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Best Hair Salons in San Francisco, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco Hair Salons on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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San Francisco, CA 94123

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4.5 (68)
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5.0 (14)

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Red Union Salon helps men and women in the San Francisco area improve their looks through various hair services. Its haircut services include a bang trim and layering according to hair texture and face shape. It provides hair coloring, styling, and makeup services for special occasions. Owner Erika Redding, who has international training with Vidal-Sassoon, Redken, and Matrix, uses color techniques like Balayage, Ombré, hi-lights, and single-process tints. She has been a hair designer at Prêt-à-Porter, a famous international fashion event in Paris.

  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye
  • Online Booking

571 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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5.0 (490)
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4.6 (45)

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Public Barber Salon serves the San Francisco area from two locations in North Beach and Tenderloin. The salon offers a full selection of haircuts and styling options, including color and hair extensions. In addition, it offers other notable services, such as customized highlights, including balayage, Brazilian blowouts, and camo tints. Public Barber Salon has been named best barber by the SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Readers' Poll in 2018.

  • Men's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

695 San Jose Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

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4.0 (697)
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4.5 (69)
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5.0 (21)

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Located in San Francisco, Hair Play Salon is a multicultural hair spa specializing in different hair textures. Its services include haircuts, semi and permanent colors, bleach and tone, highlights, and updo styling. Its staff also offers hair extensions, body waves, natural twists, and dreadlock maintenance. Owner and stylist Fritz Clay is a San Francisco native with 20 years of experience working with clients in fashion and entertainment. Additionally, Hair Play Salon has been featured in various publications, like InStyle, Allure, and Lucky.

  • Color / Dye
  • Women's Cuts
  • Men's Cuts

2250 Union Street, Suite 1A, San Francisco, CA 94123

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4.0 (627)
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4.8 (49)

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Serving clients in and around San Francisco, MaduSalon specializes in hair salon services for clients with curly hair. Its staff of experienced hairstylists and specialists provides various salon services for customers with natural, curly, and wavy hair, as well as other hair types and textures. The MaduSalon team offers haircutting, hair coloring, hair styling, and bespoke hair treatments. MaduSalon also offers deep conditioning, scalp and steam treatment, and hair detangling services. Products like Jessicurl and Eufora are also available at MaduSalon for fragrance-sensitive customers.

  • Loc Maintenance
  • Braiding
  • Extensions

370 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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4.5 (950)
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9.0 (49)

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CODE Salon is a hair salon that provides hair care services for clients based in San Francisco. In 2010, Cheryl Snodgrass and Louise Frost opened the business with a mission to embrace human imperfection and diversity and empower their clients' inner selves. CODE Salon's team of hairstylists offers a complete range of services, including cuts and styles, hair color and extensions, chemical treatments, and waxing. Its additional services are massage therapy, skincare solutions, special event makeup application, and brow shaping.

  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye

555 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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5.0 (2)

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Salon DNA is an urban spa in San Francisco that offering body fitness, beauty salon, and skin care services. Salon DNA's hair services include hair cutting, hair coloring, hair-smoothing keratin, hair straightening, scalp treatments, and hair hydration services. It also offers skin care services like Salon DNA signature facial, anti-aging treatments, facial deep cleansing, skin glowing services, and hydrotherapy facial services. Other services include a wide range of waxing services as well as nail care services. Its team of stylists is also available for offsite wedding events.

  • Color / Dye
  • Perms
  • Men's Cuts

1889 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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4.5 (278)
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4.5 (26)
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4.8 (9)

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Berenice Hair Salon is a San Francisco-based business that provides personalized professional hair styling services. Its team specializes in updos and Japanese hair straightening which involves thermal reconditioning. In addition, the stylists offer full and partial balayage highlights and also provide coloring services. Berenice Hair Salon, which was founded in 1999, aims to create a relaxing and dynamic atmosphere where stylists interact and listen to clients' preferences. Its team also educates clients on their chosen hairstyle, so they can re-create it at home on their own.

  • Color / Dye
  • Men's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

336 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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4.0 (71)
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4.0 (26)

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Bibbo Hair Salon & SPA is a hair salon that services residents of San Francisco. It offers a wide range of services including nail treatments, hair designs, hair colors, skincare services, and wedding services. It also offers hair extensions, perms, relaxers with blow-dry, keratin smoothing treatments, and keratin express treatments. The business has been serving the community for more than 33 years. It consistently ranks the list of top five best salons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Makeup Application
  • Color / Dye

77 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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4.5 (749)
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4.6 (124)
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4.4 (105)

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Blake Charles Salon is a hair salon with branches in San Francisco and Granite Bay. It offers a wide range of hair care services, including hair color, design, and custom hairpiece styling. Special occasion styling solutions are also available for weddings, which include hair, skin, nails, and makeup options. The salon uses professional products from top manufacturers such as Kerastase, Olaplex, and Shu Uemura. Additionally, its team of professional stylists accommodates private events at the salon with a variety of services, like blowout and makeup.

  • Women's Cuts

660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

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5.0 (26)
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5.0 (8)
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5.0 (6)

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Makers Make Parlor is a hair studio that serves the hairstyling needs of men and women in San Francisco and surrounding communities. Established in 2014, the studio has years of experience in offering beauty services specializing in hair coloring and blonding. Spalon Day, one of its specialty services, incorporates spa and salon experience that involves deep conditioning treatment finished with blow-drying. Makers Make Parlor also provides event hairstyling, blow-dry, regular haircut services, highlights, balayage, and ombre.

  • Color / Dye
  • Perms
  • Online Booking

1712 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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5.0 (94)
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4.5 (65)
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4.0 (22)

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Hue Hair Salon is a San Francisco-based group of professional stylists specializing in haircuts and color. The group performs haircuts for men and women, highlights, balayage, ombre, color correction, and root touch-ups. They also offer bleach and tone, shampoo and blow-dry, keratin treatments, and hair revitalization. Hue Hair Salon provides a combined modern and rustic atmosphere that evokes a casual feel for clients. It is open Tuesday to Sunday at varying schedules.

  • Color / Dye
  • Women's Cuts

304 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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4.5 (169)
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4.9 (104)

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Glama-Rama! Flagship Salon is a hair salon in San Francisco that specializes in creative, out-of-the-box hair styling. The salon offers general styling and quirky hair styling and cuts for men and women. A number of hair coloring treatments, such as balayage, highlights, root color, bleach, and toner/glaze, are also provided. Creative color options are available upon request. Clients can also avail themselves of the shop's other services, including perms, extensions, wig styling, make-up, and conditioning treatments.

  • Color / Dye
  • Women's Cuts

782 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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4.5 (293)
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5.0 (24)

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B Parlor is a hair salon located in the Lower Haight District of San Francisco. It has been offering cuts, colors, extensions, treatment, and styling since 2013. It also carries hair care products and provides waxing and makeup services. B Palor's name and ambiance pay homage to a retro style. While it specializes in classic looks, its team strives to keep updated by regularly participating in classes, photoshoots, and projects. It participates in local art walks and events to support local commercial establishments.

  • Women's Cuts

601 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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4.5 (739)
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4.9 (23)

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Established in 1998, Edo Salon is a hair salon and a gallery space for local hairstylists and artists. With two salons in the Bay Area, one in San Francisco and one in Oakland, Edo offers clean air spaces that only use organic and eco-friendly styling products. It specializes in organic hair services, including hair cutting, balayage highlighting, and hair coloring. Its stylists are skilled in razor cut shags, french bobs, and embracing the client's natural hair texture. Salon owners Chri Longstreet and Jayne Matthews also provide online hairstyling classes.

  • Color / Dye
  • Men's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

2285 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

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5.0 (292)
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4.0 (145)
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5.0 (7)

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Located in San Francisco, Arthur Sebastian was founded by Arthur, who has received his cosmetology license in 1998. He specializes in short and long bangs, curly and long hair, and bob cuts. Additionally, he can deal with men's haircuts, thick razor styles, spherical shapes, and short layered haircuts. His passion for hairstyling began in his pre-teen years, copying James Dean's and Elvis Presley's pompadours. According to previous clients, he is detail-oriented, creative, and professional.

  • Color / Dye
  • Women's Cuts
  • All Over Color

3101 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
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4.5 (210)
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4.7 (33)

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Star East Hair Salon offers hair care services to men and women in San Francisco. Its resident hairstylists are able to give haircuts of different styles to their diverse clientele. In addition to cut and styling, they also specialize in providing hair smoothening treatments, such as Japanese thermal straightening, Japanese smoothening straightening, keratin smoothening treatment, and conditioning oil treatment. Clients looking to dye or perm their hair may contract the services of Star East Hair Salon as well.

  • Color / Dye
  • Men's Cuts
  • Women's Cuts

33 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

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5.0 (189)
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4.8 (26)

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Located near Union Square, San Francisco's exclusive fashion district, Archer Salon provides more than just hairstyling services to its clients. A session inside the salon is a luxurious yet intimate experience under the expert care of senior colorists and stylists. Salon founder Gari James Cuevas has been in the business for more than 27 years, honing his coloring craft using fine art techniques he learned at The Academy of Art. Meanwhile, co-owner Christopher Gaither is the go-to stylist for San Francisco's CEOs and top executives.

  • Color / Dye
  • Women's Cuts

2 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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4.5 (82)
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4.0 (33)

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Bateau Hair Salon offers hair care services in San Francisco, California. They offer personalized hair styling to suit clients' needs. It was founded by Nicole Hind who is a qualified hairstylist in both the US and UK. She took advanced training courses in London, New York, and San Francisco and trained at Tony & Guy's. They offer haircuts, style up/styling tutorials or braiding, hair color services, and hair extensions. They suggest that the clients undergo consultations before proceeding through the services.

  • Color / Dye
  • Women's Cuts

Compare our Top Hair Salons

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Red Union Salon
Public Barber Salon - Tenderloin
571 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Hair Play Salon
695 San Jose Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110
MaduSalon
2250 Union Street, Suite 1A, San Francisco, CA 94123
CODE Salon
370 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Salon DnA
555 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Berenice Hair Salon
1889 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Bibbo Hair Salon & SPA
336 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Blake Charles Salon - San Francisco
77 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
Makers Make Parlor
660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Hue Hair Salon
1712 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Glama-Rama! Flagship Salon
304 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
B Parlor
782 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
EDO Salon
601 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Arthur Sebastian
2285 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Star East Hair Salon
3101 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Archer Salon
33 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Bateau Hair Salon
2 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

FAQs

  • Are home hair dyes as good as salon dye?

    While dye itself is often the same as home and salon dyes, the process that's involved in mixing the dye is far more intricate at the salon. Home dye kits contain standard amounts of dye and developer that need to be mixed prior to application. At the salon, stylists mix dyes and developers themselves and have more control over strength and color. This ensures the health of the hair can be protected, while the color of the hair is more suited to clients' preferences.

  • What products do salons use?

    Hair salons normally use high-quality products, including colors and color correctors, shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. Some of the most common brands seen in salons across the U.S. include Redken, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and Rusk. With hair tools, stylists may use scissors, shears, and razors to cut and shape hair and a variety of combs, brushes, and heat tools to style clients' fresh cuts.

  • How much does hair coloring cost at a salon?

    The cost of hair coloring varies depending on several factors. Here are the national average costs for the most common hair coloring services:
  • How much do you tip a hairstylist and the salon staff?

    Tipping your hairstylist and salon staff is a great way to show your appreciation for their service. In most cases, a 20% tip is standard, but if a client is extremely pleased with the service, a larger tip is usually appreciated.

    Of course, in many salons, clients might encounter several staff members during a visit, including the stylist, salon owner, and shampooer. While the stylist’s tip is customary, it doesn’t hurt to supply a small tip for the shampooer, too. Most salon owners don't expect a tip if they don't provide the service.

  • How much do hair extensions cost at the salon? 

    The cost of hair extensions typically varies depending on the type of extensions and the amount of hair needed to achieve the clients' desired look. Here are the average costs for different extensions:
    • Tape-in extensions: $200
    • Glue-in extensions: $300 to $500
    • Sew-in extensions: $275
    • Weave: $100 to $600
    • Fusion: $200 to $1,000
  • Can all stylists do correctional hair coloring?

    Color-correction service is a long process that requires multiple salon visits. It's important that stylists undergo training specific to color correction, as corrective color solutions need to be customized to balance the color of hair and achieve desired results. Incorrectly performed color corrections can lead to severely damaged hair.

  • How much does it cost to fix a bad dye job?

    The cost of color correction depends on the color applied to the hair and the amount of hair on the clients' head. Color correction is a long process that can take between five and seven hours and is usually spread out over several weeks. This is especially true where hair has been dyed a darker color and needs to be lifted and re-dyed to a blonde shade. On average, clients can expect to pay about $100 for each hour spent with the stylist.