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.
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.
At Marina Andre Salon, Marina Andre leads a team of six stylists with experience working at salons such as Vidal Sassoon and José Eber. Amid French-chateau fixtures, stylists arrange elegant evening hairdos, uncoil curly hair, and add waves to hair rendered straight after falling asleep on an ironing board. Meanwhile, aestheticians rejuvenate bodies and minds with spa services such as facials, which employ unusual, skin-friendly ingredients, such as chai soy, volcanic ash, and licorice. Marina Andre Salon also plays host to an arsenal of products by Dermalogica, Redken, and Enjoy so that clients can pick up a stock to beautify with in front of their bathroom vanity or neighbor's window.
When owner Linda Rich designed Ankh Studio, she wanted a contrast to the enormous, impersonal salons where she trained. “[I] wanted something that felt like home,” she says—an understandable sentiment after years of traveling the world as a stylist with Sebastian Professional. As she mulled over the details of salon decor, she gravitated toward the center of all homesteads: the fireplace. Ankh Studio's classically styled mantle is painted a chic black and white, anchoring tile mosaics and mirrors with wrought-iron borders.
Rich operates the salon with a team that includes one stylist whom she’s worked with for more than 35 years. She's chosen the new stylists with care, auditioning them with trial styling jobs and spirit quests to trim the pelts of mountain lions. Each stylist uses products from Paul Mitchell in the pursuit of the most flattering cuts.
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.