Stylist Katie Wang has an appetite for trends. During her 12-year career she has designed the coifs of models for runway and editorial shoots and represented companies such as Wella Professional Color and Sebastian as a top stylist and educator. The smooth, knotted updos and Brazilian blowouts in her portfolio reveal an impressive manual dexterity and a penchant for sleek, Scrunchie-free looks. Wang exhibits her artistry within the elegant KE Salon, where a pop-art sensibility is glammed up with cheeky, crystal chandeliers and antique Asian furniture and art.
Soner Kiyiskan began his hairstyling career in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1983, learning as he worked alongside his three brothers and a number of the region's preeminent stylists and colorists. However, it was a trip to Beverly Hills that truly sparked his passion and his desire to truly hone his talents.
While attending lectures and meeting other stylists, Soner was struck by the culture's reverence for the artistry of a skilled professional. He made it his goal to earn the admiration and respect of this community and moved to Costa Mesa, where he founded Sonash Hair Connection, a high-end salon where he and his team of stylist could express their creativity.
Regardless of whether the stylists are simply shaping wayward strands or adding subtle highlights, the goal of every service is to create a trendy hairdo that flatters clients' natural features. Sonash Hair Connection even stocks its shelves with its own eponymous line of haircare products that help clients maintain their new look at home.
All of the salon's services take place in an attractive black-and-white space that features wainscoting with decorative panels depicting flowering branches. It also features damask-patterned carpets and glossy black floors that appear to be better polished than the trophy that the president receives every time he sets a new Minesweeper record.
Leopoldo, of Leopoldo Hairology, loves healthy hair, which is why he slathers damaged locks in sulfate-free Yuko Kokoro G shampoos, sulfate-free organic Dikson with keratin, conditioners packed with plant extracts, and organic keratin treatments. He’s accumulated more than 40 years of styling experience, both in the United States and Europe, training at Vidal Sassoon, Toni&Guy, and Jingles International of London. His diverse array of clients through the years has enabled him to masterfully cut to the individual, and he amps up the service by including a shampoo, style, and complimentary glass of wine with each treatment. In addition to cut and color services, Leopoldo tames frizz with Nu Organic Brazilian keratin treatments packed with organic botanical ingredients. Aftercare is also organic and has bio-active keratin in It to help the treatment last longer. These treatments aim to keep frizz-prone locks smoother than a bucket full of melted butter for three to six months. The keratin also conditions and strengthens the internal structure of the hair leaving it silky, shiny, and smooth.
After only eight months as Victor Paul's junior assistant, Ginger West climbed the ranks to lead assistant. The new position kicked off ten months of intensive training, where Ginger refined skills such as blending colors for naturalistic highlights and creating blowouts for special events. Those are myriad for stylists at Victor Paul Salon, who prep strands for everything from weddings and fashion shows to episodes of The Real Housewives of Orange County. When Ginger isn't on special assignment, she works her hair-care magic back at the hyper-mod salon. Inside the cube building, artwork by Real Housewives star Slade Smiley adorns the walls. Surrounded by chandeliers and the paintings inspired by fashion sketches, Ginger plies her own art. In addition to highlights and chic cuts, she showcases her mastery of texturizing with perms and Brazilian blowouts.
Amid the spacious, cream-colored confines of Hair Matters Salon & Barber, a team of style, color, and texture experts transform clients' appearances. The stylists call on professional products from Enjoy, Moroccanoil, and HBL Hair Care in each service they perform, whether it's crafting flattering cuts and adding shadowy ombre highlights to women's manes or giving men a classic barber's cut paired with an invigorating scalp treatment. Clients with frizzy, unmanageable hair can benefit from the salon's Keratin Complex treatment, which smooths the hair's cuticle, adds shine, and can shorten styling time considerably. Beyond the stylists' chairs, an aesthetician and makeup artist beautifies the rest of clients' statures with waxing treatments, makeup applications, and brow and lash tinting services.
Art, fashion, and architecture all influence the styles hairdressers create inside Artkitëks Hair Studio. Owner Jeff Stump leads his team of stylists as they craft 'dos based on primary shapes and reference points on clients' heads, which results in looks that blend classic and progressive hairdressing techniques ranging from conditioning and highlights to extensions and Brazilian blowouts. The studio itself follows a minimalistic approach that has artistic touches. Sleek, unframed mirrors lean against stark white walls, and wooden storage boxes at each workstation seem to float on the wall by command of the on-staff magician.