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.
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.
A longtime staple in the Beverly Hills hairstyling scene, Giuseppe Franco keeps his team of expert stylists and colorists on the cutting edge of hairstyling trends through weekly training sessions. Giuseppe’s dogged pursuit of up-to-date style has attracted a lengthy list of celebrity clientele that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ashton Kutcher, and Drew Barrymore, among others, and the stylist has been featured on various entertainment TV shows and in popular magazines such as People, Us, and GQ for his hair tips. Recognizing his talents as a public speaker, many salons, cosmetology schools, and White House Correspondents’ Association dinners have featured haircare lectures from Giuseppe.
Though The M Salon sits on bustling Rodeo Drive, its interior wraps visitors in zen-like calm. Cool, marble halls lead to the waiting room, decorated, like the rest of the space, in sparse black-and-white hues accentuated with bright orchids. A miniature kitchen lets stylists brew coffee and espresso, slice fruits, and pour wines and champagne as complimentary refreshments for their clients, and modern cabinets tuck away premium products by Moroccanoil, OSMO, Brazilian Blowout, Je Veux, Colure, and Grooming Lounge.
The carefully designed space was long the dream of The M Salon's owner, Marjan. Born in Tehran, she began to study cosmetology after moving to the United States and enjoyed her training so much she also pursued certifications in hairstyling and makeup. In addition to her newly learned specialties, Marjan has a passion for the ancient art of eyebrow threading, which uses carefully twisted cotton threads to gently remove unwanted body hair. Joining her in the salon, aesthetician Nelly draws from more than 15 years of experience to perform personalized facials.