In L.A., the bar for hip hair salons is set pretty high. That said, we still get a thrill every time we step inside Salon Benjamin’s cool, open space on Melrose. Never mind the fact that the salon sits across the street from the coolest vegan lunch spot in town or the roster of famous faces that make their way in to see Benjamin and team regularly, the space itself is so fun and cozy with it’s gallery walls, vintage furniture and reclaimed wood floors, we’d visit just for the coffee and the magazines.
Benjamin Mohapi, the founder of Benjamin with Negin Zand Salon, is all about simple, understated beauty and the products he uses in the salon really strike a chord with us. We love seeing our fave natural hair brands, from Davines to Rahua, lining the walls of the shampoo room, and the salon’s accompanying apothecary Selects is an inspired curation of beauty products in an equally as inspired little boudoir-style room. Benjamin and team are constantly on the hunt for new, well-designed and highly functional beauty brands that meet their green standards. Here are a few of his latest favorite natural wonders…
Rahua, made from restorative oils from the Amazon rainforest, makes your hair feel thick and lustrous. It’s also made from 100% natural ingredients.
Fig & Yarrow
Fig and Yarrow offers a line of small-batch, handmade organic products. It really is a super natural brand. It’s made from vibrant roots, leaves, flowers, minerals and essential oils. Proper hippy stuff, but it’s totally modern and totally works.
Grown Alchemist is an organic skincare line that changed the traditional approach to anti-aging skincare and body products. They give you the results without the harmful chemicals.
Earth tu Face
Earth tu Face is made by two herbalists in their garden to create a purely plant-based, 100% natural skincare line, free of toxins or synthetic compounds. These guys are full-on serious when it comes to doing it right.
Cabella has haircare line of anti-aging and botanically rich products that are organic while supporting the environment. Formulated from rare, natural essences distilled from nature, they have managed to create something very special indeed.
ORG is an organic mineral face and body peel that is formulated to brighten your complexion and leave your skin feeling refreshed. It removes all dry-skin buildup anywhere on the body or face. You only need to try this once and you will buy everything they have in the store. This stuff is amazing.