Modern paper lanterns and twinkling string lights cast a honey glow on the salon's grape walls and polished wood floors. Amid these cozy accents, mother and son team Paula and Patrick, along with their staff, sculpt confident layers and revamp bland strands with color highlights. Clients may also solicit the salon for beautification services such as facial waxing, brow tinting, and private yoga.
As the certified massage therapist at A New Beginning Salon and Spa, Felicia Foster is the resident stress-banisher. She employs Swedish massage's long, gliding techniques and gentle kneading to oust joint stiffness, chronic aches, and no-longer-welcome Lilliputians. During her deep-tissue treatments, which are designed to relieve more severe tension and sports injuries, she manipulates the connective tissue and fascia that can cause chronic pain.
Forty-six-year-old single mom Leslie was so inspired by her first encounters with LED phototherapy that she became certified as a skin technician shortly thereafter. Today, more than 10 years later, she helps her clients eschew the need to drop thousands of dollars on injections, plastic surgery, and facial creams by harnessing blue- and red-light technologies. With careful calibrations, she has found laser therapy to effectively treat fine lines, cellulite, and acne.
Providing a fun and festive environment that dazzles wide-eyed youngsters, Snip-its takes the stress out of maintaining the locks of jittery tykes. A kid-friendly staff maintains manes while ensuring safety, which is of paramount concern, by providing chairs especially designed for miniature adults. During the cut, melted crayons and various knickknacks are snipped away from tussled noodle nests, leaving locks as fresh as the day they were born. After the follicular wreckage is brushed off, children can play with a bounty of animated gadgets and games. With so much to keep young eyes occupied, the atmosphere almost feels like that inside the house that Ruth built—Disneyland.
Even with the large clock on salon's front wall, clients lose track of time while being treated at Cole Michael Hair Salon. That's because owner Denise Gravel, a nail tech, and a staff of expert stylists aim to please and pamper. Time flies just from going through Denise's 20-year résumé, which includes training as a color specialist and work on a television series. Although her forte is creating eye-catching updos and dimensional color, Denise and her hairstyling veterans also snip strands into stylish looks, smooth locks with keratin treatments to make hair more manageable, and gloss manes until they are shinier than a lucky penny tossed into the mall's lemon-juice fountain.