Berkeley's 4 top hair salons (that won't break the bank)

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Looking to try the best hair salons in town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable hair salons in Berkeley, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.

1. Pro Beauty Salon

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Topping the list is Pro Beauty Salon. Located at 2195 Bancroft Way (between Shattuck Avenue and Fulton Street.), the hair salon and waxing spot is the highest-rated affordable business of its kind in Berkeley, boasting four stars out of 106 reviews on Yelp.

We looked there to learn more about Pro Beauty Salon.

"Founded by Berkeley entrepreneur Ben Yu, who always wanted a better haircutting experience," per the history section of its Yelp profile. "He decided to create an environment that is fun, efficient, clean and gives the customer an amazing hair cut. After 7 years under development, Zip Clips opened in May 2014."

Concerning signature items, "Specializes in cutting hair!" it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "Our innovative system and high tech environment to cut, clean and efficiently manage a unique customer experience!"

2. Vika Beauty Salon

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Vika Beauty Salon, located at 2442 Sacramento St. (between Channing and Dwight ways), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable hair salon 4.5 stars out of 201 reviews. 

The site has lots more information on Vika Beauty Salon.

"Virginia Perez established Vika in 2008, after a number of years as a stylist in Berkeley salons," the business notes in the history section of its Yelp profile.

Concerning signature items, "Vika Beauty Salon provides state of the art hair styling, coloring, cuts and all types of hair care," it notes on Yelp in the section about specialties.

3. Lhasa Hair Salon

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Over in Downtown Berkeley, check out Lhasa Hair Salon, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 148 reviews on Yelp. Stop by the hair salon by heading over to 2035 University Ave. (between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue).

Yelper Fhjcg N., who reviewed Lhasa Hair Salon on Dec. 10 wrote, "I've been here four or more times. It's my go-to. I'm mostly satisfied with their work. Their place is clean, they are nice and skilled."

Yelper Pearly T. wrote, "Went to Lhasa Hair Salon for the first time yesterday and had a great experience."

4. University Hair Care

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And then there's University Hair Care, a local favorite with 4.5 stars out of 96 reviews. Stop by 1444 University Ave. (between Sacramento and Acton streets) to hit up the next time you're looking to achieve a cut on a budget.

We turned there for an overview of University Hair Care.

"Beauty salon, We do colors, highlights and haircuts for men, women and children," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile.

Interested so far?

"We are a full-service salon located in Berkeley for almost 20 years, specializing in haircuts and hair colors," the business explains in the bio section of its Yelp profile. 

Regarding signature items, "At University Hair Care, we offer an array of hairstyling services for men, women, and children," it writes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. 

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