San Francisco Magazine Best of The Bay 2009

The Botticelli of Hair.

It takes an artist to paint, even if the canvas is your hair-and Robert James, of Robert James Color, is an old master at age 38.  He has perfected a technique called balayage (it means “to sweep” in French), involving painted-on highlights, rather than full highlights or foils, that can last six months.  Gisele, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kelly Clarkson are all sporting this look right now.  “You don’t have to deal with roots or retouching, and you can do a little or a lot, in whatever color combinations you want,” James says.  You can also get partial and hairline treatments between full appointments for a fraction of the $160 cost.