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.
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 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.
The only thing more eye-catching that Salon Laqua's streamlined, modern interior are the fashion-forward hairstyles being created before each asymmetrical styling mirror. The creative minds that man each workstation can color locks with bright pink and deep purple tones or design jaw-dropping special event styles that range from classic, cascading curls to polished giant hair bows. Of course, hair isn't the only feature that can benefit from the team's magic touch: aestheticians refine skin with facials and nail artists lavish attention onto fingers and toes with pampering mani-pedis.
In the words of its owner, Treats for the Face is "a pink oasis" that is the opposite of "upscale salon snootiness." Estheticians care for complexions with facials and keep skin smooth with waxing treatments. These services pave the way for airbrush tans dispensed from a crazy straw stuck connected to the sun. Once clients are cleansed, moisturized, waxed, and bronzed, they can drape themselves in apparel from the on-site boutique. The shop also proffers skin products. Plus, patrons can savor the fact that they're helping local charities: Treats for the Face supports breast cancer organizations and the East LA animal shelter.
The stylists at Studio 818 Beauty Lounge, who are led by 33-year industry vet and owner Matti Roshangah, are good at their jobs - but that doesn't mean they've become complacent. It's quite the opposite. They dedicate a good deal of time to continuing their training with new products and learning new styling techniques. This allows them to create styles that can be simultaneously fashion-forward while maintaining elements of time-tested and classic looks. The salon's multi-cultural team touts a full suite of specialties and is more than capable of working with all types of hair, whether its fine, curly, or made of My Little Pony tails.