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Defiantly Tacoma Guide to Hair

In the first few months of staying at home in efforts to stay healthy, hair struggles were a badge of honor. The shaggy, overgrown locks of our fellowman were a reminder that in this unprecedented moment in our lives, we were all equally helpless without the help of barbers and stylists.

Our lives have slowed down, but our follicles haven’t. Phase 2’s opening of barbershops and salons was huge for so many in need of a cut and trim, as things were just getting out of control. Your hair has got to look good, people. Even if you’ve got nowhere to go. Here is our Defiantly Tacoma Guide to South Sound Hair.

For more barbershop talk, read our guide to Ervin’s Barbershop or watch our Best Barbershops episode of This Is R City.

Chroma Salon

Led by owner Jackie Epperson, this Central Tacoma salon takes care of every detail to make sure your visit is satisfactory. The full L’Oreal Professional salon prides itself on keeping up with latest trends in hair, with stylists specializing in balayage and painting of hair. Their full run of services include cuts, color, foils, ombre, hand-tied extensions, facial waxing, make up, bridal styling, and airbrush tanning. In other words, if you want it, this Swiss Army knife salon’s got it.


Established in the heart of Tacoma’s stadium district in 2005, Supernova Hair is Tacoma’s original rock n roll hair salon. They are a fun, cutting edge salon with a comfortable vibe. A place where all are welcome. With over 30 year’s experience combined, each one of their stylists are artistic, creative, and unique, giving the shop a vibrant flavor and personality. Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

Sam and Terry’s Barbershop

Significant for a multitude of reasons, this Hilltop spot was the first Black owned barbershop in the city. It’s also the home of high-quality cuts, fades, shaves, and a classic line-up. A gathering place for men of all ages, the shop knows how important it is for someone to look and feel their stylish best whether at work or masked up and socially distant out on the town.

Union Salon

A place that prides itself on being an all-inclusive safe space for all, Union Salon has gone above and beyond in focusing on the safety and health of staff and clients given the current circumstances. Their mission is simple – to make others feel as good as they look. Using skills they’ve gained through continued training and education, as well as years of experience, their hope is to exceed every client’s expectations and share their passion for beauty and wellness – inside and out.  Not quite sure what your look should be? Union’s team will help you find yourself.

Vasuda Salon

Calling Downtown Tacoma their home, Vasuda Salon provide a relaxed atmosphere and pride themselves on being skilled at working with all types of locks with a specialty in curly and natural hair. Their team of stylists are empowered to operate their own businesses within the salon, enabling them to offer premiere options in cuts, color, highlights, chemical straightening, and curl reformation.

Got any other hair raising spots? Send hot tips, coiffure pics, and poetry scrawled on napkins to ccatherwood@wertacoma.com.

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About Tacoma Defiance

Tacoma Defiance is the USL Championship affiliate of reigning MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC. You can follow The Future of Champions on Twitter (@TACDefiance)Facebook, and Instagram (@tacdefiance). We are #DefiantlyTacoma.

We R Tacoma Team Store

The We R Tacoma Team Store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT and we are fulfilling online purchases. Grab your Rainiers gear, your Defiance ‘fit, and follow the team store on Instagram and Twitter.

COVID-19 Information

More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting events at Cheney Stadium can be found here.

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