The scent of custom-blended essential oils mingles in the air with the bright, natural fragrances of Aveda shampoos and styling products at Salon Lux's two San Luis Obispo locations. All stylists must complete advanced training at the Salon Lux Academy before they're qualified to perform the signature treatments—haircuts, highlights, and special-occasion styles for weddings or formal jazzercise classes. On the spa side of the salon, massage therapists and aestheticians begin each service with a warm footbath and aromatherapy treatment. Wielding their arsenal of Aveda products, the technicians pamper clients with polishing body wraps, plant-based waxing, and facials revved up with gemstone powders and glucosamine treatments. Full-body massages come with customized pressure and foot-reflexology techniques, and can be shared by two friends or a pair of mortal enemies looking to rekindle their hatred for each other.
Face to Face welcomes visitors to relax with services that range from time-tested massage techniques to revitalizing skin care treatments. Inside, licensed aesthetician and massage practitioner Emily Robinson designs customized facials, working with each client's skin composition to bring out their most glowing visage. She also administers massages such as the holistic Shiatsu treatment, which focuses on restoring the body's natural flow of energy, also known as qi. Beyond attending ongoing courses to stay abreast of the latest skincare breakthroughs, Emily draws from background in science and nutrition that leaves her particularly suited to help skin feel as healthy as it looks.
A full-service salon and spa, Shell Beach Salon & Spa strives to meet all of its clients? beauty and relaxation needs under one roof with a range of services. In the salon, hairstylists create striking ?dos with expert cuts, perms, relaxing treatments, extensions, and updos for special occasions or to help clients meet roller coasters? height requirements. For nail services, customers can request natural and organic products. Aestheticians renew faces with specialized skincare treatments such as ultrasonic anti-aging facials, microdermabrasion, and TCA chemical peels. Shell Beach Salon & Spa uses GlyMed Plus products, which are distributed only to select licensed skincare providers.
While Blue Ox Hair Color Salon boasts membership in the Professional Beauty Association and the National Salon Association, its stylists have represented the business by competing in the North American Hairstyling Awards every year since 2004. These experts in the field specialize in accentuating their chic cuts with a wide variety of color treatments, such as corrective color, balayage, and ammonia-free color gloss. In doing so, they call upon both their years of experience and products from high-end brands such as Paul Mitchell.
Armed with savvy scissor skills and top-notch noggin products from TIGI, Whitney Martin takes pride in transforming everyday head topiaries into fashion-forward model manes. After a consultation to determine a style that will most flatter your face shape, wisps will be whisked into a salon chair and treated to a deep-conditioning treatment, encasing hair in rich moisture and repairing damage done during years of drying it in the toaster. A final style enlivens limp locks, coiling them into curls or straightening them into strands of silk.
Indulgence Salon & Spa's stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians are equally comfortable creating subtle, natural looks and bolder styles. The stylists blend hair extensions made from real human hair seamlessly into existing locks and whip up natural-looking color using a combination of highlights and lowlights. They also arrange hair into soft updos that, like Justin Bieber tattoos, look equally eye-catching on both teenagers and older women.
For those who want more dramatic looks, the hair experts coat strands with luminous hues, and the nail technicians paint daring nail designs onto pointed talons. Permanent-makeup technicians make lips stand out with vibrant reds or dot subtle pigments onto lash lines.