1221 5th St. Davis, CA 95616
Mon-Fri 10AM-6:00PM
Sat & Sun 10AM-5PM
Hours may decrease in the summer, depending if the business is slow
Both appointments and walk-ins are welcome
Payment Method
Cash & Check & Credit Card

California Hair Design is a hair salon owned and operated by Janet Wong. She is the sole stylist. Most people are happy with their haircuts, but note that she tends to cut a bit shorter than you've asked, so be as specific as you can about the hair length that you want.

One tip is to call the day that you want to go and ask when she is available. That way you can get a haircut and be fairly sure that you won't have to wait for it.


  • Men $15
  • Women $15, $18 (The price will be different depending on the length of the hair.)
  • Color/Perms $?? (It depends.)
  • Head & Shoulder Massage $10
  • Shampoo $6
  • Rinse Only $1

How was your experience at California Hair Design?

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2005-12-17 11:30:26   I've been going here for 2-3 years, Janet is nice and takes her time. There is usually a 1-2 person wait if you don't call in first. —AlexGourley

2006-06-04 00:45:29   Janet is awesome. I've been to a few different places in Davis and she is the best. I've been going here for over two years now. Unfortunately she is out of the country until the third week of June. —JasonRenteria

2006-07-01 15:13:40   I get nervous going to places to get my hair trimmed. I have really long hair and only want a trim, never a full haircut. Places I have been to in the past (never in Davis) have always screwed up my hair and I leave in near tears. However Janet did exactly what I wanted, she only trimmed it and trimmed just as much as I told her. I'll definately return here. —JoAnnaRich

2006-12-31 19:20:51   Very happy with the lady there. She took me on short notice (seeing as it was Dec. 31st), and there was only about a 10 minute wait, which was perfect for picking out a new hairstyle. She cut it just like what I saw in the magazine, and she really took her time with it. My hair is fine and straight, with lots of body, and she layered it beautifully. Recommended. =) —JulieEickhof

2007-02-15 01:39:12   She has always been consistent in my book, and friendly —StevenDaubert

2007-08-12 18:39:40   Quick appointment, excellent haircut. What more can you ask? —joemorales

2007-08-23 15:52:39   Janet is very nice and gentle..I have been going their for my eyebrow & lip waxing as she charge only $ 13.00 for both and i think this is the cheapest price I have seen in davis.....I have no complaints...she is good... —azizatya

2007-09-04 15:44:39   I got a pretty good haircut here (if shorter than I had asked for), but many-customers-worth of hair all over the floor and the screaming kids in the back room were a bit off-putting. —CovertProfessor

  • 2008-07-20 19:41:00   A friend of mine talked me into going back, with the suggestion that I make an appointment rather than being a walk-in. My experience was definitely improved — clean floor, kids under control, and again, a nice haircut (much better than I had gotten at the last place I'd tried, Angie's). —CovertProfessor

2007-09-18 17:13:17   I went there based on the comments that people wrote. I thought she would do a good job but she completely messed up on my bangs, among other things, by cutting it at least an inch too short when i warned her that my hair was wavy and would shorten. I won't be going there again. —bruinsma

2007-10-13 20:23:44   I had a sudden urge to get a haircut, so I Davis Wiki'd all the hair salons in Davis and decided to bring a picture to California Hair Design after making an appointment a mere 1 1/2 hours in advance. For $18, she did a perfect job recreating the hair in the picture. She was also very nice the whole time and paid attention to the details. I'm definitely going back. —susiekim

2007-10-22 23:22:50   This was a great experience! Janet was very friendly and did a fabulous job on my hair! I called around 6:20 tonight and she fit me in right away. She cut, washed, and styled my hair for $24. The kids were sweet and adorable. I've recommended her to my roommate, who is thinking of getting a haircut, and I will definitely go back to Janet for my future cuts. —StephanieStudebaker

2007-11-04 16:14:25   Never again. I'm a girl with short hair and she pretty much ruined my hair style. I asked for shorter at the back and pront and some trimming of the rest of my hair. The only thing that ended up looking ok were my bangs. The hair above my ears was barely cut and the top was cut way to short; like an 80's do. I ended up trimming the part obove my ears myself. I'm back to expensive cuts again. —CharlotteK

2007-11-08 18:50:59   My boyfriend, who has no problem going to supercuts, decided to try this place. It is closer to our place and he could get a consistent person to do his hair. Well... I have never seen him so mad after a haircut. The woman, did pretty much everything he asked her not to do. She refused to listen to him. He agrees that he should have left as soon as he realized this. Mind you, he does not have complicated hair or a complicated style. I can't believe that someone could do a worse job on such short guy hair. It was even worse growing out. —lemurific

2007-11-20 16:39:20   Janet always gives me a great haircut. I'm a guy with short, wavy hair and she cuts it great every time. She always pays attention to the details and my hair looks great. I've been going to her from her days in Great Clips and stuck with her when she opened this shop. —CraigP

2007-11-26 16:42:18   Exactly what I wanted for only $15. Fabulous. —renaenae83

2008-01-14 23:37:09   Decent haircut for 15 bucks. I asked for bangs straight accross, but she did something else, making them thin and wispy. Recommended if you are cheap like me. —CindyBanh

2008-01-18 16:16:08   California Hair Design always reminds me of the classic story of two barbers in a small town. You don't get your haircut in the place with gleaming counters, spotless mirrors and a barber with a meticulous haircut. You go to the other stylist with the messy shop, counters full of clutter and a dreadful haircut. After all, who was the one who gave the perfectionist their haircut?

Anyway, I've found this place a year ago and have gone back 3 times. Yes, she always cuts shorter than I ask, so I've learned how to ask for longer than I want. The key is, Janet does excellent work for this price range in haircuts (I had a $70 haircut once a decade ago—probably $150 in today's dollar—that was better but I couldn't imagine dropping down that amount of cash every 3-4 months) She takes her time, and it shows. I've found that a "fast" cut will look horrid as it grows out; hers age nicely. There are lots of regular customers for a reason. Call ahead of time and save a wait. —catsndogs

2008-02-08 11:17:12   The woman here had done my hair really nice when I went in to get 12inches cut off my hair, so I went back again, but that time got a horrible cut that made me look like a Beatles band member.....very unpredictable. —tgdavis

2008-02-14 19:34:20   My family and I have been going to Janet for 2-3 years and never have been disappointed. She has always been very courteous and professional. Her prices fit in with our budget, with 3 teenagers its a bargain. I would highly recommend Janet to anyone who is looking for a great haircut at a great price. —ErnieHernandez

2008-04-28 14:33:39   If you value the results of your hair cut rather than just the price then DO NOT go here. I was impatient to get my hair cut on a Sunday (most places are closed) so I went here instead. BIG MISTAKE. Not only was the place very dirty, she did a terrible job cutting my hair. All I asked for were some layers and a trim of my bangs. The layers turned out incredibly choppy and uneven. Certain spots have a 3 inch gap between the next layer! Then, she cut my bangs by holding them above my head! They ended up WAY too short and— I don't know how she did it— they turned out LAYERED as well! I've been constantly pulling my bangs and hair back. It is going to take a long time to fix the damage that was done! —Kelli

2008-05-09 15:03:16   Wow! I just got my hair cut today, and I love it! This is the third salon I've tried since moving to Davis and the only one I've been happy with. I have straight, baby fine hair, that comes to about 6" below my shoulders. I told her I wanted to keep the length, but put in some layers on the top to give it body, and cut into a "V" at the back, since it tends to all hang forward. She did exactly that...it has so much body and falls around my face and shoulders in a flattering way. I would say that for $18 you can't do better, but I was so unhappy with my $60 haircut earlier this year, that I'd have to say you just can't do better, period! —JuliePalmer

2008-05-09 16:17:47   I just went in for a simple haircut. For the price, she did an excellent job. —ThomasAnastasio

2008-06-07 15:34:36   I went in for a trim, she took off more than I wanted, but I really needed it! It came out perfect...for 18 dollars, I like it much better than other places I've paid 50 at. —bluemoon

2008-06-28 19:52:32   I am in tears! I hate my hair! I don't know what Janet was thinking. My hair looks nothing like the picture I showed her! I wanted a typical A-cut with the back saved hi and angled toward the front with some stylish bangs. I got a hair cut that looks like someone grandmother's F%$*ing wig! I've got layers on top of my head about 2 in. I don't know why I have layers since it should be just a straight bob with cut bangs. But Nooo.. even the bangs are F'ed up! Thanks a lot people who recommended her! I'm screwed for the next 6 months! —christine.davis

2008-09-17 07:22:42   I have never had a bad experience here, and for about $8 more, she will give you a thorough head, shoulder, and neck massage when your haircut is over. Happy with the hair, and feel more relaxed upon leaving. Best $20+ I could spend at any barbershop/salon. —DCWine

2008-09-23 16:04:31   I had my hair cut last night by Janet and although I didn't particularly like the way she styled it, I am super happy with the cut! She was also very careful to ask if the amount she was trimming off was okay with me. She took her time and was very focused (unlike a lot of other salons where your stylist will be on the phone etc.) It cost me $18 and I am planning on going back to her for my next cut. —dds1372

2008-09-29 16:03:30   I was looking to get my hair trimmed on short notice, so I came here since Janet was able to schedule an appointment for me right away. When I first arrived, I was quite taken aback at the condition of the interior - it was dirty, messy, and run-down looking, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I told Janet what I wanted, but I don't know if she understood me too well because my haircut didn't come out at all like I wanted it to. She cut way more off than I wanted and the layers she cut were far too short. I ended up wearing my hair up everyday for quite some time after getting this haircut until the layers grew out. She also cut my hair straight across the back (rather than a V-shape) and it looked pretty uneven to me afterward. She definitely took her time, but I didn't like the result very much. It wasn't a truly awful experience, but it wasn't a good one either. I suppose you get what you pay for. Overall, I wouldn't recommend California Hair Design and I definitely won't be going back. —LisaNicole

2008-10-01 17:19:21   fantastic, i was totally suprised that a fobby asian could give such a great haircut. followed the picture perfectly, best haircut ive ever gotten for 12 bucks —rvmazzol

2008-10-12 12:18:07   I made an appointment and was able to get in about an hour after calling. I was very pleased with my haircut and with the price of $12. The place was clean and Janet was nice. I'll be going back. —DataPoint

2008-10-15 20:43:11   IF you have wavy or curly hair NEVER EVER IN HERE. I told her to only take off half an inch and she completely ruined my hair. She has no concept about the fact that curly hair shrinks up. Instead of cutting HALF an inch she chopped off a whole three and a half inches off. I left in tears she took my long hair from me. My hair was to the middle of my back and she was only purpose to trim half an inch. NOW when it curls up my hair comes just below my shoulders. IF YOUR HAIR IS CURLY OR WAVY STAY FAR FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. I read through all the other comments here and it looks like i'm the 4th person w/ curly hair that has had her hair screwed up at this place... Not to mention those with wavy curly hair who didn't comment. —vivalaLuLu

2008-12-10 09:55:12   Joan is great...she does a good haircut for cheap. Watch out though, if she sells you the beard trim it is NOT included in the price but is another $7 for 2 minutes' work. CHD also does GREAT alterations to garments when Joan's mom is around! Alterations are very reasonable and professional-looking! —YesItsMe

2009-10-07 12:57:11   I have been going to Janet for 5 years or so — perfect every time! Thanks, Janet! —KB95616

2010-03-01 13:27:07   WAYYY BETTER THAN SOME CHAIN-STORE CUTTER. I have medium length wavy hair so it's easy to tell whether I've gotten a good cut or not. Found this place on the wiki and went. My heart sank a little when after I thought I thoroughly explained how'd I want my hair, she pointed at the hair-model poster above (dated like early 19 ninety something) and said "you want that?". But after another detailed elaboration to make myself clear she went right to it. SUPER FRIENDLY and talkative and the cut came out great. She's got an itchy scissor finger to cut short so make sure you tell her EXACTLY how much you want off and where. —shredDaVeTown

2010-03-09 16:28:24   I thought I had left a comment here ages ago, but apparently not. I've been going to California Hair Design for 3 or 4 years now and haven't gone anywhere else since I first checked it out. Janet is great. While the prices have gone up (they were $8 for a men's cut when I started going), they're still no higher than most of the budget cutters. Janet takes her time with the cuts and is very thorough. This is a good thing, though; my haircut is consistently clean and neat. I'm a big fan.

And, yes, make an appointment. It can be a hassle if you don't. —TomGarberson

2010-04-25 14:33:21   Went here today. Loved it! —Adalwolf

"2010-04-14 16:30:00"   I agree, she does cut off more than you ask...but I love the way it turned out and only $15! Thanks! —Superamazing

2010-05-21 20:51:48   Decent haircuts twice. She did cut much more than I asked one time, but I'll be going back.. Just be careful to watch her and be careful explaining what you want. Also: do not make appointments. It is meant to be walk-in only I think. I made an appointment that she proceeded to write on a piece of mail that had just come in, and when I went back I came 5 minutes early and she sat someone else when I told her I was there for an appointment. After assuring it would be only a few minutes, 25 minutes later I was seated.

Just walk-in and be careful watching that she cuts what you ask. —redbike

2010-10-02 15:51:23   She took off more than I wanted and I now look like someone who would wear camouflage pants in the summer. She's very nice though. But I did find it strange that she offers shoulder massages for 10 dollars haha. —Davekhuh

2010-12-03 22:28:12   I came in as a walk in today around 2pm, and she was in the middle of working on a client's hair, so she asked me to come back at 3pm. I did and 25 minutes later was very pleased with my haircut! I'm pretty easy to please concerning my hairdo, so I just let her know I wanted to keep it as long and healthy as possible. —JuliaRoseFurman

2011-03-15 21:10:39   By Far, the best hair cut place in town. I have been going there for 2+ years and I get compliments on the hair cut. Highly Recommended. She is super nice, skilled, and attentive. —KevinW

2011-10-03 22:39:22   I thought the lady came across kind of rude and awkward. Didn't really care for the cut and do not recommend returning here! —aaron.smith

2011-10-15 11:59:56   I can't recommend this place. It's kind of dirty/messy in there and she cuts your hair shorter than you ask her to. Also, her clippers are very loud and the noise is uncomfortable when she's working around your ears. She did, however, do a precise job. —LeTigre

2011-12-11 19:18:48   Absolutely terrible!!!! I went here today on a whim, because it was the only place open on a Sunday. The stylist was nice and seemed to understand that I wanted JUST A TRIM. However, she cut extremely short layers. I used to have very long hair, and now it is just past my shoulders with jagged awkward looking chin length layers. It looks like a pseudo mullet. I cried the entire way home. It will most likely take about a year to grow out, and I'll be looking awful in the meantime. Do your self a favor and DO NOT COME HERE. You will most likely regret it, since the woman can't even understand simple directions. —shomes

2013-02-23 16:18:32   Just tried here for the first time and it turned out great! The lady is very nice and genuine. Some comments suggest she doesn't like to talk much, but if you are a respectful customer she is warmly welcoming and thankful. —MrNoitall

2014-04-02 15:51:31   I've been letting Janet cut my hair for about 13 years and have always been pleased with what she does. She is one of the few people who cuts my hair the way I ask her to. She gets it right.