From Our Editors
Signature Service: Japanese thermal hair straightening.
Brands Used: Wella hair color and Matrix Opti Smooth straightening system
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: We are not visible from the street.
Although stylist Nickol Johnson is a Portland native, it was in Santa Monica where she picked up the tools of her trade. There, she apprenticed with veteran stylists and attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy, mastering techniques such as Japanese thermal straightening, coloring, and advanced scissor twirling.
But it's her knack for crafting easy-to-maintain cuts that really elevates Nickol's work in the minds of her clients. Using the skills she learned at the Sam Villa Master Cutting Class, she creates chic bobs and playful layers that can suit every occasion, from casual days at home to elegant nights on the town. And because she works out of Studio Luxe, Nickol's station is always stocked with professional products such as Wella, Davines, Kevin Murphy, and Matrix.