All Dolled Up Salon and Day Spa cultivates an atmosphere that empowers its clients to decide on and describe exactly what they want. In addition to haircuts, color treatments, and conditionings, they offer keratin-based and Japanese texturizing treatments, facials, and beauty packages for prom attendees and bridal parties.
Owner Nani Le and the stylists at Bliss Salon & Barbering mold manes into fashionable ’dos with an array of services and hair products from Milkshake. Like a misguided safecracker, the women's haircut package bombards locks with scissors, deep conditioner, and gusts of the blow dryer. Meanwhile, the highlight package follows plumage styling by completely or partially accenting tresses with radiant strands. During an eye-styling package, ocular technicians frame eyes with streamlined brows and help tone eyelid muscles with extensions.
Diva Salon's team of stylists wields TIGI color products to turn manes a summery blond or a steel gray that blends in with a bank safe’s interior. The stylists also employ products from Alterna, Kenra, and Original Sprout—which uses organic ingredients—as they transform hairscapes. In addition to cutting, coloring, and lengthening locks, Diva Salon’s aestheticians apply lash extensions.
For Salon Blanc co-owner Alan Vuong, hair is more than something to tuck behind an ear or sweep over a shoulder—it's an artistic medium that inspires creativity and pride. The salon's website even asserts that "hair is an expression of the moment we live in." Nothing could hold truer for Vuong and his team, who are continually educating themselves on the latest cutting and coloring techniques and products. They displayed these to full effect when they journeyed to California for the 2011 International Salon and Spa Expo—one of the largest professional beauty events on the West Coast—a trip chronicled on Living Local.
Vuong's trendsetting artistic vision earned him the title of Honolulu magazine's Editors' Pick for Best Hairstylist in 2009, and according to that publication, "he even has clients flying in from Japan and Guam to get the Vuong vibe." He and his crew rely on the Kérastase and Shu Uemura lines for haircare, and also offer services such as bridal packages, makeup, and waxing.
It should come as no surprise that Vuong is as concerned with the salon aesthetic as he is with his clients' satisfaction. His blank-canvas hair philosophy is much like the look of the Ala Moana Beach–facing salon itself; in fact, he compared the space to an artist's studio in a feature in American Salon magazine. The minimalist, white-on-white interior is accentuated by black leather chairs and feathery chandeliers that are lighter and more elegant than a performance of Swan Lake on the international space station.
Signature Service: Modern cuts, colors, and romantic looks
Brands Used: Paul Mitchell Keratin Awapuhi and Alterna Caviar
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Pro Tip: Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before the appointment time to make parking as stress-free as possible.