At Omni Massage, part of Omni Salon, clients can stride past the green plants that fleck the front door and stretch out on a massage table, ready for soothing strokes from the in-house massage therapist. The therapist's full-body kneads restore peace to anxious minds and muscles, improving circulation in the process. Omni Salon complements bodywork sessions with hair services, nail treatments, and skincare such as facials.
From Britney Spears to Scarlett Johansson, Adam Lambert to Roger Federer, the rolodex of celebrities that have turned to Hairroin Salon for styling services seems to be ever growing. Whether celebrity or not, clients at Hairroin Salon are in the hands of a staff so dedicated to cutting-edge hair artistry that it often lands the stylists themselves in the spotlight—or, in the case of owner Janine Jarman, on television. Jarman was one of 12 contestants on the third season of Bravo's “Shear Genius,” and the same skills that had earned her the styling trust of the Pussycat Dolls and Carmen Electra carried her all the way to the show's final round. When she wasn't competing, Jarman helped develop formulas for Sexy Hair products, and transformed Harroin into the only Sebastian Professional Flagship Salon in LA. Hairroin Salon’s breadth of services is a testament to both Jarman’s skills and those of the stylists she’s added to her staff. Together, they perform thermal straightening treatments, highlights, corrective color, and haircuts for men, women, and stacks of chihuahuas in trench coats. The salon itself is further proof of Jarman’s eye for style: black, Victorian-inspired mirror frames hang on walls of exposed brick and striped wallpaper, while flameless candle chandeliers dangle from the ceiling's bare beams.
At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That’s because the business’s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
When Edan Ezer was a boy growing up in Israel, he was so committed to becoming a barber that he left school at 16 to train at a local salon. When he was 18, he joined the Israeli Army and became popular for cutting hair at the army base and styling it with the downdraft of a helicopter. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to work alongside some of the best stylists in the world at high-end salons across Beverly Hills.
Since 2006 Edan has operated his own high-end salon, where he and his team work to pamper, relax, and rejuvenate clients. Stylists massage scalps and snip split ends before creating a sleek blowout that can last for days. For longer-lasting results, they straighten hair with Brazilian keratin treatments, which reduce frizz for months. Another popular Brazilian at the salon is its aesthetician, who removes hair with 100% pure honey and who brightens complexions with facials using natural skincare products.
The comely lady stylists of Barber Dollz brush up on the latest haircutting trends to ensure both male and female clients receive the most innovative techniques and creative colors when they hit the chair. The stylists—called Dollz—boast a staggering repertoire of haircutting skills and are able to shear up outrageous styles such as leopard spots as well as sexy understated cuts including classic bobs. The Dollz begin a style makeover with a massaging shampoo and conditioning and can enhance gentlemen's appointments with a hot-towel treatment and nape shave. Those opting for color or highlights can have their manes analyzed by stylists to ensure that hair can endure the hue-changing process. Clients receive complimentary beverages during appointments, and they can pass some time before and afterward watching flat-screen TVs on the salon's wraparound couch or playing a game of foosball.
Little Rockstar Salon's kid-centric salon entertains energetic tots with its colorful decor, custom styling chairs, and fun spa services. The patient staff members help children and former Woodstock attendees feel comfortable during very first haircuts, offering rides in sleek haircut chairs that resemble airplanes and fancy sports cars, and customers leave the salon with a keepsake bag containing a lock of their hair and a photo of the experience. At the bubblegum-hued mani-pedi station, kids relax after long days in the sandbox board room as tiny nails are adorned in their favorite color. Private parties can accommodate up to a dozen kids, and keep them busy with glitter tattoos, hairstyling, music, and cake.