Beauty industry trend forecaster turned natural, non-toxic salon owner Myka Harris and celebrity Hollywood hair colorist Kadi Lee have a combined 40 years of experience in beauty. When these friends of over two decades found themselves increasingly asked by their clients what they were wearing and reading, where they were going and what they were buying, what transpired was a blog called Highbrow Hippie about everything from French pharmacy finds to current events, to musings on personal style, interior design, yoga, and crystals. Drawing on their years of insider knowledge; taking inspiration from far-flung locales including Paris, Munich, and Italy, Los Angeles, New York, Jamaica, and Atlanta; combining that with their own personal journeys and passions as professionals and free-spirits Highbrow Hippie focuses on beauty, wellness, and conscious living. Friends since meeting at Spelman College, Kadi and Myka have a point of view that is de fined as much by their roots as their aspirations. Myka went on to attend Parsons School of Design in Paris while Kadi graduated from The Aveda Institute before they both landed in New York City to pursue their careers.
The pair have established themselves as leaders in the beauty and lifestyle space with firsthand experience of everything from design and trend forecasting, to clean beauty and salon services to celebrity and red carpet looks. Looking to bring this shared love of beauty, wellness, and living to a wider audience, the Highbrow Hippie brand has evolved into a brick and mortar space.
Highbrow Hippie is a conscious lifestyle brand for people who live with awareness and care for their surroundings. Through its unique community, e- commerce site and eclectic brick and mortar space “The Atelier”; Highbrow Hippie offers a holistic and sustainable approach to wellbeing and beauty, including clean, high performance, restorative salon services, and retail products tailored to de -stress contemporary living.
Located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California, The Highbrow Hippie atelier is a space where you can indulge in high-end beauty treatments and services, restorative and energizing yoga and meditation sessions, curated community gatherings, and an elevated lifestyle retail experience. Wellness is the new attainable luxury and we want you to feel transformed every time you visit, with experiences and interactions that promote well-being. Beauty in all things is the underlying foundation .
The curation of salon services and lifestyle products are an extension of our luxuriously laid back philosophy. Catering to a community of freethinking individuals, the space will be gathering spot offering beauty services and a varied calendar of events. Designed by Myka Harris, it’s a gathering spot where we practice self care, create and collaborate with others. The vibe is warm and welcoming and the focus is on customer service, experience, and comfort. While on busy Abbot Kinney, it’s tucked away above the James Perse store, accessible through a quiet courtyard where clients are invited to sit and take respite from the busy day. Upstairs, clients will find a large patio overlooking Abbot Kinney surrounded by trees and plants. Inside they will find a mix of vintage and new materials and furnishings, sourced to create a modern bohemian vibe. The treatment menu takes a holistic approach to wellbeing and beauty focusing on clean, high performance, restorative services tailored to de-stress contemporary living — easy yet indulgent.