye for suggesting a style that fits your face shape and hair
and he is not afaid to tell you what will or won't work. i have sent a few friends to
and they all love him.
Hi there! If you're looking for a stylist with style who takes
your personality, hair type, and face shape, look no further than
Mele Alberta at Jaujou Studio on Grand Ave. This woman makes
cutting hair an art form! Mele LOVES working with women who have
sort of let themselves go and will help you reclaim your own
unique style! Mele charges $60 for a haircut and it is WELL
WORTH IT! You will be pampered from start to finish.
Check out the studio website at www.JauJouStudio.com
or call Mele directly at (510) 387-5154
Kipp Hamilton at Maru Hair Salon in N. Bkly (Rose and
Shattuck/Henry is a FABULOUS stylist.
He will give you a cut that matches your face, physic etc.
He's really amazing. Because of him my whole body image changed
a few years ago (for the better). The shop number is 549-3610.
He's also the sweetest guy you'll ever meet.
Betsy Zamacona at Lucero Salon (College Avenue at 63rd,
510.420.8795) in Oakland next to Cole Coffee has been
cutting/highlighting/styling my hair for the last 6 months & I
am really happy with my hair. I moved from NYC last year and
had the greatest stylist there, so it took me a while to find
someone that I liked. The salon is new, but all the stylists
have many years of experience. I think she charges $55 a cut
(but maybe a little more), but I think its well worth that
price and more. The other thing is I can usually get an
appointment with less than a weeks notice. Email me is you
have other questions.
i love my stylist, since 1995. good price ($40), and great
service. i'm still making the trip into SF to keep him, though i
moved to oakland in 98. his current shop is just off 18th st,
near the top where it runs into market, so parking is ok. he's on
a tiny street, almost an alley, called ''hattie.'' the shop is
''shear madness,'' and his name is steven york.(415) 621-2220. try
him, you'll love him! i went through 2 pregnancies and he kept me
looking good, and knew better than to let me go off the deep end
once when i impulsively asked for a drastic change (oh, those
pregnancy hormones, they can turn on 'ya...).
I have similar way hair. I love Ruby at Eclipxe
--she is very
professional and hip! She is also just a sweet person. You will
not be dissapointed I promise!
Eclipxe Hair Salon (510) 649-9131 1922 Martin Luther King Jr
My third child was born six months ago today, and so, not
surprisingly, my last haircut was 6 months and one day ago. I
am a mess! This is a particular problem as I work at a law
firm and I need to project a professional image. So, I
desperately need a recommondation for a hair stylist who can
not only give me a good haircut, but who can really recommend
styles which would work for me. I have fine, not quite
Darin David Salon Solano
Eclipxe Hair Salon MLK
Vine Street Salon N. Berkeley
I'm an older mom with an aging appearance and exhausted features.
Anyone else feel that way? So... I'd like to find someone who
might assist me in coming up with a hairstyle, color combo style
and whatever else could help accentuate my better features and
decentuate (such a word?) the not so good ones.
Is there some miracle salon that could assist me in taking this
aging corner a bit more elegantly???
Please, please please, any and all ideas sought.
My friend Kipp Hamilton, owner of the new Maru Hair Salon at
Shattuck Commons on Shattuck and Rose can do what you are asking
for. His number is 549-3610
Kipp will look at your hair, look at your features and work
magic (well, maybe not ''magic'').
He'll tell you about your hair health, how it should be cut to
enhance your features if and why and how you should color it.
I recently went to him for the first time.He changed my style
saying that because I have a front cowlick I should have side
part instead of a middle part, which I'd always had so that the
cowlicky hair would enhance my face and I wouldn't be fighting
with it. No one had ever told me that.
His specialty is color and he is SOOOO good at it.
He's very skilled....he's got a great feel for hair design and
styling. I can't recommend him more highly. And he's an
incredibly sweet and kind person as well.
He just gave my hair a trim today and showed me (again) how to
work with it. I love it and I feel so great (not too
Good luck, and have fun.
a younger more beautiful feeling June
Hi. If you want a general, all over style upgrade, I'm going to
suggest that you do the following: Get your hands on a copy of
Trinny and Suzanna's Book: ''What not to Wear.''
They cover everything. They are honest. They use their own bodies
to break down how they find the things that work best for them
and minimize the parts of their bodies that they don't like.
Take it with you in the store. It fits well inside your purse,but
study it first before you go in to shop.
Also, they have their own TV show on BBC America also called
''What Not to Wear''. They are brutally honest with their subjects
but you can learn a lot. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations like
The Learning Channel's lame imitation of the original.
Another tip, go to Nordstroms and Nordstroms Rack. Nordstrom has
several lines of their own clothing. Some are just the Nordstrom
brand name. Others are called the Caslon line etc. I find their
clothes fit better and cost about the same price (maybe a bit
more) as something you would find at Macy's, Penny's etc but more
My younger sister is a style maven and she made my parents look
pretty darn hip. I was next in line and I didn't resist too much.
Once you learn the rules that work for you, you can't go wrong.
P.S. Shopping like they suggest in ''What not to Wear'' is
exhausting because you are putting energy/effort into your
appearance. You'll be oh so thankful for the effort though
I'm a 32 year old SAHM of one active toddler with several style
problems to work on. Frankly, I think I look like ''poo-poo'' (as
my son would say) most of the time! My hair texture changed
significantly post-baby (from curly to some waves but mostly
straight) and I don't know how to cut or style my hair now. All
of my clothes have the requisite breastmilk/food stains and I am
SO TIRED of wearing plain tees/jeans from Target or Old Navy
So, 1) where can I get my hair cut and STYLED by a talented
person with ideas (since I don't know what to do)? 2) where do
moms in the 30's age range buy casual clothes with some style? HELP!
Hair Stylists Recommended:
Hair Play SF
Hair Solano (2) Berk/Albany
Hair Tailor Montclair
Joseph Cozza Salon SF
Maru Hair Salon Berkeley
Vine Street Salon Berkeley
I feel you! I was pretty traumatized style wise after birth
and now (1.5 years later) i'm getting myself back together.
On style, here's what i suggest - supplement your wardrobe with
a few ''signature'' pieces. Find a cool denim or leather jacket
and stick a flower or applique on it, then you can throw it on
top of your plain t and jeans or skirt. Also, try different
sizes on. If you are like me, i didn't so much change sizes,
but redistributed and lost weight in funny places (lost my
butt, gained a pot belly? haha)but in the same size range. But
since clothes fit different on my now i had to adjust. Take
off the tennis shoes and find some stylish flats or something
with a bit of a heel. Shoes have evolved these days and there
are great, fun styles that are comfortable too. Go for color,
add a pretty scarf, or earrings...
Also, watch ''What not to wear'' on Friday nites at 10pm on The
Learning Channel. It's a fun show and if you're like me and
don't go out anymore, it'll entertain and educate you on easy
style tips to help you look more ''pulled together.''
For makeup, try Bare Escentuals (on 4th street in berkeley or
from QVC), it's easy - you just brush it all over your face and
you're covered (not like liquid foundation) and get a bronzer
and dust your cheeks. Final touch is an eyebrow brush and some
gloss and you're done. I do this everyday in 5 minutes or
less. If you're motivated you can curl your eyelashes and use
mascara. It really makes a big difference in how you look and
feel. After seeing so many tired washed out faces on TV
makeovers, i didn't want to become a statistic! haha
good luck to you !
tired but stylin'
I could have writen that post a few weeks ago! Not that I've
solved my frumpy problem but at least Im working on it.
I went through my wardrobe and
stored/gave away everything I really shouldn't be wearing
anymore. I shoped the sale racks a few higher end stores (J
Jill, Nodstroms; Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek is very Child
friendly and there are a lot of shi-shi stores to browse). Then
I went to Ross and found a few things that I gathered to be
stylish from my scouting mission at the other stores (who wants
to pay $80 for a shirt that will be covered in goo the first
time its worn?). Anyother key element for me was to make sure
things fit properly. No hiding behind baggy clothes. Its a
start. My husband has even commented on my new improved sense of
style. Good luck and have fun!
I'm a mom who likes to shop so perhaps this won't appeal to you -
but I think you'll find far more stylish options by visiting
some of our great local boutiques. I like Earthly Goods and
especially its clearance center next door - both on Vine Street.
I like Elements and Jeremy's on College in the Elmwood
neighborhood. And best of all, I love Bienvenue up the street
from Earthly Goods, next to Peet's on Walnut. If you browse the
sale racks at these stores regularly, you'll really find some
decent deals, and the merchandise will be far more interesting
than what you will find at Old Navy or Target. I think a really
good comfortable mom look for this spring/summer is a flowy knee-
length print skirt, a 3/4 sleeve or sleeveless top, and a cute
jacket in a bright color - not your basic denim. Pair that with
some comfortable sandals or slides and a decent pedicure and
you're a hip mama.
Shopping with kids can be a chore I know - but I've shopped all
the above with a kid or two in tow - it isn't as much fun but it
can be done. Elements has toys!
For more style ideas, pick up Lucky magazine - they run the
gamut but it will give you an idea of what's currently
fashionable and where to find it. Lastly, have you watched What
Not To Wear?? I like the BBC version better, but the TLC - US
version is great too. It will give you ideas.
You are not alone! I think every mom, SAHM or otherwise, goes
through a style/beauty rut from time to time - and having a busy
toddler doesn't leave a lot of time to primp, preen, or plan
As far as fashion goes, don't write off Old Navy completely - an
excellent place to stock up on wardrobe foundation items such as
jeans, fun T-shirts, and thongs. Why not go through your
closet/dresser and chuck those things you have A)not worn in a
year, B) worn so often that your friends are starting to wonder
if you have anything else, and C)can no longer stand to look at
or put on. See what you have left, and round out the basics at
Old Navy. Amble over to Banana Republic, which ALWAYS has a sale
section, and pick up a few seasonal or ''fun'' (read:dressier than
a t-shirt) items that can go with your basic stuff. Good to
have: capri/mid-calf length pants in denim, khaki, and black,
because you can wear virtually ANY top with these! There are
lots of cute skirts at Target - one in navy, by Isaac Mizrahi
(mine was $21.99) is flattering to all shapes and goes with tons
of tops! For a splurge, Anthropologie has great tops and a
pretty big sale rack worth pawing through. Ann Taylor Loft has
a lot of bright, spring, fun clothes at realy affordable prices
right now - and you can even pick up a cool pair of sunglasses
for about $24!!!!
Go through your clothes and throw out the bad stuff; make a few
shopping trips to see what's out there and what you want to wear
(and can afford). Buy things that look good on you and make you
feel good! And don't worry, Mommy - we ALL look (and feel) like
poo-poo some of the time. Get some spring colors on and
rejuvenate your look!
Stylish is a state of mind
I'm a mom who never figured out how to pluck/shape/de-bush
eyebrows, deal with my mustache, or apply make-up (petroleum
jelly on the lips is as good as it gets). My husband and I look
like a gay couple (which is fine, but people stare more
disapprovingly now that we have a baby), and I tend to startle
women in public restrooms.
Alas, I need to find a sympathetic salon that will (1) tame my
eyebrows, (2) do something with my mustache, (3) cut/style and
show me how to fix my short hair so that it looks a little more
feminine. I'm not ready to try any make-up, but I recently began
using some hair gel, which started a trend of random people
calling me ''sir.''
My skin is pretty sensitive, so please recommend people/places
that use skin-friendly methods of hair removal and styling. Also,
I'm desperate enough to try anywhere in the Bay Area, but San
Francisco/Daly City places would be best (especially if the
results aren't disastrous and I decide to go back again someday).
If possible, please recommend specific people at these places who
are especially nice and patient with women who are absolutely
clueless about beauty stuff.
Sole Salon Elmwood
Vertical Clearance SF
Hair Removal recommendations
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