Taboo Hair Salon

★★★★★
Update your 'do with a cut, color, perm or relaxer. Updos and products including Phyto, Aquage, Goldwell, Davines also available.
  • 8446 W Third St

    Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Cross street: South La Cienega Boulevard

    Map & Directions
  • 323-655-3770

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Sun & Mon: 11am-5pm Tues, Wed & Sat: 9am-7pm Thurs: 11am-8pm Fri: 10am-7pm
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I read some other reviews here about other colorists at Taboo - I didn't realize they had so many good ones because I know they have my favorite!!! have gone to Ernie on and off for 10 years or so. The only time I'm off is when I can't

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I read some other reviews here about other colorists at Taboo - I didn't realize they had so many good ones because I know they have my favorite!!! have gone to Ernie on and off for 10 years or so. The only time I'm off is when I can't

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Taboo's colorist, Aaron Blackburn, has never let me down in over 3.5 years!! He knows how to bring out brilliant distinctions for blondes without resorting to bleach. My hair is a mixture of cremes, winter whites, and butter creme colors

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Taboo's colorist, Aaron Blackburn, has never let me down in over 3.5 years!! He knows how to bring out brilliant distinctions for blondes without resorting to bleach. My hair is a mixture of cremes, winter whites, and butter creme colors

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I am in a great mood. I love my hair!!! I got one of the best cuts of my life and it is perfect in every way. I was referred to Jovan by a friend who always has the cutest cuts who said she's been seeing Jovan for about 4 years.. I wanted an edgy layer cut with heavy bangs that rounded down the sides and what did I get?! exactly that and more. He mentioned the Brazilian Blowdry to tame my somewhat out of control hair and talked about it like it was his child. He really believes in that product and after he tried it out on my bangs.. Im going back for more- its amazing. He really wants his clients to feel beautiful and you can feel it.
I got the by one of the best stylists at Taboo and his name is Jovan.

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I am in a great mood. I love my hair!!! I got one of the best cuts of my life and it is perfect in every way. I was referred to Jovan by a friend who always has the cutest cuts who said she's been seeing Jovan for about 4 years.. I wanted an edgy layer cut with heavy bangs that rounded down the sides and what did I get?! exactly that and more. He mentioned the Brazilian Blowdry to tame my somewhat out of control hair and talked about it like it was his child. He really believes in that product and after he tried it out on my bangs.. Im going back for more- its amazing. He really wants his clients to feel beautiful and you can feel it.
I got the by one of the best stylists at Taboo and his name is Jovan.

Pros: perfect cut. perfect style.

Cons: nothing.

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Jovan is so incredibly talented. He has a new process called a Brazilian Blowdry. I have shoulder length hair that is pretty curly/wavy but becomes GIGANTIC and very frizzy whenever I blowdry it. Jovan suggested the Brazilian Blowdry and now I HAVE BRAND NEW HAIR. It is so soft and shiny and it completely restored my hair. I am absolutely AMAZED at the difference. I finally have the hair that I have always been jealous of. The cut he gave me is the best I have ever had. He spent so much time and followed up with me the next day -- he's an absolute PERFECTIONIST. I think he actually cared more that I did -- and I care a lot. I have been to many hair salons all over the country and I have NEVER HAD ANYONE THIS TALENTED work on my hair. I wont go to anyone else!

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★★★★★

Jovan is so incredibly talented. He has a new process called a Brazilian Blowdry. I have shoulder length hair that is pretty curly/wavy but becomes GIGANTIC and very frizzy whenever I blowdry it. Jovan suggested the Brazilian Blowdry and now I HAVE BRAND NEW HAIR. It is so soft and shiny and it completely restored my hair. I am absolutely AMAZED at the difference. I finally have the hair that I have always been jealous of. The cut he gave me is the best I have ever had. He spent so much time and followed up with me the next day -- he's an absolute PERFECTIONIST. I think he actually cared more that I did -- and I care a lot. I have been to many hair salons all over the country and I have NEVER HAD ANYONE THIS TALENTED work on my hair. I wont go to anyone else!

Pros: Brazilian Blowdry

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I have been going to DESHANI for over 3 years. She's helped me obtain every shade of brown and when I was finally bored with brown she transformed me into a beautiful blonde without damaging my hair. She's professional, always flexible with MY schedule and I never received more compliments since going to her. I recently moved and she graciously wrote out my hair color formula and directions on an index card for me to take with me! You dont find many people willing to do that... she really cares about her clients and their satisfaction! I would recommend her to anyone!

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I have been going to DESHANI for over 3 years. She's helped me obtain every shade of brown and when I was finally bored with brown she transformed me into a beautiful blonde without damaging my hair. She's professional, always flexible with MY schedule and I never received more compliments since going to her. I recently moved and she graciously wrote out my hair color formula and directions on an index card for me to take with me! You dont find many people willing to do that... she really cares about her clients and their satisfaction! I would recommend her to anyone!

Pros: Flexible schedule, superb service & professional experience

Cons: I couldn't take her with me when I moved!

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For 2.5 years the only Person to touch my head has been Jovan. It is hard for to find the right stylist that can really give you what you ask for- really give you something more. I always change my look- I give Jovan an Idea and he never let's me down. He takes it beyond and above what is asked. He is extremely thorough and precise and never let's you out of the chair unless every single hair is in place. Fantastic. I am glad he finally found a salon that suits him and his clients' needs. I followed him from his last "salon" and I can tell you- this is where it's at!!
Go see Jovan . I doubt you'd regret it.

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For 2.5 years the only Person to touch my head has been Jovan. It is hard for to find the right stylist that can really give you what you ask for- really give you something more. I always change my look- I give Jovan an Idea and he never let's me down. He takes it beyond and above what is asked. He is extremely thorough and precise and never let's you out of the chair unless every single hair is in place. Fantastic. I am glad he finally found a salon that suits him and his clients' needs. I followed him from his last "salon" and I can tell you- this is where it's at!!
Go see Jovan . I doubt you'd regret it.

Pros: great cuts and blowdrys

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I have been going to Taboo since it first opened. I believe that I have had my hair cut by many of the stylists, Esther being one of them. She was amazing!!!! One of the best cuts I have had in a very long time!!!! I actually fly to LA from NY a few times a year to get my hair colored by Robert, who is amazing, probably one of the best in the world, but Aaron and Ernie are great themselves... I also have my haircut as well... I would trust about all the stylists there... And best of all is the big smile and great greeting you receive from Gina, the salon manager!! A great trendy warm atmosphere, with an amazing array of people to help you look your BEST!!!!

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I have been going to Taboo since it first opened. I believe that I have had my hair cut by many of the stylists, Esther being one of them. She was amazing!!!! One of the best cuts I have had in a very long time!!!! I actually fly to LA from NY a few times a year to get my hair colored by Robert, who is amazing, probably one of the best in the world, but Aaron and Ernie are great themselves... I also have my haircut as well... I would trust about all the stylists there... And best of all is the big smile and great greeting you receive from Gina, the salon manager!! A great trendy warm atmosphere, with an amazing array of people to help you look your BEST!!!!

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I had to wait for a while to see how i i am gonna feel about my hair, but everytime the feeling is the same. I dont like the cut! this is the first time in a long time that i hate my hair style. Esther, my hairdresser, didint listen well to what i wanted and even didint deliver what she suggested. the layers are not proportinal at all, i have a part of my hair that is not in any way related to the other part ( big gap between layers). overall, she is not experienced enough to face more challenges, she only cuts what she knows and doesnt think or create more then that. I think the people at sueprcut or fantastic sam would do a better job!or even those salons in downtown LA for only 7$; the cut that she did for me is very average and has lots of "holes" in it......
I've been to a lot of salons from federic feccai to Fresno Salons, to France Salons, and this one is not worth the price nor loosing inches of your hair for nothing..... good luck with Esther, you'll need it.

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I had to wait for a while to see how i i am gonna feel about my hair, but everytime the feeling is the same. I dont like the cut! this is the first time in a long time that i hate my hair style. Esther, my hairdresser, didint listen well to what i wanted and even didint deliver what she suggested. the layers are not proportinal at all, i have a part of my hair that is not in any way related to the other part ( big gap between layers). overall, she is not experienced enough to face more challenges, she only cuts what she knows and doesnt think or create more then that. I think the people at sueprcut or fantastic sam would do a better job!or even those salons in downtown LA for only 7$; the cut that she did for me is very average and has lots of "holes" in it......
I've been to a lot of salons from federic feccai to Fresno Salons, to France Salons, and this one is not worth the price nor loosing inches of your hair for nothing..... good luck with Esther, you'll need it.

Pros: they take cash?!

Cons: no parking and if you have too much hair, she'll let you know about it i na negative way not a compliment.

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I live in the area and needed a new salon that was close, affordable, and most of all, could cut long hair really well. BEST EXPERIENCE since I've been in LA! My hair has never looked this great before- ask for Deshani, she's amazing with cut! I'm considering going back for a color- if I do, she'll def be doing it! Kudos!

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★★★★★

I live in the area and needed a new salon that was close, affordable, and most of all, could cut long hair really well. BEST EXPERIENCE since I've been in LA! My hair has never looked this great before- ask for Deshani, she's amazing with cut! I'm considering going back for a color- if I do, she'll def be doing it! Kudos!

Pros: Affordable, great staff, friendly

Cons: Nada!

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There is nothing stuffy or uncomfortable about Taboo Hair Salon. Rather it feels as if you have entered a friend's cozy home and she just happens to be styling your hair over a cup of tea! I have been going to Emily for at least a decade now and have enjoyed each fresh, new look. She is fantastically creative and very intuitive about the change you REALLY need but can't always articulate. The end result never disappoints. If you are looking for an easy, breezy salon, try Taboo. If you are looking for a great new stylist and fantastic conversation, try Emily at Taboo.

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There is nothing stuffy or uncomfortable about Taboo Hair Salon. Rather it feels as if you have entered a friend's cozy home and she just happens to be styling your hair over a cup of tea! I have been going to Emily for at least a decade now and have enjoyed each fresh, new look. She is fantastically creative and very intuitive about the change you REALLY need but can't always articulate. The end result never disappoints. If you are looking for an easy, breezy salon, try Taboo. If you are looking for a great new stylist and fantastic conversation, try Emily at Taboo.

Pros: Friendly, comfortable atmosphere

Cons: Parking, but the Salon does put quarters in your meeting!

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I HAVE followed Emily because she is the best razor cutter in this town - if you have poker straight, thin hair and want volume, a great cut, texture, style - fun - she is the person! I have been everywhere in town and she's the best!

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I HAVE followed Emily because she is the best razor cutter in this town - if you have poker straight, thin hair and want volume, a great cut, texture, style - fun - she is the person! I have been everywhere in town and she's the best!

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TABOO was recommended to me by a friend when I first came to LA and fate dropped me into Emily's talented and caring hands. Almost 20 years later she still delivers the best mens cut in town. The salon and staff have always been inviting, courteous and professional: if you're looking to be impressed by pretension, MOVE ON! With its relaxed atmosphere, TABOO still remains one of my favorite places to escape to. Great cuts - great people. Check them out. You won't be disappointed!

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TABOO was recommended to me by a friend when I first came to LA and fate dropped me into Emily's talented and caring hands. Almost 20 years later she still delivers the best mens cut in town. The salon and staff have always been inviting, courteous and professional: if you're looking to be impressed by pretension, MOVE ON! With its relaxed atmosphere, TABOO still remains one of my favorite places to escape to. Great cuts - great people. Check them out. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Talented cutters & relaxing atmosphere

Cons: Haven't had a CON yet!

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Been going to Emily for about seven years now. She's amazingly talented. I'd follow her anywhere....

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Been going to Emily for about seven years now. She's amazingly talented. I'd follow her anywhere....

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I've been going to Taboo for many years and have always been very satisfied with the work and the service. In particular, Emily is a tremendous stylist and is able to cut my problematic hair just the way I like it. She is precise and careful with every cut....and lots of fun and laughs in the process.

Everyone at the salon, especially the owners, Robert and Gill, are friendly and accommodating.

I highly recommend Taboo!

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I've been going to Taboo for many years and have always been very satisfied with the work and the service. In particular, Emily is a tremendous stylist and is able to cut my problematic hair just the way I like it. She is precise and careful with every cut....and lots of fun and laughs in the process.

Everyone at the salon, especially the owners, Robert and Gill, are friendly and accommodating.

I highly recommend Taboo!

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I have been going here forever and Emily (cut) and Ernie (color) save my life
They cut hair and color my grey and make me feel like I don't need therapy.
Not only are they amazingly talented, but they are sweet, friendly, put money in your meter and you've never looked better.
On occasion I have had to go elsewhere and have always regretted it. GO NOW!!!!
Susannah

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I have been going here forever and Emily (cut) and Ernie (color) save my life
They cut hair and color my grey and make me feel like I don't need therapy.
Not only are they amazingly talented, but they are sweet, friendly, put money in your meter and you've never looked better.
On occasion I have had to go elsewhere and have always regretted it. GO NOW!!!!
Susannah

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Emily is a kick-ass stylist who knows how to turn your hair from frumpy into fabulous! She has been cutting my hair for over 10 years, and I always leave the salon feeling happy and looking glam. Emily knows hair!

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Emily is a kick-ass stylist who knows how to turn your hair from frumpy into fabulous! She has been cutting my hair for over 10 years, and I always leave the salon feeling happy and looking glam. Emily knows hair!

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This is a great salon with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. A lot of British people work there so you can always count on a great cup of tea! They also do great colour and massage your head while you are getting your hair washed. Bliss! I have been having my hair cut by Emily for years and so have many of my friends, She can rescue any bad hair day and send you off feeling and looking GREAT! Emily is a very talented cutter and will give you something that suits your face and personality as well as being very chic and modern with lots of movement and style. Thanks Emily for making me look and feel great!!

Easy to park in the Beverly connection opposite.

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This is a great salon with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. A lot of British people work there so you can always count on a great cup of tea! They also do great colour and massage your head while you are getting your hair washed. Bliss! I have been having my hair cut by Emily for years and so have many of my friends, She can rescue any bad hair day and send you off feeling and looking GREAT! Emily is a very talented cutter and will give you something that suits your face and personality as well as being very chic and modern with lots of movement and style. Thanks Emily for making me look and feel great!!

Easy to park in the Beverly connection opposite.

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Well, I've tried other colorists (three) and by far Ernie is the BEST!!! He's fun, charming, talented (he's fixed my hair twice when I went to others). I'm half Asian and have naturally very dark brown hair. He makes me look like a natural blonde! Even girls with light brown hair who get highlights can't tell.... unless my roots are long. He and the other people there ROCK! I've spent many hours at Taboo, and watched clients come and go. Everyone who comes in walks out looking great! Doesn't matter if it's a cut, color or other process, they do a great job at all of it!

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Well, I've tried other colorists (three) and by far Ernie is the BEST!!! He's fun, charming, talented (he's fixed my hair twice when I went to others). I'm half Asian and have naturally very dark brown hair. He makes me look like a natural blonde! Even girls with light brown hair who get highlights can't tell.... unless my roots are long. He and the other people there ROCK! I've spent many hours at Taboo, and watched clients come and go. Everyone who comes in walks out looking great! Doesn't matter if it's a cut, color or other process, they do a great job at all of it!

Pros: Great staff, light, bright, and fun atmosphere

Cons: Parking is a biatch. It's best to park at Beverly Connection and walk. But they feed the meter for you if you get lucky!

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This isn't really a review, but a question for those that have left reviews. I live in NY and will be traveling to CA, I need a hair salon for a special event (possibly an updo or just blown out and curly or straight), I was wondering if anyone knows or would recommend this place for that type of service. I've been reading the reviews here and see a lot about how wonderful their haircuts are, also I was wondering what type of salon this is, is it upscale? nice? small? Any information would be helpful, thanks.

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This isn't really a review, but a question for those that have left reviews. I live in NY and will be traveling to CA, I need a hair salon for a special event (possibly an updo or just blown out and curly or straight), I was wondering if anyone knows or would recommend this place for that type of service. I've been reading the reviews here and see a lot about how wonderful their haircuts are, also I was wondering what type of salon this is, is it upscale? nice? small? Any information would be helpful, thanks.

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I went to Taboo to see Erik who i heard is is great with short dos. Overall It was a lovely experience.

The highlight was the scalp massage. I felt absolutely rejuvinated after the scalp massage I recieved from Tiffany. She really had an experienced touch and had lots of answers for me. She identified what kinds of products I needed for my problem hair and scalp. She was knowlageable and really took the time to explain more about some of the products I was curious about. I highlhy reccomend this salon.

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I went to Taboo to see Erik who i heard is is great with short dos. Overall It was a lovely experience.

The highlight was the scalp massage. I felt absolutely rejuvinated after the scalp massage I recieved from Tiffany. She really had an experienced touch and had lots of answers for me. She identified what kinds of products I needed for my problem hair and scalp. She was knowlageable and really took the time to explain more about some of the products I was curious about. I highlhy reccomend this salon.

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I have been to so many hair dressers, and they always give me the same boring hair cut. I started going to ERIC about a year ago, and he always cuts and styles my hair so that it is edgy, but sophisticated! He is very honest with me about what will or will not look good, and is always up to date on what is the latest and greatest in hair trends. I always know that I can trust Eric to give me a cut that is stylish and suits my personal face and style. I recommended Eric to my boss, who has extremely curly hair, and she says its the best hair cut she's ever had for curly hair. Thanks Eric!

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I have been to so many hair dressers, and they always give me the same boring hair cut. I started going to ERIC about a year ago, and he always cuts and styles my hair so that it is edgy, but sophisticated! He is very honest with me about what will or will not look good, and is always up to date on what is the latest and greatest in hair trends. I always know that I can trust Eric to give me a cut that is stylish and suits my personal face and style. I recommended Eric to my boss, who has extremely curly hair, and she says its the best hair cut she's ever had for curly hair. Thanks Eric!

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He 's young, he's talented and truly listens. Great combo for a terrific stylist. I have very short hair and he does an amazing precision cut with it. The compliments never stop. Thanks Eric, you rock!

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He 's young, he's talented and truly listens. Great combo for a terrific stylist. I have very short hair and he does an amazing precision cut with it. The compliments never stop. Thanks Eric, you rock!

Pros: The place to go for best cuts and color. Amazing Staff and owner

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As a hairdresser myself it is extremely difficult to find someone who meets my expectations in both quality and customer service, however, I must say that Eric John at Taboo salon is not only extremely talented, but well versed in customer service. Eric has been doing my hair for three years now and has given me every haircut from Ashley Simpsons pre-nose-job rocker shag to Victoria Beckams polished yet sleek A-line bob. Though I work in a pretty posh salon in Beverly hills with some amazing hairdressers I would never let anyone touch my hair but Eric.
If you are looking for a hairdresser, or just wanna try something new, I highly recommend Eric John for an extreme ego boost!!!!!

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As a hairdresser myself it is extremely difficult to find someone who meets my expectations in both quality and customer service, however, I must say that Eric John at Taboo salon is not only extremely talented, but well versed in customer service. Eric has been doing my hair for three years now and has given me every haircut from Ashley Simpsons pre-nose-job rocker shag to Victoria Beckams polished yet sleek A-line bob. Though I work in a pretty posh salon in Beverly hills with some amazing hairdressers I would never let anyone touch my hair but Eric.
If you are looking for a hairdresser, or just wanna try something new, I highly recommend Eric John for an extreme ego boost!!!!!

Pros: friendly staff

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I have stayed away from hair salons since a bad experience years ago. I saw a woman with fabulous hair one day, and I had to ask her who did her hair. She told me Madison and Esther at Taboo does her hair. Well, I got up enough courage to make an appointment. I'm so glad that I did. Madison did my highlights and Esther cut my hair. The color turned out amazing. It really brightened up my face and made my skin look softer. And the cut was shaped really well for my face. They both understood my fear and were very patient with me. I never realized just how good my hair can look. The prices were fairly reasonable for the quality of the work. It goes to show that you really do get what you pay for.

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I have stayed away from hair salons since a bad experience years ago. I saw a woman with fabulous hair one day, and I had to ask her who did her hair. She told me Madison and Esther at Taboo does her hair. Well, I got up enough courage to make an appointment. I'm so glad that I did. Madison did my highlights and Esther cut my hair. The color turned out amazing. It really brightened up my face and made my skin look softer. And the cut was shaped really well for my face. They both understood my fear and were very patient with me. I never realized just how good my hair can look. The prices were fairly reasonable for the quality of the work. It goes to show that you really do get what you pay for.

Pros: quality, friendliness

Cons: parking

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I needed a haircut badly but didn't know where to go. I just moved to the area and was looking for a new stylist. A friend recommended I go see Esther. She was SUPER nice and gave me a new creative cut that I just lovvvve! I get compliments on it all the time and my husband thinks I look hot. Definitely would recommed her to anyone.

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★★★★★

I needed a haircut badly but didn't know where to go. I just moved to the area and was looking for a new stylist. A friend recommended I go see Esther. She was SUPER nice and gave me a new creative cut that I just lovvvve! I get compliments on it all the time and my husband thinks I look hot. Definitely would recommed her to anyone.

Pros: great location

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I've been to getting my haircut from Esther for the past 2 years. She's very pleasant and easy to talk to. I walk in not knowing what I want to do to my hair and each time I leave extremely happy. Even months after my cut, my co-workers and friends are still complimenting my hair.

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I've been to getting my haircut from Esther for the past 2 years. She's very pleasant and easy to talk to. I walk in not knowing what I want to do to my hair and each time I leave extremely happy. Even months after my cut, my co-workers and friends are still complimenting my hair.

Pros: stylist, friendly staff, clean

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Gill, owner, stylist, has cut my hair since Taboo opened. I have always been impressed with the way she cuts my hair; it is consistently stylish and I get what I ask for.
Also, Aaron is a great colorist at Taboo.

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Gill, owner, stylist, has cut my hair since Taboo opened. I have always been impressed with the way she cuts my hair; it is consistently stylish and I get what I ask for.
Also, Aaron is a great colorist at Taboo.

Pros: good service, graet ambiance, stylish, modern and cool!

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I came to Esther at Taboo by walking in . I live in the neighborhood. She was the most inexpensive cutter at the salon so I took a chance. She made sure she knew just what I wanted and also took the time to blow out my hair perfectly. I will go back again because every one who worked there was very friendly. The front desk girl was great she pushed me towards Esther because she cut her hair and it looked great. I'm lucky to have a great salon in my neighborhood.

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I came to Esther at Taboo by walking in . I live in the neighborhood. She was the most inexpensive cutter at the salon so I took a chance. She made sure she knew just what I wanted and also took the time to blow out my hair perfectly. I will go back again because every one who worked there was very friendly. The front desk girl was great she pushed me towards Esther because she cut her hair and it looked great. I'm lucky to have a great salon in my neighborhood.

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I looked many places for a colorist; and mostly got the brassy look that we all know. My hometown colorist told me to find a Goldwell Salon, and I am so thankful that I did! Ernie is an amazing colorist! He is so precise and will always make the color look natural. You can tell that he loves what he does and always has a smile waiting. He makes you feel so sepcial and relaxed, and I always leave happy. Yeah Ernie!

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I looked many places for a colorist; and mostly got the brassy look that we all know. My hometown colorist told me to find a Goldwell Salon, and I am so thankful that I did! Ernie is an amazing colorist! He is so precise and will always make the color look natural. You can tell that he loves what he does and always has a smile waiting. He makes you feel so sepcial and relaxed, and I always leave happy. Yeah Ernie!

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When I first moved to town I tried a few different hair salons. I was willing to pay for good stylists and colorists. I went to several places that were uber-trendy, very expensive, and not that nice. In fact, several of them were mean to me, as if I was wasting their time! Taboo was welcoming from the beginning. The people who work there treat you right and generally want you to have a good experience. I go to Madison for my color and Erik for my cuts and styling. They are both fun and interesting people who listen to what you want without getting frustrated. The overall atmosphere in Taboo is warm and professional. I have found my home.

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When I first moved to town I tried a few different hair salons. I was willing to pay for good stylists and colorists. I went to several places that were uber-trendy, very expensive, and not that nice. In fact, several of them were mean to me, as if I was wasting their time! Taboo was welcoming from the beginning. The people who work there treat you right and generally want you to have a good experience. I go to Madison for my color and Erik for my cuts and styling. They are both fun and interesting people who listen to what you want without getting frustrated. The overall atmosphere in Taboo is warm and professional. I have found my home.

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If you have read the other reviews, you will easily see that Taboo is a highly rated salon, and Erik is a very talented stylist. I have seen 9 different stylists in 4 different cities over the past 5 years, and Erik takes the cake. He has cut my hair twice now, and both times he has done an amazing job! He really takes the time to make sure you are getting what you want, while also complementing your natural looks and style. And Taboo has a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere, with knowledgeable staff and excellent service. I highly recommend both Erik and Taboo Salon.

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If you have read the other reviews, you will easily see that Taboo is a highly rated salon, and Erik is a very talented stylist. I have seen 9 different stylists in 4 different cities over the past 5 years, and Erik takes the cake. He has cut my hair twice now, and both times he has done an amazing job! He really takes the time to make sure you are getting what you want, while also complementing your natural looks and style. And Taboo has a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere, with knowledgeable staff and excellent service. I highly recommend both Erik and Taboo Salon.

Pros: Service, Skill, Atmostphere

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I highly recommend the salon. Melody was my hair stylist and it was the best cut. I live in Louisiana now and can't find anyone to cut my hair the same (even at expensive places). She did just what I wanted and the hair cut even grew out well; which is really weird. A+++

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I highly recommend the salon. Melody was my hair stylist and it was the best cut. I live in Louisiana now and can't find anyone to cut my hair the same (even at expensive places). She did just what I wanted and the hair cut even grew out well; which is really weird. A+++

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Ernie is one of the colorists here and the man is a GENIUS. i have followed him to three salons and now he's at Taboo. He gives me perfect, Jennifer Aniston-esque highlights every 3 months that are so good that no one knows I dye my hair. The salon itself isn't exactly chic, but it gets the job done, and with a smile. The only bummer is an awful parking situation, but Ernie's magic is utterly worth it.

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Ernie is one of the colorists here and the man is a GENIUS. i have followed him to three salons and now he's at Taboo. He gives me perfect, Jennifer Aniston-esque highlights every 3 months that are so good that no one knows I dye my hair. The salon itself isn't exactly chic, but it gets the job done, and with a smile. The only bummer is an awful parking situation, but Ernie's magic is utterly worth it.

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is the best way to describe Eric and Madison at the TABOO Hair Salon!

Eric is an artistic genius in the way that he will look at your overall 'style', face shape and listen intuitively to your wants and/or concerns in a haircut. The way he cuts, shapes and creates leaves a finished product which is absolutely "off the charts"! I have been to TABOO now 4 times and would not go anywhere else. Eric is definately at the top of his field and I recommend him to everyone!!

Madison as a colorist is phenomenal in her understanding and use of color shades to the skin tone reflecting a beautiful overall picture. Her professionalism with the shine of her warm personality definitely compliments and matches the excellence in her work!

I recommend TABOO with flying colors!!!

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★★★★★

is the best way to describe Eric and Madison at the TABOO Hair Salon!

Eric is an artistic genius in the way that he will look at your overall 'style', face shape and listen intuitively to your wants and/or concerns in a haircut. The way he cuts, shapes and creates leaves a finished product which is absolutely "off the charts"! I have been to TABOO now 4 times and would not go anywhere else. Eric is definately at the top of his field and I recommend him to everyone!!

Madison as a colorist is phenomenal in her understanding and use of color shades to the skin tone reflecting a beautiful overall picture. Her professionalism with the shine of her warm personality definitely compliments and matches the excellence in her work!

I recommend TABOO with flying colors!!!

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I would not recommend this place at all. I tried this place on a whim while I was passing by in the area and not only was the space unimpressive but more importantly the man who cut my hair had an unsteady hand. He seemed unsure and my haircut did not come out anything like I had wanted. Now my hair is unmanageable and looks horrible; I am desperately waiting for it to grow out so I can get it cut somewhere else. Word of advice...don't go here if you want a good haircut!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I would not recommend this place at all. I tried this place on a whim while I was passing by in the area and not only was the space unimpressive but more importantly the man who cut my hair had an unsteady hand. He seemed unsure and my haircut did not come out anything like I had wanted. Now my hair is unmanageable and looks horrible; I am desperately waiting for it to grow out so I can get it cut somewhere else. Word of advice...don't go here if you want a good haircut!!

Pros: people were nice

Cons: bad haircut

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In past three years, I had been looking for the right hairdresser. Got bad cuts from two hairdressers in Santa Monica. I felt so frustrated with myself for not finding one.
Finally, I met her at a party briefly. She mentioned her job and I knew she must be the one. Went there yesterday to have Sandra to cut my hair. Yes, she is the right one! THUMBS UP!
I will go to her from now on... smile!

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★★★★★

In past three years, I had been looking for the right hairdresser. Got bad cuts from two hairdressers in Santa Monica. I felt so frustrated with myself for not finding one.
Finally, I met her at a party briefly. She mentioned her job and I knew she must be the one. Went there yesterday to have Sandra to cut my hair. Yes, she is the right one! THUMBS UP!
I will go to her from now on... smile!

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it took forever, but i finally found a hairdresser i like. my friend had her hair colored at taboo by ernie & was happy with it. i called to set up an appointment with him for a cut, but found out he doesn't cut hair. i really needed a cut & the receptionist made an appointment with the next available stylist. i just needed a cut bad, so i didn't care who it was. but, kristen (sp?) was my stylist & she was great. she did a really great job & was very sweet. i've gone to more expensive places, but i just really liked the way she cut it. i definitely recommend her.

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★★★★★

it took forever, but i finally found a hairdresser i like. my friend had her hair colored at taboo by ernie & was happy with it. i called to set up an appointment with him for a cut, but found out he doesn't cut hair. i really needed a cut & the receptionist made an appointment with the next available stylist. i just needed a cut bad, so i didn't care who it was. but, kristen (sp?) was my stylist & she was great. she did a really great job & was very sweet. i've gone to more expensive places, but i just really liked the way she cut it. i definitely recommend her.

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I was very pleased with Taboo. I had my hair colored at another place(cheaper) And my hair was brassey gold. The colorist (ernie) spent a long time with the consultation and put dark and light highlights in. I had a cut with eric , I felt like I was in good hands. The end result was just what I wanted. The color was more expensive than I usually pay but he spent a long time on it. I felt very comfortable and will go there again. wendy.

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★★★★★

I was very pleased with Taboo. I had my hair colored at another place(cheaper) And my hair was brassey gold. The colorist (ernie) spent a long time with the consultation and put dark and light highlights in. I had a cut with eric , I felt like I was in good hands. The end result was just what I wanted. The color was more expensive than I usually pay but he spent a long time on it. I felt very comfortable and will go there again. wendy.

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I have seen Sandra twice at Taboo and had a great experience both times. She made a lot of effort to both do what she thought would look good and work with the constraints I have (I work in a very conservative environment). That said, this is not the place to go if you're looking for a really conservative cut. And while others have complained about the price, it's tough to get a more reasonably priced haircut these days, unless you really leave LA -- go to Riverside or something. I have not gotten colored there (I leave my hair natural) but the people I've seen there have had great color.

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★★★★★

I have seen Sandra twice at Taboo and had a great experience both times. She made a lot of effort to both do what she thought would look good and work with the constraints I have (I work in a very conservative environment). That said, this is not the place to go if you're looking for a really conservative cut. And while others have complained about the price, it's tough to get a more reasonably priced haircut these days, unless you really leave LA -- go to Riverside or something. I have not gotten colored there (I leave my hair natural) but the people I've seen there have had great color.

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I went to Aaron for over a year, and unfortunately stopped because I moved from LA. I tried Taboo after visiting the Goldwell USA web site to find a salon, and after my first visit with Aaron I knew I would be a repeat customer. Aaron took the time with me that first visit, explaining each step of the coloring process and what he needed to do to get my dried-out lifeless hair back into shape and with a color that would look natural and complement my skin tone. His color ran anywhere from $85 for a single process to $125 for a double process. Notwithstanding, the other staff is great as well. The assistants are nice and customer-focused. Since Aaron does only color, I went to Melissa for cuts--around 3 times. She is very pricey--$75/cut--and I never came out looking like I wanted to. She did my cuts the way she wanted, and I typically walked out of the salon looking like Joan Jett or Pat Benetar...spiky layers instead of refined layers like I asked. Some downsides are that if you go on a Saturday for color, the staff won't do blow-outs, so either you walk out with wet hair or have to dry and style yourself. They will do it if you pay a huge amount and book ahead of time. If you go during the week, the assistants will do it, which is OK if you don't care about how you look when you walk out. Also, parking is a bitch...so park at Beverly Center.

PROS: AARON!!! Personable staff
CONS: No blow outs/styling on Saturdays, price

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★★★★★

I went to Aaron for over a year, and unfortunately stopped because I moved from LA. I tried Taboo after visiting the Goldwell USA web site to find a salon, and after my first visit with Aaron I knew I would be a repeat customer. Aaron took the time with me that first visit, explaining each step of the coloring process and what he needed to do to get my dried-out lifeless hair back into shape and with a color that would look natural and complement my skin tone. His color ran anywhere from $85 for a single process to $125 for a double process. Notwithstanding, the other staff is great as well. The assistants are nice and customer-focused. Since Aaron does only color, I went to Melissa for cuts--around 3 times. She is very pricey--$75/cut--and I never came out looking like I wanted to. She did my cuts the way she wanted, and I typically walked out of the salon looking like Joan Jett or Pat Benetar...spiky layers instead of refined layers like I asked. Some downsides are that if you go on a Saturday for color, the staff won't do blow-outs, so either you walk out with wet hair or have to dry and style yourself. They will do it if you pay a huge amount and book ahead of time. If you go during the week, the assistants will do it, which is OK if you don't care about how you look when you walk out. Also, parking is a bitch...so park at Beverly Center.

PROS: AARON!!! Personable staff
CONS: No blow outs/styling on Saturdays, price

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My girlfriend turned me on to Taboo. She was always raving about it so I decided to try it. She was right and I will never switch.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend turned me on to Taboo. She was always raving about it so I decided to try it. She was right and I will never switch.

Pros: Stylists, Price, Facilities

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I've tried many people over the years and always end up going back to Gill. She is English and only does cuts, no color (that's how they were trained). In all these years she has never given me a bad haircut. I completely trust her. She has a terrific eye for what works with your face shape and hair texture. Also, she is a wonderful, down-to-earth person who is really a delight to be around. The colorists there are also very good. You see the occasional celebrity, but Taboo is very friendly and there is no attitude. I would recommend them and I would think any of the stylists (many of whom Gill trained) would also be great.

PROS:
CONS: A little pricey but not for that part of town.

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★★★★★

I've tried many people over the years and always end up going back to Gill. She is English and only does cuts, no color (that's how they were trained). In all these years she has never given me a bad haircut. I completely trust her. She has a terrific eye for what works with your face shape and hair texture. Also, she is a wonderful, down-to-earth person who is really a delight to be around. The colorists there are also very good. You see the occasional celebrity, but Taboo is very friendly and there is no attitude. I would recommend them and I would think any of the stylists (many of whom Gill trained) would also be great.

PROS:
CONS: A little pricey but not for that part of town.

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They gave me an edgy cut. I forgot the name of my hairdresser, but she has short, dark hair. They're really hospitable too.

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★★★★★

They gave me an edgy cut. I forgot the name of my hairdresser, but she has short, dark hair. They're really hospitable too.

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Now in its 20th year, Taboo is the relaxed and friendly favorite of Hollywood?s creative professionals and others who are fashionably aware of their hair. Highly educated and artfully accommodating, Taboo?s cutters and colorists are trusted resources for what?s both new and enduring. With English wit, charm and a love of good conversation, owner Gill Hodgson has made Taboo into a place of personal warmth and singular satisfaction.

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