Our Stylists

Gill Hodgson


Inspired by the mod hair and Vivienne Westwood fashions that swept through her hometown of London in the 70s, Gill Hodgson began experimenting on her most adventuresome friends and quickly became one of the city’s up-and-coming hairdressers. In 1980 a young Gill came to Los Angeles at the request of then-employer Joseph Kendall, and started work at some of the top salons – Michaeljohn and A.T. Tramp – where her sharp scissors and snappy Brit wit soon developed a loyal following.

In 1986 she decided to open her own salon with master colorist Robert Snaith and, needing a name, looked to music for inspiration: one night Gill was listening to Sade and heard the chanteuse singing the salon’s name in jazzy, swoon-inducing hit “Sweetest Taboo”. If it sounds like there’s a song behind everything Gill does… there is. All of the posters in Taboo’s windows are inspired by specific songs from the likes of Joe Cocker and David Bowie, who has been a massive influence through the years. Thanks to her in-the-know clientele and her own love for the good life, Gill has become as celebrated for her up-to-the-minute music, restaurant and travel recommendations as she has for her fashion-forward hairstyles.

Gill is married to Michael Hodgson, a renowned designer who is admired for his contributions to the salon and his own fantastically good taste. The groovy couple have three daughters: Lily who lives in Toronto, Maudie Rae who lives in London, and Lucie who lives with them in sunny Venice.



Since she was 13 and growing up in Sherman Oaks, California, Caitlin has been trying out crazy, funky hairstyles on herself and her friends, and now she’s made a career out of it. “I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she says. Caitlin loves working with color, primarily the balayage technique with olaplex, as it brings out her most creative side, as does finishing the hair with volume and texture.


Since experimenting on her sister’s hair as a child, Deshani has loved the creativity of styling. She grew up in Sri Lanka, moved to LA for cosmetology school and first assisted us in 2000; today she offers all cutting and coloring services, keratin treatments and perms. Deshani enjoys the wonderful relationships she has built with her clients, who always become her friends.


Dori grew up in the Beach cities of Southern California. She graduated from the Aveda institute and then apprenticed here at Taboo where she continues to hone her skills and is inspired by the Taboo team. She Specializes in cutting and coloring for men and women and likes to create Wearable hair, harmonizing the shape with the color. She is Inspired by vintage and classic fashion photos. Dori likes to communicates her ideas with her clients to ensure that they love the final results. On her days off Dori likes to get out of the hectic environment of the salon and enjoy the beautiful local beaches. "It's the perfect balance for my life" say's Dori.


An island farm girl from Hawaii, Elva’s inspiration for becoming a stylist was “growing up in the 60s, the music, fashion and Vidal Sassoon, the whole movement of peace, love, pot…” Elva is interested in every aspect of hairdressing, including working with essential oils for healing purposes, and when asked to describe herself, says “one love personified”.



Erik is a native Californian with a huge following on Instagram. He loves to work with creative people that inspire him, and always has a long-term vision for his clients’ hair – he likes for them to feel part of the process. Erik describes his coloring as “soft, blended, vibrant, youthful” and his haircutting style as “consistent, workable, customized shapes”.


Esther has always understood the individual needs of clients, even as a youngster working on her cousins’ and friends’ hair. Since graduating from Vidal Sassoon her specialty has been clean, precision cutting, and she is also our resident realist – she understands the importance of having maintainable, yet utterly chic, hair. Asked to describe herself, Esther says “honest, friendly, and devoted”.



Gabriella is originally from Boston where she she trained and worked at two "best of Boston" salons. She specializes in cutting and styling for Men and women, keratin smoothing treatments and hot head hair extensions. Her styling skills are in high demand for photo shoots and special events.

Gabriella Loves to create a personal style for her clients that compliments their face, personality and lifestyle. From classics to edgy. She prides herself on her listening skills and guiding her clients to the right look and building long term relationships with them. She is inspired by other hair artists and the innovative brands they represent as well as the diverse styles she has been exposed to on her travels throughout Europe.



Jovan was born in Long Beach. He became interested in hair at the age of 13, when he first saw Orlando Pita’s work with Kate Moss and Jean Paul Gaultier. He enjoys styling fashion shows and editorials, and his specialties are keratin treatments, short haircuts and invisible layering, as well as dreadlocks and afro perms.



Mairena is a Southern California native who finds inspiration by pushing the envelope with her creative cuts, color and hair extensions. She loves to conspire with her clients to come up with something fun, edgy and captivating that reflects their personality and lifestyle.While striving to get the desired results, maintaining the integrity of the hair is her top priority. When consulting with her clients, she likes to use visuals so that she can best covey her ideas. Mairena graduated from The Paul Mitchell school and took creative cutting and coloring courses at The Vidal Sassoon academy before refining her training at Taboo under the close attention of Erik Hagen.

She is loved at Taboo for always having a smile on her face.


Melody, our bridal hair specialist, began cutting her life-size Barbie head at the age of eight. Soon Barbie’s head was bald and she moved onto trimming her mom’s waist-length hair. With a love for punk rock and 60’s and 70’s styles, Melody realized her calling in hair. Melody started training at Taboo right out of beauty school, where her hair cutting skills, retro up-do’s and special occasion hairdressing are in constant demand—she is the up-do queen. The LA native prides herself on her honesty when consulting with clients, truly listening to their needs.



Moët is originally from Tokyo and understands Asian hair perfectly. Moët specializes in coloring and dry haircutting, and likes to consult with each client to create a unique look in keeping with their hair texture, their fashion sense and their lifestyle. She styled the hair for the 2016 Lee Jeans Japan campaign and has also worked backstage at LA Fashion Week