359 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410837.789509 -122.406313
M-W 9am-6pm, Th 9am-8pm, F 9am-6pm, Sa 8:30am-5:30pm, Su Closed
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Northeast
The hair-care specialists at this salon academy are serious about style. – In Short
From the runway to the silver screen, Vidal stylists are dedicated to pushing the edges of glamour with outrageous looks. The company trains some of the world's most elite hair stylists in its San Francisco Academy--and if you're willing to let an amateur loose on your locks, you can get a fabulous new look for free. Also, if you want an inexpensive do from an up-and-coming star, you can volunteer to be a hair model for the apprentices who are in the middle of the grueling 13-month training. However, if the phrase "stylist-in-training" makes you want to run to the nearest over-priced salon, you can get a cut by a seasoned stylist.
Stylists excellent, students disaster! – I got a haircut at Vidal from one of the students and it is one of the worst haircuts Ive ever gotten.
She ended up cutting way more than I wanted; the haircut she gave me was not what we agreed on before she started. After I washed it, the site wasnt pretty. It was completely uneven, with really weird layers, which make my hair curly and frizzy and my hair is straight! Its too short at this point to go and have it fixed so Im just waiting it out and wearing my hair up a lot.
I would never see one of the students again.
I did see one of their regular stylists before, and she did an excellent job, but the haircut was so expensive thought Id save money by trying this $16 version, but it ended up being very disappointing!
The Worst Ever!! – I would say hands down this is the worst place to get a haircut. I would not recommend it to anyone who has long or curly hair. I went to get a haircut, although a couple of my friends had warned me not to go here. I told the stylist I wanted my hair a couple of inches shorter, but basically the same style as I had. She said ok, and started cutting from the back, basically chopping off about 6 inches of hair. I was pretty mad, and she responded by saying that curly hair needs to be this length to be manageable and healthy. I ended up leaving. I ended up getting it fixed by someone else, and it took my hair a year to grow back. I guess they only cater to people who have straight hair and want some version of a bob.
More info on the hair model program – Model calls are on Thursdays at 6pm. The teacher talks to you about what you want done and sets you up with an appointment. They don't do trims because it is a teaching environment. It isn't free - they charge $16. The students aren't stylists-in-training or amateurs. They are already licensed stylists who want to learn how to cut hair the Vidal Sassoon way. Also, the teacher is there the whole time guiding them.
Normally, haircuts range from $60-$120.
Cons? Appointments fill up fast so you may have to wait 3 weeks. The cut takes 2 hours.
Outside of the classroom, Tricia cut my hair and she did an amazing job. It's the most precise cut I have ever had and it is so unique. She spent 1.5 hours! The shape is amazing and requires very little after-shower styling or product to make it look good.
LOVE it !!! – Ali, You Rock.. I had never received so many compliments in my life about my hair cut. I feel so great and confident. I cant wait for my next appointment.
O My... My – Debra did my hair and it was excellent. She really listened to what I had to say and was focused on her work. I wanted a classic A-line style and that was precisely what I got. The cut is shorter on the back and longer on the front. She had my hair at a Perfect length. Looked around the salon, every body had fabolous hair and color. The only downside is they are very pricey. Yes, I'd definitely come back... perhaps in the next several months... Don't think I can afford spending $100 for hair cut every other month.
New Do – I was new to the city and needed a new haircut. My hair was so long, and I was worried about getting a drastic cut, but the staff made me feel very comfortable, and Ali, who styled my hair, was great. She took so much time and made sure everything was perfect. They did a fabulous job, and I'll definately be going back!
great experience – I went to Vidal Sassoon as a "model" for their teaching demonstration and had a blast. The teacher, Michael, worked magics to my hair. The whole experience was a lot of fun. The students watching were extremely interesting and involved with the whole experience. I came out with a great haircut, for FREE. I would go back for future haircuts, even if I had to pay.
Worst hair experience ever – I have to say I had a traumatic experience here. I
went to the salon for change my hair to a reddish shade and specifically asked for two things - that the color not be darker than my natural color (I'm really pale and have tried this before and don't suit it) and that the color not be permanent . Both of these were ignored. I had really horrible dark red hair for months which made me look about 10 years older. I started coloring my hair at home after that experience.
Fabulous!!! – The hairstylist there, Mikey, is soo awesome!!! He cut my hair and I love it. My hair used to be past my armpits and he cut a nice short layered cut a little below my shoulder. It comes to my collar bone.
Tips about going. I called the day I wanted to get my hair cut and lucked out. SOmeone had cancelled. So i got in!
So worth the 16 bucks. It took a little under 2 hrs. but it was such a precise cut. Every detail was so exact. I definitely recommend it.
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