Heather T.
Oakland,CA

9/21/2012

Nanci is awesome. I have quirky weird hair that has always been difficult for most stylist. Not for Nanci, she did exactly what I asked for and on top of that she's really cool. No awkward conversation or silences during my session. She's charming and made me and my son feel very comfortable while there. We will be back for sure.

Lisa J.
San Pablo, CA

9/1/2012

Nanci has been cutting my hair for over ten years and I wouldn't go anywhere else.  I typically wait until I'm hating my hair before calling for an appointment.  Whether I want a trim or a complete change, Nanci listens and does what I ask.   She listens to what I have in mind and has ideas and suggestions for how to make it work for my hair type.  Nanci is wonderful with color and I walk away loving every single cut.    She also has a fantastic leave in conditioner that my two daughters and I (three very different types of hair) swear by.  Trust Nanci with your hair - she's amazing!

7/31/2013

Nanci has been cutting my hair for well over 10 years. She is really, really good at what she does. She's colored my hair many times and is great at that also. She's flexible, creative, dependable and smart. Plus she's really fun. Highly recommended!

6/25/2013

I originally began going to Nanci when my former hairstylist was unavailable, and the difference was so amazing that I knew I had to make the move to Nanci. She was able to finally give me a haircut that fit my face, and her work is always impeccable. She's been the only stylist who has been able to 'tame' my hair, ever, and so if you're a man who needs help, Nanci is the one to see! Plus, she's a wonderful person to boot!!

10/29/2012

Nanci is a superb colorist.  I have lived in three cities over the last 3 years, and she has been the absolute best with my color over anyone I have seen before or since.  After relocating to LA, I have yet to find anyone that can match her skill level.  She is also a lovely person.  I miss her and hope to see her next time I travel north!

8/11/2012

Nanci is such a great stylist. She does  a wonderful job with my hair and color. I've been going to her for a few years now, and she is consistently able to create new styles for me. She's also very good at fitting you in if you have something important coming up, like getting your hair just right for a big presentation or job interview. If you want to look your best, go to Nanci.

7/23/2010

I have a sort of phobia about getting my hair cut; I have gone to places like Paul Mitchell and left feeling two inches tall after receiving major attitude from the stylist. Nanci has been a godsend -- I am always happy with my haircut and she leaves me feeling great about myself. I would never go anywhere else!

5/7/2010

I had my hair cut by another stylist for several years, and then she left the area.  :(  After a long search trying several other hair cutters, I found Nanci on Yelp about 2 years ago.  I tried her out because she had a perfect "5" rating.  I notice she still does.  Nanci has done a wonderful job with my hair which is ALMOST straight - not easy to do well.  She cuts carefully and doesn't rush through the job.  Halfway through my first haircut I knew she'd be fine.  I have since realized that she is even better than the stylist  she replaced.  I get consistently good haircuts, without having to get into extensive discussion about how she cut it last time.  She just remembers.  Nanci's salon is comfortable and unpretentious.  Kind of funky, which makes me feel right at home.  She also sells coffee in the salon, so the smell of the coffee brewing adds another layer of comfort - especially on cold winter days.  Nanci now does my 10 year old daughter's hair, because she is very particular and needs to have it cut "right."   And because she has straight but very thick (did I say "gorgeous"?) hair.  Nanci has been able to read her signals - much better than I can - and gives her what she wants.  She is happy, and I am happy.  And I think she looks great.

4/5/2010

Nanci truly is a color goddess and a lifesaver!! I was so thoroughly impressed with how she was flexible with her schedule and took me at such short notice and did whatever it took to make me look and feel great!!! Thank you Nanci - you rock!!! I will be sending many people your way!!!

3/22/2010

Impressed! I love my new hair. I have wavy difficult  hair and I only go to people I trust. Nanci came to me as a referral from a good friend so I decided to go on a limb. I gave her my parameters: Do what you want but I gotta look good, oh and I am lazy so make it low maintenance. I'm not an ugly girl but I got a long face and a big nose so not just any cut will do. 

I have never received so many compliments on my hair. Her products, fantastic. I feel like a super model with new shiny perfect hair. Even better I can do it myself at home. And Nanci is super sweet and fun. Thank you Hair Goddess!


10/1/2009

Nanci is the bomb. She's been styling my hair for years and it just gets better. A couple of weeks ago I went to a party after Nanci cut and highlighted my hair --- someone actually said I looked like Isabella Rossellini. I also use and love Head Room Productions shampoo, conditioner, leave-in hair treatment, and hair putty. Highly recommended.

9/13/2009

Nanci is without a doubt the best stylist/colorist in the Bay area.  I feel so lucky to have her. I have curly/frizzy hair and am almost completely grey. Nanci gave me gorgeous edgy cuts when it was super short and salt/pepper. Now she gives me beautiful color to my longer hair. I am excited to be contemplating letting my grey grow back in- I know Nanci will artfully transition my Dark brown shoulder length hair into lighter highlighted hair with beautiful grey undertones. Go see her- You will not be dissappointed!!!!

3/18/2009

Nanci has been cutting and coloring my hair for more than 15 years; I would not trust anyone else by now.  She also has great hair products that she designed herself.
I've had her cut my hair at 5 or 6 different addresses by now and happily follow her all across town. Her new space on San Pablo at Camellia in Berkeley is shaping up nicely.

1/21/2009

Nanci has been cutting and coloring my hair for over 10 years. Every so often, I'd be out of town and have it cut by someone else only to come right back to Nanci. She has a great sense of what looks good on people while also listening to you. Her place on San Pablo is also really nice.

Nanci's design sense also extends to reasonable home design services. She helped me envision how to deisgn my basement office, rearrange our furniture and use our Victorian, with its non-standard rooms, to its best advantage. Nanci is happy to search on the internet for products and did not direct me to the most expensive solutions. Just the best ones.

1/13/2009

After having gotten many mediocre haircuts in recent years, I was thrilled to finally leave excited about my new cut!  Nanci did wonders with my straight hair... helping to transition the 'problem' parts care of my prior cut stylist into a cut that suits me to a tee!   Nanci takes the time to listen to what you have to say,  make suggestions specific to your hair, and helps you to realize your hair's potential!  to boot, the ambiance is great, and Nanci's product line has helped keep my hair looking (and feeling) great long after I've left.  yes, I sound like an infomercial, but am so pleased, that I want to share!

10/29/2008

Since I've been having Nancy cut and style my hair I have learned the power of a good haircut! When I've had to face down difficult situations at work, or needed to self promote myself a bit in my art career, and most lately needed to undergo traumatic medical procedures, I've notice a little voice in my head that reassures me with "at least my hair looks good."  Sounds silly but believe me it is empowering.  Nancy can bring out the best in your look and style. She listens and follows that up with talent and imagination. Go for it. (Plus she's fun to talk to.)
Kat Jones

10/18/2008

I hate getting my haircut--sitting in the chair, trying to explain what I want and then feeling like the stylist is begrudgingly following through, and that really, they have a much better idea of what to do with my hair. My experience with Nanci was so relaxed and easy, and with fairly little direction, she totally intuited what I wanted and gave me a fabulous haircut. She's fun, and funny, and sweet and generous and she just made the whole thing so pleasant. And my hair looks better than it has in decades! Plus her new space is  totally charming. Check her out--she rocks!

10/16/2008

NANCI IS A LIFESAVER.  So I'll cut to the chase and say that she is amazing with curls.  I've had my fair share of triangle cuts...and lots and lots of tears.  Nancy's one of the first stylists who has styled my hair and didn't leave me in tears...I was actually smiling when I left.

Now for the backstory:  So I recently moved to the area and I'm highly fearful of stylists who say they can cut hair--because more often than not they can't.  So I yelped and read all of the great reviews about Nanci so I decided to schedule an appointment.  She is a very very busy person so I just left a message on her machine and we basically played phone tag for a week but she was very patient and made sure that I got my appointment!  Plus one.

Then Appointment Day arrives and I go to the wrong location and panic because I'm basically lost and in dire need of a hair cut...and I think I won't be able to schedule one for months.  WRONG! Nanci called me and I was completely understanding of my lack of direction following capabilities and was nice enough to schedule me in later that same day.  Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

10/5/2008  Updated review

Head Room Productions has moved into a new space in Berkeley that is wonderful. Somehow, Nanci has managed to transfer all the comforts that were present in her home salon, while expanding into a space thatl allows for the espresso machine and other goodies. 
The new salon is in a great location, that's not only easily accessible but also has plenty of street parking right in front.

8/21/2008

Finding a talented hair stylist is just as important as choosing the right medical professional, only the best should be chosen.  I am delighted with my first time experience having Nanci style my hair.  I found her to be a consummate professional willing to consider my grandiose ideas and give me the cutest haircut I have had in years.  She listened; she had great suggestions and gave me the look I wanted, one that fit my hair, my hectic schedule and my face.  Anyone would be safe in her hands and I applaud her talent and will happily return for future haircuts.


10/1/2009

Nanci is the bomb. She's been styling my hair for years and it just gets better. A couple of weeks ago I went to a party after Nanci cut and highlighted my hair --- someone actually said I looked like Isabella Rossellini. I also use and love Head Room Productions shampoo, conditioner, leave-in hair treatment, and hair putty. Highly recommended.

9/13/2009

Nanci is without a doubt the best stylist/colorist in the Bay area.  I feel so lucky to have her. I have curly/frizzy hair and am almost completely grey. Nanci gave me gorgeous edgy cuts when it was super short and salt/pepper. Now she gives me beautiful color to my longer hair. I am excited to be contemplating letting my grey grow back in- I know Nanci will artfully transition my Dark brown shoulder length hair into lighter highlighted hair with beautiful grey undertones. Go see her- You will not be dissappointed!!!!

3/18/2009

Nanci has been cutting and coloring my hair for more than 15 years; I would not trust anyone else by now.  She also has great hair products that she designed herself.
I've had her cut my hair at 5 or 6 different addresses by now and happily follow her all across town. Her new space on San Pablo at Camellia in Berkeley is shaping up nicely.

1/21/2009

Nanci has been cutting and coloring my hair for over 10 years. Every so often, I'd be out of town and have it cut by someone else only to come right back to Nanci. She has a great sense of what looks good on people while also listening to you. Her place on San Pablo is also really nice.

Nanci's design sense also extends to reasonable home design services. She helped me envision how to deisgn my basement office, rearrange our furniture and use our Victorian, with its non-standard rooms, to its best advantage. Nanci is happy to search on the internet for products and did not direct me to the most expensive solutions. Just the best ones.

1/13/2009

After having gotten many mediocre haircuts in recent years, I was thrilled to finally leave excited about my new cut!  Nanci did wonders with my straight hair... helping to transition the 'problem' parts care of my prior cut stylist into a cut that suits me to a tee!   Nanci takes the time to listen to what you have to say,  make suggestions specific to your hair, and helps you to realize your hair's potential!  to boot, the ambiance is great, and Nanci's product line has helped keep my hair looking (and feeling) great long after I've left.  yes, I sound like an infomercial, but am so pleased, that I want to share!

10/29/2008

Since I've been having Nancy cut and style my hair I have learned the power of a good haircut! When I've had to face down difficult situations at work, or needed to self promote myself a bit in my art career, and most lately needed to undergo traumatic medical procedures, I've notice a little voice in my head that reassures me with "at least my hair looks good."  Sounds silly but believe me it is empowering.  Nancy can bring out the best in your look and style. She listens and follows that up with talent and imagination. Go for it. (Plus she's fun to talk to.)
Kat Jones

10/18/2008

I hate getting my haircut--sitting in the chair, trying to explain what I want and then feeling like the stylist is begrudgingly following through, and that really, they have a much better idea of what to do with my hair. My experience with Nanci was so relaxed and easy, and with fairly little direction, she totally intuited what I wanted and gave me a fabulous haircut. She's fun, and funny, and sweet and generous and she just made the whole thing so pleasant. And my hair looks better than it has in decades! Plus her new space is  totally charming. Check her out--she rocks!

10/16/2008

NANCI IS A LIFESAVER.  So I'll cut to the chase and say that she is amazing with curls.  I've had my fair share of triangle cuts...and lots and lots of tears.  Nancy's one of the first stylists who has styled my hair and didn't leave me in tears...I was actually smiling when I left.

Now for the backstory:  So I recently moved to the area and I'm highly fearful of stylists who say they can cut hair--because more often than not they can't.  So I yelped and read all of the great reviews about Nanci so I decided to schedule an appointment.  She is a very very busy person so I just left a message on her machine and we basically played phone tag for a week but she was very patient and made sure that I got my appointment!  Plus one.

Then Appointment Day arrives and I go to the wrong location and panic because I'm basically lost and in dire need of a hair cut...and I think I won't be able to schedule one for months.  WRONG! Nanci called me and I was completely understanding of my lack of direction following capabilities and was nice enough to schedule me in later that same day.  Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

10/5/2008  Updated review

Head Room Productions has moved into a new space in Berkeley that is wonderful. Somehow, Nanci has managed to transfer all the comforts that were present in her home salon, while expanding into a space thatl allows for the espresso machine and other goodies. 
The new salon is in a great location, that's not only easily accessible but also has plenty of street parking right in front.

8/21/2008

Finding a talented hair stylist is just as important as choosing the right medical professional, only the best should be chosen.  I am delighted with my first time experience having Nanci style my hair.  I found her to be a consummate professional willing to consider my grandiose ideas and give me the cutest haircut I have had in years.  She listened; she had great suggestions and gave me the look I wanted, one that fit my hair, my hectic schedule and my face.  Anyone would be safe in her hands and I applaud her talent and will happily return for future haircuts.


7/21/2008

Nanci rocks! I have been a regular since my 1st random walk in about 5 yrs ago.    No real  idea or a set in stone style desire, she always gets it right.  And she's a color Guru.  I always leave her salon feeling pretty.  Her styling products are awesome, I use them exclusively.

5/25/2008

Nancy has been cutting my hair for over 12 years! I met her at a local Berkeley salon and then followed her when she opened her own place and now go to see her in Emeryville. Not only does she do a great job with my hair (also curly), but she's become a good friend. She also does my color and, like another reviewer said, no one knows that the soft golden highlights are not natural. She's great!

5/7/2008

It's true, Nanci does a beautiful job cutting the hair of lucky curly tops.  But she makes my straight hair look great, too.    In fact, my whole family of four (comprised of both curly and straight heads) goes there and it is so nice to be able to hang out  together and chat while we we are coiffed.    Nanci listens to what we want and offers gentle suggestions.   She has the best mousse, too.

5/5/2008

I don't  allow just anyone to touch my naturally curly hair in part because many people can't handle it but mostly because I hate having my hair touched. I met Nanci after I moved to the Bay Area 5 years ago while recovering from a bad haircut. She was patient with me and helped me get over my fear of scissors. Nanci is the only hair stylist I know who can actually cut my curls, and make them look great. She manages to cut it in a way that reduces the poof factor while keeping them healthy. She is extremely flexible and makes every effort to accommodate my crazy scheduled. She is the BEST!!!!

5/3/2008

Nanci has been my stylist for years.  My haircuts look great. The therapy is not bad.  The price...just right.

4/30/2008

If you have curly hair then you must use her leave in conditioner.  It is all I style with and it is amazing.  After years of using multiple products at a time to control my big hair I was finally introduced to this product and it is a miracle product.  Thank you Nanci.  I just don't know what I will do if you ever stop making this conditioner.

4/27/2008

I have been going to Nanci for over 15 years ( OMG!) and the reasons are simple: She is one hellava stylist and colorist. Plus did I mention she makes AWESOME HAIR PRODUCTS? The LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER should be in every household, on every scalp. 

The woman knows her stuff ! When I decided to cut my long hair ( holy cow) I knew that Nanci would do it, and do a great job. She did of course , and made me feel and look great ! Then when I decided to try coloring my hair, she came up with the best solution for me. A look that is professional and mature, but still cool and unique to my personality. I have received complements on my hair for years and I'm always proud to recommend Head Room Productions. Nanci is one strong, cool and amazing woman.

4/24/2008

Nanci is an artist when it comes to cutting hair. She must be, and I know she is, one of the greatest hair stylists in the Bay Area. She strives to make you look your best for professional, very personal and every day engagements. She listens to what you want, makes honest and professional suggestions and then delivers. You always get more than what you expected or imagined. If you are into coloring your hair or never dared to have it done, you really are talking to and trusting the right person. Nanci's keen sense of color is awesome, you will not be disappointed ever. People will ask you 'who is doing your hair?' As always, thanks Nanci. I am lucky and privileged to know you.

4/21/2008

Nanners (as I like to call her) and I have known each other, like, forEVer.  She's been cutting my hair for maybe 15 or 20 years, since back when I had a full head of it.  I think she's fab -- skilled and knowledgeable, but also funny and smart.  And her products totally rock.  And I really agree with comments people are making about curly hair:  I've got some too, and Nanci's all over it.  But straight or curly, if you want to find your last hair person, go see Nanners.  (But at least start out calling her Nanci.)

4/12/2008

I have curly hair and I've suffered my share of bad haircuts over the years.  No longer since I started going to Nanci!!  She really understands curly hair and she will listen to what you want.  I thought I couldn't wear my hair long but her Leave In Treatment makes it possible!!  It's fantastic.  Yeah!!!

4/8/2008

I've been Nanci's client forever- I'd probably embarrass us both to say how long.  She has always been great,  through many style and color changes.  Somehow she managed the impossible- a professional mid-length cut that is fun and stylish... and easy to manage.  I always look forward to our visits, and I know I'll look great when I leave and for long after.  Also, I'm addicted to her hair products.  The mousse is better than anything on the market; I give to family and friends as Christmas gifts.  (Except one year when I didn't and caught some grief.)   I also use her conditioners.  My daughter has very curly hair, which is managed nicely with the leave-in conditioner.  Her salon is in her home, which is a unique kind of hidden urban hideaway.

4/6/2008

As much as I adore Nanci, I just don't want to spend alot of time in a hair salon.  So I asked for a haircut that would last a long time because I didn't want to have to keep coming back to maintain the cut.  My last hair cut from Nanci was 8 months ago and only now I'm thinking I need to go back for for an update - way to go!  It still looks pretty darned good so I could even wait longer.  The 'salon' is her home which is great so you don't have to deal with the loud disco and the 'ultra-hip' crowd.  Her dogs are awesome too.

4/4/2008

Nanci is awesome!  She has a very artistic eye and just knows what will look good on you.  She will however, also listen very carefully to what YOU want and do that for you too. Color can be very tricky to work with, but Nanci understands it well and uses quality products. Nanci is the only person I will let cut my hair. I have naturally curly hair and so many other places just want to chop it all off.. "Oh, it's so cute and curly!" Nanci is helping me grow my hair long and trims it just right. My husband loves my long hair and so do I - Thank you Nanci!!

4/3/2008

Nanci has been in charge of my hair for about 7 years ~ever since I saw a great haircut on someone and asked who their stylist was. My hair is naturally dark, dirty blonde which I hate.  I have trusted her with making me a dark auburn when it was long, short and choppy blond and just about everything in between.  For me, the best thing about going to Nanci is the relaxed atmosphere of her home, no snooty-tooty salon scene!  I get to hang out with a great friend for a few hours, catch up on our lives and leave looking great!   (Plus, her gel that turns into a mousse is awesome)

4/2/2008

Nanci is a veritable magician with hair. She takes the time to really understand what it is you want and then delivers, all the while providing empathetic therapy while the scissors are snipping. Great hair cut, great ambiance, and a couple wondeful dogs nearby complete the experience. Highly recommended!

4/2/2008

I got my hands on the hair products from this company and they are fantastic! They smell great and work beautifully. I wish I can buy them in a store but if I plan it right, I can order them online.

6/17/2013

I have a regular hairstylist, whom I love, but early last fall he broke his foot and called me to tell me that he wouldn't be cutting hair for at least three months. What to do? He recommended Nanci and I had the guts to go to her for a haircut **on my way to a first date!** Well, the date wasn't that great, but Nanci gave me such a great cut that I didn't need to get my hair cut again for seven months! I also felt comfortable going to her because I have a couple friends who see her and have been recommending her to me. My regular hairdresser is all better now, and I am extremely loyal, but if I wasn't already happy with him, I would defect to Nanci. She's such a fun, smart, engaging person that you will feel like you are buddies from the first moment you walk through the door. On a side note, WTF is up with 36 filtered 5-star reviews, Yelp? I know three of the people who reviewed her (Joni K, Kelley L, and Heather T,) and they're real people who write real reviews!

12/1/2012

Some stylists truly have a calling to their profession - a gift. Nanci is one of those stylists. Way back in 2000, just after I moved to the bay area, I had my hair butchered by a stylist who was anything but gifted, and I was lucky enough to find Nanci (actually, she found me, but I won't bore you with the details). She managed to take a botch job that was so bad, I literally went home and cried afterward, and transformed it into something cute and contemporary. Ever since then, I haven't let anybody else touch my hair. Not even for a trim or a style. Even when I'm dirt poor and can't really afford real-stylist prices (Nanci is quite a bit more expensive than Supercuts, but absolutely worth every penny), I will simply scrimp and save and stretch my previous haircut until I have enough dough to see her for another one. She's that good, and I trust her that completely. Nanci has particular acumen with color. I have been seeing her for 12 years (which you already knew if you did the math), and over the course of that time she has colored my hair countless times in numerous shades. Each and every time she nailed it, spot on. We have also ventured into perm territory a few times, and she certainly knows how to wield rods and solution to lovely effect. I have been pleased with every cut I have gotten with her as well, and I have asked for some fairly difficult styles involving things like perfectly straight lines - she can get them. Furthermore, she can do killer styling for special events - my best friend had her do a Veronica Lake-esque style with pin-curls and finger waves for a party she went to, and she looked so gorgeous, she could have stepped right off of a pin-up calendar. I have never seen her look better. In sum, Nanci has mad skills when it comes to hair. All aspects of hair. And if you have hair, you should really go see her.

3/19/2008

Nanci is a color goddess. My hair is sooooo pretty & shiny. And people think it's my real color. Bwahhhaahahhaa I get to be a mean, evil redhead under the excuse of being a REAL redhead! She's been doing my hair for over 2 years as well as the hair of a good friend and we both love her. In addition, she has faboo products that are her very own line that she just put online. Update Sept 9 08 Nanci has a new space!! It's a work in progress right now - but there will be espresssssooooooo. I saw her last night & the machine was there, getting hooked up today. I petted it. Espresso & Red Hair. BWAHAHAHA I can now rule the world! Um, anyway. So yeah - Just FYI -she's creating a really cute shop and salon at her new location. ;)

2/28/2009

I stumbled upon this product while i was at the salon and i feel that fate is the one to thank on that blessed day. I have always had problems finding the right product for my hair. It's naturally wavy and absorbs ozone moisture like crazy, which creates a crazy mess on my head that can happen at any time throughout the day. It's been annoying. I've tried products that say they don't strip the hair of it's moisture while cleansing and end up with a really heavy hair and an oily scalp...etc. So, i was very grateful when i tried hrp and ended up experiencing a head of hair that felt completely clean, healthy & manageable, it's literally been the first product that i've been blown away with, plus it's from a brainchild here in the bay ^_^ At first i tried essential cleanser & adjustable conditioner which left my hair feeling great. Today i went back to the salon that i bought it from after trying hrp for a couple weeks, i tried the leave in treatment along with my new regimen for the first time, also highly recommended. I can see how this product can work great with all hair types, it's fabulous and you only have to use a little bit of it to get beautiful results. If you've ever had problems finding a product that worked with semi-difficult hair i give it two thumbs up! I love love love this product!!

4/2/2008

Nanci has a great eye and hella skills. I agree with the above prior assessment about being able to take a vague idea -- from print or otherwise -- and turn it into just what you wanted. I've had that be the case many a time. Here's to great haircuts!

3/27/2008

I recently had my hair done by Nanci, and was completely dumbfounded.  Mostly because I gave her a picture of a woman with a haircut I wanted, (and not even that great of a picture) and asked her to, "make me look like her, please!".  Not only did she deliver, and make me look great, the cut was dead-on, and now that it's beginning to grow out, it still looks awesome.  I think it's the sign of a great hair stylist; a person who can give you an obscure, photo-reference cut and make it look fabulous as it continues to grow!  
Thanks Nanci!