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Rock and Roll Zen
For fashion-forward dykes looking for a little rock and roll with your cut and color or a wee bit of Buddha ching with your blowout, then the Kyle Mathis Hairdressing salon in Santa Monica is your sweet spot.
I was told that Kyle Mathis was a Zen like oasis of a salon. I was a bit thrown when I walked in to what appeared to be the set of L.A. Ink. Kyle and his crew were tatted from tip to toe. There was a drum set in the middle of the floor, a few guitars hung from the ceiling with a blood red backdrop dotted with modern art. The über cute Kyle, who looks like he could tour with Tommy Lee, welcomed me, introducing himself. When I mentioned my preconceived notion of the Zen like oasis, he reassured me “This is Rock and Roll Zen.” Cool.
This unisex salon has a cutting edge crew. Kyle’s super sweet childhood friend Curtis runs the place with Zen like peace and ease. The two grew up in Texas where they started a friendship and their rock and roll ventures. Curtis convinced Kyle to make the move out to the land of LA a few years ago. Curtis complements his time at the salon with his involvement in three bands, one rock, one British and one country rock.
While I was there, a female stylist, a head turning dead on ringer for Kat on L.A. Ink whipped an average looking tourist into a sexy frenzy while a rocker/stylist who looks like he fell off a British band’s tour bus, convinced a Third St. Promenade youth, riddled with teenage angst, to add some layers to the back of his shaggy mop. The two talked about tagging and expressing themselves on fire hydrants while the cut took shape. It was architectural and interesting and perfectly suited his inner rage.
Sharing the space with a mix of Third St. Promenade drop ins, locals, hotels guest and Hollywood stars, Kyle who claims Niki Sixx as his creative mentor, succeeds in making you feel like the only on in the salon. Once a teacher for Tony and Guy in Texas, he’s a big fan of the short cut, yet remains conservative and incredibly attentive to your long hair needs, as was the case with me. He tackled my color, like a painter with artistic precision.
Curtis, the man behind the man and the in house music has The Raconteurs, Zeppelin, Eagles of Death Metal and Mars Volta (Latin influenced progressive rock) pumping through the salon. He buzzes about offering everything from tea to champagne, regardless of the hour, and a ton of rock history while Kyle welcomes the next wave of appointments and fans. If you want a piece of this rock ‘n’ roll oasis, the salon keeps rock star hours open until 9 p.m. six days a week, until 6 p.m. on Sundays.
On any given night, if you pop in for bubbles and blowouts, you just might catch Kyle jamming with his band. On weekends, the west side sexy set gathers inside his salon alongside Hollywood wannabes. During the week, it’s the local homeless that cheer him on requesting a turn at the mic. It’s a Zen thing.
For more info call (310) 393-7947