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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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Mercer Street Salon

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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.

Posh Salon & Blow Dry Boutique

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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.

Bubble Pop Electric

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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.

Atelier Emmanuel

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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.

Hair Collective

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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.

Salon Miel

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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.

DiPietro Todd Salon

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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.

Joseph Cozza Salon

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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.

Barrow Salon

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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

Harper Paige Salon

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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.

Gina Khan Salon

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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.

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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.

DAVID JAMES.

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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.
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.

Mercer Street Salon

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.

Posh Salon & Blow Dry Boutique

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.

Bubble Pop Electric

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.

Atelier Emmanuel

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.

Hair Collective

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.

Salon Miel

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.

DiPietro Todd Salon

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.

Joseph Cozza Salon

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.

Barrow Salon

Part gallery, part hair heaven, Barrow Salon is full of color-savvy rockstars. Partial highlights start at $140. Partial Balayage starts at $170

Harper Paige Salon

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.

Gina Khan Salon

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.

Population

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.

DAVID JAMES.

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.

dekko

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.