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.
With locations throughout California, including LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Jose, Inland Empire, Ventura County, and Orange County, the knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store?s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and K?rastase. Skincare potions from Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Katie Shumway believes that hair is an investment, so it should be treated with care and love. This is a philosophy she developed during her education at LA?s Toni & Guy and Vidal Sassoon, where she learned to tailor hair to the individuals' face shapes, personalities, and lifestyles. Katie transforms tresses out of Furioso Salon. In addition to offering cuts and color treatments, she can nix unwanted hair from brow boundaries with a signature waxing session.
Cindy Puentes worked at a number of high-end salons before taking the plunge and starting Hair by Cindy. Now with more than 15 years of experience under her blow-drier holster, she expertly treats tresses to an array of services. From stylish cuts to weaves and keratin treatments, she strives for fresh looks that keep in line with clients’ vision or dream journals.
Browse Courtney Wesson's portfolio and you'll see some striking highlights and color work reflecting her 17 years of industry experience. But that's not the stylist's only specialty: she also provides perms, conditioning treatments, and most elaborately, NXS hair extensions.
Stylist Katie Wang has an appetite for trends. During her 12-year career she has designed the coifs of models for runway and editorial shoots and represented companies such as Wella Professional Color and Sebastian as a top stylist. The smooth, knotted updos and Brazilian blowouts in her portfolio reveal an impressive manual dexterity and a penchant for sleek, Scrunchie-free looks. Wang exhibits her artistry within JM Studio, which features simple and contemporary decor.