14084 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA | Directions 9142334.149460 -118.439908
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Ali is awesome! I came to him about 3 years ago when I wanted to go from red to blonde -- which is a super hard change to accomplish. It was a crazy process but Ali made sure that he got it right and that I was happy with the result. In the end I was totally happy with how it turned out. Since then he is the ONLY person I trust with the upkeep of my now-blonde hair. He is so great with coloring and will make sure that you are happy with the results! I totally agree with Mary and Julie below -- Ali is great at doing blonde hair. He's fantastic and you won't regret going to see him!
Ali is not only talented but very attractive! – I went to Ali because he had such great reviews & sooo many! :) he did a wonderful job on my cut/style (I couldnt stop checking myself out in the mirror,I LOvED it!) he was pleasant to chat with & as mentioned above- he is such a hottie ;)
I think his prices are very reasonalble & he is totally worth every penny you spend. No regrets making the appointment With him, if I lived in LA or near it, I would certainly be one of his regulars.
Ali. Is. Awesome. – I went to Ali after reading the rave reviews on Citysearch, and everyone was right! I always get the best highlights and cut when I go to him. He improved my overall hair color by doing lowlights as well as highlights so I didn't get too bleachy blonde looking. He's an excellent hairdresser and I always feel like a celeb when I leave! haha
I cant find a better hair cutter – I have bone straight hair,and fine at that..so i get a shampoo and then he starts to dry it ..and then cut it...it was a little backwards but it has been the best haircut i ever had..i'm for sure going back to him and recommend him to all my pals
Great Hairdresser Always leave with a smile – If you are looking for edgy yet affordable haircut by someone who will listen to you in a relaxing environment. Ali is the one.
You've Found Your New Stylist! – When I moved to L.A. last year, I scoured City Search in hopes I could find someone remotely as good as my last stylist, and someone I could afford. Impressed by the reviews on Ali's page, I tried him out. I am SO happy I did! I've been going to him ever since for cut, color, and highlights, and my hair looks better than it ever has before. It's always great to get compliments on it:) Also, for those girls getting married, Ali did my highlights for my wedding, and they looked absolutely stunning.
I really appreciate Ali's focus during our appointments. He always gives my his full attention and really listens during our pre-cut/color consults. He comes across as an extremely confident perfectionist, and you just know you are in very capable hands. Going to the Cottage is always a very good experience -- the environment is very cheerful and friendly, and the other stylists are very nice. Just overall, a wonderful staff there, and of course Ali is my favorite, but I'm biased.
Thanks for everything Ali! You're amazing!
Ali is the ONLY person I will ever trust with my highlights! – I feel really guilty that I haven't gotten my act together to get this review posted sooner, because Ali isn’t just an amazing professional hair stylist and colorist, he’s also proven to be a good friend to all those who are lucky enough to experience The Cottage. I found him through CitySearch a couple of years ago and even now that I’ve relocated to Pasadena, I won’t ever let anyone else touch my hair – Ali’s that brilliant, especially for dishwater blondes like me!
If you haven't already heard through the grapevine, Ali Hadjian does THE BEST work creating multi-dimensional, long-lasting and natural-looking blonde highlights in all of LA. (I think he works privately with a roster of celebrities, but he’s pretty cagey about that.) In the decade I’ve been in LA, I’ve tried out pretty much every big-name hair stylist imaginable searching to recreate the healthy, natural-looking blonde of my youth from the bleach-out, sun/salt/chlorine damaged locks my active lifestyle created. I’ve tried pretty much every major salon, including Goodform, Maxime, Fekkai, Cristophe, Umberto... But, I never returned to the same place twice because I never got personal attention, I always paid way too much, and I always left with the same, generic blonde “Do” you seem to see on every soccer mom and street corner in the Westside. So, to say I was a little disillusioned by the time I read Ali's reviews on CitySearch and made an appointment is an understatement. But, I was SO pleasantly surprised with Ali and with The Cottage!
First, Ali spends A LOT of time with each of his clients. I think my appointments tend run about 2 hours with no overlap in appointments and no extra fee for the time (as I’ve experienced elsewhere). He’s never once been late or kept me waiting, or taken calls during our appointments, and I’ve never ever felt rushed. He also never ever tries to sell you product, which is a rare treat these days!
Second, Ali is a color specialist. At your first appointment, he'll do an assessment of the quality of your hair and what sort of cut/color you’re looking for and will offer you advice about how to make that work with the shape of your face/features and your individual coloring/complexion. (He actually takes notes, too!) Then, he'll offer you advice about what color or combination of colors will work best with your unique skin and eye coloration. (He typically weaves in 2-3 different color highlights into my hair, alternating every other appointment between highlights and lowlights.)
The result, for me, is that my hair looks healthier than it has in years (despite the damage I inflict upon it!), and I finally have my youthful blonde back. Ali’s done such a tremendous job masking my dishwater blonde/brown locks that I keep receiving compliments on the cut/color – even weeks after my appointments when I think the roots are starting to show. In fact, Ali does SUCH a tremendous job with my color and cut, that I don’t even really have to come in to see him for touch ups that often – maybe once every 2 months, since the highlights grow out so naturally. (That’s bad for him, but good for my pocketbook!)
Lastly, Ali is just a really decent human being and a whole lot of fun to talk to during the appointments. You can tell that he has good relationships with everybody at The Cottage. Also, unlike a lot of hair stylists out there (and again, I think I’ve seen a lot of the best LA has to offer!), he seems to really take pride in his profession and in getting to know his clients and helping them be their best selves. He and the entire team at The Cottage have created such a welcoming, “family” environment, that I look forward to the commute out there and won't be seeing anyone else anytime soon.
Thank you, Ali!
Best hairdresser in town – Ali is an amazing artist. He knows what's best for you. He is also a food listener and really care about his customer. Definitely a keeper!!
Did my hair color for my wedding! Stunning! – Just wanted to thank you Ali! You did my hair color for my wedding and it looked absolutely stunning! Thank you for taking the time as usual to listen and produce exactly what I asked for. You have a talent for giving my hair the most gorgeous, natural highlights. I have since moved to Belgium and recently had to get my roots done, and of course, now I look like a stripey skunk. I want my Ali back! When I come back to LA you will be the first person I stop in to see. Thanks for your brilliance! You are such a talented colorist.
Great place for color! – Every time I leave Ali from having my color done people comment how nice it is to see a natural blonde.
Is great as I have my hair lightened 3 levels!
Ali is kind and friendly. The salon itself is clean, friendly, professional, relaxing.
If you need color, Ali is the man to go to-
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