Ever since she first braided her sisters' hair at the age of 8, Cortney V has had a passion for cosmetology and a thirst for learning new techniques. Through her services, she strives to share her gifts with others through a wide array of natural haircare services. Beyond standard cuts and conditioning treatments, Cortney can completely transform looks, whether by sewing in weaves, braiding hard-to-manage locks, or adding a bold layer of color to hair.
Seven days a week, the stylists at L.A. Vista Salon tend to the hair of anyone who wanders into their shop, which is located right on the outskirts of University City. Although it specializes in treatments such as lock maintenance, coils, and interlocks, the team is proficient in nearly all types of hair services. L.A. Vista Salon also offers clients a range of nailcare services that include basic manicures, pedicures, and Shellac treatments that use a special type of polish that resists chips and nibbling squirrels for up to 14 days.
Not content to just shorten or shape hair, Salon Elevations' stylists also work to address hair loss in both women and men. In addition to familiar cuts and coloring treatments, they also help to thicken heads of hair with full-cap hairpieces, hair-thickening fibers, and laser hair therapy. Extensions also fill in gaps with Indian remy hair that can remain firmly rooted for up to four months, much like the leafy toupees worn by most giant sequoias.
In their urban chic salon, The Weave Bar’s staff fills hands with complimentary beverages before filling conversation with hair talk. Specializing in weaves, they have a lot to say, and can transform looks almost instantly with their signature sew-in weaves. They also execute modern cuts and nourish tresses with conditioners and keratin treatments, customizing services to each customer’s needs.
Brands Used: Influence, CHI color, Jane Carter, DermaOrganic
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I first developed a passion for the beauty industry while working at my aunt's salon in 1983. I loved meeting new clients, and seeing their faces after I finished doing their hair. As a woman, getting your hair done can boost your ego, elevate your mood, and make you feel like a brand-new person. All that being said, I just love people, and I love making them feel like a million bucks.
For 15 years, certified colorist Drimaine Mills has approached each client's head as she would a canvas brimming with artistic potential. Emerald Cutz Hair Salon acts as her studio, where she and her stylists craft flattering 'dos with cuts, color services, and spa add-ons such as spray tans and mani-pedis.
As a celebrity hair and style coach, Drimaine is also familiar with the concept of special treatment—she customizes her conditioning methods to suit each guest's hair type, from brittle to curly to fine. By using salon-exclusive products from brands such as Moroccanoil and Goldwell, the staff continue to make patrons feel famous without painting George Clooney's facial hair on every station's mirror.