It was one sizzling afternoon in Los Angeles yesterday but Byron in Beverly Hills was well cooled by the AC and filled with beautiful women and handsome men having colors, cuts and other hair styling. The breezy, white room, adorned with gorgeous white orchids, feels more like a day spa than a hair salon.
The stars of the show, Debi Dumas and Alina Ratta were busy making their clients even more gorgeous, adding highlights, color, Keratin or Brazilian Blowout treatments, snipping and styling. A styling team, “Joined at the hip,” joked Alina, the women work in tandem—Debi does the color, Alina the cuts and treatments. The results are phenomenal.
Both boast an A-list celebrity clientele, some who go to the shop, others whom they make house calls for, and more than a dozen years in the industry. In addition to their star customers, Debi and Alina were recently hired as the official ‘glam squad’ for Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker Show. “You wouldn’t believe how some of the women look when they go to the set for auditions,” said Alina. But once the ‘Bob-sey’ twins take over the contestants are ready to meet their millionaire matches.
Formerly employees at Jim Wayne Beverly Hills (Debi for 18 years, Alina for 12) the BBFs jumped salons several months ago to join the bustling, youthful Byron (owned by Byron Williams also a veteran in the field). It didn’t take either long to attract a huge following, many regulars, other newbies who seek their talents.
When you book the two of them and let them do their thing, you definitely turn out like a rock star. Debi specializes in color, but not just dye, she designs your hair to match your face and personality carefully choosing the hues, tints and/or highlights that suit you best. When she finished, Alina takes over styling your tresses and performing her unique magic with Keratin or a Brazilian Blowouts.
The experience is fun and unique watching these close buddies interact to create amazing looks for their clients (myself included who had color by Debi and Keratin plus trim by Alina). It was a welcome treat for your LA Beauty Products Examiner who was feeling sorry for herself after major oral surgery. The women know how to pamper you but even more than that when you look in the mirror after they’re done you can’t help but smile and feel great.
Byron is located at 9294 Civic Center Drive in Beverly Hills, 310-276-4470.