Barbers >Hugh McGuire at Ron Pernell Studio
424 Jesse St 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.782885 -122.408034
Neighborhoods: Central East, SoMa (South of Market), SoMa
Worst Service! – I booked an appointment with Hugh after reading great reviews. I showed up for my saturday appointment only to be told that he was overbooked and that if I returned the following Saturday I would not regret it. When returning the following Saturday he never showed up! Ron attempted to contact him and said he couldn't get ahold of him. I have never received such horrible customer service.
Hugh is the Best Colorist in NY or SF!!! – I moved here from Manhattan and went to a person widely renowned as a colorist, who had many celebrity clients and a hair empire in NY (eponymous salon in a prestigious location, on TV shows, mentioned in all the magazines, etc.), so I was very nervous about changing colorists and proceeded to fly back to see my old colorist in NY for over a year. I thought no one could top my old colorist.
Hugh DID. Not matched it, TOPPED it. I could not have been any more impressed with either the results or Hugh himself. The color (I'm blond) came out more beautiful than virtually any color I've ever been, with a warmth and tone I couldn't have described or found in a picture. I was a pretty color of blond before, but everyone noticed it the change the next day and commented that it looked amazing. I myself honestly couldn't stop looking in the mirror. It matches my skin tone better than before and generally makes *me* look better (rather than my hair looking great, but kind of wearing me or standing out so much it looks fake). It looks both bold and natural.
On top of it, the whole experience was great. Hugh himself is just the most charming person you'll ever meet. He takes his work incredibly seriously - he told me he was lying in bed the night before thinking about my formula and he stayed late in the evening to squeeze me into his schedule - but he is also completely humble and great to work with. He is also fast. Forget 3 or 4 hour appointments or sitting around waiting. I was in and out in 2 hours. He spent the whole time on me - he doesn't double or triple book. He also really goes the extra mile for you - he has a special product used to seal your color (mine used to fade a little after the first few washes, but it didn't now) and follows up with a call to be sure you were happy with it and don't need any changes.
If you color your hair, you must go to Hugh. That's really all there is to say. Don't waste your time or money with anyone else.
Hair Happy! – I found Hugh on city search several years ago and have been going to him ever since. He does great work from start to finish- as a new client, he took photographs of my hair and he remembers every detail of what he's done. Naturally light blonde, it is difficult to find someone who understands how to do an occasional highlight without giving a bleached blonde look but Hugh has mastered the task. I couldn't recommend anyone better:-)
Amazing Colorist! – I met the lovely Hugh McGuire at a birthday party for a mutual friend. He gave me his card and he told me that he specializes in blondes. I was very excited because I had had a really hard time finding a colorist that was good with blonde hair in San Francisco having recently moved back from New York City. He did the most amazing job on my hair and made it look so natural! He took the time to put many different shades and hues into it and really matched the tones and base color to my complexion. I have had so many compliments on my hair in the last couple of weeks. I would recommend him highly to anyone and what he does is true artistry.
Best Blonde in San Francisco – Hugh Mcquire is by far the best hair colorist I have been to (ever).
He had a vision for my hair several years ago and we have been working towards long blonde, below the shoulder hair. This is challenging considering my natural color is dark brown.
I have never received more compliments and could not recommend him more highly.
He also gives great advice!
Best Hair Color in San Francisco – Hugh McGuire is a consummate professional when it comes to hair color. He has consistently kept my long blonde hair in luminous shape. Hugh will tell you if something will work or not based on your skin tone and facial shape. I have seen Hugh correct color on other customers as well, taking lackluster over processed hair and turning it into something to brag about. Hugh also is a precise stylist, as well helping my hair grow out effortlessly, with expert cuts. Once your hair is colored Hugh will get you on a schedule that will keep your hair looking great from appointment to appointment.
Best Colorist for Brunettes – Hugh may be famous for his blondes, but as a brunette I can tell you his browns are just as fantastic. It's true, people stop me on the street and ask me where I get my hair done. My color is movie star great. You don't have to help him figure it out, he knows what's going to be right for you, and moreover he can achieve it. During my first appointment with him he showed me a picture of this deep chocolate color with gold and carmel highlights, he said if I liked it he could match the color exactly, and he did. I have lived in major cities all over the US and in Europe, and he is honestly the best colorist I have ever had. And for those of you with long hair, you will be happy to know that Hugh actually likes long hair, so unlike every other stylist on the face of the Earth he won't always be trying to get you to cut it off. Really, believe what people are saying, you won't find a better colorist anywhere. Period.
Return to your "true" or favorite color – I contacted Hugh after reading his reviews on CitySearch in January 2005. I have seen Hugh religiously every 12 weeks since my first visit. His reviews consistently point out his greatest strength - color. I was naturally blond all the way through my 20s. After the birth of my daughter, my hair was officially ash blond (blah). Hugh brought back the color I naturally had for decades without making it look over the top blond or "just bleached". I step out of the salon looking natural and fantastic! Hugh also did a great job moving my "old" haircut into something more beautiful. I completely trust him with my hair. I highly recommend Hugh McGuire without reservation.
People Always Ask Who Does My Hair – Friends and stangers alike consistently say to me, "I love your color. Who does your hair?" I tell them that Hugh McGuire is my guy. I have long, blonde hair and his eye for color is flawless. More importantly, he instinctively understands the nuances that a difference in a shade or two can give a Look. I love both my style and color, and I trust him completely with my hair -- which says a lot!
BEST STYLIST AND COLORIST – Hugh is THE BEST COLORIST AND STYLIST in San Francisco. After months of jumping from one bad stylist to another, I found Hugh. In less than a year, he turned my 2-different-cuts-in-1 hair into a FABULOUS cut with perfect coloring. I've already added 2 co-workers to his clientele and they love him as much as I do. I keep a stack of his cards with me b/c people always ask where I got my hair done. Go to Hugh for perfect hair!
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