Best hair salons in LA for splurge-worthy cuts and color

These top luxury hair salons in the city boast the best stylists and colorists who can really change up your look—at a price.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

We've rounded up the best luxury hair salons in the city—worthy of your hard-earned cash. Give yourself a hair makeover—color, cuts, blowouts and more—with the best high-end hair salons in LA. If you're looking to save up, we suggest going to free events and dining on cheap eats, but when it comes to updating your look, take a dip in your wallet at these splurge-worthy hair salons with some of the most-coveted hair stylists (many known for their celebrity clients) in LA. Read on for some serious hair envy.

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Sally Hershberger

When your old ‘do just isn’t cutting it anymore, make a beeline for the Sally Hershberger salon. The creator of Meg Ryan’s famous shag cut, Hershberger has garnered a serious Tinseltown fan base, which includes Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Stewart and Amanda Seyfried. The queen of coif’s Los Angeles flagship is perched on La Cienega, where she whips up hair magic alongside a talented team of artists, including styling and hair cut extraordinaire Jonathan Colombini (cut and blow dry starting at $185), and colorist Cassondra Kaeding (base color starting at $150). A coveted appointment in Hershberger’s chair will set you back $800, but the results? Priceless.

La Cienega

Andy LeCompte

It’s not hard to find the Andy LeCompte salon in West Hollywood: just look for the paparazzi waiting to snap the next celebrity walking out with a buzzworthy new ’do. An unrivaled collection of works from the likes of Robert Rauschenberg and Marilyn Minter adorns the walls of this sun-drenched minimalist space, home to a team of stylists including founders Andy LeCompte and Leanne Citrone. Madonna, Megan Fox and Nicole Richie are just a smattering of the celebs who have experienced the magic of LeCompte’s scissors (cuts start at $500), while Citrone has earned a reputation for fixing some of the city’s most serious haircut mishaps (cuts start at $275 for women and $100 for men).

West Hollywood

Ramirez | Tran Salon

In the market for a new ‘do? Johnny Ramirez and Anh Co Tran are your go-to guys. These makeover masters have combined their styling skills under one roof at Ramirez Tran Salon. You’ve already seen their transformative handiwork about town, from Coco Rocha’s majorly cropped locks courtesy of Tran (cuts start at $300), to Ramirez’s trademark highlights, seen on the likes of Miranda Kerr (base color starts at $150; highlights start at $350). What's more? A bevy of hair stylists—all of which you cannot go wrong with—also work at the somewhat hidden Beverly Hills salon.

Beverly Hills


Any beauty buff in LA has Meche on speed dial. Two of the city’ s most recognizable names in hair styling, Tracey Cunningham and Neil Weisberg, dreamed up this Beverly Hills salon. The duo first crossed paths at Art Luna salon, only to later combine their talents once again at Weisberg’s former namesake Neil George Salon, where Cunningham continued to cut her teeth in the world of color. In the footsteps of Cunningham’s own success as the founder of the former Byron and Tracey salon, the pair came together once again to open Meche, a sleek one-stop shop for all your hair styling needs (base color starting at $140 and highlights starting at $425; cuts with Weisberg start at $300)—not to mention makeup and eyebrow shaping, too. Just ask fans Natalie Portman and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Beverly Hills

The Chris McMillan Salon

You can’t mention Chris McMillan without including Jennifer Aniston in the same breath. The scissors behind the "Friends" actress' iconic Rachel cut, McMillan has gone on to create a number of other memorable looks for the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams. His work has also graced covers of magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair and Allure. For your own head-turning look, book an appointment with McMillan at his Beverly Hills salon (cuts start at $600).

Beverly Hills

James Kendall

Get your head on straight at James Kendall’s eponymous two-story salon, a one-stop beauty shop for ladies on the go. Choose from a menu of treatments ranging from full cut and color, to blowouts and makeup applications. Formerly located on Beverly Boulevard, the salon made its Beverly Hills debut with a bang in a sleek industrial-chic space (think: exposed ceilings and red brick walls) and its loyal clientele in tow. Son of old-school glam stylist Joseph Kendall of Joseph Martin salons, James’ hair-perfecting chops are in his genes (haircuts start at $250).

Beverly Hills

José Eber

For more than three decades, José Eber has reigned supreme over the Beverly Hills hair scene, taming the tresses of everyone from Farrah Fawcett to Cher. Today, a new generation of Hollywood flocks to his pristine Waldo Fernandez-designed salon on Canon Drive to experience the magic of the hair maestro himself (cuts start at $500, which includes a blow dry with a senior stylist). Color fanatics swear by Rivi Tauber (base color starting at $110) and for the premiere hair extension expert, book an appointment with Mela Murphy (full-head starting at $3500).

Beverly Hills

Benjamin with Negin Zand

Since opening his salon in West Hollywood, Benjamin Mohapi has been a force to be reckoned with in Los Angeles (cuts start at $300). In late 2013, the British-born stylist partnered with renowned colorist Negin Zand (base color starting at $200), formerly of Sally Hershberger, and renamed the salon Benjamin with Negin Zand, and expanding it to 3,000 square feet and 24 chairs. Here, the duo showcase their talents alongside a team of pros and welcome an A-list-heavy roster of clients into the cozy space fashioned after a 17th century salon. Don’t miss the recent debut of the in-house beauty boutique, Selects, featuring hard-to-find and cult beauty faves, including Rodin and Fig + Yarrow.

Beverly Hills

Jonathan and George Salon

When it comes to some of the biggest names in Los Angeles hair, both Jonathan Antin and Amanda George make the cut. Star treatment abounds at their tony Jonathan and George Salon. As the star on Bravo’s show "Blow Out," Antin has been a force on the Hollywood hair scene for more than twenty years, styling the strands of everyone from Tobey Maguire to Drew Barrymore (cuts start at $350). Equally experienced, George has earned a reputation for creating some of the city’s most famous blondes and brunettes (base color starts at $125; highlights for half-head start at $300).

Beverly Hills

Kim Vo

Blonde ambitions? Head to color guru Kim Vo’s salon, tucked inside the glamorous Montage Beverly Hills hotel. With a client list that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood’s favorite flaxen beauties, Vo has touched the tresses of Pamela Anderson, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson with his famous coloring techniques including “hair dusting” (single-process color starting at $125). Fellow celeb stylist Mika Fowler, formerly the style director at Gavert Atelier Salon, boasts a cult following which includes Jena Malone, Rosario Dawson and Malin Akerman, thanks to her signature dry cuts (cuts start at $300).

Beverly Hills


Mr F

Wow, good list but it could’ve been much more diverse. Everyone isn’t Caucasian so out of all the salons and shops I saw No diversity in any of those salons. Next time you choose to do an article a little inclusiveness would be quite helpful. #WowSmh

Marcus F

My main reasoning behind going to some of these salons would definitely be to catch a celebrity. I know some of them get their hair done at these locations. Hair salons that are of a higher quality naturally attract a higher quality clientele.

Keara L

I haven't seen any of these salons before.  My hair has gotten pretty long at this point, so it might be time for me to go get a haircut.  It might be fun to check at least one of these places out and see what they can do.  Hopefully I'll have a little free time to go get it done by next weekend. 

Emily S

Thank you so much for the list of the best salons in Los Angeles. I love going to salons because they not only make you look beautiful, but they also help you relax. That is probably the biggest reason I go to salons. I am going to Los Angeles for vacation and I feel like I deserve to go to a salon on vacation. Does anyone have any recommendations from this list?

Eric N

Heather Cie, the hair colorist has worked both Meche Salon and Ramirez Tran. But she now runs her own salon Cie Sparks in Malibu, CA with Michael Sparks. If you are familiar with any of those salons, thought i should just share :)

Cory T

I wish I could afford an appointment at the Kim Vo salon. I have heard nothing but praise for them. I would kill to have hair like Goldie Hawn. They could probably help me out since they have worked on her.