AMERICAN BOARD OF CERTIFIED HAIRCOLORISTS
Specializing in hair coloring and precision cutting
Alberto has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 30 years and a successful entrepreneur and salon owner for most of his career in Texas and California.
Alberto received the highest performance score in passing the rigorous certification exam of the prestigious American Board of Certified Haircolorists.
His professional extensive education also includes; Vidal Sassoon Academy, Goldwell, Redken, Wella, Aveda, Matrix and countless seminars, shows and private classes.
Alberto also holds a business degree from California State University and a Culinary Arts degree from American River College.
(Yes, the guy loves to cook and entertain)
He's been living in Sacramento for the last twenty years and with his husband Sam, a retired professor, for seventeen.
Update: Dr. Sam Hill, passed away in December 2019
I love what I do.
I enjoy every aspect of it, from its science to its art.
My specialty is gray coverage, corrective color and color blending.
I have the training, the experience and the passion to meet your every hair need with confidence.
I am also very passionate about precision cutting and am committed to using the latest techniques, technology, fashion trends and highest quality products to make you look your absolute best.
I am a good listener, I pay attention to detail and I always strive for excellence in service;
you will see that in your first visit.
AMERICAN BOARD OF CERTIFIED HAIRCOLORISTS
is located in an intimate and tranquil Carmichael
It is a cozy place with a comfortable, informal and charming appeal.
From the moment you enter
this space, you will find
yourself in an atmosphere
that will allow you to relax
knowing you are in the hands of a creative, attentive
and ethical professional
who is very passionate
about coloring and
Alberto has a devoted group of clientele that trust his knowledge, sense of aesthetics, and years of experience.
His warm personality combined with these talents will not only enhance your hair but also your personal sense of style.
He understands how important hair is for a woman and the trust they place in his professional expertise.
* I am fully focusing on my specialty: coloring and cutting as those are what I am most experienced and extensively trained to do. Due to a shoulder injury, I no longer provide full blow drying or styling hair, especially long hair.
Root "Retouch and go" (with minimal hand or NO blow dry ) $ 60.
Roots retouch and haircut combo $90
Single Process - Full Head color $ 100.-120*
Double Process - (Full color and toner).$ 140+
Haircut added to a color service $ 30-35
Shampoo, conditioning and haircut only $ 45.-50
A-Line/precision add $ 25.-35.
FOILS* ( does not include haircut or blow dry/style)
Highlights AND toner. (partial= ½ - 3/4 set) $ 165 and up .
Full set $ 195. and up
Few foils on top $55 and up
Color Extraction quoted
Corrective Color: quoted.
Keratin Smoothing Treatment*: $175-250
Gray Reduction $130.
Protein treatment $30.
Deep Conditioning $30.
Every head of hair is different and unique; please call for a complimentary consultation for a more adequate quote..
* Prices are based on average density.
If your hair is longer or denser than average,
higher prices will apply.
Contact us by email at
or use the form below.
You can also call us at
Open Tuesday - Saturday
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
2625 Mission Ave.
Carmichael CA. 95608
(Look for the red mailbox)
Mary T. Google.
I Would rate 10 stars if I could! Highly recommend this place! Alberto is charismatic, and extremely talented. Growing up in orange county, I am spoiled when it comes to amazing stylists. He listened to what I wanted and asked questions to clarify with precision. Also! He is a chef and a carpenter?!
Marie B YELP Review
My search for the perfect hairstylist is finally over! I have found Alberto Santos, the owner of Alberto Santos Salon in Carmichael, and what a gem he is. I have been to so many hairstylists over the years, but usually leave unhappy and end up re-cutting my own hair when I get home because it's not what I asked for. Then frustration sets in because I can't work with it. One of the things I so appreciated was Alberto's willingness to listen -- really listen -- to what I struggle with when styling my hair and how I ultimately wanted it to look. He went right to work and his expertise was apparent immediately. He shared multiple tips to show me how to get the look I wanted. He graciously extended an offer at no charge to have me bring all of my styling equipment and products back to the salon in order to show me how to get the look I had when I left his salon. His salon is warm, cheerful and inviting, and Alberto is extremely professional, warm, funny and immediately puts you at ease. My mom came with me to the appointment and she was so impressed by the great work he did (and with Alberto) that she called later and made an appointment for the following week. She's beautiful to begin with, but when Alberto was done with her hair, she was even more beautiful and looked 10 years younger. Without any reservation, I highly recommend Alberto Santos, and look forward to having him cut, style and (eventually) color my hair for many years to come.
Connie N. YELP Review
Alberto used to own a salon here in the Dallas Texas area many years ago before he moved to California. He cut and colored my hair for years here and he is absolutely the best colorist and stylist who has ever done my hair. He did my hair for my wedding as well and I got sooo many compliments. In the years since he moved to California I have looked and looked for someone who could even come close - but to no avail! If you are lucky enough to live in the Carmichael area, you must do yourself the favor of having Alberto "do your do." He is wonderful!
Jill C . YELP Review
Alberto is a treasure right here in Carmichael. Not only does he do terrific color and hair styles - he goes above and beyond to help you out with a last minute emergency hair cut!! He is talented, friendly and an overall great find.
Carole P. YELP Review
I have tried numerous salons to find someone to color my hair. Finally, I have found the right person with Alberto Santos. He is a magician with color making my hair look healthy and natural after covering the grey and putting in highlights. But before we even got to the coloring he spent an amazing amount of time with a consultation appointment getting to know me and discussing how best to style my curly hair and the color I wanted that would look best on me. Thank you for your artistry.
Lee C. YELP Review
What can I say......! Alberto you did a fantastic job of both my hair cut and color. I feel so much better today and my confidence has had a boost. I got up this morning, washed my hair, applied the moose, and my hair looks fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to fix someone else's mess! I look forward to returning for the next hair adventure with Alberto ......!
Leta T. YELP Review
My daughter and I have been going to see Alberto for a while now and he is fantastic. I love that he really listens, asks questions, and looks up pics to get a clear idea of what we want. We feel very comfortable with Alberto because he is very professional and I love the feel of the salon. Its clean and homey with lots of charm and character. I will be moving soon but I will definitely be making the trip back when I need my hair done because it's well worth the trip.
Virginia G. YELP Review
Alberto is an artist and expert in all things hair related. His cuts and colors are wonderful and his attention to detail is unsurpassed. Alberto creates an intimate environment in his salon and is absolutley a seasoned professional.
Barbara R. YELP Review
After 3 years my hair has never been this healthy or looked this good! Everyone i have recommended raves about Alberto. Whether he does traditional styles (I get a bob,) or a younger, precision hair style (my daughter gets one,) he is a genius! Straightening or color - he is the best.
Y M. YELP Review
This is a long overdue review, as Alberto has been doing my hair for years.
Alberto is truly an expert; very knowledgeable and professional.
I'm often undecided on style/color. Alberto will take time to discuss with me my options (considering my skin tone, morning routine, etc). Nothing will happen until we both understand the desired end result.
Results: I always leave happy and get tons of compliments.
I highly recommend! :)
Bill L. YELP Review
I've been to see Alberto for a haircut a few times now and he always does a great job. There are a couple of things I look for in a stylist and those include my hair looking just as good the next day and that it's easy to manage as it grows out... Alberto is able to accomplish both which is rare for me. His salon is comfortable and clean.
Dee M YELP Review
Alberto is exactly what you look for in a stylist - he's great with both color and cuts, he's professional but you feel like you've known him forever, and his salon is fantastic because you are the only one there! He works alone (no stinky, noxious smells from tons of other stylists & their customers, and no god-awful music and multiple conversations around you!). He always takes plenty of time to figure out what look is best for you - routinely going on his laptop to go through photos with you and discuss pros and cons. I've never had anyone take that much time and interest in getting it right!
I have stick straight hair that most stylists find tough to work with. No biggie for Alberto! I recommend him to everyone. And, a bonus - his prices are super reasonable.
Jessica S. YELP Review
Love love love Alberto! Been looking for a stylist like him my entire hair styling life! I've been to many and liked many, but he takes #1. He really takes the time to listen to what you want and is upfront from the start about the pros and cons of color change. He knows his stuff! I've been to him twice for cut and color/highlights. He doesn't rush and you just feel at home in his salon!
Kara L. YELP Review
Love Alberto!! Best stylists I've ever been to. He spends hours on my hair and undercharges for the amazing quality of his work. Not only is he an amazing colorist but he will treat you like family. On one visit I got sent home with enough delicious cupcakes for the whole family and great hair.
Michelle A.YELP Review
Alberto Santos is a master colourist and gives a fantastic cut, too! I came to him for a colour correction. He took the time and care to do the best job possible, consulting me along the way and explaining the methods he chose to "fix" my previous stylist's colour snafu. I am so happy to find him. He's personable, professional and has considerable skill and experience. After spending the afternoon with him, I can say, I had a great time in his salon and had a wonderful result, too.
Brad M. YELP Review
My wife sees Alberto for the complete hair work up. I go for a good haircut. Alberto ROCKS! Alberto gives me a PERFECT haircut and gives my discerning wife the best cut, color, and style ever! He is on the border of Mission Ave for Carmichael and Sacramento 95821/95864. Support your neighborhood businesses! Alberto Santos is a true gem and great find!
Molly S.YELP Review
Alberto is a delight, with superior skills! He had a warm, welcoming and enthusiastic personality while gently encouraging you toward a great look. He is playful, confident and inspiring. Also love the convenient and light filled salon. So refreshing and relaxing.
Gigi T.YELP Review
My first visit was the best experience I have ever had with a Stylist.
Alberto really listens to you and what you would like to achieve.
My new hair cut is so bouncy and healthier looking. I was more than pleased with the results.
I have never taken the time to give feed-back on anyone--but I felt I should share my experience with you all. He is that great with color and scissors....which is rare....
Call him--you won't regret it.
He also has a "great sense of humor"........ makes your time fly by.
Marttha G. YELP Review
It's officially been a year since my first review of Alberto Santos Salon. Still love love love it. After a year, Alberto is still the color perfectionist he was when I first went to him. He and I have found a great color that suits me and I have been going back for my pampering on a consistent basis. My hair always looks healthy, shinny and most importantly to me, natural. He really has a talent for color. You just can't go wrong. I've loved the color so much lately that I've focused on that more so than the length and now my hair is pretty long. I wouldn't think of trusting anyone else for my upcoming cut. Love love love this solon!
Dana M.YELP Review
What can I say about Alberto other than amazing! Alberto is a master of color AND cutting. I have been a brunette for 30 years and wanted a change. I sat in his chair and only told him I wanted to look different and boy did he deliver! With extreme attention to detail he not only changed my hair but ultimately changed me! I would never let anyone else touch my hair...he has a client for LIFE!
M.T.B. YELP Review
Alberto knows his craft and will not sugar coat his opinion if what you ask for is not the best option for you. He was able to work with my request. Despite the long amount of hours, his customer service never waned. Great service, great knowledge, and an optimistic human being. I will be going back as often as I am able (I live a ways away) while we live in this area. If you need color correction, he is certainly my first choice!
Jennifer L. YELP Review
I searched for three months for a colorist to dye extensions to match my daughter's natural color. Alberto did an amazing job. He was extremely patient and showed great care in getting the color just right. He also cut and colored my hair and I loved the style and natural color. I would recommend him to anyone that wants gorgeous color and a great cut!
Joselyn P. YELP Review
I've been going to Alberto Santos for almost a year now and I am extremely happy with my new transformation each time I went. He has a very good eye on esthetic, awesome skill on hair coloring most especially, and he listens to what I want on the cut. I have had 4 different styles and each one them was amazing. It made me feel good about myself. My family and friends love it and strangers stopped and complimented on my hair quite frequently. Now if someone you don't know takes the time to tell you that they like your hair, then that's for real cuz they don't just say that to make you feel good, like perhaps your friends would. Additionally, love his salon! He always has fresh cut flowers from his garden. It's very cozy! Also, he gives you his full attention since he works by himself and books his own appointment.
Lorraine O. YELP Review
Alberto is the best! He's so passionate about styling and cutting hair! He researches every hair product and stands behind everything he does. I had very orange and brassy hair and he made me look like a natural blonde. His salon is so cute and I love his bubbly, happy personality. It is a pleasure to go to Alberto and I always know I'm in good hands. He's also very accommodating when it comes to my schedule. I'll go to Alberto for as long as he does hair!
Genevieve D. YELP Review
1. Alberto is amazing! He not only is my regular hair stylist and colorist, but he also did an amazing up-do for my wedding! He is so creative and always makes great suggestions for me! We have mixed my color up a ton of times over the last 5 years and it always looks great! His cuts are excellent! What I also think is so cool is that his clientele is so diverse. There are clients of different ages and ethnicities as well as males and females. He doesn't have just one type or one look, he can do it all. I highly recommend you try him!
The salon is great! I have referred close to 10 friends and they all have become loyal clients as well. I always trust referring someone to Alberto, I know they will be well taken care of. He is fun, trustworthy and super fun! I have a crazy busy life and I usually bring my laptop and do work using his wireless while I am there for my appointments. It's a great, relaxing place. I can't wait for my next appointment!
Dona A. YELP Review
I just recently stated going to Alberto's and I am definitely spoiled! He listens to what I have to say, addresses my concerns and then does a wonderful job on my hair. I'm very low maintainence but he still manages to do my hair in such a way that it doesn't look like it. He's also very charming and that doesn't hurt either.
Feroza B. YELP Review
I have been to so many different hair salons in Sacramento, not because I am fickle, but because every-time that I think that I have finally found someone that is good and understands my hair, my style, my desire and my moods, that person leaves, and then my quest for the next stylist ensues. Such quests have led me through such 'hair raising' experiences (which I will leave for some other posts).
Finaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllly I found Alberto. I did not usually trust my ploom to just anyone. I used to drive by his place quite often, and one day my hair needed some TLC to attend a special occasion, I was desperate as my regular gal got tired of her boss and disappeared. My life partner suggested to give this place a shot. I was now really desperate and surprisingly he had an opening that afternoon. I was apprehensive but immediately Alberto's calm demeanor and focused conversation about my style, hair and requirements got me out of my nervous state. That night I got soooooo many complements, I was hooked. Alberto owns and operates himself, does a fabulous job every-time. My hair and my peace of mind have found a great home.
Janette H. YELP Review
I have been a client of Alberto's for two years, and have always been delighted with his haircuts and highlighting. Alberto listens well to requests, adds his own suggestions for consideration, and the final results are fabulous. His salon is quiet and comfortable, and another example of his eye for style. Cost of services are very reasonable. In all respects, Alberto is a quality stylist.
Djuana G. YELP Review
I've been going to Alberto for about a year now. He is awesome and has done wonders for my hair. I love my cuts and the color always comes out right. Alberto is very passionate about what he does. Thank You Alberto for making me feel beautiful!!!!
Vanessa E. YELP Review
I have been going to Albertos for A few. Years now and i can honestly say he's the best... He takes the time to fully understand what you want and he does just that... Alberto truly cares about your hair he does an amazing job ... Thank u Alberto!!
Judi T. YELP Review
I have been a client since shortly after he opened his business. I am so fortunate to have found him. He truely listens and takes the time to address concerns and the final plan. I had bounced around for years looking for someone who could consistantly perform a very good haircut. Albertos skills are great but he still attends conferences and is always endeavoring to improve. I have referred a neighbor who is delighted. Alberto focuses on a great haircut that you will be happy with and the overall health of your hair. His passion is haircolor. I have done my own coloring but I am seriously considering having Alberto take this on. He is never pushy and pays attention to what the client wants. He is a very nice person with a great sense of humor. His salon is warm and charming. I can think of no reason to give less than 5 stars.
Kathy B. YELP Review
I have been going to Alberto for about one year and I heartily recommend him! I get my hair cut and colored and he is by far the best hair colorist I have had work on my hair. He is very thorough and actually explains the color process (if you are interested!). I will be going to Alberto for as long as I am in Sacramento!
Leah F. YELP Review
This salon is amazing. Alberto is not only a complete sweetheart, but the BEST colorist, amazing hairstylist, and overall lively man. My personal experience at this salon could not have been better. He brought me from a DARK brown to a beautiful, dimentional California blonde. He cut and styled my hair to perfection. Alberto Santos made me love my hair and made me more confident with my looks. This salon is a MUST.
Joy J. YELP Review
Alberto is the best!!! I have tried many expensive salons and stylists over the years and have never met anyone so willing to work with me to get the look that I want, and to get something that works for me when I get home and do my hair myself. Alberto is friendly, patient and professional. He actually listens and works with his clients.
Alberto's expertise with color is a truly AMAZING gift, particularly when dealing with grey hair. I never would have tried the things he has suggested with anyone else, but he has never been wrong and has my hair looking better than it ever has. I am so glad I gave him a try. I will never go anywhere else!!!
Lynda B. YELP Review
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I live near Alberto Santos Salon and, over time, have seen people walking out of there looking nothing less than gorgeous! The cuts I have seen have been so contemporary, "edgy" & sexy! The colors have been extremely rich, lucious, eye-catching and shiny! I called and made an appt. with Alberto and he was SO nice and accomodating! I have alopecia and my hair is just barely long enough (a couple inches!) to try a cut and color and get rid of the wig! Alberto spent time talking to me to understand my situation and my hopes for my hair, then told me "I love a challenge"...and then he did his "magic"!
I was so happy when I looked in the mirror that it actually brought tears to my eyes! Even as impossibly short as it had to be, he was still able to "rock" my hair! The most amazing thing was the beautiful color he gave my dull, ashy brown hair! I do not think most Hairdressers would have even attempted to do the coloring! It is a fun, short cut with a beautiful blonde highlighted shine. It looks dimensional and natural!
I am so thrilled I found him! He is my Hairdresser for life!
Deb. J. YELP Review
First, I've never liked my hair nor what expensive salons have thought they should do (I've been to many over the years). I fortunately decided to try Santos Salon and have found that Alberto is professional, caring, experienced and through additional classes and courses he chose to take, is a premier colorist (Board Certified). Alberto found that my baby-fine hair, died dark brown and blunt cut was not the most flattering. I now have blond/brown layered hair that brings complements from coworkers. I've done it all - extensions, long & stringy, too dark, too blond - but because Alberto listens to his customers and knows what to do for each customer, I have finally found my hairstylist. You won't be disappointed if you give him a try and you may never go anywhere else - like me.
Virginia Gabby GOGGLE REVIEW
Alberto is an artist and expert in all things hair related. His cuts and colors are wonderful and his attention to detail is unsurpassed. Alberto creates an intimate environment in his salon and is absolutley a seasoned professional.
LaTonya Duncan GOGGLE REVIEW
My hair looks amazing......You are the man....Thank you.....I highly recommend this salon....
Genevieve Levy GOGGLE REVIEW
Alberto Santos Salon is the best! I have been a client since it opened and have loved each and every style and color that Alberto has given me. He is excellent at listening to my preferences and also knowing my lifestyle and then making a great decision on my style. Alberto was my stylist for my wedding as well! I have recommended close to 10 friends to him as well and they all have become clients! The up-do he did for my wedding was incredible.I got so many copliments on that alone. Even our photographer said it was the best hairstyle she'd ever seen at all of the weddings she's worked. Thank you Alberto!
Deb Johansen Cook GOGGLE REVIEW
I went to Alberto after my neighbor came home after visiting Alberto - she looked great. Alberto is an expert colorist and keeps on top of all the latest innovations through extended classes. He treats each customer as if they were his only customer and through extended conversation knows what the customer wants and what he can suggest. After Alberto did magic with my fine hair, I took my 84 year-old friend to him. She had told me that every time in her whole life she left salons and was never happy. Alberto was able to even out the cut (she cut her own hair at home) and give her a style that was pleasing to everyone! With me, I've tried extension, long hair which doesn't work for fine hair and home-dying which never looked natural. Alberto came up with a color and cut that compliments my face and hair. Try Santos Salon, you won't be disappointed. Santos Salon is the only place I will ever go.
Susyn K. Daniel GOGGLE REVIEW
A best kept secret! Alberto Santos Salon is simply lovely. Not only is his technique excellent, he is personable and treats you individualistically. Although he loves color, he only cuts my hair and encourages me to direct him in what I want -- an absolutely refreshing concept.
His little salon is sweet and professional. He sees one client at a time making you feel as if he is your personal stylist -- a mini day at the spa. Even just having your hair washed feels wonderful as he expertly massages your scalp and neck.
All of this without breaking the bank! His prices are practical and reasonable.
If you are a dog lover, ask to meet Lord Nelson, a sweet, loving gentle soul. If not, no worries. You will be cared for animal free!
I am so happy to have found Alberto. Give him a try -- you will be delighted.
Alexandra Elaine GOGGLE REVIEW
The most attentive and superior-results driven hair stylist I've met. Alberto always pays the closest attention to what the customer wants, to the client's hair needs and the personal style of the client. He is never is a rush to sell an idea, he truly reaches for the best outcome that will please the client and improve the client's hair health. If you are looking for an honest, genuine, experienced, accomplished and continuously-expanding-his-knowledge hair stylist, please reach out to Alberto Santos Salon. You deserve it.
Dana Siller Michael GOGGLE REVIEW
If you are tired of large salons that regretfully ignore details then Alberto's is something you need to check out! Alberto is not only an amazing hairdresser but hands down the best colorist EVER! He has even been recognized and licensed by a board of colorists that is highly regarded in the USA with only a handful of "certified" colorists! Alberto look this brunette and turned her into a BLONDE! Alberto makes you feel special and beautiful, it's like a hair and self-esteem boost in one!
Gia R. GOGGLE REVIEW
Alberto Santos is undeniably an amazing stylist and colorist! If you want a professional, service oriented, friendly, relaxing, personal, highly skilled Hair Stylist, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with Alberto Santos.
When you have an appointment with this highly skilled, passionate & genuine man, you will feel spoiled. Alberto is welcoming, friendly and he makes each client feel so special. He listens to what you say and he also respects it. His passion shows in his work. He is one of the top Colorists in the Sacramento area. You will feel comfortable, relaxed and spoiled from the moment you enter the salon until the moment you exit the salon ...looking and feeling beautiful and very pampered! Alberto Santos will be my Hair Stylist/Colorist from now on. I am SO glad that I found this "GEM"!