Irene Vaksberg came to America in 1979 from Russia. After years of working as a hairstylist in area salons, she opened up Vaksberg Salon to give women a place to unwind and feel good about themselves, as well as raise money for local charities and awareness within her community. Her neighborhood has wholeheartedly embraced Irene’s new endeavors which includes using the high walls of her salon as an art gallery; supporting local artists who otherwise would have no place to show their talent. Inspiring others to give to worthy causes has been another realized dream of Irene’s.

Within a year of cultivating her contacts, she has opened up her heart and salon to house numerous charitable causes. She continually works with APLA, Kids with A Cause, Wings, Arthritis Foundation, People Helping Homeless, Kids and Pets, Adopt-A-Family, AIDS Walk, The View From Here, Muscular Dystrophy, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, and more. Irene Vaksberg has always fought for the underdog, the needy and those who have yet to have their own dreams realized. She has a huge heart and the compassion of an angel. Irene Vaksberg is the American Dream.

Vaksberg Salon was opened in 1950 under the name Penny’s. It was the first beauty school in Los Angeles. Recently acquired by Ms. Vaksberg, the salon has been updated with unique, handpicked furniture pieces functioning as workstations. In keeping with the old Hollywood charm, Ms. Vaksberg has kept the original seated hairdryers and welcomes both the young and hip and a decades-long clientele. Her full service shop offers colors and cuts, spa treatments, top of the line product and local artists’ accessories.