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Janie H. Testimonial

I have been Rene’s client since 1987. My hair has gone through many incarnations in that time – long and black, salt and pepper, short and blond, medium and red.

For fun, Rene now does two different colours in my hair. I have remained faithful through the years as he is an incredible talent and is probably the most patient person on the planet. I have watched him mentor many young stylists/colourists through the years and they have all gone on to become successful in their own careers.

Rene has a big heart, is generous the services he provides as a hair stylist and colourist and wonderful as a friend. I wouldn’t think of ever going anywhere else but to wherever Rene has his chair.

Janie H.

Children of the Night

Children Of The Night

Over two decades ago, while enrolled at Santa Monica College, I got a chance to do research and write a paper on child abuse. After going through library books and examining online articles, I decided to ask my clients about the shelters for abused children in Los Angeles. It was then that I was introduced to Children Of The Night.

I set up an appointment with Dr. Lois Lee, the founder of Children Of The Night and asked her about her work and the children that were in her shelters. She was extremely open to giving me all the information I needed and also allowed me to interview one of the girls who was part of her program. After our meeting I decided to find a way to offer my support.

Many years before while taking a Dale Carnegie workshop, I remember hearing that if therapy heals from the inside out, then healing from the outside in should also be possible. I also interviewed a lawyer and a psychologist to get a better understanding of the challenges these girls were dealing with. While the programs at Children Of The Night would support them with the healing from the inside out, I would support with the outside healing and their confidence by offering my services for free.

For the past two decades, I have supported everyone at the Children Of The Night shelters by taking care of any of their beauty needs which helps regain their confidence in themselves and others and to show up beautiful and powerful in the world.

Kimberly Hefner

Kimberly Hefner Testimonial

KH_300x300Rene has been coloring my hair for the past 20 years. Since blonde hair is prone to breakage he uses the best products and ensures great results for healthy , shiny hair. He also is versatile. I do have a tendency to change my hair color to warmer tones and he manages to transition the color smoothly.

When I’m due for a haircut, color, blow dry, touch up or a special event Rene is always accommodating. He isn’t just my hairdresser over the past 20 years we have become friends. He is trustworthy and confidential which is extremely important . I’m fortunate to have Rene in my life . I look forward to many more years of great, vibrant color and friendship with Rene.

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Alliance Française Annuel Gala 2014

An evening at the Alliance Française Annual Gala 2014

As a hairstylist I’m always interested in getting feedback from my customers and finding out what women are looking for in their hair products. So when Isabelle Leroux, president of Alliance Francaise invited me to their Annual Gala, I was more than happy to attend. Not only did I get a chance to spend an evening enjoying the fine wine and the amazing food with the French community, but I also got to hear their concerns about the challenges they’re having with their hair.

What I heard unanimously were a lot of concerns about dry hair, lack of shine as well as lack of volume. While living in a dry climate like Southern California can easily lead to dry hair if it’s not maintained properly, it’s important to always adapt our treatments to the type of hair as well as the climate. While there are many reasons for dry hair and lack of shine, from nutrition to the change of seasons and the changes in air humidity, the most common ones are overuse of hair coloring and shampoos containing sodium. By using a sodium free organic shampoo and a light highly nourishing conditioner like the ones from The Vandesande System, the damage can be stopped and even reversed. I have seen amazing results from The Vandesande System which repairs the damage of the hair shafts and protects them from future damage. The treatment not only protects the hair from dryness, but also leads to a shiny and lustrous hair.

When you book your next appointment with René at (323) 578-8774, don’t forget to ask about The Vandesande System and see what you can do to prevent hair dryness and lack of shine.

Monthly “Special Offer” on our products is available for online purchase.

Photo by Isabelle Felix

Take care of your hair this Fall season with a Vandesande Gift Card

Take care of your hair this Fall season with a Vandesande Gift Card

At Vandesande we know that your hair needs a little more love and attention at the change of seasons. With Fall slowly making its way into our day to day life, the air getting even dryer and the temperatures dropping just enough to give you a glimpse of the soon-to-be auburn leaves, René Vandesande offers you a Gift Card to make your hair transition easier.

Whether you’re due for a hair trim or you need that luxurious collagen treatment to make your hair even silkier, or maybe your color needs a little chestnut hue to go with the burnt color of the autumn sun, make sure you ask René for your Gift Card, share it with a friend and you both get a discount of $25 of any service over $65 and $50 of any service above $100.

The Vandesande Gift Card is valid only for appointments booked with René at Giuseppe Franco Salon at 350 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Book an appointment with René at (323) 578-8774.

The Secrets Of The Bribri Shamans Now In Beverly Hills

The Secrets Of The Bribri Shamans Now In Beverly Hills

bribriThe Bribri Shamans of Costa Rica are among the few people left in this world who value the importance of being in line with nature, preparing sacred potions, and using all the bounty of the plants around them.

In his quest of finding the best hair care products for everyone and creating a line that not only compliments every person using it, but is also kind to the environment, Rene Vandesande went to the mountains of Talamanca to visit a well respected Shaman, Don Vicente, and learn about their secrets of living a life close to nature, respecting its rhythm and integrating with its greatness. The result was a truly innovative hair care system designed to improve and restore the wellness of your hair while at the same time supporting a harmonious existence.

While most of us don’t have access to the Bribri Shamans of Costa Rica, their healing plants and their ability to cure illnesses that traditional medicine wasn’t able to, the benefits of their knowledge have been gathered in the complete line Vandesande Bio-Botanical Hair Care, available for online purchase on the website as well as in the Giuseppe Franco Salon at 350 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 where Rene is happy to assist with any hair challenges and restore the natural beauty of your hair.

ALI GARCIA – A trip to Costa Rica

ALI GARCIA – A trip to Costa Rica

The idea for the Vandesande hair care line came to me during a trip to Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica I met Ali Garcia Segura, researcher/ethnologist and teacher. Ali took me to the Rainforest of Talamanca where I met the Bribri people who are one of the eight indigenous tribes of Costa Rica. He introduced me to a Bribri healer who shared the way the Bribi people live. I was deeply impressed by how they respect and live in harmony with nature. I saw how their native plants play an important role in their daily health and well-being. That is the reason why I continue to collaborate with Mr. Garcia Segura on the Vandesande Bio-Botanical Hair Care product line.

On his way to Buthan to attend an international conference on Ethnobotanicals ( Ali had a stop over in Los Angeles so we met and exchange information on new ingredients for the future. Here is another link about such an important subject (

Ali Garcia is the president of “The Skoki Center for a sustainable Future”

The Skoki Center was established in 1996 to create opportunities for the Bribi and other indigenous people of the Central American rainforest, particularly to preserve the “Biosphere Reserve” of the Talamanca Mountain Range- declared “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1983