Based on the very high recommendation of my friend Mollie, I recently got my hair cut at The Hive in Silver Lake. The salon is in a super cool space–very modern and clean. Lissa Renn, the owner, cut my hair. I was sorta surprised by how young she looked–but then again, why should I be surprised? LA is a city of hustlers, baby. Lissa expertly trimmed my grown-out layers. She really took her time, and I loved the results. Another huge plus: the prices at The Hive are extremely reasonable. A week later, I sent my boy in for a haircut, and they did a fantastic job on his hair too. Lissa was sweet enough to agree to an interview, as well.
Hair On The Brain: Why did you want to open your own salon at such a young age?
Lissa: At the age of 25 I decided to start my own salon mainly to create a space that I would feel most comfortable working as well as my clients getting the most comfortable easy experience. I saw a gap between the low end casual hair shops and the high end shops with good customer service. I’m trying to fill that gap. My age was never a factor.
HOTB: Has it been a difficult transition from being a salon employee to salon owner?
Lissa: Not at all! I’m feeling better than I ever have in my profession because now I can take my experience and the needs of the clients and actually put them into action. Being my own boss is a lot of work and time spent, but very rewarding.
HOTB: In your opinion, what are some of the upcoming haircut and color trends?
More of my interview with Lissa after the break!
Lissa: A lot of the fun styles I’m able to do right now for guys are long on top and a really tight clipper on the sides, very early 90′s rock and roll kinda look. And for woman it’s all about bangs! Bangs really bring a style together and make it interesting, anywhere from tiny short bangs to a nice long fringe. So fun!
HOTB: When I was at The Hive, we discussed color and ways people can extend their hair color by the way it is applied. Can you talk a bit about that?
Lissa: Yeah. I feel like now people are really trying to stretch their color for as long as possible to save money, and there are a couple ways to do that. The way I highlight hair is a approach that limits the amount of highlights in the areas that the hair will part, therefor allowing the color to be very diffused in the hair making it less noticeable as it grows out. And all over colors can be maintained by using a color shampoo in the same shade as the hair allowing small portions of pigment to be added to the hair while you’re shampooing. This keeps the color nice and rich for longer.
1402 Micheltorena St
Los Angeles, CA 90026