Located just a couple of blocks away from the Riverside Central Plaza is a hair jewel! Over the past few years I have been to countless hair salons all over the Inland Empire , but none had the same hair experience, artistic styling, and friendly personal touch like Ilo.
Ilo could never be referred to as “typical” with its funky, postmodern, whimsical design. An ironic, stylized large white ceramic moose heads adorns the wall over the sinks; Pretty crystal chandeliers and crisp B&W photography complement the charcoal walls. Casting off Bumble and Bumble or Aveda products that salons in this area frequently fall back on, Ilo chose to go with the Swedish hair care line Sachajuan, a cutting edge company that has been getting rave reviews all over the fashion industry.
Brian Johnson, Ilo’s owner, shared his favorite fashion blogs (Death by Fashion, Mevoque) during a lengthy, yet very informative, discussion about hair trends in the US over the past 6 months. He makes sure the stylists at his salon are comfortable with any hair trend, including feathering, hair extensions, braids, etc.
Have you seen the girls whose hair is darkest at the top and then recedes into light at the ends? This popular stye is known as the “Ombre”, and is a favorite of Brians. I decided to try the ombre, and absolutely love the look and feel of my hair. At the time of my styling, one lady was getting a Brazilian Keratin blowout, another lady was having her hair dyed, and several others were simply getting their hair cut. Everyone looked great, but more importantly were very pleased with the final product.
Anyone who has looked knows it’s incredibly hard to find a quality hair stylist in the Inland Empire, and we’re lucky to have a fabulous venue in Riverside, filled with stylists with a wide range of expertise. Find them on Facebook!
Ilo Hair Salon: 3951 Merrill Ave. Riverside, 92506. To schedule an appointment, call 951.683.6595.