“In the block of marble I see an angel as plain as though it stood
before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to
hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely angel to reveal it to
the other eyes as mine see it and set it free…”
Shin An is widely recognized for her transformative work with cut and color. She intimately understands the potential and possibility that exists within the scope of hair styling and works with clients to deliver their dream hair.
Whether it’s a subtle change or complete makeover, the result is ecstatic clients who love and can manage their own hair.
An’s approach is more of visual artist than stylist, envisioning shapes and textures, then sculpting precise “fits” for each face, head shape and body.
It is this innate ability to identify optimal cut and color for each individual client and empower them to take risks that delivers what they never thought possible.
For this Korean-born, Wisconsin-raided native, the borderline obsession with the art of shapes helped fuel a career trajectory that would catapult Shin to the top of her field. She quickly became known for her transformative work while styling at some of New York’s premiere salons. Editors, models, actors, musicians, businessmen and women sought out Shin for her ability to cast a soft critical eye and deliver image-altering results with her signature dry cutting and color enhancement.
Shin views hair as the most important accessory one can wear. “Hair is at the very core of an individual’s self expression. The style you present to the world says volumes about how you perceive yourself or how you want to be perceived. And it can have a huge impact on your psyche,” extols An.
With over 20 years of experience, Shin has maintained a loyal clientele that spans across the US and is internationally based. In November 2011, she made the move west to open her eponymous salon, SHIN, on Los Angeles’ Westside in Santa Monica. Shin currently lives in Santa Monica with her two daughters, Luci and Noa.
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The Birth of Shin
In 1993, Shin moved to Chicago from her hometown in Wisconsin. There she met architect/designer Suhail. Inspired by his passion and creative vision, there was a connection. She expressed, one day she would build a salon near a ‘body of water’.
Shin’s journey then took her to NYC and there she worked with Mark Garrison and Paul Labrecque. In 1998, she went to LA on a business trip and decided to venture out to Santa Monica. It was while she was at the Santa Monica beach that she experienced her epiphany and realized that one day she would live there.
More than ten years passed and finally, in the summer of 2011, Suhail received the call recieved the call and knew it was time to help her realize her dream.
The envionment needed to exude intimacy and modernity at once, embodying a sense of warmth, freshness and reflecting, in part, Shin's Korean heritage.
First there was the space – a 1,160 square foot cottagestyle retreat on Montana Avenue in the heart of Santa Monica. A deconstructed take on the otherwise antiquated salon format, SHIN incorporated the critical elements of a luxury salon experience into an art installation that represented her personality and philosophy. At all times, Suhail was conscious of including a connection to nature and culture through the peaceful simplicity of clean modern lines and an elegant yet functional aesthetic. Ultimately, Shin would become a place where clients come to spend as little or as much time as they desire…
With a streetside wooden façade, the discretely relocated side entrance has a ramped access way. Upon entering, clients are greeted by hand carved dark blonde wooden panels or “cultural tattoos,” adding to the abstract Asian influenced decor. The interior walls were adorned with bright mosaics and intricate wood carvings of a red and black gradient stained koi design, symbolizing perseverance and strength. Once inside, one sees the fiery red dragon carved out of lacquered wood, which serves to invite good tidings. A teal carved cherry blossom, a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, contrasts the carved goblin mask, viewed complete only through the mirror in a reflection, and represents magical and mischievous spirits.
About Suhail Design Studio
Focuses on the design, development and manufacture of innovative interior environments and products. With an understanding of architecture, interiors, construction, fabrication, graphics, multimedia and merchandising, we strive to apply these mediums to our projects creating a completely unique and cohesive end product for the client.
The diversity of projects include designs for hospitality, retail, exhibit, sculpture, art installations, furniture and residential, pushing the use of new technology, materials and design processes with an alternative and unique point of view. Suhail Design Studio is committed to design integrity, originality and quality.
Suhail Design Studio specializes in developing a concept from inception to finished product and services include everything from webdesign, brand development, personalized artwork, custom furniture and fabrications and installations, so that the concept has complete cohesion and consistency within a given theme. His clients can expect him to thoroughly communicate and drive the concept while delivering the project underbudget and on schedule.
Suhail carefully constructed his design approach for Shin by taking a page from significant moments and observations throughout their longstanding friendship. The environment needed to exude intimacy and modernity at once, embodying a sense of warmth, freshness and reflecting, in part, Shin’s Korean heritage.
Suhail’s design philosophy is abstract, deconstructionist, modernist and minimal. His strength lies in his ability to develop and translate the client’s vision as well as to elevate it into strong design themes, concepts and tangibles. After discussing the client’s vision at length, Suhail delves into extensive research before developing his concepts and incorporates elements of the client’s vision into his final design.
Ultimately, his clients receive a unique concept that incorporates pragmatic elements of design resulting in an art installation that doubles as a functional environment. www.suhaildesign.com
haircut w/ shin 275
updo (*does not include blow out) 150+
color / single 65+
highlights / lowlights 75+
straightening / relaxer 125+
varnish / gloss 65+
color fresh 125+
1/4 head highlights / lowlights w/single 175/225+
1/2 head highlights / lowlights w/single 225/275+
full head highlights / lowlights w/single 225/325+
permanent wave 400+
straighteners /relaxers 400+
keratin conditioning treatment 400+
eyebrow tweezing 35
eyebrow tinting 25
silk deep conditioning treatment 25
This treatment lavishes each strand in perfecting quinoa proteins and luxe
moisterizers to produce a miracle in minutes. Color Life Technology enhances and extends optimal color brilliance [safe for after color treatment].
orchid mask 25
Silk proteins, vegetal ceramids and oils work together to smooth, detangle, protect and restructure hair fiber. Leaves hair soft and manageable [safe for after color treatment].
olaplex treatment 35
Rebonds and repairs damaged hair. Restoring strength, structure and the integrity of the hair. Not just a conditioning treatment, it heals hair [safe for after color treatment].
scalp and hair facials
four step philip b. rejuvenating oil treatment 125
Purifying Scalp Treatment : This unique treatment does it all: eliminates frizz, thickens
limp, fine hair and heals troubled scalps -- targeting dandruff and psoriasis. The
process includes scientific brushing, scalp massage, rejuvenating oil with deep heat
penetration, specialized “double” shampoo process and deep conditioning of the
internal and external hair shaft.
youth boost scalp facial 110
Our Youth Boost Scalp Facial is specifically designed to combat the issues hair faces as time marches on and gets tired from everyday wear and tear. Years of exposure to hot blow dryers, flat and curling irons take their toll after years of exposure, not to mention hormonal changes as we age. This can result in loss of luster and coarser, thinner hair. This unique scalp and hair treatment restores hair's youthful vitality, leaving hair strengthened, smooth, shiny and revitalized.
like a virgin hair treatment and shine booster 125
Purifies and exfoliates the scalp, which promotes shine and hair growth. Olaplex rebonds and repairs damaged hair, restoring strength, structure and the integrity of the hair. Not just a conditioning treatment, it heals hair.
day of event 350+
Off-site styling available upon request
At the Beauty Bungalow
All treatments at the Shin Beauty
Bungalow are custom-tailored
according to our clients wishes
and an assessment by our
A thorough analysis of the skin
is conducted and the desired
outcome for results are discussed
with a plan created between
therapist and client for individualized,
Our Signature Facial begins with
a thorough double cleanse using
appropriately selected formulations,
then skin is steamed and prepped
for extraction. Depending on the
state of the client’s skin, a physical
(micro-dermabrasion, derma file)
and/or chemical (enzymatic)
exfoliation/peel will be administered.
A toning facial massage, which lifts
and firms the neck and facial area,
is part of the treatment which is
finished with a deeply hydrating and
firming mask and an oxygen infusion
$135 single / Package of 3 $375
Deluxe FACE + BODY
The Deluxe FACE + BODY treatment begins with a dry-lift contouring massage of the face and décolleté which optimizes circulation, drains lymph and enlivens the skin. A deep facial cleanse is then performed with intensely hydrating oil - melting away lines and lifting muscle with a facial massage technique that is akin to exercise for the skin. This is especially effective for loss of elasticity, drooping jowls and sagging necklines. Improvement is visible after just one treatment. A second cleanser is used to sweep away all remaining impurities for a thoroughly cleansed and deeply hydrated countenance. Depending on the state of the client’s skin, a physical (micro-dermabrasion, derma file) and/or chemical (enzymatic) exfoliation/ peel will be administered, as well as extraction to refine and purify the pores. Micro-currents infuse lifting serums or masks and the treatment is finished with a vitamin
and mineral oxygen infusion. Lastly, LHE/micro phototherapy and LED lights are custom-prescribed depending on need – collagen restoration, inflammation reduction, acne etc. The skin of the body is also thoroughly refreshed during this treatment - deeply exfoliated with micro-dermabrasion and an enzymatic peel, paying special attention to the décolletage, hands, elbows, and knees but leaving all skin hydrated, soft and youthful.
$325 Package of 3 $900
Signature Plus, our deluxe anti-
aging facial, works as a non-invasive
‘facelift’ to address skin issues due
to biological aging and environmental aggression. The session begins with a
thorough assessment of the client’s
skin condition and concerns. After
a dry-lift contouring massage of the
face to optimize circulation, drain
lymph and enliven the skin, a deep
facial cleanse is then performed with
intensely hydrating oil - melting away
lines and lifting muscle with a facial
massage technique akin to exercise
for the skin. This is especially
effective for loss of elasticity,
drooping jowls and sagging necklines. Improvement is visible after just one
treatment. A second cleanser is used
to sweep away all remaining impurities
for a thoroughly cleansed and deeply
hydrated countenance. Depending on
the state of the client’s skin, a physical (micro-dermabrasion, derma file) and/
or chemical (enzymatic) exfoliation/
peel will be administered, as well as extraction to refine and purify the
pores. Micro-currents are then used
to infuse lifting serums or masks and
the Signature Plus is finished with a
vitamin and mineral oxygen infusion.
$200 single/ Package of 3 $550
1025 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90403
We accept AMEX, Visa and Mastercard. We do not accept personal checks.
Gift cards available in any denomination.
In consideration of our other clients and technicians, please provide a minimum 3 hour
notice. A credit card is required to secure appointments. No-shows will be charged the
full service price.
hours of operation
monday – saturday 9am – 6pm
sunday 11am – 5pm
After hours available upon request
at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212.206.9192.