Q&A: Styling Legend Josè Eber

| October 10, 2012 | Homepage Latest The Latest

Josè Eber is already known as one of Los Angeles’ premier stylists, but now that he’s relocated to the former home of Christie’s Auction House, he has a space that truly embodies the upscale retreat he had always hoped to create.

Born and raised in the South of France, Eber trained at an esteemed Paris salon before moving to Beverly Hills over 20 years ago. Back then, he was among the first to offer a full spa experience at his salon, and continues the tradition today with hair services, nail care, makeup, waxing, retail, a medispa, and a café, all under one roof. And what a roof it is—a majestic art-deco-inspired desk gives way to the main salon, where shiny black styling stations are set against sleek hardwood floors and bright, colorful murals by Terence Lawlor.

We caught up with Eber to discuss the move, his latest line of styling tools, and why he loves Beverly Hills. Josè Eber Salon, 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-858-4000

The new salon is absolutely gorgeous, what drew you to the space?
JOSÉ EBER: This space used to be the home of Christie's Auction House for many years. When it became available, I was very honored to be able to take over the building. With a little help from my close friend, the late Elizabeth Taylor, who made it all possible, the move from my Rodeo Drive location ended up being a smooth transition. I felt it was meant to be—and funny enough, the current address is 360, meaning, I've somehow come to a full circle.

What makes your salon experience unique?
JE: First and foremost, my incredibly talented and wonderful team. They have stuck with me through the years and have been extremely faithful, which I am forever grateful for. Second of all, the salon is a beautiful sight thanks to our interior designer Waldo Fernandez. He really understood my vision and turned this building into a beautiful, yet comfortable space, which I am very proud of. And last, but not least, this is truly a "one-stop shop."

What are some popular looks for fall?
JE: Every year, we always see some old styles with new twists. I've noticed that long, straight hair is back as well as some short, sassier looks. Sleek, pulled-back ponytails [are popular]. However, I've always believed in adapting the trend—making it your own and creating a more individual look for yourself. What might be on-trend one season might not work for everybody.

What products should no person be without?
JE: The Phyto Phytodefrissant is an amazing product for people who struggle with curly, frizzy hair. It really helps to control the frizz and give you a smooth look. Also by Phyto, the number 7, or 9, are like moisturizers for your hair. They work magic on dry, dehydrated hair, as well as for split ends. The Phyto products are all botanical, [so they] are not damaging to the hair and will help improve the quality of the hair over time when used consistently.

Tell us about your new Glass Tech line.
JE: The Glass Tech is a straightening iron with the latest innovations. The infrared lamps heat gently from [the] inside out, preserving hair rather than most traditional irons that heat harshly from [the] outside, causing exterior damage. The thermal glass plates are non-porous, ultra-smooth, and friction-free, leaving hair smoother, shinier, and naturally hydrated. It comes with a digital display and touch control panel. It heats up to 450 degrees, and has an auto shut-off and temperature control.

What drew you to Beverly Hills?
JE: Beverly Hills has always been a very trendy and sophisticated place, yet casual. It is also very international and I love all the influences from all over the world. I fell in love right away. There is just no place quite like it.

What are your favorites spots near the salon?
JE: There are so many spots nearby that I visit frequently, but I do love the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5200) for tea. I also enjoy lunch and shopping at Barneys (9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400), as well as shopping at the other department stores in the area, such as Saks (9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211) and Neiman Marcus (9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900). My favorite spot for dining would be Mr. C (1224 Beverwil Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-277-2800).