Barrow Salon Cuts and Colors Fashion Forward Hair

Finding the perfect hair salon is so much more than picking and choosing from the street. And trial and error makes the search a lengthy process with long intervals to grow out bad cuts and color jobs before giving it another go. But I finally found my SF hair heaven. It was this insta-snap that first landed Barrow Salon on my radar. Mira Picket of Mira Mira is our town’s perennial fashion darling so how could her pick for salon be wrong? Well, it wasn’t. And now I know what all the fuss is about.

Before I made a visit to Barrow Salon in FiDi, my hair was overgrown and sun bleached from summer surfing. I was accidentally rocking that ombré trend, which Barrow colorist Elieen McCarthy declared as “over.” So in the airy, thoughtfully designed and decorated fourth floor space, she went to work with a balayage treatment to gracefully feather in warmer colors to follow fall’s trend of darker, richer tones.

Following the color, hair stylist Shelly Cross cut into my long mass of locks, creating subtle layers and bounce that brought my hair back to life. Shelly told me that the “lob” (the long bob) is all the rage right now, but she thought a little length best suited my facial structure. And I knew I could trust her eye, especially because her side gig is to style hair for commercial and fashion shoots.

Michelle Snyder opened the salon just this past May, but she’s far from new on the SF hair scene, growing a cult-like following from her time at Cowboys and Angels. She also earned her NYC styling chops at Bumble and Bumble, taking her scissors to magazine shoots and fashionable ladies including Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Sienna Miller and Zoe Kravitz. So it’s little wonder that Michelle is influenced by fashion, always keeping an eye on runway hair trends and bringing in NYC talent to give hair clinics to her team.

Michelle is growing her salon slowly and carefully, and appointments are a little hard to come by, often requiring three weeks’ notice. But once you’re in (and thisonline booking tool is totally clutch), follow-up sessions are a breeze. Armed with a new color-and-cut (and possibly a few Oribe styling products tucked into that tote), emerge from the wallpapered walls of Barrow Salon looking ready for fall and for the great stretch of holiday parties ahead.

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Get Sexy Hair At Barrow

I draw hair inspiration from cinematic nut jobs (see: Sienna Miller, Alfie; Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Catherine Deneuve, Repulsion).

The look (wild and unkempt with precisely sliced layers and major fringe) can be a challenge to achieve, so I was psyched to meet the pros at Barrow, a new salon in the FiDi.

Helmed by SF native Michelle Snyder (a shear genius who’s snipped or styled the locks of Zooey Deschanel, Sienna Miller, and Karen Elson), the fourth-floor outfit is the salon equivalent of a foreign fashion magazine: rich on the details (don’t miss the bird wallpaper in the bathroom),quietly chic, and staffed by a troupe of beautiful, talented people.

I sit down for a consultation with Snyder and colorist Eileen McCarthy to assess the damage: blah layers and overgrown ombre. McCarthy suggests coloring my hair one shade richer and darker than my natural tone and brightening with balayage (a technique in which color is applied by hand rather than with traditional foiling or cap highlighting) to add light and dimension. I’m scissor shy (long hair 4-evah), so Snyder swears to stick to a slight trim; add frothy, face-framing “man catchers” (a.k.a. layers — Snyder’s words, not ours); and maintain a Bardot bang, which keeps the sides longer.

Five hours, three washes, and several sheets of Saran Wrap later (it prevents dye dry-out), my hair has gone from beachy to bedroomy. The color — a glossy, caramel-kissed amaretto — brightens my complexion. And what I haven’t lost in inches, I’ve gained in volume. Snyder’s precise razor cuts are like a push-up bra for your hair.

You’d be crazy not to book an appointment.

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Get a celeb-caliber cut at Barrow salon

Our city is crawling with talented types (chic sarong designers, artistic flower arrangers, we could go on). And it churns out top chefs like nobody’s business. But attracting celebrity hairstylists has been a challenge–until now.

Join us in rolling out the red carpet for Michelle Snyder, who has chopped the locks of Sienna Miller, Zooey Deschanel, Karen Elson and Vogue models galore. The San Franciscan recently returned to her native city to open Barrow salon after spending time sharpening her scissor skills at Bumble and Bumble in New York City (the SF salon is named after her fave Manhattan street).

Citing iconic Playboy pinups and bombshells like Brigitte Bardot as inspiration, Snyder’s coveted cuts result in that lush, naturally undone look usually reserved for movie stars. The raven-haired coiffeur works with 12 stylists and colorists to perform mane transformations, offering a range of cuts ($90 to $120), color ($85 to $170) and styling (starting at $60).

The salon itself has a Victorian-meets-modern vibe, from the bookshelf lined with fashion tomes to the Audubon bird prints in the bathroom–and champagne is served like it’s the Golden Globes. Don’t be surprised if somebody mistakes you for a celeb upon exiting.

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Oribe Virtual Tour: Barrow Salon

After years of developing a loyal—and star-studded—clientele (think: Sienna Miller, Karen Elson and Zooey Deschanel), former Whittemore House and Harper Paige stylist Michelle Fiona branched out on her own and opened Barrow in her hometown of San Francisco, CA, in May 2013. The stylish 12-seat Oribe exclusive salon, which draws inspiration from the people Fiona loves, is quickly gaining attention from both clients and press, almost instantly gracing the pages of Nylon Magazine and We talked to Fiona about the salon’s cozy yet luxurious atmosphere, staff birthday traditions and when to find Barrow’s signature cocktail.

How would you describe your salon’s design?

It has a clean, minimalist vibe on the cutting floor, and a cozy library feel in the reception area. I wanted a space where people would feel comfortable and welcome.

How did you come up with your vision? And how did you make it a reality?

I knew I wanted to take little bits of all the places I worked throughout my career and mold them into my own space.

What feeling or mood are you trying to convey to your clients?

Cozy, friendly, inspiring and luxurious

How did you come up with the name Barrow?

Barrow is named after my favorite street to walk around from when I lived in New York.

What’s your favorite part of the salon?

The bathroom wallpaper or the bear bench at the front of the salon

If you could have a fashion designer create uniforms for your salon, who would you choose?

Zac Posen

What are customers’ first reactions when they enter your salon?

We have had a lot of great responses, mostly to the beautiful golden wallpaper that welcomes our clients.

Do you serve food or alcohol in the salon?

We serve champagne, wine and a specialty cocktail on the weekends. We also provide both sparkling and still water, as well as coffee by the cup, tea and iced tea.

Do you host events at the salon?

All the time! Parties, trunk shows, hair workshops…

What is your retail area like? How does the setup help in selling products?

We’re lucky—we had our friend build us a huge bookcase that invites clients to view the beautiful Oribe products.

Does your staff have any fun rituals?

We do embarrassing birthday singing to each other.

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Nylon Magazine – June/July 2013

Barrow is featured in the June/July 2013 issue of Nylon. Check it out at your local newsstand.


A Little Bit Of Barrow Street, In The Bay Area

When stylist Michelle Snyder (a.k.a, Michelle Fiona) left her post at New York’s Whittemore House to head back to her hometown of San Francisco, me and my hair were devastated—and I’m certain I’m not alone in saying that. In her years at the West Village salon—and at Bumble and Bumble before that—Michelle had built a steady clientele of women, including many an editor and famous face (she is responsible for Zooey Deschanel, Amanda Peet and Karen Elson’s locks), who came to rely on her singular snipping abilities. She gave me bangs for the first time; confidently lobbed off a foot of my hair when it had reached straggly lengths; and, when I needed a major change, she bestowed me with a Louise Brooks-inspired, chin-grazing bob. Now, after a brief stint at San Francisco’s Harper Paige, Michelle has finally gone out on her own, opening the doors of her brand new Barrow Salon just last week.

Both the destination’s name (after her favorite West Village street), and the philosophy, nod to her former Manhattan home. “With the salon I wanted to bring a bit of my interpretation of the New York aesthetic to San Francisco, and some of the city’s talent as well: in the future we will host workshops for hairdressers and clients led by some of my favorite New York stylists,” she explains, pointing out that she took special care curating every detail of the new space. “I was very picky choosing the people that make up Barrow; I’m going for quality not quantity,” she says. “I also wanted to incorporate a library in our reception area because I want people to find new references and get inspired. I’m selling the books and also hard-to-find gems like Japanese hairpins and Italian round brushes”—not to mention products by cult favorite lines like Wella and Oribe (Michelle is particularly fond of the latter’s Dry Texturizing Spray and Creme for Style). A “sucker for Bardot,” Michelle’s styling calling card favors long layers and thick fringes, which is likely what will continue to earn her accolades and clients aplenty, although she swears that she’s broadening her inspiration profile. “I’ve been obsessed with Hedy Lamarr lately, and I love bobs right now—especially a French-y doll look.” That’s my cue to start seriously considering a bicoastal lifestyle.

—Fiorella Valdesolo

Beauty Genius: Michelle Fiona

SPECIALTY: “I try to make hair look like a stylist didn’t touch it,” says Fiona, the go-to girl for pretty hipsters such as Zooey Deschanel and Karen Elson. “So much Hollywood hair tends to be too precise—I like messing it up.”

SECRET WEAPON: Fiona, who splits her time between San Francisco and New York City, is a big fan of hair powder: “It’s great for shoots when models come in with too-clean hair. It’s light, but when you spray it in the roots, it creates dense, buildable volume.”

QUICK FIX: Want a flirty, tousled bedhead? Wash hair at night, let it air-dry for 15 minutes, pin it up in a loose bun, and go to sleep. “When you wake up, you’ll have soft curls.”

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Michelle Fiona’s Got Buzz At Bumble

With A-list clients that include beauty editors, downtown scenesters, and a host of musicians and celebrities, Bumble and Bumble stylist Michelle Fiona’s reputation usually precedes her. If you haven’t heard of her, though, you’ve definitely seen her work: a fan of Zooey’s bangs? They’re maintained by Michelle. Love Karen Elson and the Citizen Band’s bohemian, burlesque sensibility? Also courtesy of Michelle. Envious of Eleanor from the Fiery Furnaces’ shag? Yup, that’d be MF’s doing, too. Known mostly for her innovative salon cuts and editorial styling prowess, the San Francisco transplant has surprisingly never headed up a runway show—until now, that is. Partnering with relative newcomer Catherine Holstein, who has garnered an equally hip reputation thanks in part to famous friends like Mary-Kate Olsen and Jessica Stam and a knack for feminine silhouettes that combine pretty, preppy, and punk, Michelle Fiona earned her runway stripes this weekend, armed with nothing more than a bottle of Bb Surf Spray—and a vision of girls who ride bikes in beautiful clothes. We caught up with the stylist backstage at the House of Bumble’s 6,500-square-foot show space, where she let us in on her uniquely informed taste in music, being on set at a Peaches video, and what all the cool kids will be doing with their hair for fall.

How did the collaboration with Holstein come about?

I’ve always loved her clothes, and she had seen some of the [Citizens’ Band] girls and really liked their hair. So it was just a good fit.

And what exactly inspired the long, wavy/messy look you created for her Spring collection?

I was going for a girl who just rode her bike to the show. I used a lot of Surf Spray for texture because I didn’t want it to look too pretty-girl. And the girls who showed up with short hair looked cool so we just left it.

With all of your musically inclined clients, I’m curious if you have some kind of music background—or has it always been just hair?

I actually don’t even listen to music or really go to concerts because I usually wear high heels, and it hurts to stand for a long time. My mom is a hairstylist so I’ve been doing hair my whole life. My first “client” was probably my sister. I convinced her to let me cut her some fancy bangs when I was 12 for her school pictures—poor thing! She was my guinea pig.

So what is it about doing hair that has kept you interested for so long?

That it doesn’t ever feel like a job. And then there’s the people you get to meet.

Ah, yes. So how did you garner such an impressive list of clients?

Sarah Flicker and Jorjee Douglass (of the Citizens Band) are friends of mine from San Francisco, and they have a lot of connections in music. I work a lot with Zooey Deschanel, Jack White, Kathleen Hanna from Le Tigre and her husband, Adrock. And Peaches. I actually worked on a video with her.

Whoa. What was that experience like?

She’s just awesome. It was a lot of hours because she had to look like a girl and a boy in the shoot, but it was fun to take her from butch to femme.

Speaking of which, do you think hair trends are going to stay short and slightly androgynous for fall?

I think people are starting to grow out all their short cuts from last season, so it’s gonna be more about styling tricks this season, figuring out how to work with all of those undercuts.

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NYLON’s long-haired ladies go under the scissors […]

People talk about the break-up haircut, right? Well, this haircut is pre-break-up haircut! I swear—when I was in college and my boyfriend and I broke up, I got this exact haircut about a month before, and this time, this haircut preceded a break-up. In any case, four years ago, I chopped my hair off like a boy, and then grew it out till it was SUPER LONG. Looking for the same sort of fix, I went to Michele Fiona at Bumble and Bumble and it was love at first sight—she RULES! She used to work at a salon called Cowboys and Angels (which is the coolest name, by the way), and now she cuts the hair of tons of awesome musicians including the Citizen’s Band. Back to the haircut, we decided to just take off a little, a nice trim, but being as compulsive as I am, I went home and cut it more myself a few days later! Oh! Did I mention that I haven’t let anyone beside myself cut my hair in seven years? So, uh yeah, this was a big deal.

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In Fashion: Taking the short cut

Short is the way to go when it comes to hair trends this spring, says Michelle Fiona, hair stylist for Bumble and bumble. She worked her coiffure magic on spring runway shows like Vivienne Tam, Tuleh, J. Mendel and more.

“For this spring, short haircuts are going to be extremely popular,” says Fiona, “particularly groomed short cuts like bobs and boy cuts.

“Longer hair is all about soft textured bath-time buns,” she adds.” A great way to make updos more interesting is to create two French braids on either side of the head and gather the ends into a low bun.”

Fiona also notes that color is going to make fashion headlines.

“Color this season is natural,” she says, “yet strong, with shades such as believable baby blondes and sexy reds.”

And forget those chunky highlights.


Going short is the newest way to show off the latest hair trends a la Louise Brooks at the Vivienne Tam spring runway show in New York. CNS Photo courtesy of Bumble & Bumble.

“The painting technique is particularly good for this,” says Fiona, “as it yields a natural mix of color and not the streaky and obvious effects foils can create.”
And if you are a movie star headhunter, there’s good news.

“If celebrities are more inspirational to you than runways, some recent styles that are going to shape trends can be seen on stars such as Michelle Williams and Selma Blair,” says Fiona. “Williams has a great Mia Farrow-like short cut and Blair is sporting a great pixie cut at the moment. As far as longer styles, Maggie Gyllennhaal always has great soft updos.”

And what is one of Fiona’s best tips for getting that great cut?

“When you’re going to the salon to try on a trend,” she suggests, “it’s always a good idea to bring in pictures of looks and styles that inspire you. A good one for a short bob is Louise Brooks or Michelle Williams, and for longer bobs try Faye Dunaway in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Fiona also advises easing into spring from winter when it comes to caring for your hair.

“It’s important to get either a hair cut or trim,” she says, “as hair tends to be incredibly dry from the indoor heat it is exposed to all winter long.”

She also suggests treating dehydrated hair with a masque rich in lipids and wheat proteins. Using styling products that extend the benefits of deep treatment masques is also therapeutic.

Some other spring hair trends to keep in mind this spring when you visit your stylist, which are from the spring/summer 2007 runway trend report by the hair experts at Bumble and bumble.


At Bumble and bumble, the spring/summer 2007 season saw a dramatic start. Two emerging models – Cecilia Mendez and Ekaterina – braved drastic cuts. The long styles seen on last season’s runways fell in heaps on the floor as stylists fashioned a bowl cut and a boyish undercut, sparking a trend that would echo backstage at shows from New York to Europe.

After seemingly endless seasons of long looks, one thing is clear: short hair is back. While a handful of models were bold enough to make a drastic change, Bumble and bumble stylists worked hard at the spring/summer 2007 Collections to cleverly create the illusion of short cuts from the front – without the commitment.


Seen at: Vivienne tam, Yigal Azrouel, Heatherette

The look: a classic bob shape with intense texture lending a chic take on this season’s most popular style. Stylist Marco Santini gave hair a sleek, shiny bob at Vivienne Ttam with a chignon pulled at the nape of the neck. He loosened short layers and long, thick bangs to frame the face, finishing the look with Bb shine for glossy texture as well as Hair Powder to keep hair pins from slipping.

At Yigal Azrouel, Leonardo Manetti dried long hair with Bb styling lotion, adding a bit of curl for a softer look. A part was drawn slightly off center, and hair was pulled into a low and casual ponytail to create a modern bob that wasn’t too refined or untouchable. The sides were left loose over the ears, and the shape was held in place with Bb “does it all.”


Seen at: Tuleh, Chado Ralph Rucci, Hamish Morrow, Rick Owens, Palmer Jones andCarlos Miele.

The look: a faux short cut with unexpected detail.

Jimmy Paul created a mock crop at Tuleh by pulling hair away from the face into an elegant chignon. Volume and texture were added with Bb Hair Powder to a high ponytail, which Jimmy twisted loosely and held in place with large Fedora pins and small bobby pins. Bb “Does it all” added a soft hold that wasn’t too stiff or formal.

At Carlos Miele, Damien Boissinot achieved a short look that was equal parts chic and playful by adding an unpredictable matte texture to a ponytail. Using Bb Hair Powder at the roots and ends, Damien created a look that gave this replicated crop a grungy edge.


Seen at: Reyes, Zero maria Cornejo, Thakoon, Chaiken, Ruffian, Veronique Branquinho.

The look: A traditional schoolboy look with a side or center part.

Ramona simulated a classic boy cut at Reyes by drying hair with a straight, sleek texture, and creating a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Hair was parted at the side and given a slick, groomed finish with Bb Sumo Wax around the hairline and part.

A less severe take on the groomed short cut was seen at Thakoon. Damien Boissinot fashioned a high ponytail with a sharp center part to keep the look more girly than tom-boy. Damien left a few pieces loose but tucked behind the ears to keep the style’s shape. Bb Hair Powder gave the ponytail a dry, fresh texture, while a bit of shine kept the look clean and modern.


Adam and Eve, Ellen Tracy, J Mendel, DDC Lab

Seen at: J Mendel, Ellen Tracy, Adam and Eve, DDC lab, Barbara Tfank.

The look: A feminine take on the 1950s pompadour at DDC lab. Laurent Philippon took inspiration from the 1960s, replicating Twiggy’s iconic cut on long hair: a low pompadour with height at the crown. With Bb Hair Powder for volume, he pulled hair into a low ponytail with a deep side part, tucking it tight behind the ears and adding Bb styling Wax for texture. Hair was then pinned into a loose chignon with ribbon and tiny metal skulls woven throughout for a slightly punk, slightly bohemian detail. Using Bb Hair Powder for wild, wavy texture, Damien Boissinot backcombed roots at Adam and Eve, gripping hair into a messy ponytail. He left height at the top to emphasize the characteristic pompadour shape. Damien kept the sides tight and added extreme volume towards the front of the head by pulling center pieces loose.


Seen at: Baby Phat.

The look: A punk mohawk with seductive charm.

A surprisingly sexy and exotic mohawk appeared on the Baby Phat runway, another unique creation by Laurent Philippon.

To achieve a piecey, matte texture and loads of volume, Laurent crimped and straightened alternating hair sections. She added Bb Hair Powder down the center of the head for extreme volume. Two low ponytails at the base of the head combined with slick sides gave the look its recognizable shape. A combination of Bb Holding spray, “Does it all” and Classic Hair spray gave it a punk rock edge and massive height.


Bill Blass, Diesel, BCBG

Seen at: BCBG, Bill Blass, Diesel, Sandoval, Ruffian, Naeem Khan.

The look: Long looks with loads of volume.

Those designers bucking this season’s faux short cuts opted for big texture and bigger volume.

To create the bold style seen at Sandoval, Ramona prepped hair with Bb styling lotion and continued by wrapping hair around randomly placed pins. She set the shape with a flat iron, then chose sporadically placed pieces to curl with a small iron. Once curls and waves of various shapes and sizes were in place, Ramona brushed them out, pulling hair upwards to manipulate a round shape with fullness close to the head. Bb Hair Powder added extra volume and matte texture for a look that was imperfect and pretty.

Channeling an “indie girl at a rock show,” Dennis Lanni traded curlers for tissue paper at BCBG. Spraying hair first with Bb thickening spray, Holding spray and does it all for hold, Dennis wrapped hair around the paper, pinning it in place for added body. Once waves were let down, a flat iron was used for combination texture with a do-it-yourself feel: big waves from the root that seemed to straighten towards the ends.

Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

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