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  • Quality hair cut & color?

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    Who do you love for a hair color and cut? Looking for one as edgy but professional as I used to go to in NY. Tons of recommendations in the archives here, but they're nearly all from 2019 or earlier. The few who are still at the same salon seems to have 2 month+ waitlists, and I need one in the next month. In or near Berkeley preferred.



    I recommend the Grove salon in Albany. As for either Bethany or Taylor who do fabulous haircuts and colors. 

    They also have the top-of-the-line air purifier system with tall ceilings and our stations are far apart as well as everyone is masked. when you call just say Tammy P  recommended you.

    Atsuko in El Cerrito Plaza is great with cuts and color. I especially appreciate her environmentally friendly products and practices. She only has one seat but I recall only having to wait a month or so:

    Oh yes I have someone to recommend!  Rose Bouvier now has her own salon called Golden Salon. It is on Hopkins in Berkeley. She worked for some time at Elixir.  Personally I use her services for cut and formaldehyde-free keratin treatments.  But I've seen her color and she is very very good.  Aside from a skilled cut with attention to detail she offers a salon where she is the only occupant which is nice in these Covid times.  She is plastic-free.  And she is a lot of fun.  I always enjoy my time with her.  She is pretty busy and is taking a vacation soon, but she probably still has some availability.  You can find her here

    I am happy with the color and cut I got recently at Raven and Rose on Solano:

    Tresca Behling at Glama-rama in Oakland (Telegraph @ Alcatraz, so not far from Berkeley; they also have a SF location) has been cutting and coloring my hair for several years. She's great; I get a ton of compliments. My hair is currently in shades of red, pink, purple, and blue, along with my natural white. I usually don't have trouble booking within 2-3 weeks.

    I wanted to spoil myself when I got my hair cut and styled for maternity photos, so I went to PONY salon in Oakland. They were amazing! They have people there that specialize in what you are looking for. They are cutting edge, friendly, and experts in their craft who are passionate about what they do and it shows. I was very happy with their work. I did not get coloring done, but you can look them up for reviews or just call and talk to them. They seem to be taking appointments online. They are on the higher end of cost, but honestly, it was worth it for me. Best of luck!

    I haven't had color done there, but I have had short complicated cuts done at The Shop on Shattuck and always walked away very happy with my hair. They don't take appointments - just call the day of and get on the list.

    I recently had to find a new hairdresser and found a great one that I love by looking at hairdressers' Instagram profiles and reading their descriptions of their style/philosophy/technique on salon websites. Basically I'd find a salon that good good reviews on Yelp or seemed to suit my style, then I'd search for the stylist's names on Instagram. I think a lot of stylists don't necessarily have a ton of time to post lots and lots of photos on social media (or if they do, they are typically a stylist that already has way too many clients), but if you can at least see a few of their sample haircuts that they are proud of, you can get a sense of whether they'd be a good fit for you. Good luck!

    Thanks to all for the tips! Between the time I posted and the time the responses started rolling in, I booked with Lucky at Maru Hair Salon and was really pleased with the experience and the results. She took extra time to make sure both the color and cut were right, and I'm quite 1.5 weeks later. She's also new to town, so it's not YET super hard to get an appointment. I definitely plan to go back for future visits.

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Cool & funky haircutter in East Bay

Nov 2006

I'm looking for a hairdresser in Oakland/Berkeley who can give me a funky, bohemian style. Can you recommend anyone? signed, this mullet's got to go.

I love my hairdresser, Jodi Griffin. She owns Ajuda Day Spa in downtown Oakland. I'm rather picky, having been spoiled by a great, hip hairdresser in SF before moving to the East Bay. Jodi has a nice mix of conventional and cutting edge skill and knowledge. Tracy
Myong at Panache on College is fantastic.2928 College Ave, Berkeley, 510- 843-3255 mm
I go to Theresa at the Right Angle . I've been there twice and I continue to get compliments on my hair, now weeks after my cut. Rates are reasonable and she's fun to talk to (time can slip away if we're not careful though). 310 Forest St Oakland, CA 94618 510-420-8447 -- Happy with Hair
Susanne (Pronounced Susannah) at Moonshadow . So great. And, she's a mom too. 841-4696 - tell her Alison sent you -enjoy.
Anyone at Festoon in Berkeley. Cathy
I recommend Downtown at Lulu's at 6603 Telegraph (66th in Berkeley). Tina and Seth are great. Tina is also quite a local rockstar. She has been cutting my hair for about 10 years. They have a cute and funky shop with lots of vintage stuff. The number is 510-601-0964 susan