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April 21 2014

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Beauty 411: Shin An

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SHIN Headshot-cropHairstylist Shin An’s signature dry-cutting technique has earned her devotees from coast to coast. Quite literally. Before heading west two years ago to open her eponymous salon in a breezy cottage (complete with sprawling patio for treatments alfresco) on Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue, An was wielding her shears in New York City, at Mark Garrison and Paul Labrecque. Her beauty cred is indisputable—she herself has one of the most enviable manes around, and hair master Philip B even named two products after her—so we were thrilled to have An divulge some of her own favorites on both coasts.

THE NAIL DESTINATION: Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa

“Whenever I am in New York, I stop in to see Aurora [Binu]. She truly gives the best manicure and pedicure I’ve ever had.”

Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa, 171 East 65th Street, New York, 212-988-7816; paullabrecque.com

THE HEALING TEAM

“I go see Dr. Mao and Dr. Dao in Santa Monica. They cover all areas of wellness and nutrition, and have helped two friends of mine with fertility issues. Then I see Philip Trigiani, a healer and acupuncturist, when I’m in New York. Philip has helped me relieve pain throughout the years.”

Dr. Mao and Dr. Dao, www.taoofwellness.com; Dr. Philip Trigiani, www.drphiliptrigiani.com

THE MASSAGE MUST: Chopra Center

“I love to go to the Chopra Center in La Costa for massages. Merwan [Ramsden] really knows what to do. Pure therapy and relaxation!”

See www.lacosta.com/chopra-center-and-services

THE NATURAL-FOOD STOP: Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

“I shop for all my produce at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. They have the freshest variety of everything, and it’s so close to home.”

See www.smgov.net for more information

THE BROW GURU: Brittney Gray at Shin

“Brittney is a master at shaping! She tweezes my brows to perfection instead of using wax.”

Shin Hair, 1025 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 310-310-3128; www.shinhair.com

THE HAIR HELPER: Star Peterson at Shin

“My girl Star! She knows exactly what works for my head shape, and understands me. I am probably her most difficult client ever.”

Shin Hair, 1025 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 310-310-3128; www.shinhair.com

THE GETAWAY: Croatia

“One of my favorite places is Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Adriatic Sea is breathtakingly beautiful and untouched. I love to stay at the Hotel Argentina. The views are amazing, and they have an infinity pool that goes right into the sea—so gorgeous! I always take a car out to eat at Velji Do, a mountaintop restaurant; the views are breathtaking, and only locals know about this spot. To make a reservation, you have to call a day before and place your order in advance. My favorite meal is the lamb and potatoes that they cook for five hours. Everything is locally grown, they have the best bread, and make their own cheese and milk—you can’t get more organic than that!”

See www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/grand-villa-argentina

THE WORKOUT

“It’s important for me to shake up my workout routines to keep them interesting. I try to fit in time about five to six days a week with a combination that really works for my body. A personal trainer, Effie, incorporates weights, cardio, and balance all in one session. I also see Paul Abbott at Foundation Pilates. He is a master with the Reformer and has accumulated over five hundred different exercises in his dojo. And finally, the famous Santa Monica stairs: an unbelievable workout that’s completely free.”

For Effie, effie4fit@aol.com; and for Paul Abbott, pamethod1@gmail.com

THE SKIN ROUTINE

“The Bamboo Mint Scrub by Ko’an has everything you need in a face [exfoliator], and a girl needs all the help she can get. And I love Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil—I honestly use this all over my body, face, and hair. The scent is so delish.”

See www.store.koancenter.com and www.tatcha.com

THE SIGNATURE SCENT BLEND

“I love earthy scents, so I layer Malin + Goetz Cannabis oil and Chanel Sycomore perfume. At least two people a day ask me what I’m wearing, and I always feel bad because it’s my own perfect, personal blend of two scents.”

See www.malinandgoetz.com and www.chanel.com

THE MAKEUP MUSTS

“The Kimiko Hydrating Tint SPF 20 is literally the only makeup I wear. It makes my skin look and feel dewy. For nails, I love the brand Julep. The colors are bright and intense, and the new Freedom Polymer Topcoat is the best; high shine, and it dries in five minutes.”

See www.kimikobeauty.com and www.julep.com

THE STYLING ESSENTIAL: Liqwd

“Liqwd Volume Catalyst is the best [body booster] on the market, and the scent is beyond. We sell it at the salon, and I can’t get enough!”

See www.liqwd.com

THE SPA PIT STOP: Crystal Spa

“I have to say, I always feel at home when I go to a good old-fashion Korean spa like Crystal. You don’t go here for the ambience, but they take the body scrub to a different level. They are beyond thorough and finish off the treatment with an amazing hair wash and face mask. I always sleep better after these treatments, and the best part: It’s $90! I’ve tried all of the fancy spas in L.A., and this is by far my favorite hidden gem!”

3500 West 6th Street, Suite 321, Los Angeles, 213-487-5600; www.crystalspala.com

A New Yorker In Santa Monica

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Shin Hair