Los Angeles. London. Hong Kong. This may sound like a globetrotter's dream itinerary, but it's really a list of locations where hairstylist Ivy Dobbs trained. In addition to gaining experience in the world?s style capitals, she also studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy?a network of schools that imbues practical, everyday beauty techniques with international sophistication. Now more than a decade into her career, Ivy owns Euphoria Salon. At stations back-dropped by exposed brick, her stylists renovate 'dos, quenching dry ends with Moroccanoil's omega-3 oils and antioxidants or granting a gift of frizz-free months with Brazilian Blowout's straightening system.
Within the burnt-orange salon, expert stylists examine hair before taking scissors to strands and unleashing the professional bob or flirty long curls within. They specialize in Brazilian blowouts, which transforms curly or frizzy hair into smooth, straight lengths. A dedicated wedding stylist twists, braids, and knots hair into fancy updos for brides and maids of honor.
Since 1995, the stylists at Sol Salon have harnessed extensive training to shear and primp shaggy manes into sleek perfection. Conditioning and smoothing treatments with organic Eufora serums rein in flyaways, and custom coloring using Matrix and Davines products helps life-size troll dolls go incognito. Hair whisperers also elongate locks using Extend Tube extensions, which clamp to natural strands via tiny metal tubes for long-lasting length. The salon's high ceilings, plum and orange accents, and creamy leather stylists' chairs embrace clients with a hip and colorful environment.
If you’re not sure how to categorize Blind Barber—(Is it a barbershop? Cocktail lounge? Restaurant?)—just call it a men’s clubhouse. That description's just dandy with Adam Kirsch, who sat down with his partners Jeff Laub and Josh Boyd for a May 2012 LA Times interview. "We wanted to create a spot where we could just hang out any time of day," said Kirsch, "whether you’re partying, relaxing, getting your hair cut, or on your computer just doing work." And so they have. The concept was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, when going for a haircut meant socializing, discussing women, dealing cards, and playing Six Degrees of Jay Gatsby. Every cut, trim, and shave in the shop comes with a complimentary beverage and good conversation. With four barber stations arranged in an airy storefront space, and a bar in the back kicking out seasonal and specialty cocktails, beers, and sliders, Blind Barber has revived the art of looking dapper and the sanctity of feeling like you belong.
Intent on enriching the mental and physical well-being of their clients, The Wellness Spa's aestheticians and therapists offer services that combine skincare treatments with indulgent care. Facials revitalize countenances by cleansing and moisturizing the skin. The staff also performs more specialized treatments that can use microdermabrasion technology and organically derived products to smooth away wrinkles, reduce inflammation, or increase circulation to treatment areas. Additionally, The Wellness Spa offers waxing treatments, which lift away unwanted stubble and leave limbs, torsos, and faces as smooth as a freshly shaved ball bearing. Looking a bit further beneath the surface, the massage therapists employ various modalities that either alleviate tension or treat the tightly knotted muscles that cause chronic aches and pains.
Since 1973, John Peri Salon has been family owned and operated and staffed with experienced stylists eager to help clients find their own unique look. They accomplish services such as women’s and men’s cuts, as well as color and keratin treatments, with attention to detail and the customer’s desires. With aestheticians rounding out the team, they also offer waxing and threading services to remove unwanted hair and shape brows.