You don’t have to consider yourself high maintenance just because you’re highly particular about who you trust with your mane. Those precious locks—whether flowing or shaved close—are following you wherever you go.
Fortunately, because San Francisco is a bubbling cauldron of cuts, colors and styles, the competition is fierce, and that means stylists really have to know their stuff to stand out. Here are some BARTable SF salons where scissors and dyes work overtime to keep your hair from ever looking overworked.
520 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 7-minute walk from Montgomery Station
Owners Erika Hawkins, Nicky Lynch and Valerie Navarro have established a small but mighty hair salon that lives up to its name. The prowess of Venom Hair Studio’s stylists to bring out the beautiful individuality in each client comes in the form of Keratin smoothing treatments, textured cuts and classic updos. Don’t forget the complimentary fringe trims when you need a quick refresh.
207 Powell St., San Francisco, 5-minute walk from Powell Station
Cowboys & Angels is housed in a sunny loft space in Union Square that reflects the mission of its stylists to create works of art. Here, expansive walls sport an ever-changing display of art pieces as SFers luxuriate in cutting-edge cuts. Looking for an intricate short do with that innovative angular style and a splash of precise color? This is your place.
230 8th St., San Francisco, 8-minute walk from Civic Center Station
Hung Tran is at the helm of Project XO, and it’s no wonder why so many have loyally followed him throughout his career to now find themselves in the salon chair at this sleek and simple 8th Street mainstay. Hung and his stylists are known for keeping patrons looking on point, from root to well-manicured tips.
55 Grant Ave., San Francisco, 3-minute walk from Powell Station
A favorite of Allure Magazine, Patrick Evan Salon also gets the vote of many SFers who relish sitting in front of its mirror-laden exposed brick wall. Want new color? Check. Want new colors, plural? You got it. Rainbow stripes are no problem here. For those devoted to their inherited traits, enjoy a treatment that highlights your natural look without any highlights.