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Sally Hershberger (born 1961)[1] is an American hair stylist known for her bicoastal salons, a line of hair products, creating Meg Ryan’s signature choppy-style haircut, the “Sally Shag”, and appearing on the Bravo reality show, Shear Genius.

Sally Hershberger
Born1961 (age 57–58)
OccupationCelebrity hairstylist
Known forNational salons, signature haircuts, hair products


Early lifeEdit

Born in Kansas, she moved to California after high school.[1] Hershberger began cutting hair after her mother told her she needed to do something with her life when she turned 18.[2] She started working with Arthur Johns as a hair stylist and then was assigned to tour with Olivia Newton-John, which "propelled her career," according to the Los Angeles Times.[2] On the tour, she met photographer, Herb Ritts, who had an influence on her aesthetic sensibilities.[3]


Hershberger created Meg Ryan's shag haircut.[4] She also styled the hair for the First Family (the Obamas) for an article that was featured in Vogue.[5] She also is a co-creator, with John Frieda, of two hair care lines started in the 90s called Sheer Blonde and Beach Blonde.[4][5] These lines brought in $50 million of the companies $120 million annual revenues, according to Gail Federici, former president of John Frieda Professional Hair Care.[6] In 2008, she started her first "solo hair care line," called Supreme Mead.[7] Hershberger has also created a jeans and T-shirt line called Shagg Downtown collection which was set to release in 2006.[8] The line was targeted for "better specialty stores."[9]

She is reportedly the first stylist in New York to charge US$600.00 for a haircut. She currently charges US$800.00 for a haircut.[10] According to an article posted in the Palm Beach Post, she is the "first woman to achieve the status of an Oribe or Frederic Fekkai."[3]

Hershberger has also been featured on the Bravo reality television series, Shear Genius.[5]


Hershberger has three salons, one in Los Angeles and two in New York City. Her Los Angeles Salon, located on La Cienega Boulevard, was the first to open followed by her New York City uptown location, now co-owned and operated by Sharon Dorram of Sharon Dorram Color. The second New York location is in the heart of the Meatpacking district.[11] She opened another salon in 2018 in partnership with Barneys New York.[12]


  1. ^ a b Sherrow, Victoria (2006). Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 209. ISBN 0313331456.
  2. ^ a b Bratskeir, Anne (28 April 2000). "The 'Do-Right Woman Behind Shagadelic Stars". Los Angeles Times. p. E1. Retrieved 2018-07-20 – via"Stylist". Los Angeles Times. 28 April 2000. p. E3. Retrieved 2018-07-20 – via
  3. ^ a b Tien, Ellen (28 March 2000). "Frenetic Hairdresser to Stars Chop-Chops Her Way to Success". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2018-07-20 – via
  4. ^ a b Young, Lucie (September 2001). "At Home With Sally Hershberger". Marie Claire. 8 (9): 320 – via EBSCOhost.
  5. ^ a b c Nagel, Andrea (21 December 2007). "Hershberger revisits mass with supreme head". WWD. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018 – via HighBeam Research.
  6. ^ Kinetz, Erika (17 October 2005). "She Created Meg's Shag, Now She's Cutting to the Chase". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2018-07-20 – via
  7. ^ "Sally Goes Solo". Town & Country. 161 (5336): 102. May 2008 – via EBSCOhost.
  8. ^ "Shags to riches: she gets $600 for a haircut. Now Sally Hershberger is moving into fashion and skin care". Los Angeles Magazine. 1 November 2005. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018 – via HighBeam Research.
  9. ^ Greenberg, Julee (16 November 2006). "Hershberger Revamps Shagg". WWD. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018 – via HighBeam Research.
  10. ^ Larocca, Amy. "Big Hair". New York. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  11. ^ Hershberger, Sally. "Sally Hershberger Salons". Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  12. ^ Vitanova, Dima (13 February 2018). "Celebrity Hairstylist Sally Hershberger Opens Barneys New York Salon". Haute Living. Retrieved 2018-07-20.

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