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Hair Salons in and near San Francisco, CA

Are you looking for a new hair salon in San Francisco? Whether you’re new to the city or simply looking for a change, we can help you find your new hair headquarters. Here are the best hair salons in San Francisco for cuts, color, and styling.

Best Haircuts in San Francisco


1. Spoke & Weal in Russian Hill


This is considered to be one of the best, if not the best salon in San Francisco, due to its celebrity-stylist owners. It can be quite pricey to book an appointment with the founders of this press-lauded salon, but they employee a team of amazingly talented senior and junior stylists who are priced more reasonably.  


2. Joseph Alex Salon in Union Square


This is the type of salon that will give you a haircut that will have strangers stopping you on the street to compliment it. Clients often say they’ve gotten the best haircut of their lives here.

3. Barrow Salon in Union Square/Financial District


If you’re looking for an it-girl haircut, this is where you need to be. Barrow is helmed by Michelle Snyder, who herself cuts and styles the hair of such cool girls as Zooey Deschanel, Karen Elson, and Zoe Kravitz.

Know Your Haircut Terminology


If you want to better communicate with your stylist, it’s helpful to know some common haircut terms:  


  • Bob: Typically hits between the jawline and an inch above the collarbone
  • Lob, AKA long bob: Usually between shoulder-length and collarbone-length.
  • Shag: Known for their messy texture and usually around mid-length
  • Undercut: Longer hair paired with a buzzed nape of the neck or temple area. It may have a design shaved into it.
  • Asymmetric cut: The hair on one side of the head is either slightly or noticeably longer than the hair on the other side of the head

Best Hair Color in San Francisco


1.  Atelier Emmanuel in Union Square


This press darling is beloved for its blended highlights and balayage, as well as its cute street-level boutique.


2. Edo Salon in Lower Haight


For edgy, creative color, you need Edo Salon—a creative space itself with intriguing art exhibits that feature feathers in plastic boxes and fiberglass boats dangling from the ceiling.


3. Hair Collective in Union Square/Financial District


Inside this chic boutique space with a show-stopping chandelier, stylists masterfully blend balayage and create varying shades of high-wattage blonde.

Is There Such Thing as Too Old or Too Young for Crazy Hair Colors?

When we asked this question on our Facebook page, we got a lot of responses. Here are a few of them:

  • I have blue, purple, peacock green and red in my short black hair. I'm 65. It's stunning and I too get compliments, tho they are usually from young people. I call that a win! – Susan H.
  • I have blue, purple and green in my hair and I am 61. I love my hair and get compliments on it all the time – Tracy S.
  • From the age of 3, I'd dye my kid's hair pink or purple all the time. She loved it, it was cute AND I could always spot her in a crowd. No matter what your age, if a fun color makes you happy, go for it! – Amelia E.

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Best Blowouts in San Francisco


1. Posh Salon & Blow Dry Boutique in Pacific Heights


Same-day appointments? Check. Blowouts that Kate Middleton would envy? Check.


2. Cherry Blow Dry Bar in Presidio Heights


Although you could just get a great basic blowout here, you’d be remiss if you didn’t at least throw in a braid, a root-conceal spray, or some clip-in extensions (you bring your own in, they place them properly).


3. Blowology Dry Bar in Financial District

This is where you go when you want to get a cute blowout in a cute salon. And where you go if you want your blowout to last. In fact, the classic blowout includes a complimentary touch up within three days of your appointment. Better stock up on the dry shampoo.


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