Playa Vista Men's Salon Partners with National Nonprofit to Train Stylists on Early Detection, Prevention of Skin Cancer

PLAYA VISTA (Los Angeles), Calif. – With one in five Americans expected to develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime, chances are that everyone knows someone who has been affected by skin cancer. That’s why 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons in Playa Vista is doing its part and joining the fight against skin cancer.

The salon, which offers a full range of customized, upscale grooming services for men, announced today a partnership with Eyes on Cancer, a national nonprofit organization that trains beauty industry professionals on the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. To date, all of the Playa Vista salon’s stylists have received their certification to recognize the early signs of melanoma.

“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. There are 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer each year, so the chance of a stylist finding it on a client’s face, head or neck is really quite high,” said Lee Short, owner of 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons in Playa Vista along with wife, Tippy, a nursing professor at Santa Monica College. “All of our stylists have gone through the Eyes on Cancer certification course, and we’re proud to say that we are a certified Eyes on Cancer salon. We are so excited to be able to offer our clients this added service of immeasurable value.”  

Utilizing Tippy’s academic expertise and nursing background, the salon plans to provide in-house new hire and continuing education for stylists around proactive skin cancer detection in the salon setting.

This partnership signifies the Playa Vista salon’s dedication to its clients and its commitment to providing an exceptional experience. The introduction of this new approach to the early detection of skin cancer offers guests an invaluable – and potentially life-saving – service beyond traditional grooming services.

“18|8 stands on the highest quality, service and ethics. We could not be more proud to have them join us in our fight against skin cancer,” said Jeanne Foster, co-founder and vice president of Eyes on Cancer. “One person dies of melanoma every 52 minutes. People visit their hair stylists or other beauty professionals far more often than they visit their dermatologist. That’s why we feel it is so important to train the beauty industry to be able to identify signs and make sure the client is aware to have a medical professional check it.”

For more information on Eyes on Cancer, including how to become certified or how to donate, visit

18|8 Fine Men’s Salons in Playa Vista can be reached by email at or by phone at (310) 596-8018.

About 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons

Claiming its name from the original formula for stainless steel, 18% chromium + 8% nickel added to raw steel, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons offers its clients that same transformative effect – leaving men looking better, feeling better and performing better. Since launching in 2002, 18|8 has established itself as the only men’s salon catering to a discerning clientele with an upscale suite of hair care and salon services. 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons currently has 400 stores operating and in development.

To learn more about 18|8’s services, visit

About Eyes on Cancer

Eyes on Cancer is a 501c3 foundation whose mission is to advance the prevention and awareness of cancer through education in the beauty industry, beginning with melanoma. The organization provides training and certification for beauty professionals to identify any suspicious skin abnormalities on the scalp, neck or head of clients.


To learn more about Eyes on Cancer, to take the certification course or to donate, visit

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