The Best Hair Salons in Seattle

Hair woes (and a lack of vitamin D) got you down? We found the best hair salons in Seattle to lift your spirits

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Oh, Seattle -- our darling town on the upper-left coast where every store doubles as a coffee shop, and it's not uncommon to stumble upon multiple book club meetings in a single day. What is uncommon in the Rainy City, however, is to chat over double espressos about where you get your hair done. Seattle's anti-umbrella culture doesn't exactly lend itself well to perfect hair, so you might wonder where to go in the Pacific Northwest when you need some serious salon time. Whether you're looking for a simple root touch-up or a rockin' cut for that upcoming show at El Corazon, look no further for your ultimate guide to the best hair salons in Seattle. We've polled Seattleites and scoured Yelp, so you don't have to be left out in the rain when it comes to finding Seattle salons you'll love.

1. Downtown -- Gene Juarez Salons & Spa
As Downtown Seattle's first-ever contemporary hair Salon, Gene Juarez's flagship locale on Pine Street oozes urban cachet. Drop in during your lunch break for an express blow dry (priced at a cool $35); or, if you're willing to spend a month's rent, commit to a set of 100% human hair extensions. Gene Juarez salons take pride in their stylists' top-tier training, so when you step into their posh front lobby, expect that you'll be in trustworthy hands. Plus! If you've got a little wiggle room in both your schedule and your budget, don't miss out on the salon's endless menu of spa, makeup, and bridal services.

Address: 607 Pine Street Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-326-6000
Insider tip: Visit the Special Offers page on the Gene Juarez website to find occasional service discounts. Mention the discount when you book your appointment to make sure you seal the marked-down deal when you arrive at the salon.

2. SODO -- Radar Hair and Records
It's the classic Seattleite's dream: a one-stop shop, where you can score a wicked cool cut, color, and style, while shopping for vintage records and threads. The interior of Radar Hair and Records is the cat's pajamas -- it suggests the sort of art gallery/concert venue/thrift store/barbershop hybrid that you might see in a Grimes music video. But it's not just the sick decor that makes Radar one of Seattle's best. The stylists are visionaries, each with individual expertise, and personality for days. Bring them any challenge, from pink Ombe to feather extensions, and you'll waltz out of Radar's double doors with a first-rate look, for an ultra-affordable price.

Address: 2724 1st. Avenue South, Ste. A
Seattle, WA, 98134
Phone: 206-402-4549
Insider tip: According to the mass of Yelp reviewers, Radar's star staffer is Misty Lashell. Misty styles a mean Mohawk (and might try to convince you to get one). But for the non-punkers out there, she's also an expert in razor/dry cutting and transformative color.

3. Capitol Hill -- Bowie Salon & Spa
Bowie Salon & Spa's simple, modern interior provides a no-frills backdrop to the unrivaled services you'll find at the salon. Hair is everything to owner Stacie Bowie -- she draws from experience at the L'Oreal School in Paris, Vidal Sassoon in London, and beyond, to create one of Seattle's most extensive rosters of hair treatments. Whether you're hunting for a simple $20 flat-ironing job, or a head of full foil highlights, look no further. Voted Seattle's best salon by both ELLE magazine and Allure in 2012, you can consider Bowie Salon & Spa the jewel of Capitol Hill.

Address: 1507 Belmon Avenue Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-568-3300
Insider tip: Stacie Bowie has a particular talent for bringing brunettes into the world of blonde. If you want to lighten things up, book a consultation with Stacie to discuss your color plan.

4. Belltown -- Sublime Salon
For those with rebellious hair, finding stylists with the right expertise can feel like fighting an uphill battle in heels. Luckily, Sublime's skilled staffers specialize in taming extreme frizz, kinky curls, and Asian hair. So, if all that rain is killing both your hair and your mood, cruise over to Belltown. The salon's tranquil white interior, intimate vibe, and pared-down menu of services will leave you with a chic hairstyle and relaxed attitude. Best of all? Cuts for women cost as low as $50, so you don't have to drain your bank account for one of the best hair salons in Seattle.

Address: 405 Cedar St Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-782-5463
Insider tip: Sublime is totally dude-friendly. If you're a guy in search of a quality cut, but would prefer not to be surrounded by an estrogen explosion, you'll be in good hands at Sublime.

5. Phinney Ridge -- Varnish Salon
Nestled on the boarder of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, Varnish became Seattle's new favorite gem when it set up shop in March of last year. Neighborhood locals Cassie Coombs and Anna Wagner (who worked previously at Gene Juarez) put a chic, mod spin on the salon, which boasts black-and-white checkered tile and cuts for less than sixty bucks. Highly reviewed color treatments, mani/pedis, and a welcoming atmosphere attract Seattleites from all walks of life to this charming locale.

Address: 7407 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-402-3668
Insider tip: Yelp-celebrity Tiffany Waldrop is your go-to gal for cut and color challenges.

The best hair salons in Seattle cover all the bases in hair care -- from bleach blonde dreams to the trickiest hair obstacles, these gems of the Pacific Northwest will style you to perfection. So, go ahead, schedule that appointment. We bet they'll even have coffee.

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