47 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.949241 -75.147479
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East
"Once we got past his laborious technique (he folded 122 foils on our shoulder length hair), we realized Slemmer was a mad genius. He prescribed two shades of lowlights in the back, gold at the crown, and baby blonde on our bangs "to bring out those baby blues" Our hair had a champagne sheen for months-proving there's a method to his madness.-Allure Magazine
Philadelphia Stylist Bruce Slemmer is not only a top colorist, but offers expert hair cuts as well. Basing his design on lifestyle, face shape and hair texture, he pairs the perfect cut with an ideal, skin tone-based color to create a look that matches your personality.
Ask about free consultations and affordable maintenance programs to keep your color and look fresh. Bruce works with his clients offering cost control and flexibility alongside.
Absolutely Amazing Colorist!! – I have now been with Bruce for almost 4 years...have followed him to 6 different salons...and will continue to use him as my colorist even though I now live overseas in Europe. My friends and family think I'm crazy, but honestly - I don't want ANYONE else to touch my hair. I have built a trust with Bruce over the years - he knows my hair...he knows my style...and he even knows when I'm ready for a change that's a bit outside my comfort zone.
I'm a natural ashy brunette, but I've been up and down the color scale with Bruce. i've bene very light blonde, and recently went to a darker, chocolate brown - I've LOVED everything that Bruce has ever done to my hair. We always have a plan about future visits - and it's been a plan that requires me NOT to get a full foil, but a more budget conscious partial or face frame. What's great is that it still LOOKS like I got a full foil!!
After the last 4 years with Bruce, I can honestly say that he's FINALLY landed in a great spot at Dave's. . He has his own spot in the back and the freedom to run his business with his clients like he's always wanted to. I also am happy to say that Dave's seems like a staple business in the community - the other stylists were extremely nice and lovely to talk to...I hope that this is the long-term partnership that Bruce has been seeking for so long. Regardless - I would follow him just about anywhere - I always have tremendous compliments on my how natural my color looks, how it grows out so nicely, and how my hair is styled. Thanks Bruce for everything!
Here's my first review (done in 2010)
After a 16 month stint out in California, I returned last July to the Philly area and decided I needed a new colorist and stylist for my hair. Not only do I have a good friend that has been using Bruce for a couple years, but I was overwhelmed by the positive reviews that I saw on this site.
Let me just tell you....I have not been disappointed at all!
I'm a natural brunette (pretty light in color) and had been sticking to the same cut and color for a while. Bruce was honest with me in my very first visit that I had been wasting money on doing a full foil every time. His technique and attention to detail helps to prolong the time between appointments. I hadn't been in since November 2010 and the color still looked natural and the roots were practically unnoticeable. When I went in yesterday, I told him I wanted to go SUMMER and he immediately knew what to do. I have this beigy, honey-ish, warm blonde hair now from the 2 different blonde highlights he put in my hair and it looks AMAZING!
He is well worth the money, especially since he'll direct you NOT to do too much each visit. It's natural and beautiful work and I get compliments on it all the time.
Bruce Slemmer - God of Blonde – I wrote my origional review in 2011 when I just started seeing Bruce. Three years later, my hair has never looked better! The color looks amazing an my hair is healthier than it has ever been. I've recently followed Bruce to his new locaton, Dave's. I was a tad scheptical at first because Dave's appears to be more of a barber shop. Bruce has his own room in the back which is esentially his own salon. His carries all the best products and uses Wella color again. Bruce is hands down the best colorist and I will continue to follow him wherever he goes!!
Here's my origional review: I am one of Bruce's new clients and I can't even begin to tell you what a woderful stylist he is! I have very difficult hair to work with- dark, curly, and unruly. I have spent years fighting nature in my attempy to wear my hair long, blonde, and straight. I began to get frustrated with my color never looking quite right. Thankfully, I found Bruce in my search for the ultimate colorist to give new life to my hair.
I have been to many salons and hve seen many stylists and i must say, Bruce is fantastic. From the firt time i sat in his chair, he listened to everything i had to say. He then spent 5 hours correcting my color to transfom it from brassy with dark roots, to the perfect shade of blonde for my skin tone. I was most impressed with the fact that HE worked on my hair for the entire time (no assistants applying color, etc). He worked tirelessly to get my hair just perfect. I walked out of the salon thrilled with his work. I knew I'd be back for more!
I then followed Bruce to his new location at Shampoo Bar, where he is now featured upstairs in a heavenly spa-like setting. My second visit with Bruce was even more amazing! He helped me find the right products for my fragile hair, while making my blonde even more perfect. Bruce is a true genius and will stop at nothing to give you the hair you've alwys wanted. Run, don't walk to shampoo bar for your appointment with Bruce!!
I have been waiting to get my hair done by Bruce for awhile now and finally did it! Bruce is so down to earth but also AMAZING yet passionate at doing hair. Bruce took my jet black hair that I have been dying for 4 years and that no one else would dare touch and made me a gorgeous brown with highlights and beautiful dimensions. He saved my length and I left with an amazing layered haircut and hair feeling super healthy!!! I highly recommend Bruce for not only blondes but EVERYONE!!!! HE IS AMAZING AND HAS GAINED A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE!! LOVE HIM!!
I have been with Bruce for 2 years now - he now has his own space @ Dave's salon - altho it shows as a barber shop on google - Bruce is a high end colorist !!! I struggled for years with Brass, no one could ever help/ correct my hair!!! Bruce is the first person in 14 years of highlighting my natural DARK brown hair that can get it to that ash white blonde. I know every natural dark haired person has this trouble.
He listens to what you want and knows everyone's hair is different. On top of it all, he's awesome to talk to :) If you are looking for beautiful blonde hair or highlights...Bruce Slemmer.
Bruce has been cutting my hair for a few years - he is very talented. He has been able to layer my hair in such a way that it gives volume and texture. He has also given great tips on how to keep it healthy and the cuts last a long time because they grow in beautifully. I'm excited for him as he settles into his new salon (awesome ladies at Dave's; no pretension or parade of assistants shuffling you around). Highly recommend!
Stumbling upon Bruce was serendipitous. After going to the same hairdresser for years, I needed a change. I happened to walk into his salon without an appointment, was ushered to his chair and the rest is well...history. Bruce has transformed my look (while still staying true to my style) to a new level. I get compliments all the time on my kick-ass cut and now the beautiful highlights (which Bruce recommended). He is an artist to say the least and I will follow Bruce wherever he goes. I'm stylin' and profilin' thanks to this amazing and sweet guy.
Bruce has finally found his home!! I have been a loyal customer of Bruce for almost two years. I recently went to his new salon Daves to get some gorgeous color for the new year. Daves is in a great location, the stylists are friendly and welcoming, and Bruce has his own area in the back where he can work his hair magic. The front of the store is a simple barber shop that has been in business for close to 50 year,but the back room has been converted into an adorable space for Bruce to work. His room is cute and comfortable, Bruce has never looked happier, and my hair has never looked better! I've followed Bruce to two salons and will continue to be a client; I've never found someone who's not only a genius with color AND cuts, but really loves what he does and cares about his clients. Everyone asks who does my hair and I am proud to recommend Bruce to anyone. Daves is a special place and I look forward to my next visit with Bruce in this friendly salon!
Will follow Bruce anywhere! Hands down, one of the most talented hairstylists ever. I am a very picky customer with regard to how I want my hair cut and I've never been disappointed since the first cut about 3years ago. When he cuts your hair, you don't have to wait for it to "grow in" so you can work with it and his cuts last a really long time. My hair looks nice for over 2 months with his cuts. I won't let anyone else cut my hair! Absolutely the best.
I was very loyal to my salon (a south Jersey/Philadelphia institution), going since I was 13, but as my hair started to get brassier and yellower, and my husband asked me why my hair was so dark, I knew I had to take the plunge and find someone new.
After searching for colorists who specialize in blondes, I found fabulous reviews for Bruce, and decided to give him a try and I could not be more thrilled to have found him! The first time I saw him I spent over 3 hours in the chair, but it was so worth it. My champagne-white blonde looks so natural and lasts for over 2 months. Previously I would be back at the salon every 6 weeks for a whole head highlight because it grew out poorly. I highly recommend Bruce, he is a genius with color!!
Bruce is an amazing stylist, both me and my fiance go to him. As a male I was concerned because Bruce primarily focuses on color and female styles, after my first cut I was put at ease. He does an amazing job and I have never had a haircut like his in my life. He made my hair work for me instead of me trying to make it look like something it is not. I would recommend him to anyone. As for blonde color he is the man, I remember the first time I saw my fiance after Bruce did her hair and I was amazed, I couldn't believe it could look that way. From color to cuts Bruce is the best and I will follow him anywhere.
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