Good colorists are hard to come by, however in the East Bay we have some of the best. They can not only change your hair color but make your hair look and feel healthier than ever before. Get highlights, correct a color mistake, get a free consultation, or get a simple color and cut. Each colorist has extensive experience within the industry, both in training and with customers so rest assured that you are getting a professional color done. And remember the saying does go – “a change is as good as a holiday” so get traveling!
Turquoise Hair and Makeup Salon
1620 Locust St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
With over twenty years experience in the hair industry, Mahwash Shewan, owner of the chic and sleek salon in the luxurious downtown area, has become one of the best colorist in the East Bay. Having studied at the California Academy of Art in San Francisco and taught herself techniques from around the world, Shewan is an expert at choosing and suggesting color to suit your skin tone as well as spotting new hair trends. Go to her for permanent color, touch ups, full highlights, partial highlights, corrective color needs or a complementary consultation. Whatever your hair texture or need Mahwash will have you leaving the salon happy and looking absolutely stunning!
Color by Mia in the Genray Salon
6093 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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With more than 15 years of experience in hair coloring and styling, Mia now works in two San Francisco salons, one in the East Bay area of Oakland. Having trained in San Francisco, Paris, New York, London, Miami and L.A., her knowledge is extensive. Her expertise lands in the area of Asian and Latino hair texture, however her client range is wide. Consultations are free and Mia will work with her clients to figure out what their hair needs, depending on its texture. She can easily change your hair from sexy chestnut to carefree blonde, or anything in between. Just be prepared to wait, as her schedule gets busy––patience is key!
Marsha Tobias Salon
1605 Locust Salon
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Naz Hazrati specializes in hair color for both men and women, and with more than 16 years of experience as a stylist, she has become a local favorite. After studying hair design from Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy and Diva International, Hazrati came to Marsha Tobias Salon to wow customers in East Bay. She gives customers personalized service, ensuring she listens to what her clients want, and then making sure their hair gets what it needs, too. Book well in advance, as Hazrati’s schedule books up due to her popularity and expertise with hair coloring and cuts. Come in for a free consultation and get advice on how to fix problems or change up your look. The salon itself is an eclectic mix of sleek lines and artsy frills, just like the talented staff.
1651 Bothello Dr. #190
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Prices: Mid range in comparison to other local salons
Kimberly Morris can be found working part-time within the Sola Salon in the Palm Court Shopping Center in downtown Walnut Creek. Morris can easily fix any issues you may have with your current hair color and style to transform you into the bombshell that’s just waiting to come out. Morris is a hidden genie in the hair salon world. Not only does she have the personality and charisma to be one if the best in the East Bay, but more importantly, she has the techniques and know-how to give customers what they want when it comes to getting healthy colored hair.
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Salt Air Salon
4287 Piedmont Ave. #104
Oakland, CA 94611
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Take one look at the smile and hair color of expert colorist Tracy at Salt Air Salon and you will instantly know why her schedule is so hectic. One of the techniques Tracy has learned––and makes look superb on beauties that come into her salon––is the “Balayage” technique, which is a free-form hand-painted type of hair highlighting. The result is a sun-drenched beach look. Having started in hair coloring early on in her career and continuing to learn skills within the coloring industry has made Tracy the girl to-go-to for hassle free, confident work. Her work is not cheap, however, you will not be disappointed and trips to the hair dresser will be less frequent due to her amazing “Balayage” technique.
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