Four of Fuze Salon's stylists have more than a decade of experience, and Artistic Director Chip Perry has spent more than two decades in the business. Perry spent time as a national performing artist for Redken and specialized in teaching corrective color at the Redken Exchange, so it’s no surprise the salon uses ammonia-free Redken Chromatics dye as its go-to. Like Fievel Mousekewitz, his journey to happiness began with petty theft. His online biography describes how he would commandeer his neighbors' dolls as a child and "spend hours trying to twist the two inches of fiber into different shapes.” Now, he styles brides and men's cuts with equal dexterity, and keeps his hands busy raising two dogs, contributing to the boards of two charitable organizations, and rallying the community around philanthropic drives and walks.
Mounted over the repurposed home's entrance, a large American flag patriotically waves above a vibrant floral bed and pillared porch. However, after walking through the bright-red front door, guests discover a European-inspired spa staffed by skilled and licensed stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. Using exclusive skin- and haircare products—by brands including Pevonia Botanica and Bumble and bumble—Carmel Day Spa & Salon's specialists pamper guests with services ranging from haircuts to facials to massages. Sleek monochrome furniture and fixtures populate the salon area and treatment rooms, whose walls feature various pieces of art used to conceal wall safes filled with Monopoly money.
Anne Pipkin was once a loyal customer of gorgeousGLO. But she loved the spray-tanning salon so much that she couldn't resist becoming the owner. In that capacity, Pipkin joins with her fellow staff members to share their studio's natural spray-tanning formula with their clients. They help tanners achieve bronzed hues without the incurring harmful effects of UV rays or painstakingly coloring themselves in gold crayon. Alternatively, an on-site blowout center tops off tan looks with sleekly styled coifs. Blowouts, updos, and conditioning treatments prepare locks for special events including prom, weddings, and engagement parties.
With birdcage-like wire around its dangling crystals, the chandelier at Snips Salon reflects the atmosphere's marriage of urban and opulent aesthetics. Stylists attend to clients between the exposed brick walls of the second-story salon, combing Bed Head and Catwalk products through strands or accenting features with TIGI Cosmetics. Services include haircuts, color treatments, and waxing for men and women. The team also pours complimentary beverages and furnishes a library of fashion magazines—the models of which can have their gorgeous hair brought to 3-D life with clients' newly clipped braids.
The brick stoop and fireplace of Urban.i Salon exude the comfort of a boutique establishment. But the white-leather furniture; dark, coffee-toned floors; and dimly glowing chandeliers recall the modernity of an urban salon. Guests revel in the homey-yet-chic aesthetic as a staff of stylists, aestheticians, and giant walking scissors create stylish new looks via haircuts, highlights, and straightening treatments. These sessions are supported by some of the cosmetic industry's most renowned products, including the Phyto haircare system and Dermalogica's skincare line.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
LAX is an upscale salon with passionate and experienced stylists. We firmly believe in giving exceptional service and Hollywood Glamour at an everyday price. Note: Extra long or thick hair may be subject to additional charge. Thermal styling not included in prices.
What do you love most about your job?
All aspects of hair artistry, nail services, and just making others feel beautiful inside and out.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Amazing styling ability with a personality to die for!