I used to have bangs. And they were fabulous. But they took so long to grow out, I swore I’d never get them again. Then I was offered a complimentary haircut at Spoke & Weal Los Angeles by owner and hair artist extraordinaire Jon Reyman. Even though I was growing out my hair, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity (he charges $450). So I did it; I got banged. Standing up, I might add.
How did this happen? Well, it started at the end of the workday, around 6 p.m. (The salon is conveniently open until 7 p.m. on weekdays.) Just after I arrived, I was given a green juice from the local juicer and a relaxing, aromatherapeutic scalp massage. This alone was worth the trip.
Afterward, I met with the stylists, got a shampoo and blowout, and browsed my Hairspiration board on Pinterest for a quick haircut idea while Reyman attended to each of his guests. Having manned up to 30 shows backstage at Fashion Week, he has done hair in all kinds of cramped, hurried settings. (Watch this video to see what I mean.) Spoke & Weal’s West Hollywood space was bright, airy and open, yet Reyman embodied the Fashion Week visionary as he energetically flitted from chair to chair, “beating up” the hair (his words) and coaching other stylists on his vision. He cuts hair dry — not wet — a technique that tends to take longer and cost more but allows you to see the haircut as it’s happening. At one point, asked me to stand up as he tailored my new “fringe” to my face. I have never had my hair cut this way before. But, it worked. I emerged with just what I wanted: Francoise Hardy-inspired bangs with a touch of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Scarface edge. (See photo above. That’s my serious face.)
Reyman, former artistic director at Aveda Academy NYC, said he started Spoke & Weal because as a consultant, he was tired of telling other salons how to run their businesses — and they not listening to him. So, he did what any entrepreneurial spirit would do: his own thing, or more accurately, he and business partner/Color Director Christine Thompson’s own thing.
Spoke & Weal is now open in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and carries Aveda products. While I’m not likely to afford another haircut from Reyman himself, I’m glad I got to watch him in action, check out the beautiful space and meet the staff — from Spoke & Weal Academy stylists in training all the way up to senior colorists. If you’re looking for a new salon, I recommend visiting them for your next hair appointment. You can view their price list here.
Spoke & Weal Los Angeles is located at 8211 W. 3rd Street, just east of Toast Bakery Cafe. To make an appointment, call 323-591-0979 or visit spokeandweal.com.