On an orange accent wall above the sleek black-leather stations at Jacques Michael Salon, a trio of models shows off perfectly coiffed styles in neon-colored vintage fashion sketches. The glamorous art reflects the salon’s belief that hair is a fashion accessory. The stylists—each with at least five years of experience—function like fashion designers, snipping and shearing designs that flatter clients' face shapes while reflecting the onward march of trends. Among their specialties, hand-painted Balayage highlights create a natural, multidimensional look. For most services, they reach for Redken, Matrix, and Moroccanoil products. While clients wait for their color to set in the café and wine bar, their cars wistfully wish they had hair in the free parking lot.
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 freeway-adjacent Salon Dione brings a touch of luxury and calm to a strip mall just off the 10 that is otherwise populated by a convenience store and a cell phone provider. The salon’s sleek, modern interior is livened up by a painting along the back wall and a bright display of products for sale near the cash register, but it’s the team of stylists that bring the true color to the establishment. Everything from a kid’s haircut to full highlights and perms are on the board here, with the salon emphasizing environmentally-friendly products when possible. In addition, Salon Dione offers make-up service on an appointment basis.