Salons for Seniors

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  • My elderly mother has moved in with us here in Berkeley and I'm trying to find someone who can give her a nice cut and style. I would like to find someone who has experience doing hair for ladies over 80.  My mother currently has the same hairstyle she had in the 1950's, which requires getting a perm every few months, putting rollers in, and sleeping in a silk cap so it doesn't get mussed. She is ready for something shorter now and easier to maintain! She would hate the fancy salon I go to, and she mistakenly believes she can still get a cut, perm, and set for $25. Is there a homey salon you know of where elderly ladies go? Or even better, do you know a stylist who can come to our home? 

    C C salon in Moraga, if you are willing to travel.  It is really not that far, about 20 min from South Side.  They cater somewhat to the elderly ladies from the 2 retirement homes here, I am told.  Then you could eat lunch at the nearby Ranch House Cafe, another throwback establishment. 

    My MIL used to go to Empress Hair Styling on Park Blvd. Sounds like the right speed for you mom.

    Try Jan Snidow at Mane Alley, 1859A Solano Ave., Berkeley; the shop is located at the top of Solano Ave. behind the Oaks theater.  Her phone number is (510) 528-6889.

    Try California Hair In San Leandro. They do old lady hair for cheap and the old ladies sit around in the salon all day long gossiping and doing old lady stuff. 
    510-276-3518 - 15070 Hesperian Blvd. 

    Chic Salon on North Shattuck. Wantana, the owner, is courteous and skilled, and would almost certainly give your mother a senior discount. She has other operators as well, and the salon is open daily:

    I also recommend CC & Co Hair in Moraga (925-376-9710).  I'm in my 40's but have been going there since I was a college student at St Marys.  I am always the youngest there as most of their clients are seniors.  The hairdressers are kind and offer reasonable prices.  Their cafe next door also offers coffees, tea, pastries, etc.

    Betty at Classic Cuts on Grand Ave in Oakland (across the street from the theater) sees lots of older ladies and is very good at doing what a person wants. She cuts my hair for $35. I expect that a wash and set would be more like $50 and permanent more also. She is by far the cheapest good hair cut that I have found.

    I recommend Gentle Cuts on University. It's run by a mother and her daughter. We've been going there for years and brought my partner's mom in when she was still alive and in her 90s. Their prices are reasonable as well.