We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
It’s no secret that the ladies of Birchbox are smitten with braided 'dos—and I share their affection. In fact, the braid craze is at its peak here in L.A., and a bevy of salons now offer styling services dedicated to these trendy twists. The next time you find yourself on the West Coast, be sure to stop by one of these hot spots to step up your braid game.
Nine Zero One Salon
901 Westbourne Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This place is special in my heart because their Braid Bar will hook you up with any style under the sun for $25 a pop! And these guys are wizards at it—case in point above. I received so many inquiries the day Nine Zero gave me this half-up look, which their stylist whipped up in about six minutes.
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The spot was founded by celebrity hairstylist and Shear Genius star, Janine Jarman. Although French braids are a rather pricey $65, that hasn’t stopped stylish locals from lining up to try one of the salon’s meticulously interwoven looks.
8457 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069
If you’re looking to have a true Hollywood moment, this is your place. Fekkai’s custom updos certainly don’t come cheap (rates start at $125), but for the entire month of June they’re offering free manicures with any hair service, so it just might be worth it!
Taka Hair Salon
2010 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
This is where you go to get your zaniest of hairstyles. The Tokyo-trained stylists can truly do it all—even dreadlocks! Taka is one of three salons in Cali that specialize in creating natural dreadlocks for all hair types. Although I could never see myself rocking dreads, I’m fascinated by the process.
Refuge Salon & Spa
1815 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
This massive space in Echo Park offers a variety of services, including facials, massages, lash tints, hair care treatments, extensions, and waxing. For $40 you can nab a chic French, fishtail, or crown braid in just 30 minutes. They can even weave a scarf into your braid, à la supermodel Karlie Kloss in one of my all-time favorite ad campaigns for Hermès!
Are you an Angeleno? Don’t miss the rest of Natalie’s spot-on beauty recommendations.