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Choosing the Best San Francisco Beauty Salon

Hair Play & Joe Hamer Academy
Phone: 415. 863.0703
211 Church Street, Suite A
San Francisco, CA

Sometimes, it’s important to match your hairstyle to your salon. At Hair Play San Francisco Beauty Salon, collapse onto a velvet couch, chat with one of the ultra-hip stylists, and enjoy the relaxed vibe of Noe valley. If you’re looking for not only talent with scissors, but talent for adding “oomph,” you’re at the right place. Whether you want to stroll out a slick redhead, tousled brunette, or with a bride-worthy up-do, Hair Play’s creative team is trustworthy with any style or color. The diverse clientele ranges from the Haight Street hip to San Francisco beauty salon luminaries—all of whom leave well-coiffed and looking fabulous.

Edwards Salon
Phone: 415. 381.1950
655 Redwood Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941

You'll feel like jumping for joy at this bubbly yet down-to-earth San Francisco beauty salon in Mill Valley. The expertise of owner and stylist Edward expertise is reflected in his detail-oriented hair care and salon environment. In fact, he does double-duty--he hand-crafted all the wood furniture in the salon himself. If you're ready to get the kinks out, this is the premier spot for thermal straightening. Trained in New York and the first in Marin to offer this new technique, expect only the best here. If silky straight is not your thing, 14 other stylists are on hand to cut and color you to a new and funkier do.

Yosh for Hair / Gina Khan
Phone: 415.989.7704
173 Maiden Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

Combining the sleek chic of a Downtown San Francisco beauty salon with the warm golds and purples of a Posh Retreat, this long-respected salon is led by one of the world's most renowned hair color authorities, Gina Khan. Clients ranging from upper crust to out-there come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and the nation for cutting-edge cuts, color, thermal straightening treatments, and mani-pedis in the new nail spa, where no detail is overlooked. Brides love consulting with Gina's highly trained color and design experts in the months prior to the wedding, and on the big day they come in for up-dos, blowouts, and nail services in a fuss-free, sophisticated environment that's relaxed, unpretentious, and filled with the friendliest salon staff we've ever seen.

Episode Salon and Spa
Phone: 415. 641.1138
1360 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

There's a new San Francisco beauty salon in the neighborhood where you'll be so pleased with your haircut, you'll come back to have your locks trimmed and restyled every month. At least that's the hope of owner Stéffon Yan. The sunny salon on Church Street near Clipper, across the street from Lovejoy's Tea Room, occupies the spot that was an upholstery store until two years ago. The exterior of the storefront has been painted an eye-catching apricot.
Yan supervised a whole new look for the interior space. "I noticed how bright the sun was here in the afternoon, and I wanted to create that feeling inside, like going to the beach, so the walls and hardwood floors are the color of sand.

Albanese Hair Salon
Phone: 415.397.7969
323 Geary Street, Suite 306
San Francisco, CA 94102

As soon as you set foot into the cool, upbeat space at Albanese, this premier San Francisco beauty salon, you will instantly feel at ease. At their mint location in the uber-hip downtown area, Deborah Albanese, stylist and owner, has created an inviting space where clients can be pampered. Let Deborah tend to your locks, and give them a new shape and shimmer. She gave our hair a sexy cut and highlighted our tresses to give us a new radiant look for the season. Albanese carries high-end hair care lines from Bumble + Bumble, Rene Furterer, Terax, and Phytologie. The positive nature of Albanese is infectious; there’s always animated conversation and laughter emanating from the friendly staff and their client devotees.

Grasshopper
Phone: 415. 495.0424
28 South Park Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Cross Street: 2nd Street

Decorated with Southeast Asian prints and furniture, Grasshopper looks more like a shiatsu spa than a renowned South Park salon. Whether you're getting your hair washed in the back room among exotic plants, or getting your ends snipped in the sunlight-drenched main room, the atmosphere is always soothing and unpretentious. Perplexed by your unruly hair? Relax. Grasshopper's stylists are educated weekly on the fine points of hair care, so your tresses are in good hands. Besides haircuts, you can choose from a variety of coloring options: color retouch, semi-permanent color, partial highlight, full highlight and color correction. Services won't set you back a fortune, and you'll leave feeling refreshed and renewed.


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