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In SoMa, a Secret at Code

As anyone who’s put their locks on the line in the quest for a cheap haircut knows all too well, paying less comes with certain risks, the non-ironic mullet and the Portuguese Water Dog-inspired shag among them.

So when a new, trendy San Francisco salon offers a chance to get a haircut for about half of its stylists’ regular prices, it’s sure to, um, turn a few heads. Case in point: cuts by new graduates of the Code salon in-house education and training program. A cut and style with one of what the salon calls its New Talent Artists costs $45. Regular cuts with the new-to-SoMa destination for hair, skincare and waxing start at $70.

For Instant Summer Concert Hair, Try Feather Extensions

A new way to add a little bohemian to an otherwise chic ‘do came to our attention recently from Milvali Salon. Co-owner Deb Monti’s new feather extensions seem made for summer concerts, blowing in the wind on road trips and lazing around in Dolores Park on sunny afternoons. Even better, they’re relatively inexpensive ($20 and up), temporary and work in long and short hair.

Each natural hair extension has an individual feather affixed to the bottom and is braided and attached to your real hair using a small bead like a regular hair extension would be (no glue, heat or weaving is involved in the process). They last eight to 10 weeks and can be washed right along with your regular hair.

Blowdryer Divorce: Is Wash and Go Hair Possible?

If you’re one of the lucky few possessed of tresses that look lovely air-dried and product-less or happen to be able to pull off semi-ironic bed head, you can stop reading. This post is not for you. You are free to go have fun with your perfect hair somewhere else. For the rest of us, there remains the question: must we remain tethered to our styling tools? Or is it possible to achieve the holy grail of hair: a wash and go style that actually looks good?

The subject came up recently in three separate conversations with three very different San Francisco hair stylists. Not surprisingly, each had his or her own opinion and preferred methods to offer up. The good news: there is hope. The reality: it’s probably going to cost you $300 or more.

What’s the Deal: I Spa, ooma, Jeremy’s + More

Time to deal...

I Spa: Sign up online for this offer from the InterContinental San Francisco’s spa, and you’ll score four $25 discounts for future use toward a selection of four different services, including a massage, mani pedi combo and facial.

Sassoon Salon: In love with Kerastase hair care products? Then get thee to this Nob Hill salon before the end of the month to take advantage of a sale offering 30 percent off the product line.

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