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1540 Union St, San Francisco
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Originally from London UK, Neil Bradley Young is an award-winning hair stylist & educator, having trained with the best of British hairdressing, including Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy.
Neil's iconic makeovers have enhanced the careers of several high-profile clients, with his work appearing everywhere from Broadway & Opera to TV and the MTV Video Music Awards.
Neil’s honed instincts for identifying trends and bringing out the best in people earned him a Bachelors degree in Photographic Arts, specializing in fashion photography and portraiture - and a postgraduate Masters degree from UAL, (home of the London College of Fashion)
While teaching fashion photography to undergraduates in Scandinavia, Neil was headhunted by Wella for the creative directorship of their North European region. Neil continues to work worldwide as an independent hair stylist & educator from his base in San Francisco California, using photography & video to share his unique approach.
"Neil is amazing.
A friend highly recommended his treatment, so I decided to give it a shot. I walked in with just a vague idea of chopping off 6 in or so of hair, and getting balayage done. Neil patiently walked through different colors and effects, from which I chose a caramel tone (I have long black hair). As for the cut, my only requirement was to keep it at a length where pulling it into a ponytail was possible.
The cut and color turned out insanely well. I had no idea my hair could look this good. It works well with my face shape, and settles in all the right angles/curves the day after (after washing & drying the night before). I never do much with my hair, and I feel a little silly to say this, but Neil's cut & color makes me honestly look and feel so much more beautiful afterwards.
Getting my hair cut used to be a chore to keep split ends at bay and the length manageable. Neil's judgement and skills made me realize that trying something new can work wonders to my appearance.
I cannot recommend Neil enough. I never believed getting my hair done could change how I feel about my appearance, but Neil made it all possible.
I will definitely be back in a few months."
- Susan Z. via Yelp.
"One word Neil! Go see him… I'll regret letting the world know about him but seriously he's fantastic.
I got a medium short bob and a highlight from him. He listen to me and gave his reccomendation an everything turned out amazing. Thank you so much. I can't wait to come back!"
- Jess B. via Yelp.
"After a lot of searching, I've finally found a highly qualified and top of the range hair stylist!
Neil is an amazing hairdresser and did wonders with my cut and blowdry. I'm so excited to have my go to stylist who's above and beyond my standards of SF hairdressers… you feel greatly looked after and special, not just another client among 20 like in other salons!"
- Marina D. via Yelp.
"I have been looking for a salon experience that was comparable to the gem I had in NYC… I always felt like NYC and London were ahead of the trend and when I learned Neil comes with years of experience in London, I knew I would be in good hands.
After taking time to hear about my lifestyle and watching me pour through pictures on my phone of what I liked he suggested I get a Lob ( long bob ) PERFECT CHOICE! Its cute, flirty, and just in time for spring.
He was fun to chat with, and gave me a great style afterward that garnered many compliments on the street.
Book him now! A trendy, polite, kind stylist from London is hard to find in SF!"
- Kayleigh R. via Yelp.
"Neil is very talented and professional, on top of which he is very down to earth. He communicated the style perfectly and I am very happy with the results! Will definitely be recommending his services and returning again."
- Paige H. via Styleseat.
"Go see Neil!! I have been to many stylists over the years her in SF, and I know now that I have finally found the best. I even sent my friend to see him, and she has never been happier. She even said she has never been able to recreate her style after washing, and with his cut, she has had no problem! A true sign of a great cut. So happy that he now has his own space:)"
- Pauli M. via Yelp.
"Neil was absolutely amazing. This was my first visit to him and I plan to be a returner! I had a dark brunette shaggy pixie crop in need of a trim when I met Neil and left with a gorgeous, sexy, edgy, bleached blonde pixie!
First off, I was toying with the idea of a color change, but I wasn't sold on the idea 100% until reaching out to Neil, and seeing his portfolio of work in addition to chatting with him during our appointment. We looked at a lot of different ideas and I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. Thankfully I did, and I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the end result was a stunning silvery shimmery crop!
The color was/ is extraordinary. After talking with girlfriends who dye their hair, they were extremely impressed at the integrity of the color the first time around- no streaks, just a perfect hue everywhere.
Additionally, I've had my hair short for a year now, in varying interpretations of the "pixie". The cut I got from Neil is far and away the best I have ever had. Short and sexy around the sides showing off my cheekbones, and faded and sexy down the neck, with a tiny bit longer on top.
I couldn't be happier with Neil- not only is he an incredible stylist, (I was so comfortable the whole way through as he would walk me through every process in what he was doing and why) but he is so sweet too! Leading up to my appointment he even emailed me pinterest boards of ideas!
Do yourself a favor (especially you short hair girls out there- go see Neil!"
- Elissa M. via Yelp.
- Cindy Lee S. via Styleseat.
"Neil is amazing! He totally changed my life!...for years i was stuck in that rut where change is needed and you can't quite put your finger on it but you have a 95% chance your hair is the root of all this. I decided to just give it a go and neil is who the universe put in my path. I honestly, could not be happier.
He was so helpful in finding the perfect cut for both my face shape and hair texture( my hair being a cross between lioness curls and waves) he described why every look would be perfect. Neil is amazing at his craft a true artist with a keen eye for beauty but among that he is very caring and understanding and totally listens. He has a way of making you feel comfortable and worry free. I went from Long hair to shaved sides with a bang and i couldn't have been happier, so freeing, so empowering and my hairstyle totally added that extra pep in my step so to speak. Ive been back ever since and can't imagine anyone else executing such an amazing job.
If you are in need for a new doo Neil is your man! you will not regret it."
- Lindsay R. via Yelp.
"Neil gave me the best bob, EVER. It's clean and super sleek. I love it!"
- Nicole A. via Styleseat.
"Neil is a hair genius! I have been seeing him for years, and he has seen me through all kinds of lengths -- from long, wavy layers, to the curly pixie I'm currently rocking. I won't let anyone else touch my hair!"
- Gabrielle Z. via Styleseat.
"I LOVE MY HAIR! Neil was so great - he explained everything he was doing and really took the time to help craft a style for me based on what I had on mind and what would actually work:) Definitely would come back and highly recommend! "
- Jenn R. via Styleseat.
"Neil is super personable and also knows his craft! He really listened to my ideas and took my hair texture into account when making his suggestions. While I often find salon small talk draining, I really enjoyed getting to know Neil and appreciated his mellow but professional vibe. I took off at least four inches and love my new look. I've always loved this salon, but love it even more with Neil there!"
- Jacqueline S. via Styleseat.
"He executed the exact look I was going for. I love it!"
- Shannon W. via Styleseat.
"Neil is the best! I live in Los Angeles, but I time my trips up to San Francisco to go see Neil.
I'd been toying with the idea of getting a pixie cut for a few months when someone gave me Neil's card. On a morning whim I decided to go through with it. When I met Neil I immediately knew that I was in great hands. He gave me a super cute undercut that was super low maintenance. About six months later I decided to switch up my look again and he gave me a very flattering classic pixie.
He's super sweet and great at listening to what you want, but he's truly an artist and by far exceeds my expectations for my hair."
- Nicole V. via Yelp.
"I really enjoyed the experience of getting my haircut by Neil!
He has his own private space, and the atmosphere is very serene and calm. He offered me tea upon walking in the door and was really polite and kind throughout.
When cutting my hair, he discussed with me several options and explained what styling would consist of for each. When we settled on one, he explained the technicalities of what he was doing with my hair as he cut it. For example, when he wanted to shorten up my layers, he told me how that would make my hair look when it is dry and how that would affect the appearance of my face. I really appreciated that because it allowed me to make informed decisions about my cut.
In the end, my hair looked fabulous. He gave me shoulder length hair with side swept bangs and it's very flattering. I'll definitely be going back!"
- Sienna H. via Yelp.
- Tif S. via Square Register.
"Neil walked me through every step of the process and he was very thorough. He has years of experience and left me with a low maintenance but stylish cut -- exactly what I was looking for. I will definitely be back!"
- Karia Y. via Styleseat.
"Neil is the best! I've been a very happy customer of his since February. He listens carefully to what you want and delivers a stylish cut. Neil's probably the most intuitive stylist I've ever seen; he is knowledgeable, experienced, and understands what will work best for my hair type. Not only is his work excellent, but he's a total pleasure to be around...his space is comfortable and highly professional. You're in great hands with Neil- Enjoy!"
- Kara W. via Yelp.
"Neil was so enthusiastic and willing to work with the features of my hair, and create/style/improvise in his technique to bring out the true, personal nature of my hair. He helped me get to a place that I love my haircut but also allows my hair to grow out easily. "
- Jane S. via Styleseat.
"Neil is very personable but also focused, and after my second cut with him, it's a very stress-free experience because I fully trust his instincts and skills. Takes his time, does a great job. Love my hair!"
- Paige H. via Styleseat.
I came to Neil asking for a long pixie cut/short bob, because I wanted the short look but I always found my face to be too round for the "Emma Watson" style pixie cut. Neil took this into consideration but said he thought I'd look great with it very short, and so I decided to risk it and put my trust in him. Best hair decision ever. Throughout the process he told me what he was doing and what it was going to look like, and when he was done I felt like a brand new person and I feel so much more beautiful. I mentioned that I had some pink hair dye in my bag (I was planning on dyeing it later on) and he offered to dye it for me, free of charge! He's such a kind and extremely talented person. I never dreamed I could ever pull off the short pixie cut look, but he worked some magic and transformed my hair. It's well worth the price. Thank you so much Neil!!!"
- Lottie J. via Yelp.
"Wow, amazing experience. I'm new to SF and received a strong recommendation for Neil and he managed to far exceed my expectations. Best overall hair cut and experience I've ever received. I had a full highlight (blonde) and cut and Neil patiently spent 4 hours with me start to finish, ensuring he walked through options, provided recommendations, and ensured I was comfortable with every decision we were making. He didn't double book anyone else coming in and had his full attention to my hair the entire time. Delightful experience and worth every penny. So thankful to have found a trusted hair stylist in the city."
- Mindy L. via Yelp.