Seeking Covid cautious hair stylist/salon… mask please!

nothing current in the archives so… i’m hoping to find someone who still takes protocols seriously, meaning:  masks (N95 preferred), has air purifiers, good ventilation etc. my current salon is an unmitigated disaster in this. my stylist has been sick with covid so many times it has affected her ability to do a good job AND i just don’t feel safe in a salon that does not care. my last two cuts have been less than stellar with the current being really butchered.  i’m looking for cut and blonde color, and help strategizing how to deal with my wrecked hair. anywhere in east bay berkeley to hayward. hope it’s not a unicorn, or maybe i just am. ugh. thanks BPN’rs

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Chop Salon in El Cerrito.  VERY Covid cautious - masks, high ceilings, great ventilation, spacing between clients. And great cuts and color. Not cheap, however.  

Keter Salon on 4th Street. Masks required, doors open. Sasha is great with color and cuts.

My hair dresser gave up her chair at the salon during COVID for safety and economic reasons. Instead, she comes to her client's homes and is always wearing a mask. If the weather is bad, I get my hair cut in a room and keep the door open. Otherwise, she cuts my hair outside. For reference, I have curly brown hair and color it once in a while to hide the grays. Let me know if you are interested in her contact info by replying to this post, and I will reply to you with her info.

I have been going to Grove Salon on Solano since the salons opened up again. All stylists and customers still wear masks, though not always N95s. They have high ceilings and good spacing between stations, though I don't recall what air filtering they do. They're covid cautious, with the following story to illustrate my point: My stylist once has a suspected case of covid and they still cancelled all her appointments for a few days, even though she wound up never testing positive. 

If you're in the East Bay I highly recommend Keter Salon on 4th street in Berkeley. (510.849.0306) Diana, the owner, has been styling my hair for years and she's takes covid protocols VERY seriously. All stylists are still wearing masks and they have air purifiers. My teen daughters have seen other stylists and we're always happy. Everyone's professionally trained and do a great job for both cuts and color.  good Luck!

I've been going to Keter salon on 4th St in Berkeley for about a year. Very happy with the services; the prices are a bit high but I'm getting the best cut/color I've had in many years so for me it's worth it. The salon has high ceilings, keeps the front door open when weather is ok, air purifiers on, and the last time I was there (October?) all staff and customers were still required to wear masks.

Try Reflections Hair Design on 7000 Stockton in El Cerrito.  They do a great job and meet your COVID criteria.

Peter Thomas salon in Berkeley was still requiring masks when I went a few weeks ago. I've been to two stylists there and both have been great - not inexpensive, though.

Camilla at Salon Camilla on Solano in Albany is very COVID-concious and an excellent hair stylist!

Wood Salon in Berkely, I feel like, does a good job taking Covid precautions. Masks are required and stylists are all vaccinated. They used to take temps and require proof of Covid vaccine. I'm not sure if they're doing this still as I've not been in in a bit and I just had to prove I'm vaccinated once. I see Deborah there and have for several years. She does a great job with my simple cut but I don't get it colored so I can't make a recommendation there. I'm sure if she's not a good choice for that, someone else there would be. 

Grove Salon on Solano in Albany/Berkeley has been great. I was there a couple months ago and they were still requiring masks; they generally leave the front and back door open; and there's high ceilings and good ventilation. As someone who's fairly high risk/COVID cautious, I feel comfortable going there

Hi! I see Amy Walkup who has an outdoor home salon right on her covered front porch in the Laurel district in Oakland. Washing is inside but she’s so considerate about masking and asking about what you’re comfortable with. She used to work at one of the bigger salons in Oakland before having her own. She’s on Instagram @thewalkupsalon and

Try Pony on College Ave. They have air purifiers, many of the staff wear masks and your stylist will wear them if you ask. Until very recently, they were requiring everyone to wear N95s and be vaccinated.

Bangs and Locks in North Oakland has been very COVID cautious in my experience.

I have been having Heather at Revival Barber and Beauty care for my hair for several years now. My impression is that most staff there are excellent. They have followed various Covid protocols over the last few years. It looks like they require masks for appointments before noon.

I can’t recommend Katherine Eva Hair on Piedmont Ave in Oakland enough! Katie always does an amazing job, and is very conscientious about Covid. You can read the specifics on her website’s Covid info page: 

Grove salon in Albany requires all stylists and clients to mask, I can recommend Taylor C, she is great!

Amy Walkup at The Walk-Up Salon in Oakland! She does outdoor cuts on her porch where it’s just you and her, and she will happily wear a mask. She also has an indoor option, but I’ve always done outdoors. Her haircuts are great, and she is the nicest person too.

I think revival in Berkeley still has masked hours in the morning - maybe before noon. Last time I was there everyone was masked and they had the door open. 

Darling Electric on San Pablo in Berkeley is very COVID-conscious. I have been going to Lyndsay Melnick for years, and she is excellent.