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Arts and Entertainment

New Hair Salon On Melrose Features...Street Art?

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by Nicole Cifani / Special to LAist

It's not everyday we're able to experience something as functional as, say, getting a haircut, while getting a full-on quality art experience at the same time.

The new Galvin Benjamin Hair Salon in West Hollywood aims to do just that—provide a well-curated and creative environment while offering all the traditional services of a salon. Founded by the recently-relocated British duo of James Galvin & Benjamin Mohapi, the 2,300 square foot space was created with the intent to explore relationship between art and the inherent creative beauty of hairdressing.

From their website:

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This is a new way of looking, seeing, and feeling the art of hairdressing...It's how we help our clients express themselves and what we draw from to achieve that...Every client is both art and inspiration, and every hairdresser is both artist and curator.

The unique contemporary art collection isn't a PR stunt, nor does it feature art for the sake of featuring art. This is a combination of full-on street culture for the fashionable, the beau monde, the curious and creative. The space itself is warm, engaging, and thoughtfully designed, ditching any ideas of the traditional salon atmosphere while retaining a unique mix of the high and low brow.

Curated by Los Angeles consultant Sonja Teri the artist roster currently includes works by Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, David Ellis, Swoon, Skullphone, Curtis Kulig, Cobrasnake, and more—and all of it is for sale.

The studio was designed by the Venice-based Marshall & Agriam Studio and opened at the end of April.