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Salon Review: Umberto Beverly Hills!

I’m not going to lie and say that a business trip for Make Her Up is rough. It’s not. First we get to stop by the amazing ByuTi Salon in Brentwood, and THEN the next day we get to wake up and visit the Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills. UMBERTO!?

When I first came in contact with Umberto’s team – we had set up an appointment to visit the salon, and then either get a haircut or a blowout. Heck, Erin and I were thrilled to have an excuse to walk in the doors, let alone actually receive a treatment! A couple days before we flew to L.A. I heard the amazing news that Umberto, the master himself, the building’s namesake – wanted to cut our hair personally. PERSONALLY! My immediate gut reaction (if I’m being honest) is of sheer terror. I’m thinking to myself – I’m too big, I’m too Beaverton (it’s where we reign from), I’m too poor, I’m too underdressed, I’m just too….. everything. I felt like walking into that salon I would stick out like a sore thumb. So psyching myself up for this visit was a bit challenging. But we did it! And I’m so glad we did!


We walked in, and were greeted by the most amazing two women. I’m kicking myself for not writing their names down, because they made our entire experience so amazing. Instead, I’ll post their picture! These two women were amazing!

Erin and I were whisked into a back room, where we changed out of our overcoats, and into a robe. These two beautiful ladies walked us upstairs – and into Umberto’s corner. (This is the point where I start FREAKING OUT).


Next thing I know, out walks this gorgeous older man, in khaki’s,  a t-shirt and Converse shoes. I think – this cannot be him!  Next thing I know, Umberto introduces himself, and starts the conversation almost immediately by complimenting my hair. He asks me “what would you like”? I feel at this moment like I’m telling Picaso how to paint – so I meekly say “You’re the master! You decide!” He tells me he loves the haircut I already have – and will go with that. He proceeds to cut my hair – all the while complimenting me left and right about my hair. I’m feeling less and less like a schmuck. He tells me about his native home (Rome), about his daughter who produces many (if not all) of Quentin Tarantino films, he talks about meeting Leonardo DiCaprio and how he’s a “complete gentleman”. He told Erin the secret to drying your own tomatoes – like his mom did in Rome. He was a beautiful, friendly, amazing man.


He tells me how important it is for him to appeal to “everyone”. His main goal is to create products that everyone can afford, can access, can enjoy. Later when I walked through his salon – I realize he’s not kidding! He creates his products for EVERYONE – not just the wealthy. The products he used in his HUGE Beverly Hills salon are the SAME products you can pick up at Target.

He talked to us about the importance of good shampoo and conditioner. He said it ALL starts there. Without good shampoo and conditioner, your hair doesn’t stand a chance!

The motto at the Umberto Salon – something I heard over and over – was Umberto has “something for everyone”. He strives to create amazing products that everyone can afford.

He has his hands in every single aspect of his products. When creating a new brush – he literally counts every single bristle himself! Nothing hits the shelves without his stamp of approval. (And that comes after a long trial period to make sure there aren’t any kinks!)

While he was cutting my hair – he opened up about his newest venture, one he’s really excited about. All-In-One U Color by Umberto.

In the scissor-sharp arena of Beverly Hills hair salons, the name Umberto reigns supreme. For over three decades, Umberto has developed a reputation of sustained excellence. With his Beverly Hills Salons as the ultimate laboratory, Umberto has been able to identify exactly what women want and need to maintain beautiful hair. And now, women everywhere are able to enjoy the Umberto experience. Introducing All-In-One U Color by Umberto – the cutting-edge line of foolproof professional color in a no-measure sachet system that is so simple, anyone can get salon-style results in the comfort of their home.

At a time where money is tight and women are really cutting back on spending, Umberto wanted to provide women with a product that allows them to both look and feel beautiful even if they don’t have the money for in-salon color or frequent touch-ups. This specially formulated demi-permanent color has richer pigments for vibrant color. The formula is gentle like a semi-permanent but long lasting like a permanent color and because of the Equalizer it covers gray.  It is conveniently packaged in a mess-free Sachet Packet System designed to apply directly to the hair. Just snip, squeeze and smoosh!

Umberto stood by his philosophy: “Hair is magical. You can do more with hair than an artist can do with a paint brush.” In creating this line, Umberto gives women everywhere the simple tools they need to create any look they want.

No Measuring, No Mixing, No Mess!

Salon color has never been easier!  All-In-One U COLOR’s one-step Sachet Packet System of Color, Developer and Equalizer comes ready-to-use making the system fool proof for even the least savvy.  The magic Equalizer is the key to achieving results that no other at home product can duplicate.

 Even Color from Roots to Ends.

The Equalizer is the magic ingredient that works together with the color and developer during the chemical process to balance color absorption.  Because of the Equalizer, you’ll get full gray coverage and there’s no need to worry about a line of demarcation, or ends that ‘grab’ color and get too dark.

 Lasting Color, Conditioning and Shine.

The Equalizer also contains an added Clear Gloss and Conditioner.  Rather than use a pre- or post-conditioning treatment that only coats the hair, All-In-One U COLOR opens the hair shaft during processing allowing the Equalizer to penetrate the hair, locking in lasting color, conditioning and shine all in one easy step, avoiding another chemical process and time consuming step.

I’ve actually used his hair color before, and I love the results I get with it. I cannot wait to try this new line, I know it will not disappoint! The perfect complement his unique line of top quality hair care products, The UMBERTO Beverly Hills line of professional products, All-In-One U Color is available in 24 shades for a suggested retail price of $7.00 at leading beauty supply outlets and

Before I sign off, please click on the link above and check out Umberto’s new creation. Also – don’t forget you can pick up all of the products he used on Erin and I at your local major drugstore! (I get mine at Target.)

After taking the tour through his beautiful salon (see the pictures of our tour below) Umberto graciously posed for a picture with Erin and I. He gave us probably the BEST haircut we’ll ever have, and he was probably one of the most sincerely nicest people we’ll ever meet. If you ever have the opportunity – please stop by and check out Umberto’s salon in Beverly Hills. Even if you’re like us – and you’re from a town called BEAVERTON – you’ll feel right at home the moment you walk through those doors.


Salon Review: ByuTi Brentwood Salon!

Erin and I had the pleasure of taking a bit of a business trip down to Los Angeles last weekend. We decided we needed to go visit a few salons while we were there – and try out some amazing treatments and products along the way! We flew in Friday – and arrived at our hotel sometime around 3:00PM. We quickly showered and changed and headed to ByuTi Salon in Brentwood, California, (that’s us at the salon above….not too shabby for a day of travelling?).

We walked into this gorgeous salon, and were greeted warmly by a receptionist and the stylists who would be giving us our treatment. They also handed us both a much-appreciated-mimosa. After a day of flying and dealing with airports (ugh!) who couldn’t use a mimosa? We were sold.

“ByuTi provides clients with more than just a beautifying experience. From wholesome ingredients used to extra services provided, the goal is to serve with integrity, excellence, and professionalism.” This couldn’t have been more true. We were treated like royalty!

We were whisked to our stations, where our stylists went over the treatment we’d be receiving. We were both to receive a Blender Treatment – plus a blowout!

Custom-Blended Reparative Treatments:The ByuTi team specializes in creating healthy hair. Just as each client is unique, each treatment is specifically formulated to give him/her the greatest results possible. ByuTi Blender treatments are available to help smooth coarse hair, thicken fine or limp hair, add shine to dull locks, rebuild protein in weak or damaged hair, repair over-processed hair and to help fight oily hair. Clients can choose between one or multiple blenders to bring their hair to the fullest health and quality. 

Depending upon our particular hair needs – they whipped up a concoction of natural ingredients to spread on our hair. They applied the treatment to our scalp – and led us over to a machine that essentially looks like a hair dryer. But it’s a miraculous invention! They tighten a band around our hair – and for a few minutes, heat is pumped onto our hair – and the treatment begins it’s work. My stylist told me I should think of it as a “facial for my hair”. The product seeps into each hair follicle, and at the end of just a matter of minutes – a gust of cold air it shot through – and closes the hair follicles back up to lock in the conditioning treatment.

Here’s a picture of me – during my Blender Treatment (notice the mimosa).

ByuTi Blenders: Six different carefully-crafted blends can be added to any conditioner, promising to enhance its properties and healing of the hair. Custom-blended at the in-house ByuTi- bar, each treatment is blended with a Pureology® Masque, customized for clients’ needs. After application, clients relax under the micromist, which reduces the sizes of the conditioning particles so they slip though the layers of hair to deposit nutrients all the way to the core. Upon completion of the treatment, clients are given a special take-home treatment custom to their hair type.

Creating a salon experience that supersedes clients’ expectations, ByuTi Salon (pronounced beauty) is the premiere hair boutique led by beauty industry veteran Natasha Sunshine-Antonioni.  Now launching her second location in Brentwood, California, the new salon will accommodate her growing clientele with more space. As education is a priority at ByuTi and it’s much deeper than simply giving a great haircut, Natasha has developed a six-step consulting system to assist her expert staff to find out exactly what clients individual needs are.

 We always begin our consultation by telling our clients, ‘we do things a little differently here, we want to make sure that we are taking care of you from your scalp to your ends…’ — Natasha Sunshine-Antonioni

After our treatment, and then AMAZING blowout, we can honestly admit – our hair has never felt so soft. It’s been a week since I was in and received my treatment, and I can STILL feel the difference in my hair. If I lived near Brentwood (sniff, sniff), I’d be in Natasha’s salon CONSTANTLY. It is an experience you truly owe yourself. It feels amazing, and it lasts for a long time. As I write this, my hair STILL feels so soft. It’s been shinier, healthier and much more soft.

Please visit for information on the ByuTi Blender – and SO many other great services and products.

Here’s the after shot. We walked out of the salon – hopped in our (rented) convertible – and took this picture. Look at that fabulous hair!

PS: Please take a look at all of the pictures below from our salon visit! And don’t forget – if you’re ever in the area – please check out ByuTi Salon. You won’t be disappointed!

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