Vidal Sassoon–trained Valerie Lopez turns manes into displays of art while working inside Cleo Hair Salon. Goldwell products help her bestow heads with new hues in the form of highlights, all-over color, or stenciled stars. She tames unruly strands with a Brazilian blowout formula—one of her specialties—and instantly adds length with partial weave services.
The team at Savvy Salon The Studio aims to furnish clients with both everyday and runway-ready looks, earning the opportunity to style Elite model photo shoots as well as a visit from KCAL 9's California Adventure TV. As stylists pamper tresses with Schwarzkopf, Kérastase, and Bumble and bumble products, the salon's décor pampers the senses with richly hued wall hangings and striking black-and-white photographs. Besides hair services, specialty facials infuse mugs with a youthful glow previously attained only by participating in all-day kick-the-can competitions. Next door, Savvy's beauty studio brims with a dizzying assortment of handpicked products from renowned brands such as Bumble and bumble, L'Oréal Professionnel, Éminence Organic skincare, and bareMinerals cosmetics.
Paris Cut Hair Design's aestheticians deftly channel the ancient Middle Eastern practice of threading, a precise and speedy method of shaping brow bristles that has found popularity among many of today’s A-list celebrities. During the 15-minute threading treatment, a skilled thread tech twists a length of pure cotton thread and weaves it around overgrown brows, uprooting follicle squatters without chemicals or irritation. Ocular overscores emerge from the treatment looking sharp, streamlined, and ready to replace spit takes and eye rubbing as the preferred method of expressing disbelief.
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.
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 Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Stephanie is a professional stylist and colorist at Salon HG in Westlake Village, CA. A staple for modern style and sophistication for over 30 years, Salon HG has some of the most talented and highly trained stylists in the industry.