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New Year, New You: Navigating LA's Best Beauty Salons

Beauty gals know that finding salons that give you the most "bangs" for your buck is no easy task. Some of us penny-pinchers even go to one salon for haircuts, another for color, and yet another for the simple blow dry. Your map to the best and most affordable hair salons isn't hard to navigate, especially with a compass pointing in the right direction.

For Cuts:

Hours: Tues, Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wed-Fri Noon–7 p.m.
Price: Haircut with Chaz Dean: $300, Haircut with stylist: $150

Chaz Dean
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Chaz Dean, renowned celebrity hairstylist and creator of WEN® Hair & Body Care product line, unveiled the Chaz Dean Studio in the late 90s. Incorporating his philosophy of a natural, healthy lifestyle into the salon's atmosphere and services makes his prices worth the beautiful outcome. Dean's team of hairstyling experts are all trained by him and maintain his industry and life values on hair care and customer service. Each appointment begins with a thorough consultation, followed by a relaxing, invigorating scalp massage with the WEN® Cleansing Conditioners. Clients and stylists work together to achieve the look you are seeking and finish it off with an included blowout.

Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 10 a.m.–7p.m.; Thurs 12 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Price: Haircuts from $45

Minutes from the beach, the Santa Monica location of Studio DNA is a full-service salon with a beachy-vibe that makes even the biggest heads leave their egos at the door. The hair salon works to inspire clients to their own personal greatness. Each stylist has a high level of training and education provided by DNA owners Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots. Both owners have years of experience in the hair care and salon industries. Studio DNA continually aspires to provide clients with quality services, socially-conscious products and an atmosphere surrounded with thought-provoking artwork.

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Hours: By appointment only
Price: Varies, call for pricing

In the heart of Brentwood Village for more than 10 years, Nelly Greenfield Salon is a "home" for locals in-the-know.  Having quickly become a buzz among teens, Greenfield was the first LA-area salon to offer hair accessories including Shimmerlys and feathers. Nelly Greenfield Salon provides westsiders with cuts, color, keratin treatments and makeup services all at affordable prices.

For Color:

Hours: Mon 9 a.m. –4 p.m.; Tues–Sat 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Price: Highlights starting at $200, Base color starting  at $100

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If a salon is good enough for A-lister tresses including Liv Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Jessica Simpson, Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore and the cast of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," then you must check it out for your color. Whether the transformation is from jet black to platinum, a simple one-process to cover those nasty grays or just a few highlights, color specialist and stylist Meredith Morris makes you feel right at home in her salon chair.

Hours: Sun–Tues 11 a.m. –7 p.m.; Weds, Sat 9 a.m. –7 p.m.; Thurs 9 a.m. –9 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m. –11 p.m.
Price: Color starting at $65

Devoted to providing personalized attention to the fashion-forward client, Hairroin Salon provides a unique "un-salon" environment where the colorists are masters at creating art. Owner Janine Jarmon, star of Bravo's "Shear Genius," West Coast spokesperson for Sebastian Professional and a member of the national Sebastian Design team, unveiled Hairroin Salon in 2005 and has catered to the needs of her clients, both local and those who drive in from "the Valley."

For Blow Outs:

Hours: Mon – Wed 8 a.m. –7 p.m.; Thurs–Sat 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Price: Blow dry for $35

With locations popping up on every corner like Starbucks, The Dry Bar taps into what every woman desires – someone else drying her hair into a perfectly coiffed 'do. The "in and out" concept may sound like a factory, but, your locks will get all of the attention they need and at an affordable price.

Hours: Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Price: Blow dry starting at $35; Curling and styling: $35; Updo (with consultation): $150

For 30 minutes of complete relaxation, Bubble Blow Dry is your one stop on the get-gorgeous train. Located next door to Makeup & Go, walking in as a soccer mom and leaving as a super model is as simple as picking up the phone to make an appointment. Blow dry prices vary based on your needs and desires – the expert stylists will even put extensions in your hair. Don't need a blow dry? Bubble Blow Dry also offers curling styles and updos.

Hours: Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Price: Blow dry $35

MyBlow LA offers blowout junkies a high-quality service in a warm and friendly atmosphere without the Beverly Hills price tag. With the city's top-rated hair stylists, MyBlow LA is known to be an innovative trendsetter and provides the busy career woman a business-formal style that takes you right into a nighttime-chic look, all in just 30 minutes.

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With an eye for trends and an understanding of the savvy consumer's desires, Jenny Geisman defines a completely new approach to finding the most sought-after beauty and lifestyle products. With more than two decades of expertise in the beauty and entertainment industries, Geisman combines the right amount of confidence and creative flair that turns an "insider's favorite" into a daily buzz. In addition, Geisman has worked with celebrity hairstylists with credits that include television and film, was the official blogger for the LOreal 2011 Oscar Suite and covered the 2011 LOreal Emmy Suite. Geisman is a faithful beauty junkie and lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at


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