From fabulous street styles for the everyday Angeleno to the red-carpet-ready looks for stars of the silver screen, Hollywood is home to a host of beauty pros who know how to get a client ready for their close-up.
Ahead, these are 10 stylists in Los Angeles we applaud for their incredible skill, whether they’re reviving an at-home color job or glamorizing their celebrity clientele.
Moroccanoil Artistic Director, Ambassador, and Spokesperson Kevin Hughes began his career in the fashion world and has become a steady presence on the runways across the country at New York Fashion Week. His hairstyles have been strutting atop supermodels for Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, and Monique Lhuillier among others, and his work has been immortalized in the pages of Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Shai, whose experience includes proficiency with all textures, has undoubtedly become the hands-down stylist of choice for curly girls and guys in LA and beyond. With his exceptional attention to detail and signature curl-by-curl dry cut technique, Shai has resuscitated so many locks that wave, kink, and coil he’s been dubbed “The Curl Doctor” by clients, stylists, and Hollywood celebrities who have witnessed his miracle cures.
Laura is a Master Colorist with over a decade of experience and expertise in balayage. Her hand-painted highlights have earned her appearances in some of the industry’s leading consumer and trade magazines, such as Elle, Allure, Modern Salon, American Salon, and more.
At just 25 years old, this color transformation specialist has amassed over 100,000 dedicated Instagram followers and an audience of over half a million viewers on TikTok. If you need more convincing that Sharon is worth a follow, Matrix recently invited her on board as a brand ambassador.
LeAna McKnight, also known as Stylist Lee, excels at spiral sets, soft braids, and dread maintenance, and has spent over 12 years honing her craft, creatively styling a number of celebs. Lee is an acclaimed film hairstylist having worked on movie and television sets, and editorial shoots for some of the top producers in La La Land.
Based out of Los Angeles via Ohio, Cass prides herself on expertly customizing color to complement clients’ skin tone and eyes. The 29-year-old is a platform educator for Kenra Professional, known for her brilliance in formulation based on her passion for balancing science and art.
Drea is the go-to expert for impossibly effortless looks, best known for mastering "get up and go, Victoria's Secret” hair. The easy-breezy appeal of her work has earned her a varied clientele that ranges from stay-at-home moms to jet-setting celebrities and everyone in between.
With clients like Madonna and Penélope Cruz, need we say more about Andy? His career started at age 18 and in 2008 he opened his eponymous salon that was touted by Vogue.com as one of “L.A.’s most appointment-worthy – and celeb-heavy – beauty spots.”
Since Mara opened up shop with her husband Alex Polillo, Mare Salon has quickly risen to become one of the most sought-after salons in Los Angeles. Both halves of the pair are alumni of Andy LeCompte Salon, and since breaking out on their own, they’ve received the stamp of approval from celebrities like Nicole Richie and Cara Delevingne.
Kiyah is a two-time Emmy award-winning stylist, earning accolades for her work on The Tyra Banks show in 2005 and 2006. She specializes in hair that is transitioning from relaxed to natural and offers color treatments, cuts, and styling of all textures. If she’s good enough for Tyra, we think it’s safe to say Kiyah is America’s Next Top Stylist.