Bella Union

★★★★★
37.7708 -122.43
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142 Fillmore St

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My cousin came to visit me a few weeks ago and we both went to the bella union to get a treat - a nice hair cut. I was in love with what the stylist ( a female) did with my hair - it looked so cool! My cousin was also impressed - she is from a small town and they don't get haircuts as cool as we get here in San Francisco. Overall, I really liked bella union.

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★★★★★

My cousin came to visit me a few weeks ago and we both went to the bella union to get a treat - a nice hair cut. I was in love with what the stylist ( a female) did with my hair - it looked so cool! My cousin was also impressed - she is from a small town and they don't get haircuts as cool as we get here in San Francisco. Overall, I really liked bella union.

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This is a great salon with talented and skillful stylists. I loved the haircut I received that day. I did not get my hair colored but I saw another client?s colored and it looked so gorgeous I am going back there to get my hair colored. The stylists are also so friendly and welcoming that I am planning to go back soon.

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This is a great salon with talented and skillful stylists. I loved the haircut I received that day. I did not get my hair colored but I saw another client?s colored and it looked so gorgeous I am going back there to get my hair colored. The stylists are also so friendly and welcoming that I am planning to go back soon.

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I love this salon! The staff is very well trained, friendly and chatty with both clients and between themselves. (the open layout encourages the chit-chat!) The salon itself has an old san francisco feel, with detailed light fixtues and large, beautiful mirrors.

PROS: Great service and decor
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5
★★★★★

I love this salon! The staff is very well trained, friendly and chatty with both clients and between themselves. (the open layout encourages the chit-chat!) The salon itself has an old san francisco feel, with detailed light fixtues and large, beautiful mirrors.

PROS: Great service and decor
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This was THE BEST hair cut and colour I have received from my long time hair dresser Anna. She had been working at an Aveda concept salon. The Aveda colour always faded fast and lost its sheen. She is using a new colour line at Bella Union and it is WONDERFUL. My colour is over a week old and the sheen is luxurious and the cut is perfect. The atmosphere at The Bella Union is friendly and up beat. Parking was very easy. If any one seeing this review was with Anna at Chakra, highly recommend you follow her to The Bella Union.

5
★★★★★

This was THE BEST hair cut and colour I have received from my long time hair dresser Anna. She had been working at an Aveda concept salon. The Aveda colour always faded fast and lost its sheen. She is using a new colour line at Bella Union and it is WONDERFUL. My colour is over a week old and the sheen is luxurious and the cut is perfect. The atmosphere at The Bella Union is friendly and up beat. Parking was very easy. If any one seeing this review was with Anna at Chakra, highly recommend you follow her to The Bella Union.

Pros: Parking is easy

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well, you know how it is when you are traveling; you look in the mirror and realize you have a chea pet that has taken residency on your head. Well that was my plight. After looking high and low for a salon, I found Bella,that advertised walk ins welcome and hours to 8 pm. I drive over on a wed. At 6:45 to find them closed. I call and a girl answers to say they just closed early. Well nice of them to let their customers know of their variable hours :o(

1
★☆☆☆☆

well, you know how it is when you are traveling; you look in the mirror and realize you have a chea pet that has taken residency on your head. Well that was my plight. After looking high and low for a salon, I found Bella,that advertised walk ins welcome and hours to 8 pm. I drive over on a wed. At 6:45 to find them closed. I call and a girl answers to say they just closed early. Well nice of them to let their customers know of their variable hours :o(

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Upon entering The Bella Union, my unkempt dreads were mussy, fuzzy, yucky little stubs that I kept covered and hid from people due to embarrassment and humiliation. Jet has worked on my hair before, and she truly is an artist who is an expert at the art of hairstyling. She always makes me feel comfortable even though I tend to sabotage my hair, and she always has amazing ideas on how to fix me up. She spent all day working on my sad little stubby guys, adding extensions and dying them and everything, until they looked so amazing you would never know those tiny little guys were under there. We had fun the whole day, and while waiting for my hair to dry I saw her whip out a few more amazing and flattering hairstyles on other women who were thrilled with her work. Thanks again Jet for being the best! I love you!

5
★★★★★

Upon entering The Bella Union, my unkempt dreads were mussy, fuzzy, yucky little stubs that I kept covered and hid from people due to embarrassment and humiliation. Jet has worked on my hair before, and she truly is an artist who is an expert at the art of hairstyling. She always makes me feel comfortable even though I tend to sabotage my hair, and she always has amazing ideas on how to fix me up. She spent all day working on my sad little stubby guys, adding extensions and dying them and everything, until they looked so amazing you would never know those tiny little guys were under there. We had fun the whole day, and while waiting for my hair to dry I saw her whip out a few more amazing and flattering hairstyles on other women who were thrilled with her work. Thanks again Jet for being the best! I love you!

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If I were a hairdresser, Jet Black at The Bella Union would be my gold standard for excellence in the field. I would aspire to be as good at my job, and as charming as she is. Jet makes everything seem effortless, in a profession which seems like it could be pretty difficult at times. You're navigating people's insecurities, their potential inability to communicate just what they want done, etc. You'd have to have some chops (pun intended) in all sorts of disciplines, such as art (overall look of a person), science (how to do color), counseling (yadda yadda), diplomacy, openness...

It used to fill me with dread to go see my old stylist. Now I look forward to each appointment I have with Jet Black. And it feels like I'm getting a bargain even though I broke through my $50 haircut limit to start seeing her.

Totally worth it! Love her!

5
★★★★★

If I were a hairdresser, Jet Black at The Bella Union would be my gold standard for excellence in the field. I would aspire to be as good at my job, and as charming as she is. Jet makes everything seem effortless, in a profession which seems like it could be pretty difficult at times. You're navigating people's insecurities, their potential inability to communicate just what they want done, etc. You'd have to have some chops (pun intended) in all sorts of disciplines, such as art (overall look of a person), science (how to do color), counseling (yadda yadda), diplomacy, openness...

It used to fill me with dread to go see my old stylist. Now I look forward to each appointment I have with Jet Black. And it feels like I'm getting a bargain even though I broke through my $50 haircut limit to start seeing her.

Totally worth it! Love her!

Pros: Relaxed, yet organized/clean

Cons: can't think of

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I have lived in San Francisco, CA for a year now, and finding a hair salon and stylist that fit my liking was tough. I had been to many salons before Bella Union, and was about to give up all hope. Every night I would walk by Bella Union on my way home from work, and I would see the same hair dresser working late every night (I'm talking so late, everyone else had gone home). Until I walked into the Shabby Sheek, and charming salon that is "Bella Union," I did not know what I was missing out on. One bad hair day, I decided to call and make an appointment with the guy who always works late. Fortunately, they knew exactly who I was talking about and I went in for my appointment the following week. Ever since that one phone call I have been SOLD! Bella Union and Gene Palmer are my heros! Bella is Ballin', and Gene works really hard to get your hair perfect the first time! He's the best!!!

5
★★★★★

I have lived in San Francisco, CA for a year now, and finding a hair salon and stylist that fit my liking was tough. I had been to many salons before Bella Union, and was about to give up all hope. Every night I would walk by Bella Union on my way home from work, and I would see the same hair dresser working late every night (I'm talking so late, everyone else had gone home). Until I walked into the Shabby Sheek, and charming salon that is "Bella Union," I did not know what I was missing out on. One bad hair day, I decided to call and make an appointment with the guy who always works late. Fortunately, they knew exactly who I was talking about and I went in for my appointment the following week. Ever since that one phone call I have been SOLD! Bella Union and Gene Palmer are my heros! Bella is Ballin', and Gene works really hard to get your hair perfect the first time! He's the best!!!

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I have been getting my hair done for several years now, and have had many different stylist. After going to Gillian I will never see another!

3
★★★☆☆

I have been getting my hair done for several years now, and have had many different stylist. After going to Gillian I will never see another!

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I have to say these guys rock when it comes to my hair, everytime I have been to this place they have totally hooked me up.
a co worker turned me on to this place, its awsome.

5
★★★★★

I have to say these guys rock when it comes to my hair, everytime I have been to this place they have totally hooked me up.
a co worker turned me on to this place, its awsome.

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I feel SO pretty!
I love, love, love my highlights!
This salon is super cute, NOT pretentious.... and my very down to earth stylist gave me exactly what I wanted!
Thank you Darren for making me pretty oh so pretty.........
I?ll be back in a couple months for more yummy color.

5
★★★★★

I feel SO pretty!
I love, love, love my highlights!
This salon is super cute, NOT pretentious.... and my very down to earth stylist gave me exactly what I wanted!
Thank you Darren for making me pretty oh so pretty.........
I?ll be back in a couple months for more yummy color.

Pros: happy music, friendly desk person, pretty pretty highlights

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I live in lower Haight and thought I would check out one of the local hair salons. Based on the reviews for this salon, I decided to give Bella Union a try. I didn't have an appointment -- so the one stylist available took me. He was a bit quiet -- kinda awkward -- but we got to chatting and he gave me the dish on the salon. They are all independent -- and the experience levels vary. I had brought a picture to show him what look I wanted -- he only looked at it once. My longish hair was cut to shoulder length -- was uneven -- one side shorter than the other. I mentioned it to him -- he just added more product to "style" it even. He said something about the new retro 80s uneven look. I actually cried when I got home. Choose carefully -- based on the reviews, some of the stylists here must be good. But don't take the one with the empty chair.

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★☆☆☆☆

I live in lower Haight and thought I would check out one of the local hair salons. Based on the reviews for this salon, I decided to give Bella Union a try. I didn't have an appointment -- so the one stylist available took me. He was a bit quiet -- kinda awkward -- but we got to chatting and he gave me the dish on the salon. They are all independent -- and the experience levels vary. I had brought a picture to show him what look I wanted -- he only looked at it once. My longish hair was cut to shoulder length -- was uneven -- one side shorter than the other. I mentioned it to him -- he just added more product to "style" it even. He said something about the new retro 80s uneven look. I actually cried when I got home. Choose carefully -- based on the reviews, some of the stylists here must be good. But don't take the one with the empty chair.

Cons: Skill levels vary

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Gillian is a great hair and makeup stylist. Over the years, I've sent many friends and coworkers her way. All of them are still seeing her! She does fantastic cuts and colors. Gillian also does amazing makeup for photo shoots, etc. I can attest to her abilities personally and through the happy referrals I've given her. You are in good hands.

5
★★★★★

Gillian is a great hair and makeup stylist. Over the years, I've sent many friends and coworkers her way. All of them are still seeing her! She does fantastic cuts and colors. Gillian also does amazing makeup for photo shoots, etc. I can attest to her abilities personally and through the happy referrals I've given her. You are in good hands.

Pros: Good location; comfortable setting; friendly atmosphere

Cons: Sometimes you get a machine instead of a live receptionist. Leave a msg to make appt and they get back quickly.

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I just moved here from west van, BC 6 mos ago and started seeing Daniel on the advice of a coworker. What a recommendation! Not only do I love his no-nonsense attitude and sense of professionalism, but the gorgeous hilights and beautiful colour as well; my mousy brown hair has never looked this chic until now. I don't know who wouldn't love Daniel, either.

5
★★★★★

I just moved here from west van, BC 6 mos ago and started seeing Daniel on the advice of a coworker. What a recommendation! Not only do I love his no-nonsense attitude and sense of professionalism, but the gorgeous hilights and beautiful colour as well; my mousy brown hair has never looked this chic until now. I don't know who wouldn't love Daniel, either.

Pros: Daniel the color master; Takes credit cards!

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If you are considering a radical change to your looks, or even just want a great opinion of how to spruce yourself up - think of checking out the bella union and Gillian Hanson. In the past I have always done my own hair (I'm a guy who never really cared) - but through the advice of a friend I checked out bella union and gillian - she rocks! Discussed what we could do - and made me feel comfortable with my choices - gave a great cut - then kicked bum on the color!

Its' been tuning heads.
Its' gotten me layd.
Its' made my mama love me again.
Its' given me a promotion at work.

I've only had it for a week.

GO GILLIAN!!!

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- no really she's very professional, uses from what I can tell great products - the salon is very bright and clean - and I've gotten nothing but compliments - and heads turning - since she redid my do.

5
★★★★★

If you are considering a radical change to your looks, or even just want a great opinion of how to spruce yourself up - think of checking out the bella union and Gillian Hanson. In the past I have always done my own hair (I'm a guy who never really cared) - but through the advice of a friend I checked out bella union and gillian - she rocks! Discussed what we could do - and made me feel comfortable with my choices - gave a great cut - then kicked bum on the color!

Its' been tuning heads.
Its' gotten me layd.
Its' made my mama love me again.
Its' given me a promotion at work.

I've only had it for a week.

GO GILLIAN!!!

thanks

- no really she's very professional, uses from what I can tell great products - the salon is very bright and clean - and I've gotten nothing but compliments - and heads turning - since she redid my do.

Pros: I like the lower haight - so I enjoy going down there - the salon it nice and bright.

Cons: gillian does not work sundays.

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Gene Palmer has given me the best haircuts I?ve ever had. The demands of my business often require a perfect-looking cut on short notice, and Gene is always accommodating. He has done my hair for years, and I?ve had the pleasure of his talent in San Francisco as well as at his salon in Pasadena and the outcome is always the same ? excellent! There?s no one better.

3
★★★☆☆

Gene Palmer has given me the best haircuts I?ve ever had. The demands of my business often require a perfect-looking cut on short notice, and Gene is always accommodating. He has done my hair for years, and I?ve had the pleasure of his talent in San Francisco as well as at his salon in Pasadena and the outcome is always the same ? excellent! There?s no one better.

Pros: Gene Palmer is fantastic -- great haircuts

Cons: none

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Gene gave me happy hair! ~ along with a scalp massage that did my attitude wonders, color that actually gave my hair depth/highlights and a cut that makes my hair do what I want for a change, for the first time ever people actually stop me on the street and tell me how great it looks. I love his snappy patter and his professional yet friendly attitude While I would go back just for the head massage what he does with my hair will keep me part of his fan-club.

5
★★★★★

Gene gave me happy hair! ~ along with a scalp massage that did my attitude wonders, color that actually gave my hair depth/highlights and a cut that makes my hair do what I want for a change, for the first time ever people actually stop me on the street and tell me how great it looks. I love his snappy patter and his professional yet friendly attitude While I would go back just for the head massage what he does with my hair will keep me part of his fan-club.

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The Bella Union is awesome. Totally friendly staff, cute place and neighborhood. Gillian is a great stylist, I've been going to her for more than 2 years. She always keeps me current yet sophisticated and I am really picky about my hair! She has taken me to super layered (more arty) to a more subtle cute cut (more power creative.) She is a talent with scissors, versatile and super nice to boot.

5
★★★★★

The Bella Union is awesome. Totally friendly staff, cute place and neighborhood. Gillian is a great stylist, I've been going to her for more than 2 years. She always keeps me current yet sophisticated and I am really picky about my hair! She has taken me to super layered (more arty) to a more subtle cute cut (more power creative.) She is a talent with scissors, versatile and super nice to boot.

Pros: Gillian

Cons: parking can be hard on the weekends, but i've scored parking right in front during the week

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I don't trust anyone but Gillian at Bella Union to cut my hair--she is truly great at what she does, and I've been going to her for years. She gets the nuances of wanting a funky hairstyle that can look professional when I need it to. I trust her to know even better than I do what it is that I want, but she never pulls an ego when I ask her to do something different than what she's suggested. The salon itself feels elegant and relaxing. Everyone is really nice, and the stylists seem genuinely to enjoy working in the same space and sharing ideas. I feel pampered every time I visit.

5
★★★★★

I don't trust anyone but Gillian at Bella Union to cut my hair--she is truly great at what she does, and I've been going to her for years. She gets the nuances of wanting a funky hairstyle that can look professional when I need it to. I trust her to know even better than I do what it is that I want, but she never pulls an ego when I ask her to do something different than what she's suggested. The salon itself feels elegant and relaxing. Everyone is really nice, and the stylists seem genuinely to enjoy working in the same space and sharing ideas. I feel pampered every time I visit.

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I've been going here (to see Gillian) for the last two years and have no reason to think of trying anywhere else. I've sent several friends and they've become clients as well. Gillian is an expert at creating a great hairstyle and is always up for trying something new. She is also great at color. As a guy, there are times when I want my color to show and times I don't. She is able to do both with perfection. If you're looking to try a new stylist, give this professional a chance!

5
★★★★★

I've been going here (to see Gillian) for the last two years and have no reason to think of trying anywhere else. I've sent several friends and they've become clients as well. Gillian is an expert at creating a great hairstyle and is always up for trying something new. She is also great at color. As a guy, there are times when I want my color to show and times I don't. She is able to do both with perfection. If you're looking to try a new stylist, give this professional a chance!

Pros: Quality, quality, quality

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I love Gillian! She does my hair exactly the way I want. The color is the best and she changes it to whatever I want. If she thinks it might not be suitable, she tactfully sets me straight. I have known her for many years and I have never seen her lose her cool. She cuts my fine hard to handle hair with perfection. Call Gillian at the Bella Union--you won't be sorry.

5
★★★★★

I love Gillian! She does my hair exactly the way I want. The color is the best and she changes it to whatever I want. If she thinks it might not be suitable, she tactfully sets me straight. I have known her for many years and I have never seen her lose her cool. She cuts my fine hard to handle hair with perfection. Call Gillian at the Bella Union--you won't be sorry.

Pros: Within my neighborhood

Cons: Can't think of any

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Daniel is a true professional. From ensuring he's familiar with my grooming habits to making sure I set up my next appointment before I leave, he covers all the bases. And the color? Well, he does an absolutely fantastic job every time. I will never go to anyone else. No assembly line here, just friendly professional service with affordable prices. The salon has a comfortable atmosphere. Everyone is very nice. I always look forward to my time there.

5
★★★★★

Daniel is a true professional. From ensuring he's familiar with my grooming habits to making sure I set up my next appointment before I leave, he covers all the bases. And the color? Well, he does an absolutely fantastic job every time. I will never go to anyone else. No assembly line here, just friendly professional service with affordable prices. The salon has a comfortable atmosphere. Everyone is very nice. I always look forward to my time there.

Pros: Friendly atmosphere, fantastic color

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Have been going to Gillian for the last year and have had great experience. She's very good with helping her clients decide on their haircut and she's got good sense as to what kind of haircut would be suitable for who. Highly recommned....

5
★★★★★

Have been going to Gillian for the last year and have had great experience. She's very good with helping her clients decide on their haircut and she's got good sense as to what kind of haircut would be suitable for who. Highly recommned....

Pros: Good talent. Great atmosphere

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I have very thick, very curly hair, and finding people who can do a good job cutting it has always been a nightmare. My hair has been butchered many many times, or people have cut it who don't know how to do curls and I've ended up with the dreaded pyramid-effect (u curly-haired ladies out there know what I mean.) I found Bella Union on Citysearch and made an appointment with Darren, and boy am I glad I did! He knows curls inside out and did an AMAZING job on my hair. I am pleased to say that my lifelong search for the perfect hairdresser is over!!

5
★★★★★

I have very thick, very curly hair, and finding people who can do a good job cutting it has always been a nightmare. My hair has been butchered many many times, or people have cut it who don't know how to do curls and I've ended up with the dreaded pyramid-effect (u curly-haired ladies out there know what I mean.) I found Bella Union on Citysearch and made an appointment with Darren, and boy am I glad I did! He knows curls inside out and did an AMAZING job on my hair. I am pleased to say that my lifelong search for the perfect hairdresser is over!!

Pros: Darren

Cons: not-a-thing

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He's the bestest! MMM! My hair looked better than it ever had. I can't wait to go back. Made me feel like one of those herbal essences commercials! Thanks gene you ROCK!

5
★★★★★

He's the bestest! MMM! My hair looked better than it ever had. I can't wait to go back. Made me feel like one of those herbal essences commercials! Thanks gene you ROCK!

Pros: GENE

Cons: N/A

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If your favorite haircut involves layers and a razor, then Darren Fairfax is your man. I love a "bed-head" messy look and short hair you fix in two minutes, and Darren is always sending me home cute as a button. Edgy cute, that is. He is amazing with the razor, not once left me wishing I could put back some of that hair. He listens very carefully to what you want (even though he loves to have free rein). He always gives my hair a great, stylish line that lasts several weeks.

As for the place, the Citysearch review makes it seem much cooler than it actually is. It's decent, is all I can say, on the hippie side (not so sure about "stylish" or "elegant" - rather basic). I am not a great fan of their hair products either (sweet old lady smell), but you don't go there for their hair gel...

5
★★★★★

If your favorite haircut involves layers and a razor, then Darren Fairfax is your man. I love a "bed-head" messy look and short hair you fix in two minutes, and Darren is always sending me home cute as a button. Edgy cute, that is. He is amazing with the razor, not once left me wishing I could put back some of that hair. He listens very carefully to what you want (even though he loves to have free rein). He always gives my hair a great, stylish line that lasts several weeks.

As for the place, the Citysearch review makes it seem much cooler than it actually is. It's decent, is all I can say, on the hippie side (not so sure about "stylish" or "elegant" - rather basic). I am not a great fan of their hair products either (sweet old lady smell), but you don't go there for their hair gel...

Pros: Darren's styling skill, reasonable fees, easy street parking

Cons: hair care product line (not really a "con", rather a minor drawback)

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I went to see Jet Black at The Bella Union because my boss' hair looked fab. She says she's gotten asked out 35-50% more often since Jet cut and colored her hair. I, myself, was just looking for maybe a 12-20% increase in social life activity, but I scheduled an appointment with Jet anyway. Loved the salon! Loved Jet! She's almost too good at her job, though. I look better now than I know how to handle. Really, though-check Jet out. She was somehow able to interpret my amateur ramblings about what I wanted done with my hair, and translate it into much more than I'd hoped for!

5
★★★★★

I went to see Jet Black at The Bella Union because my boss' hair looked fab. She says she's gotten asked out 35-50% more often since Jet cut and colored her hair. I, myself, was just looking for maybe a 12-20% increase in social life activity, but I scheduled an appointment with Jet anyway. Loved the salon! Loved Jet! She's almost too good at her job, though. I look better now than I know how to handle. Really, though-check Jet out. She was somehow able to interpret my amateur ramblings about what I wanted done with my hair, and translate it into much more than I'd hoped for!

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With all of my hair, I didn't think it could be done well. I was wrong! Daniel made me feel so comfortable, he obviously knew his stuff. I was so happy, I'm going to send all my friends to see him too. I've never gotten so many compliments on my hair before. I love him and love that place. He's so nononsense and professional, focused on making sure he does a good job. And he's pretty reasonably priced too.

5
★★★★★

With all of my hair, I didn't think it could be done well. I was wrong! Daniel made me feel so comfortable, he obviously knew his stuff. I was so happy, I'm going to send all my friends to see him too. I've never gotten so many compliments on my hair before. I love him and love that place. He's so nononsense and professional, focused on making sure he does a good job. And he's pretty reasonably priced too.

Pros: Professional, Cool Salon, Great Results

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Darren has been cutting my hair for a few years now, and I would follow him anywhere! He's amazing! Always listens to exactly what you want, but also offers incredible insight and advice when you're indecisive! I have never walked out of there unhappy, and I am particularly picky about my hair. He hits it every time - always sure to ask what your plans are post-salon visit so you're ready to conquer the city immediately looking your best!

5
★★★★★

Darren has been cutting my hair for a few years now, and I would follow him anywhere! He's amazing! Always listens to exactly what you want, but also offers incredible insight and advice when you're indecisive! I have never walked out of there unhappy, and I am particularly picky about my hair. He hits it every time - always sure to ask what your plans are post-salon visit so you're ready to conquer the city immediately looking your best!

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So I just moved to San Francisco, got a recommendation from my roommate for a place to get great hair color. She said to definitly go to Bella Union and she was right. What a cool place! Daniel treated my like a real person asking me all sorts of questions about what I like to do with my hair and we settled on a nice auburn brown with some fantastic coppery highlites. I love it, love it, love it. Its such a cool place I can't wait to go back there again.

5
★★★★★

So I just moved to San Francisco, got a recommendation from my roommate for a place to get great hair color. She said to definitly go to Bella Union and she was right. What a cool place! Daniel treated my like a real person asking me all sorts of questions about what I like to do with my hair and we settled on a nice auburn brown with some fantastic coppery highlites. I love it, love it, love it. Its such a cool place I can't wait to go back there again.

Pros: Fun atmosphere, great staff, talented stylist for color

Cons: No Credit Cards allowed

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Daniel has colored my hair twice now and I could not be more PLEASED!

He took my hair from over processed hilights to a rich beatiful chocolate brown, with just a hint of sunkissed locks with in. I have never had more compliments on my hair ever!

I suggest seeing Daniel if your hair is in need of a great color overhaul!

5
★★★★★

Daniel has colored my hair twice now and I could not be more PLEASED!

He took my hair from over processed hilights to a rich beatiful chocolate brown, with just a hint of sunkissed locks with in. I have never had more compliments on my hair ever!

I suggest seeing Daniel if your hair is in need of a great color overhaul!

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gene pays attention to details and it's made such a difference!!! he really takes the time to figure out exactly what it is that i want. he gives me tips that i can actually do at home. i've been there twice already and i always get compliments on my cut. it also grows out well where i can go even longer between cuts.

5
★★★★★

gene pays attention to details and it's made such a difference!!! he really takes the time to figure out exactly what it is that i want. he gives me tips that i can actually do at home. i've been there twice already and i always get compliments on my cut. it also grows out well where i can go even longer between cuts.

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This salon is a no nonsense, honest to goodness place.

So many times in this city I find myself in either the snooty sell you this sell you that, we should do this we shoud do that salon. Or the we could care less about you chop shop.

I loved my experience at this place. I was comfortable talking to my stylist about my likes and dislikes with my hair and my past experiences. And he listened! Imagine that?

The atmosphere was very relaxed.

I would say that if you are still looking, give em a go.

Only thing that bothered me was they do not take plastic....I had to run to the ATM afterward to pay.

5
★★★★★

This salon is a no nonsense, honest to goodness place.

So many times in this city I find myself in either the snooty sell you this sell you that, we should do this we shoud do that salon. Or the we could care less about you chop shop.

I loved my experience at this place. I was comfortable talking to my stylist about my likes and dislikes with my hair and my past experiences. And he listened! Imagine that?

The atmosphere was very relaxed.

I would say that if you are still looking, give em a go.

Only thing that bothered me was they do not take plastic....I had to run to the ATM afterward to pay.

Pros: Skill, atmosphere (NOT STUFFY)

Cons: Cash or check only?

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I went to Bella Union based on it being on the top of the citysearch list. I'm not sure that was a wise decision. First of all, there are a multitude of salons in the city, this one looks no different, not exceptionally chic or really anything, just average. When I walked in the door for my appointment, the receptionist was on her cell phone talking personal matters while i stood there waiting (there were no other customers in line). It finally took one of the free stylists to come help me out. I got my hair cut with Daniel. He did an ok job, nothing special. However I was looking for something a little bit more since he does charge about $50. Definitely not worth what I received and in addition he wasn't especially friendly or accomodating. For what it's worth, the other stylists in the salon were giving some great cuts and had fun personalities so you might give them a try.

3
★★★☆☆

I went to Bella Union based on it being on the top of the citysearch list. I'm not sure that was a wise decision. First of all, there are a multitude of salons in the city, this one looks no different, not exceptionally chic or really anything, just average. When I walked in the door for my appointment, the receptionist was on her cell phone talking personal matters while i stood there waiting (there were no other customers in line). It finally took one of the free stylists to come help me out. I got my hair cut with Daniel. He did an ok job, nothing special. However I was looking for something a little bit more since he does charge about $50. Definitely not worth what I received and in addition he wasn't especially friendly or accomodating. For what it's worth, the other stylists in the salon were giving some great cuts and had fun personalities so you might give them a try.

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You want to update your 'do? Jet Black at The Bella Union does this better than anyone for under $200. I know, $200 is a bit steep, but I paid that price in NY a couple times. Jet gave me an amazing and seemingly effortless cut for $65, and does a great job with color and highlights as well. Not just women's cuts, but she made my boyfriend look better than I thought he could ever look! Haha. Srsly.

Since she's not getting $200 a cut (yet), I wanted to give her some electronic kudos. Jet has an uncanny eye for what your hair should be 'doing, and she has the skills to back it up! Jet it while you can, 'cause she is as good as those kids who're getting $200 in NY --all at a really cool little salon right here in the Lower Haight!

5
★★★★★

You want to update your 'do? Jet Black at The Bella Union does this better than anyone for under $200. I know, $200 is a bit steep, but I paid that price in NY a couple times. Jet gave me an amazing and seemingly effortless cut for $65, and does a great job with color and highlights as well. Not just women's cuts, but she made my boyfriend look better than I thought he could ever look! Haha. Srsly.

Since she's not getting $200 a cut (yet), I wanted to give her some electronic kudos. Jet has an uncanny eye for what your hair should be 'doing, and she has the skills to back it up! Jet it while you can, 'cause she is as good as those kids who're getting $200 in NY --all at a really cool little salon right here in the Lower Haight!

Pros: chandelier, staff, light, neighborhood, nice big mirrors

Cons: too affordable, just kidding, why pay more?

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I've been seeing Daniel for my cut and color for a few years and have already recommended him to everybody I know. He is definitely an expert in his field. He even fixed an ill advised color job I had done down south of the border when I couldn't make it in to see him. Lesson learned. If you want to get great color in a great salon call the Bella Union and make an appointment with Daniel right now.

5
★★★★★

I've been seeing Daniel for my cut and color for a few years and have already recommended him to everybody I know. He is definitely an expert in his field. He even fixed an ill advised color job I had done down south of the border when I couldn't make it in to see him. Lesson learned. If you want to get great color in a great salon call the Bella Union and make an appointment with Daniel right now.

Pros: Talented Stylist, Great Atmosphere, Good Value

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My loftiest compliments to the ever beautiful Barbara, her hospitality, conversation and gorgeous venue. If it weren't for that damned (in every sense of the word) Heather, I would have been content to visit every 4 weeks until.....well, until Heather just HAD to "cut" out on her own. My dear Watkins' salon is afoot........I'm along for the mystery tour.....roll up and dye.

5
★★★★★

My loftiest compliments to the ever beautiful Barbara, her hospitality, conversation and gorgeous venue. If it weren't for that damned (in every sense of the word) Heather, I would have been content to visit every 4 weeks until.....well, until Heather just HAD to "cut" out on her own. My dear Watkins' salon is afoot........I'm along for the mystery tour.....roll up and dye.

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Gene has been cutting my hair for 7 years! I first started going to him when I asked a friend with a great cut where he went. Turns out Gene is a master and loves his work -- a real perfectionist! Even though my hairline has (unfortunately) changed (i.e. receded) over the years, I always leave Gene's chair feeling sharp. He makes the the very best of whatever you've got up there. I've referred a lot of friends over the years, and not one has been disappointed. Bella Union is a great place, but I go there for Gene. I'd follow him anywhere! He'll be cutting my hair until the very last one falls out.

5
★★★★★

Gene has been cutting my hair for 7 years! I first started going to him when I asked a friend with a great cut where he went. Turns out Gene is a master and loves his work -- a real perfectionist! Even though my hairline has (unfortunately) changed (i.e. receded) over the years, I always leave Gene's chair feeling sharp. He makes the the very best of whatever you've got up there. I've referred a lot of friends over the years, and not one has been disappointed. Bella Union is a great place, but I go there for Gene. I'd follow him anywhere! He'll be cutting my hair until the very last one falls out.

Pros: Gene Palmer, Evening Appointments, Good Value

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I really needed to find a new salon and decided to just go with the Citysearch #1 winner, figuring everyone who voted for this place must know something. I am very happy I picked Bella Union and got an appointment with Barbara. I needed a color boost from mousey to ??and a newer cut. I had to just put myself in the hands of someone who could figure it out. I am SO glad I did it! I look SO much better that I keep running back to the mirror to see if it's really me! My sister and 2 friends at work all asked me who did my hair and I almost want to keep this a secret . Amazingly, the prices here didn't break the bank and I felt very comfortable, which is not exactly the way I have felt in other places that I've gone to.

5
★★★★★

I really needed to find a new salon and decided to just go with the Citysearch #1 winner, figuring everyone who voted for this place must know something. I am very happy I picked Bella Union and got an appointment with Barbara. I needed a color boost from mousey to ??and a newer cut. I had to just put myself in the hands of someone who could figure it out. I am SO glad I did it! I look SO much better that I keep running back to the mirror to see if it's really me! My sister and 2 friends at work all asked me who did my hair and I almost want to keep this a secret . Amazingly, the prices here didn't break the bank and I felt very comfortable, which is not exactly the way I have felt in other places that I've gone to.

Pros: Barbara, Vibes, Location

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Maybe I expected a transcendent experience after reading all the positive reviews here on city search, but I have to say that i was very disappointed with this salon. The people there are friendly--It's just that I asked specifically for a basic trim, and instead walked out with this bi-level, bob on top, long underneath style that did not resemble in any way what I had asked for. It really bothers me that the stylist clearly didn't heed my request. For $60, it would have been a good value had I actually liked the outcome; but I hated every second of this cut until having it remedied elseware.

3
★★★☆☆

Maybe I expected a transcendent experience after reading all the positive reviews here on city search, but I have to say that i was very disappointed with this salon. The people there are friendly--It's just that I asked specifically for a basic trim, and instead walked out with this bi-level, bob on top, long underneath style that did not resemble in any way what I had asked for. It really bothers me that the stylist clearly didn't heed my request. For $60, it would have been a good value had I actually liked the outcome; but I hated every second of this cut until having it remedied elseware.

Pros: nice location, clean

Cons: average cut

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The Bella Union has great atmosphere...the chic chandeliers and black and white decor drew me in... I was given Darren for my 1st cut and was very pleased. Love his personality and way with hair. 2 cuts so far and always very pleased and happy with the results. Darren is very friendly, personable, professional, and great at cutting hair. Highly recommend to anyone in need of a new hairstylist and or hair salon!

5
★★★★★

The Bella Union has great atmosphere...the chic chandeliers and black and white decor drew me in... I was given Darren for my 1st cut and was very pleased. Love his personality and way with hair. 2 cuts so far and always very pleased and happy with the results. Darren is very friendly, personable, professional, and great at cutting hair. Highly recommend to anyone in need of a new hairstylist and or hair salon!

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I started going to Darren over six years ago...he is FABULOUS! Now my sister, mom, and friends go to him as well, and we can't stop singing his praises. Our hair looks amazing! He really listens and gives you exactly what you want, and if you don't know what you want Darren has the vision...just leave it up to him. Every day is a good hair day after seeing Darren!

5
★★★★★

I started going to Darren over six years ago...he is FABULOUS! Now my sister, mom, and friends go to him as well, and we can't stop singing his praises. Our hair looks amazing! He really listens and gives you exactly what you want, and if you don't know what you want Darren has the vision...just leave it up to him. Every day is a good hair day after seeing Darren!

Pros: Darren Fairfax

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Darren has been cutting and coloring my hair for almost a decade, and I follow him wherever her goes! I think Bella Union is his best stop yet. The salon is personable and friendly and the decor is calming and cute.
I don't trust my hair to anyone else besides Darren! I drive up from the peninsula just to get my hair cut and people think I'm crazy for doing so - yet they always compliment me on my hair!

5
★★★★★

Darren has been cutting and coloring my hair for almost a decade, and I follow him wherever her goes! I think Bella Union is his best stop yet. The salon is personable and friendly and the decor is calming and cute.
I don't trust my hair to anyone else besides Darren! I drive up from the peninsula just to get my hair cut and people think I'm crazy for doing so - yet they always compliment me on my hair!

Pros: Darren, Friendly, Good Location

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This is the second time I've had the pleasure of endorsing my trusted stylist, Daniel. He's always reliable for a fantastic cut, helpful styling advice and truly wonderful color. My profession demands that I always look good and I wont trust anyone else to do it. Such a fantastic space too, with a casual, friendly atmosphere in a cute neighborhood. Stop looking and give him a call today.

5
★★★★★

This is the second time I've had the pleasure of endorsing my trusted stylist, Daniel. He's always reliable for a fantastic cut, helpful styling advice and truly wonderful color. My profession demands that I always look good and I wont trust anyone else to do it. Such a fantastic space too, with a casual, friendly atmosphere in a cute neighborhood. Stop looking and give him a call today.

Pros: Quality, Value, Convenience

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I am one of those people who has been searching for the perfect hairstylist. I usually give the salon at least three chances if they can't make me happy on the third attempt I'm off. Nine months later I'm still at the Bella Union with Gillian, she is the perfect mix of attentive to what I want but ready to make a suggestion if she thinks we should change things up. She gives me the perfect color and cut, what more can I say except that she's really good company. Two thumbs up!

5
★★★★★

I am one of those people who has been searching for the perfect hairstylist. I usually give the salon at least three chances if they can't make me happy on the third attempt I'm off. Nine months later I'm still at the Bella Union with Gillian, she is the perfect mix of attentive to what I want but ready to make a suggestion if she thinks we should change things up. She gives me the perfect color and cut, what more can I say except that she's really good company. Two thumbs up!

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I love the fantastic looking highlights and color he always gives me. I've been going to Daniel the magician for years and will keep going till he stops doing hair. I can't say enough about his patience with me and artistry with my hair.

5
★★★★★

I love the fantastic looking highlights and color he always gives me. I've been going to Daniel the magician for years and will keep going till he stops doing hair. I can't say enough about his patience with me and artistry with my hair.

Pros: Results, Professionalism, Atmosphere

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Ive just come out of my appointment with Barbara at the Bella Union, and my hair looks fabulous! Ive gone to several salons thorough the city to find one that would make the best out of my long curly hair, without any luck until now. Not only is the color amazing, but my curls are more luscious than theyve ever been. Im so happy, finally!

5
★★★★★

Ive just come out of my appointment with Barbara at the Bella Union, and my hair looks fabulous! Ive gone to several salons thorough the city to find one that would make the best out of my long curly hair, without any luck until now. Not only is the color amazing, but my curls are more luscious than theyve ever been. Im so happy, finally!

Pros: great decor, easy parking

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you follow him to a new salon. Daniel has been doing my hair (cut and color) for about two years now and he has a great new space to work in (thank god.) He is a whiz at color and highlights, and even makes sure I know how to quickly style my hair myself ('cuz who really has the time anymore.) If you need a color expert or even just a simple cut, visit my favorite stylist at his new salon.

5
★★★★★

you follow him to a new salon. Daniel has been doing my hair (cut and color) for about two years now and he has a great new space to work in (thank god.) He is a whiz at color and highlights, and even makes sure I know how to quickly style my hair myself ('cuz who really has the time anymore.) If you need a color expert or even just a simple cut, visit my favorite stylist at his new salon.

Pros: Highly Professional, Friendly Atmosphere, Great Color

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Heather has vision. She keeps me updated and knows her highlights. you are in and out of there in an hour an a half! she is personable and funny! I always feel good when I leave. She can give class and sex appeal, dont let her pink hair and tatoo's fool you, a true artist and comedian.

5
★★★★★

Heather has vision. She keeps me updated and knows her highlights. you are in and out of there in an hour an a half! she is personable and funny! I always feel good when I leave. She can give class and sex appeal, dont let her pink hair and tatoo's fool you, a true artist and comedian.

Pros: fast, atmosphere, creative

Cons: no credit cards

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I can't rave enough about Gene Palmer and his incrdible coloring talents! I've been following Gene for over 3 years now and am always thrilled with the results. He is not only extremely gifted, he is sharp as a tack, gives a fabulous head massage, and we always have a great time.

5
★★★★★

I can't rave enough about Gene Palmer and his incrdible coloring talents! I've been following Gene for over 3 years now and am always thrilled with the results. He is not only extremely gifted, he is sharp as a tack, gives a fabulous head massage, and we always have a great time.

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