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Meet Tamara Perry and Vanessa McGrath of Perry McGrath Salon in Elysian Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamara Perry & Vanessa McGrath.

Vanessa McGrath started her apprenticeship under British-trained color specialists in 1989, & from there worked in departmentalized salons such as John Freida & Sally Hershberger as a colorist & educator.

Tamara Perry got her start in the creative neighborhood of Silverlake in an innovative, high end salon where she met Vanessa.

In 2014, after a successful 8 year career as head stylist & educator, Tamara joined forces with Vanessa and opened Perry McGrath salon.

“Inspired to create a space where hair design, art and culture could collide we surrounded ourselves with hairstylists who have similar creative sensibilities. We wanted to do hair, have fun and utilize our space for other creative outlets.

Our success comes from clients feeling a part of our community, not only from having their hair done but by being involved in our various events. It’s a collaborative effort. People feel comfortable here, and we are a welcoming environment.”

Has it been a smooth road?
Struggles would include transitioning from being a hairstylist into the role of an owner/boss. Overseeing the management of the salon while being a fully booked stylist, also guiding a staff. It’s definitely and advantage, having been both sides of the fence. We believe in a family environment, more of a collective rather than a hierarchy. We learn a lot from each other, and are open to sharing knowledge in terms of technique and skill.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Perry McGrath Salon – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Perry McGrath Salon is a hair salon/creative hub dedicated to a refined approach to cut & color.

We specialize in precision haircuts, modern & classic color also wearable hairstyles that are wash & go.

We are known for our Vidal Sassoon approach, haircuts that grow out well, complimentary bang trims and clean-ups.

As a company we are most proud of our incredibly talented staff. Everybody pitches in and the skill level is through the roof. The hustle and bustle of a busy salon can be intense so working with a supportive team is vital. It’s been rewarding to see the staff’s business grow and build a clientele. We are also proud of our assistants, Angel and Ekaterina. They work very hard to make sure everything runs smoothly, couldn’t do it without them.

What sets us apart is we specialize in cuts and color which supports us working as a team. We also have an advanced education program for the assistants to perfect their skills and prepare them for taking clients. This is a lovely way for the hairstylists to give back and share their knowledge.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The diversity, without a doubt, is what we like best. All the different walks of life and the accepting nature that makes Los Angeles what it is. As a hairstylist you get a unique peek into people’s lives. People share with you everything, and we mean everything. It’s comforting to know that as different as we all are, we’re pretty much the same. Most of us have the same wants, needs and desires. And we all want out hair to look good.

What do we like least? Parking! The lack of. And traffic of course.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Perry McGrath Salon
    2019 Riverside Dr
    Los Angeles, Ca. 90039
  • Website:
  • Phone: 3239135942
  • Email:

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Jessie Cowan

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