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David James Gives Highlights that Everyone Will Envy

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Welcome to Esther Tested, where surfer and Racked SF associate editor Esther Hahn shares her best tips for fitness and beauty in the Bay.


Photo via David James/Facebook

Thanksgiving is a week away, and your hair is a mess. Don't panic. All you need to do is pick up the phone, call the David James salon, and plead your way to an appointment with colorist extraordinaire Alise Clapick. Her early training began at the venerable diPietro Todd in the advanced color training program before she honed years of cut and color experience, both in salons and as a freelance stylist. She landed at David James when the Fillmore Street salon and art gallery opened its SF location earlier this year, and she's hooking it up with color and cuts.


Color by Alise Clapick at David James, styling by Dream Dry
I took a spin in Alise's chair this past summer and months later, I'm still receiving compliments from other hair professionals on the color—which has gracefully gone from full highlights to ombré without missing a beat. So treat yourself to a visit and make a solid impression at the holiday dinners and parties for the many weeks to come.

Full highlights and balayage treatments start at $200 and partial highlights cost around $145. It's practically a steal given the mileage I've squeaked out of my color (although, I wouldn't recommend going for nearly as long in between treatments). On your way out of the salon, take a look around the current installation of nail and wire creations from artist Leo Cameron Felix. Then pick up my very favorite Sachajuan Ocean Spray to achieve perfectly tousled hair all winter long.
· David James [Official Site]
· Eight San Francisco Salons for the Perfect Summer Haircut [Racked SF]
· Esther Tested [Racked SF]

David James

600 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117