On the whole, I’m pretty jaded about beauty (I mean, how often can you write about a new lip gloss and make it feel fresh, amiright?), but every once in a while something happens to shock some life into me. I live for those beauty moments.
I had just such an experience a few days ago, when I went to the Paul Jean salon in Beverly Hills. Paul Jean Jouve is a stylist from France who’s appeared on TV shows like Shear Genius, but I mostly know him as the stylist behind the best hair cut I’d previously received in LA, a few years ago.
You’d think, if I’d already had such a great cut from somebody, that I’d stick with them. You’d be wrong. We beauty writers are a fickle lot, jumping from stylist to stylist and colorist to colorist, sampling all the wares in town. It had been so long since I’d seen Paul Jean, in fact (4+ years) that I’d all but forgotten just how obsessed I was with my previous haircut. (The last time Paul Jean cut my hair was also the day I met an ex-boyfriend—so that was a very lucky style, indeed.)
Anyhow, fast-forward four years, and there I am a few days ago visiting Paul Jean’s brand new salon, further up the block on Robertson. It’s a gorgeous, intimate space with only two incredibly warm assistants and a garden out back, where Paul Jean cuts hair practically outside. (In fact, for one guest that day—a little English boy there with his parents for his very first haircut—Paul Jean did indeed cut his hair in the garden while I was being blow-dried. So glamorous!)
Paul Jean did that all-too-rare stylist thing I love, which is to sit me down and have a relaxed, lengthy chat about my lifestyle, the state of my hair and my expectations, all while showing me examples from his iPad of what would and would not work for me, in his opinion. We settled on a Catherine Deneuve-in-Belle de Jour vibe, with hints of Brigitte Bardot. (Paul Jean initially wanted to go the full Bardot, with more bangs, but also cautioned me to give him feedback as he worked, so I ended up stopping him before we got to the fringe.)
The end result? Voila.
I now have about 75 photos in my brand new iPhone of my hair. Narcissism! :Jazz hands:
PS: Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks Paul Jean totally rocks. I just checked out his Yelp reviews, and every single one is 5 stars. (They appear to be real reviews, rather than plants.) My own cut with Paul Jean was comped (I am not going to lie; being a beauty blogger is awesome!) but, as always, my opinions are not for sale.
Paul Jean Salon is at 458 N. Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Call 310-278-5607 for an appointment.