A new hair color can recreate someone's look, which is why it's important to make sure it's the look that someone really wants. At PauLeah Hair & Beauty, the professional stylists dedicate themselves to their clients, infusing strands with rich, long-lasting color found neither in boxes of hair dye nor in the tears of crushed raspberries. They can add subtle dimension to locks with highlights or create a more dramatic appearance with all-over color. They also design haircuts that fit each client's face shape and lifestyle, perform updos for weddings, and apply hair extensions.
Cosmetic-product developer David Thurston teamed with 13-year styling vet Alexis Lishman to commandeer a once-vacant commercial space, reimagining it as a luxurious, green-certified spa. The sunny 3,400-square-foot loft space welcomes visitors with Italian-made furnishings set in a pleasant white, brown, and charcoal palate, as well as stunning floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the length of the salon, giving guests views of the vibrant urban hum of Ventura Boulevard below and the passive-aggressive silence of the Encino Hills above. A butterfly sculpture with a 6-foot wingspan designed by British artists Graham Thrussel and Mathew Morris flutters above the space, symbolizing the aesthetic transformations below.
As stylists lather scalps and plot style overhauls at curvy sinks of porcelain, nail artists spruce up digits in the light, airy space. Clients emerge from fresh spray tans and waxes into the salon’s cocoon of chic modernity, surrounded by verdant palms and modern-art pieces from Archan Nair as a custom exhaust system purifies the air of any contaminants caused by keratin hair straightening or bad knock-knock jokes.
As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.
For more than a decade, color specialist and master stylist Silvia has keep a creative watch over her team of dedicated stylists at Encino Concept Salon. Her more than 30 years of experience and international training at London Hair Academy has honed her keen aesthetic eye, which oversees a salon floor buzzing with stylists as they twirl, trim, and dye strands with botanically based products. The Bio Ionic hair-straightening system also furnishes salon services, where stylists carefully put hair through a process that aims to smooth out strands plagued by frizzes and flyaways. Hair extensions add length to manes with clip-ons of 100% human hair, and customers looking to subtract locks can recline during a waxing or threading session as a technician carefully removes unwanted hairs twisting and twirling into complicated math problems. Encino Concept Salon?s menu also promotes whole-body well-being with a refreshing European facial and spa pedicure.
As both the owner of Nikko Hair Salon and an experienced stylist, Lesia Nyarko spends her days painting the hair of her clients with ombre color-blending techniques, repairing damage with deep-conditioning treatments, and massaging the scalps of pampered clients. In addition to specializing in cuts and color, her staff of stylists is skilled in hair texturizing services including chemical relaxers, keratin-infused Brazilian blowouts, and Japanese straightening treatments. Before appointments, clients may sip complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea while using the complimentary WiFi to sell their hat collections on eBay.
Krystal Salon & Day Spa's brightly lit, two-story digs whisk guests into a haven of head-to-toe rejuvenation with keratin treatments and other luxuriant spa services. The multitalented staff can effectively handle most service requests from basic cuts, color, and facials to airbrush tanning and teeth whitening. In addition to their services, the spa also pampers clients with low-cost valet parking, 13 plasma TVs, and a complimentary cappuccino bar with gourmet coffee, tea, and pastries that offer free legal advice. Clients can also take a break between services to surf the free WiFi.