ADDICTED TO STYLE
Fashion and proper grooming have always been thrust into our laps and seared into our minds as an imperative to being popular and desirable. Some people are naturally beautiful, or naturally gifted at making themselves appear as such, and do not need any assistance in the beautification ritual; the majority of the American public, however, much prefer the idea of paying someone else to attack their face with abrasive chemicals after scraping it with hard, porous rocks, and assault their hair with razors, knives, and equally abrasive chemicals that are most notably used for removing the paint off of houses and killing bacteria.
So, when one steps out of his or her home to be maimed and taunted for his or her inferior appendages, one must make certain to pick a dominatrix who will be firm, yet gentle, in order to be rendered not mutilated, but transformed. The fashion-forward-folks at Hairroin Salon in Hollywood accomplish just that: addictive style without the harmful side effects.
On a bustling corner between Hollywood and Sunset (nearby Amoeba Music) resides Hairroin Salon. Owner Janine Jarman took propriety of the building in 2005 and quickly began renovating and preparing her salon for its grand opening in October of the same year. Already a huge success in her own right, Jarman has done hair for such entertainers as Britney Spears, Mark McGrath, Fergie, and Scarlett Johannson; and traveled the world performing her skills for the Asian Video Music awards and performance group the Pussycat Dolls.
With the help of her support staff and team of hair designers, Jarman has been able to build and maintain a strong, faithful clientele who appreciate the staff’s knowledge and expertise. Janine’s subalterns are comprised of individuals she has either personally trained or worked with in the past, and each member of this sordid carnival carries the boss’ full confidence and support.
What really sets this establishment apart from the multitude of posh, trendy salons in the area is that, upon entering, you aren’t greeted by a misanthropic, scarf sporting, faux-hawked fashionista; Janine’s staff are fashion-forward, yet modest souls who focus their talents more so on their clients than on looking better than the person working in the next station. There’s no sense of superiority or exclusion; you feel comfortable coming into Hairroin, as though you’re hanging out with some friends who are all down-to-earth and yet know good hair.
The only one in the building with a questionable attitude is the matriarch of the establishment: Mimi, Janine’s Chihuahua. Her holier-than-thou demeanor is a delicious contrast to her human counterparts, and you might not be able to stop her from jumping up into your lap and calling it a day as she nestles her head into your leg without regard of whether or not you mind.
Fashion doesn’t have to be painful or demeaning. It’s supposed to be fun. We put so much emphasis on the way we look, that we subject ourselves to horrible, ritualistic torture in order to look “beautiful.” Hairroin successfully blends high fashion styling with a very special sense of dignity born of actually caring about their clients…not just their clients’ money. While its staff likens the salon to its homophonic counterpart, I would say that Hairroin is more of a recovery center for those of us who have been hurt in the past by the unrelenting scissors of Hollywood’s snooty popinjays who wouldn’t know Toni and Guy from Ben and Jerry.
Hairroin Salon is located at 1553 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, (323) 467.0392. Please call the salon for hours of operation, as they vary.