Familiar with the nuanced personalities of all types of hair, the trained barbers at The Blade Barbershop groom guests with a full repertoire of techniques and tools. Equipped with scissors, straight razors, and trimmers, they can orchestrate an array of hairstyles, including fades, perms, and braids. Plush barber chairs enable guests to spin around to test the centrifugal motion of their bangs or view the shop's leather couches and cherry-oak floors.
"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.
Larisa Krylova’s vast knowledge of beauty standards and techniques is due to her industry experience in both the United States and Russia, although she’s been settled in the former for more than 15 years now. To keep her Californian clients looking their best, the licensed cosmetologist and her staff use only high-end products, including the Margy’s Monte Carlo skincare line and haircare products by Matrix, Sebastian, and Vavoom. The service menu ranges from haircutting and straightening to waxing and nailcare, for which technicians adorn fingers and toes with more than 100 color options. There’s also a skincare offering for every inch of the body; aestheticians administer facial microdermabrasion and fat-burning body wraps among numerous other treatments that help clients feel vibrant and healthy.
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.
Goddess Beauty and Spa’s black-and-white-striped walls and glittering chandeliers combine glamour and quirk, welcoming clients with similarly diverse aesthetic goals. Beautifying services tend to the face, body, and everything in between. Those looking for a hair makeover can partake of stylish cuts, conditioning treatments, and customized highlights or go bare with sugaring hair removal. Clients seeking customized skincare can choose more medical or soothing applications. Some of the spa’s facials, such as the Pro Peel Deluxe, combine alpha and hydroxy acids to purify complexions, whereas the sensitive-skin facial uses botanicals such as lavender, aloe, and green tea to calm pores that have just awakened from a nightmare.
Lorali Kovach knows the lasting power of beauty. She’s worked on the sets of photo shoots and music video productions, where she uses earth-friendly products to leave faces and hair worthy of immortalization. She also conducts her salon services at Lorali at Studio 7 inside Sola Salons. Whenever possible, Kovach uses ammonia- and sulfate-free products for services that include toning, highlights, and perms, and the shop’s straightening treatment is formaldehyde-free. She also creates her own personal blend of solutions to add shine to hair and protect it from heated styling tools and the powerful spinning gears that make cellphones work.