Daniel “Danny” Moon is an acclaimed LA-based hair colourist, salon-owner, business man, and overall artistic spirit. He’s worked with just about everyone, from indie rockers to rappers, and actors to reality stars; and it’s not surprising why everyone trusts him with their manes. Moon has mastered his colour knowledge and skillset, plus he’s proved to always be a step or two ahead of the times. If you scroll down his Instagram account, you will see green dip dye as early as 2011, years before it was cool. In the noughties, crazy coloured hair was only really seen on punks, emos and scene kids. Then came the turn of the decade and with it came Katy Perry’s California Gurls and Nicki Minaj’s Superbass, setting the tone for years of unnatural coloured hair and wigs to come.
People who had tumblr would have been at the forefront of hair dyeing in 2011 and 2012, but it took a few more years plus Kylie’s teal dipdye in 2014 (also Moon’s work) until the mainstream finally caught on. When other hairdressers started making the switch from subtle ombrés to bold colours, Daniel Moon was there, prepared and ready to go with years of crazy colour experience already. He quickly became the go-to colourist for most of LA’s residents and his business started booming. He now owns his own salon HAIR, sells HAIR merch, Major Moonshine glitter gels, and Major Aprons for hairdressers.
When did you first open your salon HAIR? Can you describe your journey from beauty school to being a salon owner? I was taking private clients at my art studio in the industrial area of downtown Los Angeles as of September of 2017. The salon HAIR Los Angeles was launched in March of 2018, alongside my second brand HAIR, which also includes merchandise like t-shirts and hair accessories. This added to my first product line Major Moonshine, which includes glitter gel and PVC see-through aprons.
My journey has been very colourful. There have been a ton of challenges. Finding an identity and a passion for hair that resonates with me could have only been created the way that it was. Being around numerous celebrity hairdressers such as John Sahag, Christiaan Houtenbos, Andy Lecompte, Chris Appleton, George Papanikolas, Christopher Pierce, Jen Atkin, and Sally Hershberger, to name a few, has inspired me and touched me in a way that has allowed me to continue down this colourful path set in front of me.
I was once told that I should stop doing colourful hair because I would be branded as the rainbow guy in the industry, which the rebel side of me would not allow me to ever listen to. So, I was branded the rainbow guy in the industry. Working with celebrities like Zoe Kravitz, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Kanye West, and Kylie Jenner, and creating iconic looks for artists inspired me to take it to the next level and open up my own space that would create a higher vibrating environment to continue this journey with special people and creators.