A New Yorker In Santa Monica
Los Angeles residents have a new reason to be thankful this month: one of New York’s master cutters has pointed her compass due west. Shin An, the stylist who earned her shears at Mark Garrison salon and Paul Labrecque—not to mention being immortalized by Philip B. (the product guru named not one but two styling aids after her, Shin Shine and Shinade Pomade)—has opened up her first, eponymous salon in the heart of Santa Monica. The setting is idyllic in a way that just isn’t possible in New York; the airy cottage (a cottage!) on a stylish stretch of Montana Avenue features cool, Asian-influenced décor like lacquered wood carvings, traditional Asian privacy screens, and colorful mosaics. While the setting may be new, Shin’s signature dry-cutting technique, which has earned her a very devoted clientele, remains the same. “I always say, ‘when the hair is dry, it doesn’t lie,” she explains. “Wet hair can be deceiving. With a dry cut, I am able to visualize the shape and texture of the client’s hair and sculpt the precise look according to what fits.” Let the celebrity spotting begin.
SHIN Salon, 1025 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica; (310) 310-3128; www.shinhair.com.