Elle | America’s Best Hair – Top 100 Salons



We surveyed the top 100 salons across the country to bring you ELLE’s annual report of the most requested cuts and colors. Here, how to make the winning looks you own.

By Ali Finney

America The Beautiful

We assembled a list of ELLE-approved salons in every state. Find yours here!


WINNER: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
RUNNERS-UP: Alexa Chung, Zoë Kravitz, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Mara
Queen B’s Beyhive made her asymmetrical bob our number-one most-requested cut this year. Her hairstylist, Kim Kimble, gets an A-plus in advanced geometry for the precise angles: A wedge in the back gives hair a “little bit of volume,” while the 45-degree angle to the front helps elongate the face. For extra credit, Kimble parts hair close to the middle, aiming just above the inner eyebrow. San Diego salon owner Jet Rhys calls the look “the little black dress of haircuts,” but says that the way it’s styled is key. “The West Coast likes to keep things casual and a bit free,” she says, “but we also want to be polished.”


BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Sumo Wax helps “separate ends without weighing them down,” Rhys says; GÖT2B Oil-licous shampoo prevents bobs from going flat; SUAVE Natural Infusion Seaweed All Day Body Leave-In Foam builds texture for an undone look; use a HARRY JOSH blow-dryer but skip the brush, “scrunching hair until it’s about 90 percent dry,” Rhys says.

The Secret to Achieving Sky-High Hair

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By Jet Rhys, Special to Everyday Health

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The one product from Kérastase that I cannot live without is Mousse Bouffante. Yes, mousse – and remove that image of Bon Jovi from your mind! I have to say, when I first heard that foam and mousse were making a comeback, I thought of stiff, crunchy hair. But this mousse is a new and different generation. It’s light and airy in texture, but it packs a punch in the body-building arena! After using a golf-ball sized blob, brushes can still glide easily through the hair, which makes it easy to blow-dry. I’m also able to use the mousse on fine, thick, curly, or straight hair! I especially love the benefit of the UV protection and vitamin E filter in it, which is so important to me on the West Coast because of the intense sun rays.

Behind the Label

What it is: Volumizing mousse

Star ingredient: Micronized polymers that give maximum hold with flexible movement and shape memory to hair

Buy it: Kérastase Mousse Bouffante ($37)

Jet Rhys is a hairstylist and owner of the Jet Rhys salons in California.

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Short Hair | Hair Preview 2015 – On Top of the Trends

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Inject a bob with epic flair via bangs that kiss the eye on one side, then go deep on the other to hit the temple area. To up the ante even more, try the color pop technique: “Extreme colors like cherry red and bronze are fused together for an extra-hyper hue that enhances the bold cut,” explains Jet Rhys of her namesake salon in San Diego, CA.