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Special FX Salon

We are the premier salon in San Carlos, California.

Special FX offers a wide range of services and products to give you the elegant and fabulous look that you deserve.

Our town is an exquisite place to visit and live. We're located on San Carlos Avenue, it is the main highlight in the area.  It has various locally owned shops, boutiques, and places to relax and enjoy a cup coffee with friends and family.

1178 San Carlos Ave

San Carlos CA, 94070

(650) 593-8788

MON-SAT: 9am - 7pm

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Special FX salon offers a variety of haircut and styling packages. From a mens clipper cut to an all out women's restyle, we can do it all. Our individual stylists can consult with you regarding what best fits your needs. Enjoy the ambience while we take care of whatever you need.

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Cutting service is a little different than you might find elsewhere. From the minute you come into the salon, you’ll know you’re in good hands. Sit back, relax and let us do the rest.


Our highly trained stylists are here to tackle all of your needs with a high-quality Coloring that will leave you looking and feeling your best. This service can be combined with others for a truly unparalleled experience.


We don’t want to boast, but our clients have told us time and again there’s no better place to get a high-quality Styling than our salon. Schedule an appointment or drop by whenever you’d like!

All the stylist are independent contractors, therefore they book their own appointments.
Need a recommendation?  Give us a call.

Bumble and bumble.

We are an exclusive Bumble and bumble Network Partner.

Bumble and bumble.

Dedicated to the craft of hair.

Bumble and bumble began as an NYC salon where they clipped, colored and styled their way into prominence with a legendary editorial team, a strong design aesthetic, a network of like-minded salons and extraordinary products. To this day, they cultivate creativity while remaining deeply and passionately dedicated to the craft of hair.

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Words From Our Fabulous Clients

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Debbie was so kind and friendly. The salon was so clean and tidy. Both the staff and customers looked like they were having a blast being there

Eric R.
Sudbury, MA

This review is specifically for Terry but everyone there seems very nice. Cute salon, clean, great locatjon. I loveeeee Terry! She cuts and colors my hair every 6 weeks. Keeps it looking super healthy. Such a sweet, fun woman and very reasonable prices. I let my 11 year old color her hair blue, teal or whatever crazy color she wants once a year as a gift. I take her to Terry too! She is a gem :):)

Denise V.
Pacifica, CA

Lizette was absolutely incredible. I came in needing some color correction, highlights, and a cut. First, she knew exactly how to fix the color issue. Second, she was SO FAST!! Third, I love everything about what she did to my hair - exactly what I wanted. And fourth, so well priced. I've been to a ton of salons in Silicon Valley - this will be the first I go back to!! HIGHLY RECO

Amanda G.
Manhattan, NY

Very professional hairdressers, nice interior, and conveniently located in downtown San Carlos

Alex V.
San Carlos, CA

What's New

New, Notable, Now.

Discover hair heroes that are hot right now.

Surf Wave Foam


This airy whipped foam, infused with sea salts, provides grit + grip for light hold and lived-in looks.  Created for use on dried hair, the lightwegith wavemaker instantly adds separation and defeination to make styling and restyling a breeze.

Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Ultra Rich Collection


Treat your hair to hydration, high-humidity protection, and frizz reduction that lasts
up to 72 hours. This collection nourishes from scalp to ends, and features skincare-grade biomimetic Hyaluronic Acid, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil + our signature 6-oil blend.

For all hair types and textures that need deep, lasting hydration.

Bb. Illuminated Blonde

We’ve got big news for blondes. Meet our brand-new Illuminated Blonde collection.
This trio helps illuminate your blonde by neutralizing brass, hydrating hair, and enhancing tone. Formulated for all hair types and textures.

Thickening Plumping Mask


All day volume starts with a mask. This lightweight in-shower treatment, powered by Emblica Technology, plumps strands from roots to ends for a thicker, fuller, volumized look. Hair is instantly detangled and strengthened to protect against breakage, helping you keep the locks you have longer. Mask but not least, it improves manageability and nourishes your scalp, too. Voluminous hair that looks and feels healthier? Now that’s big.

Curl Collection

We enhanced our new Bb. Curl Collection with a luxurious blend of ingredients that you (and your curls) will love- like Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter -to deeply hydrate, reduce frizz, and add shine.

Bond Building + Heat Shield Collection

Build New Bonds and repair hair from the cortex to the cuticle (aka from the inside out).

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