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.