When a nationally acclaimed troupe of hair-crobats comes to your cottage to whisk you away on their traveling wig wagon, be waiting for them with your follicular A-game. For $50, today's Groupon gives you fashionable locks with $100 worth of hair services at Grand Illusions Hair Studio in El Segundo. Cut, style, straighten, perm, or extend your hair to match the collectible figurine you constructed of yourself over the holiday season.
The interior at Snip-its Kids Hair Salon & Spa looks like a kids' playhouse, highlighted by colorful, floor-to-ceiling murals. Those surroundings are enough to make kids forget that they're getting a haircut, and that's part of the point. Kids enjoy educational video games during haircuts or try services that they're actually excited about, such as manicures and updos. Trained stylists boast safety measures such as safety straps for toddlers, and parents can sit next to children the entire time.
All of the products at the salon are specifically crafted for kids, and there are lots of other touches that go far beyond those old coloring books. This approach has landed the company in publications that range from the Washington Post to LA Parent. Their unique approach also includes themed beauty parties for kids such as Glamour, Trip-to-Hollywood, and Rock Star & Spa, during which youngsters romp through the space wearing costumes and robes and sipping juice boxes.
Styling recording artist Azaelia Banks' hair for myriad magazine spreads and live performances, Brianna Shehee has proven her skills in picture-perfect weaves, extensions, and color. As both operator and Master Stylist of Lush Hair Imports and Salons, Shehee specializes in techniques to help promote healthy hair growth while wearing extensions, sewn-in weaves, and ancient headdresses made of grade-A mummy gauze. Her services range from basic cuts to washes with flat iron and style or Global Keratin Treatments to leave locks slick, shiny, and frizz-free.
Coffee, tea, and other beverages fill guests hands at Sharp Cutz N Color Salon, where master stylists and colorists work to beautify hair. For them, length and color hold only part of a hairstyle?s visual appeal; texture is an equally important piece of the puzzle. After they neaten hair with trims and cuts, they smoothen away waves or coil hair into formal buns, Indian-style braids, or playful crimps and twists.
Aqua Salon owner Kathy Snyder loves a challenge. When asked what she likes best about her job, the veteran hairstylist told Our South Bay, “So many of us are particular about exactly what we want our hair to look like but haven’t any idea how to articulate it to someone. It’s my job … to ‘get it’ when a customer reaches out for help.” A former employee of celeb-favorite Cristophe Salon, Snyder spent 10 years meeting the often daunting needs of Hollywood’s most demanding heads. Today, she doles out that same level of service in an environment that is decidedly more relaxed, complete with a soothing ocean view and skylights that allow the sunshine to stream in.
As guests sip wine and watch the waves roll along the sandy shoreline, Snyder’s team of master stylists care for hair with cutting-edge cuts, extensions, and balayage coloring techniques. Makeup artists employ the Jane Iredale line of mineral makeup to beautify visages, and spray tans by Infinity Sun provide a golden glow to help prep bodies for the beach or a stint on James Cameron’s mantel.