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Best Fashionable But Not-Too-Snobby Hair Salon San Francisco 2008 - Urban Roots

Dishing the gory details of your love life to your stylist usually makes exorbitantly priced cuts well worth the money — but talking over all the other clients' mindless chatter and the noisy salon equipment can be tough, so why not go somewhere where you can be the center of attention? Enter Lisa Holt, sole stylist and proprietor of Urban Roots Hair Studio. With its modest storefront awning, rustic brick walls, and shiny hardwood floors, Urban Roots is perhaps the city's best-kept secret. Holt, who has done hair and makeup for runway shows, specializes in all kinds of tresses (curlyheads, take note) but dispenses with flash-in-the-pan trends (no retro mullets, thank you) and goes for classic, era-defying styles that'll make for flattering grow-out periods. If any hairdresser has the power to supernaturally change you (or psychologically save you), it's Holt. Hipsters looking for cool color jobs or people who've sported ponytails down to their asses since the '70s can feel equally comfortable in her hands. And if you're chemically sensitive, no worries — you can breathe easy here without any toxic fumes.

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