“I’m sick, so I can’t get too close,” said Emily Blunt Thursday night at the opening party for Striiike, a Beverly Hills salon at 9278 Civic Center Drive that offers the collaborative expertise of the Streicher sisters: Ashley for hair, Kristie for brow shaping and Jenn for makeup. “Jenn Streicher is one of my best friends. I stole her from my husband,” said Blunt of the makeup artist and pal she shares with her husband, actor John Krasinski.
How will the Golden Globe nominee (Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for “Into The Woods”) get better in time for the awards show Sunday? “Theraflu and these awful tablets called Wellness. They’re supposed to work — they haven’t yet,” she said before dashing into the party and leaving shortly thereafter with her husband.
Inside, the sisters mingled with friends, family and clients that included Chris Evans and Ahna O’Reilly. “This is our first big endeavor together,” said Jenn. “It’s amazing to have everyone come out in support.”
Getting their start working behind beauty counters of department stores, the Streicher sisters would each leave their hometown of Grass Valley, Calif., for New York City. The first was oldest Jenn, 40, who would sign with Next management; then came Kristie, 38, who became known for her “feathered brow” technique at Warren Tricomi, and youngest Ashley, 30, who rose assisting hairstylist Edward Tricomi.
In 2005, they settled in Los Angeles and began gathering celebrity clientele; Jenn, now signed with Forward Artists, has a roster that includes Elisabeth Moss, Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes; Ashley has worked with Elijah Wood, Lea Michele and Hailee Steinfeld. Jenn will be working on Blunt on Globes Sunday, and Ashley will be working on “Downton Abbey” star Joanne Froggatt, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie.
When Warren Tricomi L.A. closed in May, Kristie, in high demand for her brow skills, began looking for a place where they could all work together. “It all happened so fast last summer,” Kristie said. “Everything worked out somehow.” The Streichers weren’t specifically looking at Beverly Hills, but when a space became available they jumped at the opportunity to lease it and remodel it themselves. “It’s perfect for us here, at the edge of Beverly Hills, close to West Hollywood — we love it.”
By-appointment-only services include eyebrow shaping and tinting ($85 to $200), men’s and women’s haircuts and styling (in the $300 range) and makeup applications and one-on-one lessons (full face with false lashes in the $250 range, lessons $400). There’s also the “Lightning Striiike,” a $100, 15-minute “zhuzh,” where all three sisters provide their services at once.