“There is nothing like a dame,” go the lyrics in the “South Pacific” classic, and there is nothing like a new hairstyle or color to give a dame a lift. Which is exactly how I felt after spending a couple of hours having my hair colored and glazed, and my scalp heavenly massaged at Nelson J. Salon in Beverly Hills.The inviting, 10-year-old celebrity-centric hair emporium sits nestled off Bedford Drive in a little alley, the perfect place to escape the paparazzi that follow some of Nelson’s clientele. The mood inside is warm with no attitude and the services are exceptional. Nelson doesn’t just cut, color or style your hair he creates a work of art, a look that is so you but you didn’t know it. A master colorist Nelson goes through each strand impeccably with products that a chemical-free and safe. After the color has set and it’s time to wash it out his assistant performs a scalp and neck massage that leaves you in utter bliss. Then he applies a glaze that helps retain the color longer and leave your hair silky and shiny. The nice thing is you can go back for quick touch-ups or wait until the roots really show but the former is highly advised.
While undergoing a glamorous mane transformation from listless to luscious strands Nelson talk about hair trends for 2016. “Braids are going to be bigger than ever,” he reported, “especially mixed up with different colors and a fish bone look on top.” He also said the shoulder length and long hair will be hot while short’s on the way out. “Everybody wants more mange able hair and longer hair is easier to care for. Nelson assured us that Brazilian Blowouts are ‘hair’ to stay because we all love shiny hair. Another trend to look for is pink and rose tone streaks, bangs parted in the middle and pony tails (especially at the gym or yoga studio).
For a Beverly Hills establishment prices are very affordable with color running $95 to $145; glaze going for $65 or $19 extra with a full color treatment (highly recommended); highlights from $85 to $300 and root touch-ups for just $65. Don’t tell the paparazzi but Nelson’s client list reads like a Who’s Who’s in Hollywood with names such as Lady Gaga, Paula Abdul, Devon Aoki,Christina Applegate, Sarah Michelle Geller, Heather Graham, Anne Archer, Sharon Stone and others.
Nelson J Salon is located at 350 N Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills, in the courtyard behind Timothy Yarger Gallery. For appointments call 1-310-274-1553 or email address: Appointment@nelsonjsalon.com.