Run, don’t walk to newly opened Shin Hair Salon in Santa Monica, where owner Shin An (RIGHT) has brought her signature dry cut and expert coloring to a sunny wooden cottage on Montana Avenue. Renovated by Suhail Design Studio (suhaildesign.com), the space is simple yet artistic with attention paid to every detail, from a geometrically-carved wood ceiling to custom-painted partition screens to Asian-inspired wall installations.
When we met Shin, it became clear why the salon is so impeccable. Beautiful and bubbly, Shin has a real passion for what she does, and it shows in her work. While honing her skills at New York salons Mark Garrison and Paul Labrecque, An felt called to the west coast after an “epiphany” on Santa Monica beach with a friend some 10 years ago. “If you can imagine what peace feels like, that’s how I felt in that moment,” she said. “I knew I had to be here. I had a vision of my own place at the ocean.”
Arriving just months ago with her husband and two young daughters, Shin’s reputation as a top stylist and colorist helped to quickly establish her impressive LA clientele. Her dry cut ensures precision and a face-flattering shape while her work with color always remains bright and natural. (As a blonde, we must say our color has never looked better.)
In addition to offering styling services, Shin employs an expert eyebrow threader and sells home and hair-care goods, including her Philip B. namesake products, Shin Shine and Shinade Pomade.
Don’t overlook the salon’s hidden treasure: A Zen outdoor patio that will soon operate as a full-service spa for clients to enjoy facials, manicures, pedicures, and massages under the sun. 1025 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-310-3128