Green Beauty Creation's eclectic list of services reads like a grab bag of all things aesthetic. Wreaths of sample acrylic nails fan out behind the manicure station, beckoning to unadorned nails with neon french tips, tiny painted flowers, checkerboards, and other patterns. A salt-crystal lamp purifies the air, whisking away whiffs of polish and the ghosts of slugs, and guests dip their toes into swirling warm water surrounding raised cushioned pedicure chairs. Across the room, mirrors topped with festive flowers reflect stylists as they cut, color, and style 'dos for women and men. Green Beauty Creation also nourishes complexions with facials, relieves tense muscles with massages, and beautifies skin with specialty scrubs and bronzing treatments.
Stylists at Baliza Salon draw on their arsenal of salon-quality products from brands such as Pureology, Redken, and Pravana when cutting and coloring clients’ hair or pampering their skin with facials. In addition to cuts, stylists also combat unwanted frizz with keratin-infused Brazilian gloss treatments and add volume and length with hair extensions. Away from the styling floor, aestheticians cleanse pores with facials, and nail technicians add shellac polish to keep nails looking as fresh as a crisp head of lettuce floating through the vacuum of outer space.
Master stylist Gary Bui and Cutoure Salon & Spa’s team of experienced aestheticians ensure patrons look prim all the way down to their toes with manicures and pedicures provided inside a modern, luxurious salon and spa. During each manicure, clients lean on plush pillows at glossy black manicure stations. Friendly aestheticians shape nails, trim cuticles, and apply a color of the client's choice. Soft, high pedicure chairs cradle clients as aestheticians spoil feet worn down from outrunning rabid raccoons before filing nails, trimming cuticles, and applying shining coats of polish in a choice of color. An ornate chandelier sparkles over the spacious, modern waiting room, where clients relax on black-leather couches. Neat lines of products stand at attention on black shelves, while white orchids and lush palms reach toward high ceilings, attempting a floral high-five.
If there were a sequel to James and the Giant Peach called James and the Giant Grape, it might be filmed at DD Beauty Salon. Visiting the salon is almost like being inside a grape, but one that's impeccably decorated. White crown molding tops vivid periwinkle walls, and a vintage round frame wraps around a mirror, contrasting with the straight rectangular frames around the styling-station mirrors. The salon’s three attentive beauty pros see to their clients' every need, from banishing acne during facials to buckling them into their car seat after a manicure. They also create elegant hairstyles and wax away unwanted lip fuzz and overgrown eyebrows.
Gold shelves, light gray chairs, and pale wood floors give this intimate studio an airy, expansive feel. As clients settle in for appointments, stylists pull products from the likes of Biolage and Joico to cleanse and nourish strands. From there, they can renovate looks with a trim, face-framing highlights, or vibrant new hue.
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Color highlights cut style Aveda tech
Brands Used: Joico & Ammonia free Rusk, Matrix
Karla Emm Novelo, a Paul Mitchell stylist and former beauty editor of Votive magazine, founded J'Adore Beauty to share her gift for bringing out people's natural beauty. She leads a team of hairstylists and makeup artists, that specialize in makeup, bridal, and other special occasions and events. The salon's services range from chic haircuts and color services to hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts, and flawless makeup applications.