I found U Salon by searching the Internet when I moved to this area. It is supposed to be a more affordable version of the upscale Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills. I get that "affordable" in L.A. is definitely a switch from what that meant in the SF Valley where I used to live! My only gripe is that if you get a 2-process color job, they charge you double! Ouch! So a cut & style is around $40-60 depending on how long or short your hair is. And 1-color is $50-60 depending on length also. So for my long hair, it ends up being $60 for the cut & style, + $120 for 2 colors = $180. For the same, I used to pay $80 less in the Valley. But then, I was living in the Valley, and that's no bargain! :D BUT the salon is very spacious & airy and relaxed, the staff is friendly, and I am stuck on Helen like glue! She used to do hair in London at a high-end salon that catered to the Royals and local celebrities. I got her when I asked for a long-hair specialist, and sure enough, my hair looked even LONGER after she colored it, cut it, and styled it! And I look even better than ever!!!! So, the little extra is totally worth it, and it is WAY less than the $300 and up you could end up paying in Beverly Hills. I also love the nail salon - I did not think I could get a pedicure for $14 in a salon w/Umberto's name on it. And they do a very good job. I especially love Quincy's pink & white acrylics - I could stare at them forever! & the girls are very nice. I never get the feeling anyone is talking snarky about me behind my back in another language :). For another $15, which is no more than at any other carwash nearby, you can have your car washed while you get all dolled up. Great find!
i happened to be downtown in the wholesale district of los angeles and on my way home i seredipitously stumbled across this large treasure trove of all things a woman/metrosexual/drag queen could ever want (lol, just refering to their large selection because they obviously cater to a wide array of customers). from professional quality products to a wide array of 95 cent nail polish (!!!!!) i went a little overboard. if you're ever in the area you HAVE to check them out. although the area is a touch sketchy from what i'm used to (i was probably one of the only caucasian people there at the time other than one of the very helpful/knowledgable staff who helped me pick out the correct products for my hair type) they do a great job of addressing everyone's specific needs. i often am tempted to try these discount places because of how pushy the sales staff could be, but the young hipster yet professional vibe really made me feel at home. i will definitely visit again when i'm in the area... well at least as soon as i use up all of these 15 bottles of yummy 95 cent nail polish and other beauty accoutrements i purchased their at rock bottom(!) prices. i will definitely be back. to be honest, the slection, customer service, and decor really made me feel at if i was in some high end beauty boutique in santa monica. one down side is the parking situation. i happened to find a parking space when i pulled in, and ended up getting stuck in the parking lot for an additional 5 minutes in mycar honking because someone was double parked behind me. otherwise A+++++ to b&a!
Adrimar, is the one stop place for your hair needs! If you are looking for the perfect cut, style, color, or even extensions they have it all here! I have been going to Adriana for 8 years for my hair and I must say she is the best in LA! She has taken my hair through all of my walks of life, as it changes all the time our hair does and a good stylist knows what to do. And I must say i can thank Adriana for all she has done for me on that department as it has burst my confidence. I have had hair extensions now for a year because I had suffered a blood disorder with is known as Anemic, it had caused my hair to go from being extremly bouncy and long and pefect to very thin and not so perfect so with the extensions it helps me in the areas that I lack now for that luster hair! I hope one day that i can build up my body to not have to suffer from this disorder and hopefully get my hair back, but for now the extensions have been great! I love them as noone can tell I have them unless I tell them, Sometimes people are like I love your hair, I say really, well thank my stylist cause their hair extensions they say no way, those are really done good, i must say she is awesome! So look no further then Adrimar one stop place for all you hair needs! Its a family run business, with her sister at her side and her best friend which are all stylsits you can not go wrong!