Thursday, April 25, 2013


As I have established in my earlier posts, I love a good field trip and I am hard pressed to turn down anything that has to do with hair. Especially if it involves a great salon.

Well my two worlds could not have more comfortably collided last week when my good friend Lori invited me to join her for her haircut at of all places Cristophe of Beverly Hills, a gorgeous salon on Beverly Drive that is practically an institution. She was going to indulge in a great haircut and having never been, I wasn’t going to miss it. 

Cristophe is quite the modern scene: a long alleyway of a salon with two floors and over 20 fashionable stylists everywhere. Lori had been referred to Joan (pronounced Ju-aan, French for John), below, by a friend. A lovely Frenchman who took his time layering Lori’s long locks, Joan played with her hair in a way that only a Frenchman can. Blending, lifting, caressing the lengths of her hair around her neck and shoulders. The results were stunning! One of the best long layered cuts I have seen.

I made many discoveries that day at Cristophe. Joan being one of them. I took his card and may just return for a cut, even though the price is not very "160gotitfor12." But what I was most excited about were the brushes Joan used. These were fabulous round, Japanese, hand-carved, wooden-handled brushes with a ceramic core and plastic bristles, the likes of which I had never seen. 

The Y.S. Park Crazy Hot Iron Ion Brush 38H7 is antistatic, antibacterial and deodorizing with heat-resistant bristles. They come in a variety of sizes to suit all of your blowdrying needs. And faster drying means less heat damage. While blowdrying, the brushes' red aluminum barrel becomes the same temperature as the hot air from your hair dryer and the barrels' wooden inner layer serves as a heat insulator. This creates a sort of thermal storage, giving the brush properties of an electric iron. These brushes are nothing short of a dream come true for me.

Joan let me try a couple, and they were magic. He actually used the smallest size brush on Lori's long hair, which was surprising. I usually use a two-inch barrel brush on my short hair.

Now I don’t know about you, but the right round brush can make or break a good blow dry. And since I am normally at the mercy of my own, blow dry that is, a good brush is not only essential it is critical.
These brushes aren't necessarily cheap, but the value and the savings they bring are priceless. I was so inspired that I made my way home and I placed my order. Then I cut my own hair. Sorry, Joan.


  1. Hilarious, Oh Arlana, you just can't help yourself can you?
    I want to see an after pic of Lori.

  2. Thanks Lolo! I know my bad! I didn't take one. But it looks great!

  3. I want a me Amellica

    I don't know Keli...
    Those brushes...sound like witchcraft. Be careful.

  4. Amyla, Amellica, Amikins, My love. Be not mis-trustful of the brushes! Trust me on this one~! Your hair always looks fab so maybe you have some witchy brush of you own. Hmnnn???

  5. I'm going to grow out my short, short hair just so I can go get one and try it out!

  6. Julesia! I dare you! In the meantime you can try mine. It is ever so surprisingly tiny!