Los Angeles hairdressers have a secret weapon: their salons' outdoor spaces. Sitting outside with an iced tea while waiting for your foils to develop is a favorite pastime, one pioneered a few years ago by hairdresser-to-the-stars Art Luna. And now there's a funky new Venice spot that's got a similar indoor-outdoor appeal.
Harlot Salon is Marylle Koken's repurposing of an Abbot Kinney bungalow into an intimate grooming spot. Raised in the Netherlands, Koken earned her chops as an award-winning cutter and colorist for Sebastian International; after nailing most every hairstylist award in the biz, she decided to go it alone.
Inside the craftsman-style house, sensual burlesque photos hang on pink and gray walls. Out back, a quiet patio area has comfy chairs, perfect for relaxing with a leisurely cup of coffee. For lunch, call next door and score some takeout from Lemonade or Gjelina; at night, the staff breaks out champagne and red-velvet cupcakes.
Nine stylists offer everything from cuts (from $220) to highlights (from $120) to blowouts ($65). We're stopping in for an updo (from $65) the next time we want to look sirenesque for a big event; after all, Koken came up with the salon's name because "there's a bit of a harlot in every woman."
Harlot Salon, 1641 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-399-6525 or harlotsalon.com