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Special Stylist Shoutout

8 Nov

IMG_6668We live in a service city, it’s true. Angelenos are used to having specialists for everything from fashion to fireplaces on speed dial. Is speed dial still a thing? If you’re willing to shell out a few bucks, there isn’t much you can’t book an appointment for, or get delivered in LA.

And we’re known for customer service. Especially when it comes to beauty. As a local beauty blogger, I visit a lot of offices, salons, and spas – where professionals are passionate about their crafts and eager to share their expertise. This city believes in the customer experience.

So when a hair stylist stands out among so many other gifted local artists, I have to give her a special shoutout.

Cheers to Desi at the Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills! Not because she did my highlights exactly as I wanted (No caramel!), and not because she works at one of the longest standing salons in the city. But because of her commitment and energy.

My satisfaction was her priority from the time I walked in, until the moment I exited. She kept it real, too. My kinda girl. Desi showed me all the products my hair definitely didn’t need, and how to use the ones that would make a big difference.

Last note: It was great to see a stylist so proud of her team. She wasn’t new to the Umberto Salon but spoke with all the excitement of a new hire. It’s not uncommon for salons to take on a familial culture, but it’s still awesome to hear firsthand accounts of owners taking good care of their employees. Props to Umberto Savone, too!

Book an appointment with Desi at:

Umberto Salon | 416 N. Canon Dr., BH 90210 | 310.274.6395

xo

 

 

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Beauty On-the-Go in Los Angeles

22 Jun

I’ve recently been introduced to a few places in LA that I’m excited to share with you. Whether by design or not, they all cater to customers on-the-go. Meaning it’s not a whole day thing just to get your roots done.

Because sometimes you want a day of lux pampering… and sometimes you just want to get in and out.

 

Get radiant skin at The Hall Center

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Stephanie Snowden, N.P. | The Wall Center

We’ve heard a lot about Microneedling lately, and the truth is – it’s worth trying. The treatment is basically a collagen induction therapy used for improving firmness, pore size, sun damage, melasma, wrinkles, and more.

It’s done by Stephanie Snowden, N.P. at The Hall Center of integrative medicine in Santa Monica. She uses an electronic device called the MicroPen Elite to create hundreds of “tiny pinholes in the top layer” of your skin. This isn’t surgery or an invasive procedure. In fact, you can do it on your lunch hour! Just expect some redness.

 

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In Stephanie Snowden’s chair

Stephanie uses Platelet Rich Plasma (your own blood!) to speed up the process of your skin healing itself. She’ll talk you through every step, offer you numbing cream (accept it!), and tell you as much or little as you want to know. She’s awesome.

Read about Microneedling benefits here.

Call 310.566.6688 to make an appointment.

 

 

 

Get late-night color at the Brighton Salon

Smack in the middle of the Beverly Hills triangle is Brighton Salon. Not your typical BH experience, this is more of a barber shop-salon hybrid. It’s a relaxed vibe. They’re welcoming. The receptionist is on top of her stuff.

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Brighton Salon

Pro(s): They have extended hours every Tuesday and Thursday: Open until midnight! No other salon in the area does this.

Con(s): Clients don’t look apologetic when they’re screaming on their cells, and your stylist might answer his phone mid-blowout.

Brighton Salon offers blowouts, cuts, styling, waxing & threading, hair color (organic avail), nail services, and hair extensions (tape, bonding, sew-ins).

Need color? You’re in good hands with Walid.

Call 310.247.2221 to make an appointment.

 

 

Get a spa-quality massage at The Now

Last time I got a massage after reading a “1-HR $40 First Timers” sandwich board, I vowed never to do it again. She basically played patty cake on my back for an hour while sipping soup. And when it came time to turn over, I noticed the door was left wide open the whole time. WTF? Heads up to anyone else who sees that enticing sign next to the Larchmont Farmer’s Market.

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The Now | Studio City

Since then, I’ve opted for hotel and spa massages. Always wonderful, though not very purse-friendly on a regular basis.But a few weeks ago, I was invited to The Now. Problem solved! Walk in anytime, no appointment necessary. Choose from experiences like The Energy (energy balancing), The Stretch (sports massage), The Glow (pregnancy massage), and more. You can get a professional massage for a reasonable price in a totally zen environment, with no soup in sight.

Learn more at thenowmassage.com.

 

 

xo

 

 

 

Umberto: A Hair Institution

30 Jan

img_2861Hair salons go in and out all the time in Beverly Hills. But along the way, a few of them stick and become the holy grail of hairstyling. Umberto is one such salon, and the man behind it has become an icon in his industry.

I went in yesterday for a simple blogger blowout. Speaking freely, I always appreciate the little perks of being a beauty writer but a blowout is a blowout. Not that I take it for granted. Sign me up!

But this was on a whole ‘nother level.

I hadn’t been inside the Canon Drive salon in at least 10+ years. My hair doesn’t have much style. It’s always been baby fine, not really straight, not really curly, no bangs. It styles easily enough, but stays perfect for about 5 minutes. It moves from middle part to top knot on an hourly basis. It’s basically lazy. It likes to go to the party, but is ready to go after one round. I guess it’s on the right head.

Anywayyy. Apologies for all that dribble. The point being, my hair has been in the same non-style for about 30 years. I get it trimmed twice a year (if that) but rarely expose it to a luxe cut because… well it just isn’t worth the time and money. Color is a different story. I don’t mess around with a questionable colorist!

The people at Umberto greeted me like I was family. Such a happy vibe in this bright, airy salon. No uppity attitude. No staring at the messy nest that was my bun. Have ya seen Trolls? Nothing but people chatting and laughing and styling and coloring, all in a common hair love affair.

At the helm of the salon is Umberto Savone – the charismatic owner, respected stylist, img_2859and all-around revered entrepreneur. When they say a company’s culture starts from the top, it’s so true.

As the assistants got me settled in, I apologized for my long stringy hair and was assuring them my blowout would be easy… when Umberto himself walked up and introduced himself.

The consummate stylist, he took a quick tour of my hair. When I said I was only there for a blowout, he wasn’t having it. Umberto grabbed his scissors and went to town on my messy locks. He cut my hair while dry, with all the rhythm and smooth precision of a Bruno Mars mix.

Soon I was whisked over to the shampoo bowls, and then back for a blowout. His team used the Umberto Volumizing products (Thickening Spray and Lifting Powder) to give my hair extra body and weight. I highly recommend checking out the entire product collection – available at his salons or Target. Super reasonable prices!

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What many people don’t know is that Umberto has a beautiful salon a few miles south, on Olympic Blvd. It’s not as grand as the original salon, but neither are the prices. You can book a cut, color, manicure, and more. Many of the Canon Dr. assistants work at the Olympic salon on their days off to build up their clientele. This salon is a fabulous option for those who are watching their wallets.

Though you’ll find Umberto primarily at the Canon location, both salons are full-service and will even offer you a smoothie or sandwhich. I walked away with a fresh new cut, sweet products, a smile on my face, AND my favorite chopped salad packed to-go from Porta Via next door.

It’s encouraging to know that some Beverly Hills beauty institutions still live up to their reputations after all these years.

  • Umberto | Canon Dr | 310.274.6395
  • Umberto | Olympic Blvd | 310.274.2139

 

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under-the-radar salons: Great without Glitz

31 May

Not all hair salons in Los Angeles are stops on the TMZ tour. Our salons run the gamut of champagne-offered blowouts to we-cut-you-blow-&-go shops. Typically I prefer shops that fall somewhere in between. Not too much frill, but enough individual attention where it doesn’t feel like I’m part of an assembly line.

And if I’m being honest, I guess I do like to be offered a cappuccino. Who doesn’t?

So these suggestions that I’ve recently discovered aren’t exactly Fantastic Sam’s, but there’s also no pressure to get dressed up for your appointment either.

 

SALON KAZUMI

I remember Kazumi’s name when I used to get my brows done at Gavert Atelier. People have been raving about her color technique forever. She’s known for making magic with brunettes. Kazumi’s energy and Japanese roots (pun a little intended) spill over into her new namesake salon in Beverly Hills.

Salon Kazumi is clean, bright, unassuming, and on the outskirts of BH’s triangle – so all the noise is easily kazumiavoidable and parking is simple. Plus I found myself zenly (it’s a word now.) fixated on her gorgeous light fixtures during most of my appointment. Sorry about that, Michael.

Speaking of, Michael managed the perfect blend of Ask and Suggest. He readily admitted cutting wasn’t his specialty and that color was, so we focused on what would work best for my fine, flat strands.

BTW, I know I’ve said this before, but it’s true: Go to a colorist and a stylist, not one-in-the-same. Kinda like the Chinese delivery place that also serves pizza. They might offer both, but neither will be great.

Michael made me the perfect natural I was looking for. He left my natural base alone and brightened up my highlights – allowing the perfect amount of grow out maintenance for someone who rarely gets to the salon.

9725 S. Santa Monica Blvd. | 310.751.0909

 

REBECCA FITZGERALD MD INC.

If you don’t want to deal with the whole Beverly Hills crowds, check out this quaint practice on Larchmont. It’s north of the shopping block and parking is a breeze.

My aesthetician was Bekah Parga. She gave me a SilkPeel Diamond Dermalinfusion. It’s supposed to be poFitzgeraldpular with celebs who want to get glowing skin, pre-red carpet. Bekah was great at explaining what she was doing as she went along. She knew her stuff and didn’t try to push anything on me. First some microdermabrasion, then some hydrating via Lumixyl peptides, etc. Bekah showed me afterward what was taken off my skin. It ends up in this little cylinder. Really it just looked like diluted salt water to me, but she said sometimes you see little black heads floating around! Gross…and yet cool! I imagine I’d feel something in between embarrassed and triumphant.

321 N. Larchmont Blvd., Suite 906 | 323.464.8046

 

 SATIN SOLES

Whether you want a standard pedicure or a gel manicure, this salon will take care of you. They’ll even do a massage or wax. Satin Soles isn’t frilly, but it’s spacious and airy. And you’ll probably have a celeb sighting when you’re there.

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They’ve got a big assortment of new polishes (mostly OPI and Essie) and are more than happy to mix up colors if you can’t find a perfect shade. The only downsides are parking on 3rd Street and that they’re cash only. I rarely have cash on me, but at least they’ve got an ATM onsite. Plus Carmela is next door for an ice cream stop once you’re dry.

7924 W. 3rd St. | 310.601.7534

 

xo

Oscars Sunday with Frederic Fekkai

23 Feb

This Sunday ONLY – Frederic Fekkai Melrose Place  – THREE signature services for $75!

Call 323.655.7800 to book appointments.

Frederic Fekkai

8457 Melrose Place

Los Angeles, CA 90069