Where Cool Girls Get Their Hair Done

The power of a great haircut or hair color is undeniable — as is the opposite. (Holla if you’ve ever been reduced to tears by a hair disaster!) Which makes choosing the best hair salon a decision that can send you down a Yelp wormhole — especially if you live in the big city. Yes, finding your hair stylist/colorist match in Los Angeles, a city where they’re as plentiful as avocados, is rough. Think: perfect curly haircuts, sunkissed highlights, tousled waves, the latest hairstyles the celebs are wearing … basically, the stuff Pinterest dreams are made of.

So we went on a mission to find the very best salons Los Angeles has to offer, where the aforementioned cool girls of the city get their hair did. Whether you need a slight trim or complete hair makeover, you can’t go wrong with one of these hair salons.

The founders Johnny Ramirezand Anh Co Tran are responsible for some of the most gorgeous styles (you’ve likely double-tapped or pinned quite a few of them). While this definitely isn’t the most affordable salon, the results will have you (and everyone you encounter on the street) like woah.

Neighborhood: Beverly Hills

Vibe: A bit rustic, a bit French inspired and 100 percent chiller-than-thou (but in a way that makes you feel cooler just for being there).

Known for: The literally trademarked “Lived-in” hair color and waves that make sexy look effortless.

Star Stylists: Ramirez handles the color (he can take you from dark to light hair in a single day); Tran transforms blah cuts into insanely Instagrammable styles. Make sure you block out a whole day for your transformation, as color with Johnny can sometimes take upwards of seven hours. The end results — plus the fact that you can go six months before coloring again — are completely worth it.

Price: Base color with Ramirez starts at $150, highlights start at $350. A cut with Tran will set you back $400. Their uber-talented roster of other stylists and colorists rings in less spendy.

Benjamin is, hands down, one of the coolest hair salons in Los Angeles. Founded by Benjamin Mohapi, this insider-y salon has locations Downtown and on the Westside.

Vibe: The stylish decor is a blend of eclectic trinkets and artwork, which gives the salon a distinctly chill flavor.

Known for: Cool-girl balayage, on-trend rainbow hues, and edgy, effortless cuts.

Star Stylists: In WeHo, book with Shah Karegar for perfectly blended color that is Victoria’s Secret model-level gorgeous. Seek out Rita Markarian (also in WeHo) for a cut and style that will make over your hair and your energy. Her down-to-earth, positive vibes, mad skills with hair shears and the ability to coax your hair into the best version of itself make for a spiritual experience.

At the downtown outpost, get an appointment with Sal Salcedo. He’s a genius with shears and can cut layers (on both straight and curly hair) that will make you weep with joy.

Price: A cut and blow-dry starts at $150. Base color starts at $120, and highlights begin at $230.

The best shine sprays for hair

Have you decided that your lackluster hair is a lost cause? Well, you might want to rethink that conclusion. The best shine spray or serum can be your first line of defense in the war on dull hair — just ask any hairstylist or beauty salon owner. Whether you’re a curly-haired gal dealing with frizz or a straight-haired chick looking to minimize static, a shine serum can help smooth strands and even treat common hair problems. Above all, they create serious shine.

“This serum tames the frizzies, reduces the time I spend blow-drying and straightening my hair and it smells wonderful,” raves one reader. Another adds that it “shines up and softens her curls … leaving them touchable and silky.” And one reviewer loves it so much that she says she’s gone through five bottles of this “unbelievably fantastic” product.

Reviewers report that their hair feels refreshed after using this drugstore shampoo. “It did an amazing job at adding moisture to my hair and rehydrating it without weighing it down,” says one reviewer. Another adds, “This shampoo … worked absolute miracles for my heat-and-highlight-damaged hair. It provided superior moisturization without an ounce of added weight.”

Why it’s great: “I truly fell in love with this,” says one reviewer. “What I love most about the shampoo is that it has moisturizing beads that also exfoliate [and] stimulate my scalp … it cleans superwell and gets my natural oils moving so that my hair stays healthy and happy and hydrated.” Other reviewers echo her sentiments, adding that this drugstore shampoo “really does all the things it claims” and gives hair “weightless moisture, makes your hair shine and strengthens it.”

 

The fragrances to help you win in every situation

Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses — and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It’s the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending.

While science says that scent has a powerful effect on our mood, can you use it to influence the moods of those around you? Botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes, says yes. “When we reach someone’s senses, we impress something upon them. Whatever we impress upon them then informs what they think of us, and what a person thinks of us definitely drives their behavior toward us,” she explains.

However, Balahoutis warns against overpowering scents. In most scientific experiments, the scent used was subtle. “Never slap someone in the nose with a big, nuclear hit of fragrance,” says Balahoutis. Her trick is to mist hair or clothes with fragrance, which allows a fragrance to linger.

Here, the best scents to get what you want from those around you — without ever saying a word.

If You Want to Gain Trust InstantlyThe scent: Lavender

Why: They say trust is hard to come by — but wearing lavender might make it a little easier. According to a study in Frontiers Psychology, people in lavender-scented rooms were much more likely to trust strangers (compared to when they were put in peppermint- or non-scented rooms). Half of the participants were given money, and were told that could keep it or give it away to other other half of the participants. If they gave it away, it would triple — but it’d be up to the person they gave it to to decide how much of it to give back. The people in the lavender room gave away significantly more money.

Semi Permanent Hair Colors Tips

Semi-permanent hair color is the unsung hero of the drugstore hair-care aisle. It’s the perfect solution for those who want to test the waters of a color change, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars and hours in the salon chair to do it. Unlike permanent hair color, which can last for a few weeks (sometimes even months), semi-permanent hair color lets you take a subtle new shade for a spin without the commitment.

But when it comes to selecting the best semi-permanent hair color for your strands, it’s good to know what it can (and can’t) do for you. Here’s a primer on the two types of temporary at-home hair dye:

Semi-Permanent Hair Color: If you want to add a gloss finish to your hair color or brighten up a dull ‘do with some shine and light pigment, semi-permanent hair color is your best bet. “This type of hair dye is used to deposit color at your level or darker,” says George Papanikolas, Matrix SoColor celebrity colorist . “It doesn’t have the ability to lighten hair, but semi-permanent hair color is great for covering or blending grays.” If you’re looking to go from brunette to blonde, a semi-permanent hair dye won’t cut it. “Semi-permanent hair color doesn’t penetrate into the cortex of the hair like permanent hair dye,” says Redken Global Artistic Director Kris Sorbie. “It only deposits color on the surface.” According to Papanikolas, semi-permanent hair color is often used in salons to tone brassy highlights or add shine to a lackluster mane, but it will only last you about 15 to 20 shampoos.

Demi-Permanent Hair Color: The major difference between semi- and demi-permanent dye is the lifespan and color deposit. Demi-permanent hair colors are a step up from semi-permanent, but a level below permanent. “[It’s] used to either richen your natural color or darken a lighter color,” Papanikolas says, adding that it’s ideal for refreshing faded dye jobs.

Demi-permanent hair dye, like semi, can’t take your hair lighter, according to Papanikolas. However, it will last longer (20-50 shampoos), which is especially good for gray coverage.

Whether you’re looking to add shine and gloss, or you simply want to try covering some grays on the cheap, these are the best semi-permanent hair colors on the market — with a few demi-permanent options, for you less commitment-phobe types.