Flow It, Show It

November 30, 2010

in beauty, breakfast

Last night Abe asked me, “When are you going to eat this packet of Trail Mix?”

Answer: This morning!

I crumbled half the sweet n savory combo over a bowl of oat bran, which also had frozen mango, egg whites, and Vanilla Stevia in it.

Then I went and got my hair did!

Beverly Hills Color Bar is located on South Santa Monica Blvd. (across from The Peninsula Hotel) in 90210.  I was invited to receive free services at their boutique salon!

The space is small but very clean and modern.  I was immediately greeted by one of the owners, Malcolm McAlpine, who’s been doing hair for over 30 years (he used to work as the Artistic Director at Umberto).

Their slogan is “Indulgence Without Regret” – basically you have access to the top stylists in the city without the super crazy price tags:

I had the option to receive a complimentary color too, but knew I couldn’t, since I need my hair to look like my headshots!

We stuck with a regular shampoo, cut, and blow dry instead.  I just let Malcolm work his magic!

Before:

After:

Loooove it!  A definite change but nothing drastic.  This is my kinda place – no frills, no fuss – just good quality at an affordable price.  I get weirded out by salon settings/culture, and this was just a chill, non-intimidating environment.

Street parking was a cinch, and I was in and outa there in under an hour.  Although they welcome walk-ins, I recommend making an appointment with Malcolm – he was incredibly easy to talk to, listened to my requests, and didn’t make me feel like an idiot when I admitted I don’t own a blow dryer.

Nor did he push any products on me, though I did leave with a sweet little SWAG bag, courtesy of Formula LA:

This shampoo/conditioner is specifically formulated for Los Angeles.  Say WHAT?!?  They’re designed to combat the effects of hard water, dry air, harsh sun, and all the gross LA pollutants.  Talk about a local product…plus they’re packaged in aluminum so they’re easily recyclable.

Not cheap though – each product retails at about $40/bottle.  I’ll let you know if I notice a significant difference!

How much would you pay for “good hair?”

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