With clients as notable as Ellen DeGeneres and Desperate Housewives cast members, Billy Lowe is a master hair illusionist with nearly two decades of experience who can effortlessly transform the most distraught bristles and frizzies into silky, voluminous hair doves. Haircuts by Billy are $150, but depending on scheduling and availability, one of the other stylists may take care of your hairdressery ($75–$110). If your snipping is less than the value of your Groupon, feel free to use the remaining balance toward any number of services. Prices will vary depending on the service and your stylist, but options include a basic color ($75–$85), an accentuating partial highlight ($135–$200), a hypnotizing color shine ($55), and dimensional coloring ($135+).
House of Blues Sunset Strip has hosted performances by legendary artists, among them Tupac Shakur and Prince. But the confines of the famed venue are just as remarkable, decorated with artwork by Alan Sainte James Boudrot and weathered tin. That tin was taken from a gin mill in the Delta—mere feet from the spot where Robert Johnson is said to have traded his soul to the devil for otherworldly guitar-playing skills and a pick signed “Beelzebub.” And in keeping with House of Blues tradition, the Sunset Strip location keeps a box of Mississippi mud beneath its stage and showcases the “Crazy Quilt” on its wall.
Years ago, stylist Glenn Warshaw honed his haircare skills at a Beverly Hills salon owned by his mentor, Juan Juan. Today, at Juan Juan Center, Glenn carries on this connection by beautifying tresses with Juan Juan's own line of J Beverly Hills products. Working alongside the center's other stylists, he uses these carefully formulated substances during services such as blowouts, haircuts, and hand-painted balayage highlights.
It takes confidence to look George Clooney in the eye, let alone touch his hair. Oliver Ifergan has done both. He readily takes on celebrity clients from Clooney to Tom Ford, at least when he isn't busy serving as a spokesperson for Pantene or creating looks for the pages of Vanity Fair, In Style, and People. Now the owner of his own Beverly Hills Salon, Oliver uses his skills to fashion 'dos to suit starlets as well as those who simply want a trim. Oliver and his team cut and color strands inside a minimalist space designed by Jose Antonio Gonzalez. Metallic walls and curvaceous red chairs with attached sinks lend the salon a futuristic vibe, while a collection of art books, rare magazines, and people saying "hmmmm" liken it to a modern gallery. The atmosphere is an apt one for the creative staff, who snip, highlight, and texturize coifs with products from Ifergan's own line. They even complement their sense of chic with altruism—whether they're administering a simple lip wax, or lengthening locks with human-hair extensions from Hairdreams, 3% of the profits always go to charity.
Angus Mitchell carries on the hairdressing legacy of his father Paul through his namesake salon, which opened in 2009 to fanfare from publications such as Women's Wear Daily. In keeping with Paul Mitchell fans' exalted expectations, the salon trains each of its stylists on a weekly basis to keep them up-to-date on new beautification techniques and strategies for thwarting the dastardly schemes of the wig industry.
It's perhaps due to this emphasis on education that the team lays claim to the No. 33 Best Colorist in the nation as ranked by Beauty Entertainment Magazine. But each and every stylist contributes skills to the services on the experience menu, which can range from a detoxifying hair ritual to a cut that foils strands' aspirations to finally touch toes. At the polychrome color bar, stylists concoct custom color schemes for each scalp, as overhead exposed ductwork transports the tangy scent of Awapuhi Wild Ginger products.