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14 San Francisco Salons for Rad Color

Ready for a color change? Check out this handy guide to the most talented colorists in town.

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That Kool-Aid dye job you tried when you were 13 gave you a taste of what awesome hair color could be, and left you thirsty for more. Then you grew up. You prioritized being pretty. And you left your rainbow locks behind. It's time to bring them back.

Look around. That rule that adults are supposed to maintain a hair color that could arguably occur in nature is gone. Now it's okay to have a job, a mortgage, and purple hair. So embrace your creative side and go for the hair color you've wanted since you were a teenager. And in case you need tips on where to get the hues of your dreams, we've pulled together a map of some of the best salons for color in SF.

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1. Mercer Street Salon

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3012 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 674-4444
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Mercer Street Salon has a reputation as one of the best places for color in the city. Partial foils start at $130 and partial balayages start at $170.

2. Posh Salon & Blow Dry Boutique

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2444 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 440-7674
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Colorist Lori Dylan at Posh Salon and Blow Dry Boutique has been working her magic for over 15 years, specializing in Balayage, sun-kissed highlights and vibrant, all-over color. She is amazing with blondes, whether faux-natural or Marilyn-platinum. Partial highlights start at $145.

3. Bubble Pop Electric

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2434 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-9864
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Formerly known as Salon Yuni, Bubble Pop Electric has a top-notch staff of colorists. Partial highlights (known as Little Miss Sunshine) start at $150 while all-over intense color (the Madd Hatter) is priced upon consultation.

4. Atelier Emmanuel

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415 Stockton St, Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 362-8063
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A perennial favorite in the city, color virgins quickly become color addicts under the skilled brushes of the Atelier Emmanuel staff. Partial highlights and partial Balayage start at $116.

5. Hair Collective

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11 Tillman Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
One of the most gorgeous spots in the city for a new 'do, Hair Collective will hook you up with the kind of color that causes complete strangers to stop you on the street and tell you how great you look. Partial highlights start at $125, ombre is $75, and Balayage is $150.

6. Salon Miel

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305 Grant Ave 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 563-7430
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The team at Salon Miel can help you transition from one outrageous color to the next without wrecking your hair. Go see Ledora, the owner, at this Union Square salon. Partial foil is $135. Partial Balayage is $175.

7. DiPietro Todd Salon

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177 Post St, Fl 2
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-0177
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Local designer (and former Project Runway contestant) Emily Payne turns to Sarah Classen-Taylor at DiPietroTodd for her rad blue-purple color. If you want a seriously bold dye job, Sarah's your girl.

8. Joseph Cozza Salon

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77 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-3030
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Joseph Cozza stylists have been coloring San Francisco's best-kept tresses for over 20 years, even earning recognition from Allure for their work. Partial highlights start at $135. Balayage starts at $225.

9. Barrow Salon

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256 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 732-0356
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Part gallery, part hair heaven, Barrow Salon is full of color-savvy rockstars. Partial highlights start at $140. Partial Balayage starts at $170

10. Harper Paige Salon

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11 Tillman Pl, Fl 2
San Francisco, CA 94108
Longtime Cowboys and Angels colorists Katie Casey and Marie Warden struck out on their own with the Harper Paige Salon, and they're already getting great reviews. Both partial and Balayage highlights at the salon start at $155.

11. Gina Khan Salon

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173 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
Gina Khan —the namesake stylist behind the Gina Khan Salon— is a bit of a legend on the Bay Area hair scene, but her staffers get plenty of their own praise. Full highlights start at $141.

12. Population

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537 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 440-7677
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Population is so popular that owner Brian Belier is opening a second location at 498 14th Street. Whether you stick with the original, or branch out with the new spot, you can't go wrong with ombre locks from this hotspot. Partial highlights or Balayage start at $160.

13. DAVID JAMES.

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600 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 655-3973
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For highlights that will win you compliments (and stares) for months after your appointment, go see the experts at David James. Partial highlights start at $145 and Balayage is $200.

14. dekko

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1325 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 285-8848
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It's easy to overlook Dekko Salon —hidden on an industrial strip of Potrero Hill— but the stylists in this light-filled loft space are worth the hunt. Highlights start at $135.

1. Mercer Street Salon

3012 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Mercer Street Salon has a reputation as one of the best places for color in the city. Partial foils start at $130 and partial balayages start at $170.
3012 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Posh Salon & Blow Dry Boutique

2444 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Colorist Lori Dylan at Posh Salon and Blow Dry Boutique has been working her magic for over 15 years, specializing in Balayage, sun-kissed highlights and vibrant, all-over color. She is amazing with blondes, whether faux-natural or Marilyn-platinum. Partial highlights start at $145.
2444 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

3. Bubble Pop Electric

2434 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Formerly known as Salon Yuni, Bubble Pop Electric has a top-notch staff of colorists. Partial highlights (known as Little Miss Sunshine) start at $150 while all-over intense color (the Madd Hatter) is priced upon consultation.
2434 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Atelier Emmanuel

415 Stockton St, Ste 400, San Francisco, CA 94108
A perennial favorite in the city, color virgins quickly become color addicts under the skilled brushes of the Atelier Emmanuel staff. Partial highlights and partial Balayage start at $116.
415 Stockton St, Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94108

5. Hair Collective

11 Tillman Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
One of the most gorgeous spots in the city for a new 'do, Hair Collective will hook you up with the kind of color that causes complete strangers to stop you on the street and tell you how great you look. Partial highlights start at $125, ombre is $75, and Balayage is $150.
11 Tillman Place
San Francisco, CA 94108

6. Salon Miel

305 Grant Ave 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
The team at Salon Miel can help you transition from one outrageous color to the next without wrecking your hair. Go see Ledora, the owner, at this Union Square salon. Partial foil is $135. Partial Balayage is $175.
305 Grant Ave 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. DiPietro Todd Salon

177 Post St, Fl 2, San Francisco, CA 94108
Local designer (and former Project Runway contestant) Emily Payne turns to Sarah Classen-Taylor at DiPietroTodd for her rad blue-purple color. If you want a seriously bold dye job, Sarah's your girl.
177 Post St, Fl 2
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. Joseph Cozza Salon

77 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
Joseph Cozza stylists have been coloring San Francisco's best-kept tresses for over 20 years, even earning recognition from Allure for their work. Partial highlights start at $135. Balayage starts at $225.
77 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

9. Barrow Salon

256 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Part gallery, part hair heaven, Barrow Salon is full of color-savvy rockstars. Partial highlights start at $140. Partial Balayage starts at $170
256 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. Harper Paige Salon

11 Tillman Pl, Fl 2, San Francisco, CA 94108
Longtime Cowboys and Angels colorists Katie Casey and Marie Warden struck out on their own with the Harper Paige Salon, and they're already getting great reviews. Both partial and Balayage highlights at the salon start at $155.
11 Tillman Pl, Fl 2
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. Gina Khan Salon

173 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
Gina Khan —the namesake stylist behind the Gina Khan Salon— is a bit of a legend on the Bay Area hair scene, but her staffers get plenty of their own praise. Full highlights start at $141.
173 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

12. Population

537 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Population is so popular that owner Brian Belier is opening a second location at 498 14th Street. Whether you stick with the original, or branch out with the new spot, you can't go wrong with ombre locks from this hotspot. Partial highlights or Balayage start at $160.
537 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. DAVID JAMES.

600 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117
For highlights that will win you compliments (and stares) for months after your appointment, go see the experts at David James. Partial highlights start at $145 and Balayage is $200.
600 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94117

14. dekko

1325 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94107
It's easy to overlook Dekko Salon —hidden on an industrial strip of Potrero Hill— but the stylists in this light-filled loft space are worth the hunt. Highlights start at $135.
1325 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107