Curt - Owner, DryCut Expert

Curt Darling

Owner, DryCut Expert

Curt Darling is a Dry Cut expert and Organic Hair Care developer. For over 20 years Curt has cut and styled top celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Elizabeth Taylor with his trademark method Darling DryCut™.

A native of Seattle, Curt began his career at the age of 17. Curt spent many years honing his skills in advanced training centers of London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, as well as many Hollywood film and television sets.

Curt services clients and offers advanced training to hair stylists at his new downtown location at 440 S. Main st. in the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles.

To book with Curt, please choose your location below.

Sylvia - Senior Colorist, DryCut Specialist

Sylvia Essa

Senior Colorist, DryCut Specialist


Sylvia Essa became infatuated with hair and beauty at an early age and knew she had to follow her passion, enrolling in the Technical School of Bosnia. After graduation, she attended the Wella Professional Hair Color training program in Munich, Germany. Upon returning, she furthered her knowledge of cutting and styling with some of the region’s leading stylists.

With this foundation she set about her career as a budding professional stylist, and has spent the past 15 years developing her style and honing her skills while working in salons, photo and TV shoots, and fashion shows in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Her insatiable drive to perfect her art form kept her traveling throughout Europe to attend numerous hair shows from industry leaders such as Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy, each time gaining valuable knowledge and inspiration.

Now her path has led her to Los Angeles, where she's had the distinct pleasure to join the team at Curt Darling Salon.

Through years of practice, training and an innate grasp of her client's needs, Sylvia will deliver amazing results regardless of your desired look. 

Danica - DryCut Specialist, Color Specialist

Danica Schaefer

DryCut Specialist, Color Specialist

Artist turned hairstylist, Danica Schaefer grew up in the industry. She began her training and professional career in San Luis Obispo, and has received various training from Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble. An interest sparked in the brilliance of dry cutting and is excited to continue her career at Curt Darling Salon. Inspired by music and art, hair is the perfect medium.

Abraham - DryCut Specialist, Color Specialist

Abraham Rivera

DryCut Specialist, Color Specialist

A native of Southern California, Abraham has found the natural landscape of the West Coast be one of his biggest inspirations. An artist of many mediums he has found hair to be one of his most satisfying outlets of creativity.

Becoming a cosmetologist at the age of 19 while working at the salon accelerated his skills enriching his craft. Over the past 5 years he has worked with top stylists learning new and creative techniques. His continuous participation in hair shows and seminars has brought his creativity and skill to the next level. Attending Creative color classes with Wella and advanced cutting classes with Toni and Guy has only furthered his skill and technique.

Diamond - DryCut Specialist (Austin)

Diamond Mueller 

DryCut Specialist (Austin)

Diamond is Austin’s first DryCut™ stylist trained by Curt Darling. A graduate of Avenue Five Institute, she received Vidal Sassoon, Wella and Global Keratin training. Diamond specializes in curly hair and is inspired by classic looks, alternative texture and rock and roll. Diamond is committed to creating hairstyles tailored particularly to each individual.