Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Cut Above

Something about the coming of Spring always launches me into 'makeover' mode. Nothing changes the way a girl looks, or more importantly feels, then a hair overhaul. I'm talking a fresh new cut, updated color, and a fabulous blowout. And even though your hair may never again look as good as it does that day you walk out of the salon, feeling like a supermodel for a few short hours is so worth it. Here is a guide to some of the best salons Southern California has to offer. Now go get your fix.

Los Angeles: Byron and Tracey

Take two of the most highly sought-after stylists in the industry, one specializing in color, the other in hair styling and makeup and you've got the combined star power of Byron & Tracey. Nestled in a modern space in the heart of Beverly Hills, the salon was launched in 2008 with some help from Rachel Zoe who introduced the two stylists. Two years later, the salon is chock full of talented stylists and teeming with celebrity clientele (think Nicole Richie, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez). An afternoon spent with B and T guarantees you not only a game-changing makeover but also some of the best people watching your money can buy.


Orange County: Madison Salon

Housed in a loft on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, Madison is a little slice of urban heaven. It's modern aesthetic is felt everywhere from the beautiful setting, to the innovative styling, to the well edited selection of products offered. For the ultimate in hair pampering, book an appointment with the owner and principal stylist, Louis Orozco. Trained in Italy and France, Louis brings the best of runway hair to his clientele. He works out of the VIP salon located upstairs from the main floor, which offers a gorgeous view, yummy treats, and a damn good cut and color.


San Diego: Hyde Edwards

This place is a mecca of style. Located in a converted warehouse in downtown San Diego, Hyde Edwards if a full service salon offering hair, makeup, manis/pedis and a whole range of spa services including facials, massages, and waxing. The stylists know their craft cold, the interiors are stunning, and the products and services offer a one-stop beauty shop for all your makeover needs. Book with Julia Crane for an amazing cut and color. She's imaginative, fast, and has a hot assistant that gives one hell of a scalp massage.

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