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Featured Stylist: Erika Redding

Erika - founder and owner of Red Union SalonErika Redding, also known as Hair-ika, is the founder and owner of Red Union Salon established in 2003.

Erika is an amazing colorist. She does hair cuts and color for both men and woman. Her advanced color techniques include: Balayage, Ombré, hi-lights, low light, single process tints, natural grey blending on men and more.

Her hair and fashion expertise has included work both in front and behind the camera as a hair designer, fashion designer, makeup artist and wardrobe designer.

Her advanced international training with Vidal-Sassoon, Redken, and Matrix has enabled her to educate other stylists at hair shows across North America.

She has even modeled and designed hair backstage at Prêt-à-Porter, the famous international fashion event in Paris.

Erika has been called the “Zen” hairstylist for her grounding and calming effect on her clients.

With her expert haircutting and hair coloring techniques, she is a true artist at work that loves designing a breathtaking new look for you!

Union Street the Center of Hair Salons in San Francisco

Wow, could there be any more salons on Union Street? Last counted, it was 19. That of course, is counting all, including the smallest salons with just one or two stylists along with the salons that have 10 or more stylists. Needless to say the competition is very stiff!

Red Union Hair Salon is very excited to be counted among the “best hair salon in San Francisco and even in the Bay Area”. How does that happen year after year?

As the owner, hair stylist and colorist I think it has largely to do with the stylists we hire… I look for superstars without attitude!

It has taken some years to get the formula just right. There are also 3 strong criteria that I discovered work best for Red Union Hair Salon:

Number one, of course is skill. The salon requires a minimum of 5 years of experience. You must be outstanding at haircuts and all color techniques, including skills from highlights, low-lights, tints, root boots, and advanced color techniques.

Union Streets and the Marina lends itself to have more blonds on the street than most neighborhoods and Red Union Hair Salon kicks ass at blonds.

We also have experts who do Extensions, Brazilian blow-outs, Wedding styles, Up-dos, braids, flat irons and any and all blow out techniques.

Second criteria is passion with vision. Have you ever been to a salon and you feel your stylist is burned out, not really into your hair or listening to you? At Red Union Hair Salon each stylist is passionate about creating a style that works for you by listening to your needs and creating a vision that is exciting to both of you.

Third criteria is attitude and pride with team spirit. Our stylists are warm and friendly to all clients that walk through the door. We help each other out to keep the salon running smoothly. Therefore the salon is spick and span because everyone takes pride in their environment and they want you to be comfortable and happy.

The decor of the salon is very boutique-y. Lots of live plants everywhere. Hardwood floors and lots of natural sun light located on the second floor on the the corner of Union and Buchanan Street. It is decorated to make you feel at home. Warm and cozy with leather furniture in the reception area. A rotating Art Gallery that changes by monthly to keep the look fresh and modern.

–Erika Redding

Redken product review on BellaOnline

Lynne Chapman has a good review on BellaOnline of the Redken products we feature at Red Union Salon.

Her bottom line, “These items are very effective and useful for creating the styles for which they are designed“, is really important. All of our stylists at Red Union Salon receive extensive training from our vendors and have many years of experience using products, like those from Redken, for achieving optimum results for our customers.