Much has changed in the beauty industry since Charlotte Cloutier began working more than 30 years ago. But, in spite of the change, the salon specialist stays sharp, scouting out the latest trends and innovations, and refusing to let her clients fall behind. At Cloutier Le Salon, Charlotte leads a team of professionals versed in services ranging from manicures, pedicures, and nourishing facials to haircuts and color services. To achieve desired hair effects, the salon stocks professional-grade products by Redken and Moroccanoil, as well as Thermafuse—which works in conjunction with heated styling tools to protect hair—and Therapy-G—which neutralizes toxins, free radicals, and DHT to protect thinning hair and stimulate new scalp blossoms.
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.
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.
"The personality of the client should always be considered by a stylist," notes Shane Hawkins on the Shane Hair Style Color Facebook page. He goes to on describe how he refrains from overexposing shy personalities with pulled-back styles and avoids stifling creative spirits with traditional, classic cuts. Shane's follicular expertise—now on display inside Salon Republic on Sunset Strip—comes from his education from Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy and 15 years of practicing his craft.
At Shane Hair Style Color, he not only cuts and tints men's and women's locks, he also offers Cadiveu Brazilian blowouts. To keep his and his clients' lungs safe, he has installed an Aerovex chemical-source capture system, which uses a vacuum hood to suck up vapors that can harm lungs and attract hungry wolf packs.
Curl specialist and master colorist Jasmine beautifies hair and repairs color-deficient manes as she performs a range of salon services at JAZYHAIR. Jasmine meets with clients one-on-one, taking time to work out style goals and grade a short personal essay written by each hairdo. In the relaxing salon, Jasmine's deft hands perform signature services such as Japanese permanent hair straightening, scalp massages, color services, and precision cuts as customers surf the web on waves of free WiFi and sip complimentary beverages such as chai lattes.