Finding a good Afro hair stylist, let alone a salon is a myth for many of us. So I was delighted to have discovered I Love Lulu Hair Spa; set in the heart of Los Angeles on Le Brea Avenue.
If like me you are new on your afro hair journey, you’ll be delighted to learn of this salon and even more excited to know that Founder, Lulu will be answering your questions in 2015 about your tresses here on Milk & Honey.
Now many of us are figuring out what works best for our hair, home experiments and trailing through Youtube videos trying as many forms of Caster, Argan, Tea Tree and Coconut oils as we can get through. So it’s refreshing to find a salon specifically tailored to natural hair and further more know whats’ what!
From the offset you can see everything this salon embodies is about healthy life choices; healthy hair, organic products and educated stylists. The salon by far has the most innovative interior design I’ve ever encountered – I felt like I was at a hair theme park! From their edgy steamers, a mini lab for organic hair products to the full body basins; everything about this place screams right at you, “We care about your hair”.
Upon arrival you fill in a consultation form asking a series of questions about your hair. You’ll navigate though your hairs condition with a stylist and figure out what is best needed for your hair. Remember everyones hair, texture and journey is different, and the I Love Lulu team take this into account during your consultation process.
Spoiled Treatment (Pictured Above)
So first up I got Spoiled, a treatment that includes organic oils infused with 7 herbs. The treatment was applied with a little tube all over my scalp! Which makes sense as it gets all the necessary spots. I was taken over to the steamer where the treatment was set to kick in. I was here for thirty mins.
30 minutes were up and it was time to wash out the treatment on these uber cool booths, similar to caterpillars its literally like lying down and getting your hair washed. Got me feeling like a big kid at a hair theme park!
After two washes my stylist used a shampoo brush to go through any areas left over and it was onto the next phase!
Next up it was time to blow dry and then get my first and much needed trim – what they call a Snip Snip costing just $25! Yikes! I actually did THE BIG CHOP back in February 2013 to a number 2 – Lupita style, so this would be the first time my hair would be cut professionally and also the first time I’d see the length. I couldn’t wait!
It’s always refreshing when you’re in a salon where you feel that you can entirely trust the stylist with your hair! I for one am indeed a salon snob – so love feeling like I’m getting 5* treatment from start to finish! I like to think I know my stuff and if visiting somewhere for the first time often come kitted out with my own products and combs just in case!
None the less, none of that was needed here. My hair was straightened by Lulu herself (Straight aHead Service) and pictured below is the finish.
I honestly loved my entire experience at the I Love Lulu Hair Spa. The prices are so reasonable , and for the service you’re getting and you can leave resting assured you won’t have any bald patches, scabs from a straighter burns or even heat damage.
A 5* star experience all round! We are even more delighted to have Lulu contributing on the team and answering all your questions about good healthy afro hair! Watch this space!
Visit www.iloveluluhairspa.com now to see I Love Lulu extensive list of services at their best!
It’s always tough when you give someone a recommendation based on a third-party referral. I’d heard great things about I Love Lulu from my friend Lee. I’ve had my eye on this “growing green hair spa” for a while now with every intention of utilizing their services. So when I got the call from my girl Elisa who was helping a friend find a new salon home, that catered to natural hair, for her five year old daughter Maleigha, I took a chance and recommended I Love Lulu. I’m happy to say there are now two very satisfied customers.
Here’s what mom had to say about their experience:
“My 5 year old daughter Maleigha and I went to I love lulu for the first time this past weekend. They were very friendly on the phone and answered all my questions. The place itself is adorable. Love the way they decorated it. They have quotes painted on the wall that are inspiring and cool. The feel of the salon is terrific. Brittany did Maleigha’s hair and she was wonderful. Great with Maleigha making her feel comfortable and answering all her many questions. Maleigha loved it! When Brittany was putting the product on her hair (they have their own all natural product line) Maleigha said ‘ oh, I like that!! That smells good!’ You pick from an al la carte menu the services you want. She gave Maleigha a great haircut and condition. I want to try their products next time we go. I think we found a new home here!! We will certainly be back and highly recommend them. We love lulu!!”
I Love Lulu Hair Spa is a natural hair salon in Los Angeles, California that specializes in organic hair care with a focus on scalp health.
Lulu has taken her personal knowledge of the unique benefits of steam, organic hair care, and aromatherapy to the next level, packaging it in such a way that now benefits those outside her regular celebrity clientele. At I Love Lulu, a one-of-a-kind “hair spa,” haute couture meets herbal — for the hair, and relaxation is the name of the game… along with scalp exfoliation, deep conditioning, and damaged-hair repair.
All persons — including those with perms, relaxers, weaves, wigs, natural hair, no hair, and children — benefit from her specialty services and treatments, as all are subject to dryness and brittleness, unhealthy build-up, odor, dandruff, broken tresses, and sometimes even more severe hair and scalp afflictions. But upon slightly shifting her focus and determining that the scalp should be priority, Lulu was able to effect for her clients dramatically-increased blood flow and the subsequent elimination of virtually all “styling side-effects,” as she calls them; the result was the full, uninterrupted stimulation of the hair follicles, leading to the natural, unhindered hair-growth that so many long for but fail to achieve.
Organic hair care philosophy with a focus on scalp health
I Love Lulu Hair Spa
733 S. LaBrea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tuesday – Thursday: 9am-7pm
Sunday – Monday: Closed
This is my first time trying out a new hair salon since forever! Most of the time my hair stylists have moved, closed down, or just fall off the map – not forgetting to mention that I usually went to the hair salon once a year before 2010, so I couldn’t say I really kept in touch. I chose to tryout ‘I love Lulu’ Hair Salon for several reasons. One, it seemed green and organic friendly! I hate cringing when I see what a hair stylist is about to put on my hair – something usually loaded with preservatives and chemicals, but usually I am very passive and convince myself that this is only a one time thing. So it was nice to walk into a salon where I was assured that most of the products used were organic and/or natural. Two, I really really really wanted to try steaming my hair!!! I equate my dry hair with the need for moisture and I thought steaming would be the best remedy for that!
The environment of the salon is very nice, clean, and fresh. There is sort of a reception area and the back is set up with multiple steamers, wash basins, and styling chairs. I also liked how the washing counters were set up so that the person getting his/her hair washed could lay down. The receptionist/girl who works at the front was very nice and talkative and made you feel instantly comfortable.
I had the chance to meet Lulu and we had a mini consultation before my wash, blow dry, and trim. She was very knowledgeable and the first hair stylist I met who was tender headed too! So she understood my pain and was not rough when blow drying my hair. I also liked how she asked about my ‘hair story’ because everyone has one and it is so important to understanding what you want done to your hair.
The whole process took about 1.5hrs. First I got a ‘Spoiled’ Treatment which was organic oils infused with 7 herbs. Then a steam treatment right after that for about 30 minutes. After that I got a thorough shampoo and condition. Then I was blowdried out and trimmed.
The only con I have to say about the whole process was that the shampooing was a little rough for me even though I am tender headed and have a high tolerance for pain. It might of been because my hair was tangled or that I had to have my hair washed three times to get the oil out (that has happened to me in the past when I have done hot oil treatments on myself).
I liked the technique Lulu used to blow dry my hair. First of all she didn’t use a comb attachment so I was already happy about that since that can literally shred your hair on top of having more direct heat on the hair shaft. Second, she didn’t concentrate the heat directly on the hair while blow drying it and combing it out, keeping the blow dryer at about a 6in distance.
Overall I really enjoyed the experience and the speediness of it as well (I was still able to get to work on time with a 9am appointment). I highly recommend to at least try it out!
|Shelly, her sister and Lulu, the owner|
A couple of years ago I decided to cut off all of my hair. It had been relaxed for as long as I could remember, and I thought I’d have more options with hair that I could wear either curly and thick or straight. So I chopped it at the roots. It grew faster than it ever had. It was like silk when it was flat ironed, but when it wasn’t, nobody could tell me what to do with it. “You can either keep this… or we can put a relaxer in,” my hairdresser said to me almost twelve months along. As much as I wanted to avoid chemicals and keep my hair natural, I decided that it wasn’t worth sacrificing my appearance for the sake of it. I felt that there was no alternative to relaxers…until I discovered that I love Lulu.
A restored commitment to living a green lifestyle left me thinking about my hair. I started by changing my diet, and the next logical step was to stop putting chemicals that I couldn’t name on my head. The thought of them slowly seeping into my scalp made me cringe. While doing neighborhood errands one day, I walked by I Love Lulu, the self-described “growing green hair spa.” The cheerful, bright sign and steamer in the window caught my attention, and I realized that perhaps the solution to my hair care problems had always been just around the corner. I went inside, poured my heart out and booked an appointment – reassured that Lulu would fix everything.
Lulu Marcelin comes from a large family of creative individuals. This shows in the aesthetic of her shop, a contemporary spin on classic 1960’s décor. It looks like Renee Zellweger’s character from Down With Love is going to pop up from the shampoo bowl next to you, thanks to the artistic flare of one of Lulu’s sisters. The poetic rhymes of another sister, a writer, scroll across the walls, reminding you why you came: “Happy is the woman who … honors her hair.”
Knowing this, it’s not surprising that Lulu brought her own creative vision to hair care and styling. In fact, she will tell you that her business grew from two clear concepts. The first idea was to take fresh fruits, vegetables, natural herbs and oils and put them into hair in a quick and easy fashion, like “Jamba Juice for the hair.” The second piece came to her in a dream: ten steamers in a row. In the actual spa there is only room for nine – the tenth sits in the window on the street, representing Lulu’s dream to desperate passersby like myself. At first, people questioned these concepts, asking Lulu what would keep anyone from creating her personalized, organic treatments themselves, and why anyone would want to sit under a steamer when the purpose is to dry the hair. Lulu’s response was as simple and straightforward as her approach: “There is a professionally trained touch that needs to accompany the treatments in order for them to be as effective as possible.” She also pointed out that sucking the moisture out of hair with dryers is counter-intuitive, if you think about it. Using a steamer instead helps keep moisture locked in, resulting in smoother, conditioned hair.
The first time that I went to Lulu, I got a life. No, really – I received her “Get a Life” treatment. After diagnosing my hair’s medical condition (which she does at the beginning of each appointment), this was the treatment that she suggested. “Get a Life” is oil based and applied straight to the scalp. As Lulu parted my hair and applied the oil, she explained that the focus is often on putting oil onto the hair, which is already dead, rather than on the scalp, where your hair actually grows. She broke hair care down into common sense terms. It made a lot of sense, and I wondered why no one had simply told me these things before.
After the treatment was applied, I sat under the steamer to let the oil seep into my open pores. Usually, I loathe the dryer. I leave hot, tired, and annoyed, but Lulu’s steamers left me feeling moisturized and refreshed. I also thoroughly enjoyed the shampoo chairs, which are more like beds, where you can lay down without having to prop your head back into an unnatural position. Lulu had truly put thought into every element of her salon and designed a process that put emphasis on a healthy, rehabilitating experience rather than fighting hair’s nature by styling with chemical products. That’s not to say that Lulu can’t style hair though. After I looked at my finished head in the mirror, there was no looking back to other salons. Of course, nothing good comes without sacrifice. My hair is a bit more work than it once was, but Lulu’s words are always in my ear: “Take it. You’ll never regret it.” And I don’t.