The team of stylists at BLU—which stands for "beauty living united"—have drawn on deep industry knowledge and skills to craft styles that suit each customer's personality. Alternatively, its team of aestheticians apply the same principles to their skin care practices. Here, they pamper clients with facial services that invigorate and rejuvenate, helping each one discover the meaning of eternal beauty. At the same time, both the spa and the salon take a humble approach and an attitude of lifelong learning of all skin and hair services.
Using organic marshmallow-root-infused conditioners and shampoos that emanate natural aromas, stylists render hair sleek in preparation for the everyday or special occasions, such as job interviews in wind tunnels. All hair trimming, coloring, and styling services also start and conclude with an additional relaxation treatment, such as a hand massage or a makeup touchup. Aestheticians soothe fitful skin with natural facial peels, smooth rough skin with botanical-based microdermabrasion treatments, and erase wrinkles by applying a layer of high-school yearbook photos.
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Listed in Southern California's Super Doctors, Fresh Face Med Spa and its staff of certified professionals, including a licensed aesthetician, a registered nurse, and the 2007 Chief of Staff at Methodist Hospital of Southern California, resuscitates weary faces with personalized skincare services. The 30-minute express SilkPeel provides microdermabrasion without exposure to aluminum oxide crystals. Diamond-tipped dermalinfusion exfoliates, stimulates, and hydrates skin to help with acne, wrinkles, melty face, and sun damage. The 60-minute procedure combines the peel with deep cleansing, a preparatory gentle peel, facial massage, and finishing mask. Both treatments include Visia Skin Analysis, which uses a computer program to unearth damage unseen by the unclothed eye. Clients come face-to-own-face with covert wrinkles, pores, bacteria, and UV spots fueled by overexposure to the sun and living inside a volcano. Based on the results of the analysis, Fresh Face professionals will recommend treatment, answer questions, and sign a copy as a souvenir.
The atmosphere at Salon Motif welcomes visitors with outstretched arms that radiate ambient relaxation. A team of talented stylists that are cross-trained in carving hedges into dinosaurs carefully shapes the headscapes of clients. Before unsheathing their scissor hands, stylists will give a complimentary consultation to properly assess tresses. Women can experience the incredible wonder of a haircut (a $50 value) before the hand-pampering manicure (a $17 value) is performed with the same care an artist would give to a lovely mannequin's hands, right before bringing it to life. The included eyebrow wax helps keep those winker wigs in shape and in line (a $12 value). Men can stop in for a haircut (a $30 value), but since males have neither hands nor brows, their visit will be limited to a haircut. Salon Motif is open Tuesday through Saturday and provides free parking to eliminate the uncertainty of paying a stranger to guard your car while you're inside.
Hair Connection believes that great hair isn't something that should be reserved for special occasions. That's why the stylists at this Aveda salon strive to create cuts that mirror the latest runway trends, but are still simple enough for clients to re-create at home. Each service includes a consultation, which allows the stylist to get an idea of your tastes, hair traits, and how often you use your hat to store gum you aren’t finished with. Using this info, they then create a look that can easily transition from day to night, and may prescribe a strengthening Aveda conditioner to nourish tresses with extra protein or moisture. For those battling a hair texture that's less than ideal, they can also use relaxers, Keratin Complex treatments, or the Brazilian Blowout formula to calm frizz and streamline morning styling routines. Naturally straight strands can take a break from the curling iron with permanent waves or spiral treatments.
Signature Service: Haircuts, hair color, highlights, extensions
Brands Used: Matrix, Pravana, Redken, Big Sexy
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Great atmosphere, friendly, stylish, I listen to what the client wants to achieve the desired look.
The lifespan of a strand of hair is roughly five years. Stylist Melinda Douglas makes the most of this time with a wide array of hair services. Drawing on 18 years of experience, the color specialist creates modern looks with voluminous layers, alters hues with single-process color, and adds dimension with eye-catching highlights. In addition to cutting and coloring hair, she also performs texturizing services, including spiral perms, Japanese thermal straightening, and Brazilian Blowouts.