142 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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07/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
01/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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(
12/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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!
06/29/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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!!!
05/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
05/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/03/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
08/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
08/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!
08/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!
07/27/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
07/14/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
05/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!
04/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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.
03/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!