Long story short, go see Terra for cut and color. After seeing her my hair looks the best is has in 7 years.
And the long story: I Moved to L.A 7 years ago, and slowly my long beautiful natural looking ashy blonde hair (which was full of dimension), started looking like it was all one color, dry, over processed and started breaking off about 4 inched from my scalp. I'm an x model who used to make great money and was willing to spend whatever it took to keep my beautiful hair beautiful. From the start I was going to places like Frederick Fekkai, Louise Lacari, David Paul (that salon was the major reason my hair started breaking off- never go there! I saw the owner (David) and he was horrible!) I was paying about 400 a pop for color only. I could not understand why It was so impossible to find a good colorist. Isn't it supposed to be that the more money you spend, the better quality hair care you get?
Here's what I finally learned: In Toronto (and I'm sure quite a few other places around the world) The owners of high end salons spend their own money sending their stylists who work for them to all kinds of education seminars etc. If you look up hair salons in the Yorkville area in T.O you can read on their websites how seriously they take hair EDUCATION. You can pretty much walk into any high end salon there, and you're going to get incredible color. In L.A, on the other hand (I'm not sure if it's LA, CA, or the U.S in general) The system is quite different. Most high end salons RENT BOOTHS to random hair colorists. If you are a colorist, and you can afford to rent a booth at Fekkai for example- because daddy has money- you can work there. There is no training at all, and basically, no standards!
By sheer luck I found Terra at Gillian Bissett. She is the first person I have ever spoken to in this city who understands color. She has been trained vigorously and is extremely educated in color. Excellent cuts too. And the second best part? Inexpensive, no attitude, and she has a very gentle touch- I can't stand having my hair combed through, and I didn't even notice her doing it!
Pros: excellent cut and color, no attitude, low price