Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall of House of Couture at Sola Salon Studios keeps up with the ever-evolving style world. She attends classes at Vidal Sassoon and MAC Cosmetics, learning styling and makeup techniques she immediately puts into practice in her salon. But as much information as she soaks up, she also doles it out. She shares tips and tricks with her clients on how to pick out styles to suit their facial shapes and how to reproduce styles every day using tools such as brushes, curling irons, and white picket fences.
The brainchild of glamor expert Nicole Zammit, Beauty Queen Salon envelops guests in a cozy and inviting environment where each head of hair is lavished with personalized attention and upscale Pravana Perfection products. Stylists give unhurried attention to each salon service, throwing in free shampoos with every cut and style. They also create elegant updos for clients on their way to special events, and Nicole flexes her licensed esthetician muscles with a professional makeup application to bestow rosier cheeks or droopier zombie eyes.
A Best of the Bay 2010 Viewer?s Choice winner, Herbal Mineral?s four California locations couple a devotion to recapturing youth with a commitment to cruelty-free and environmentally friendly products and practices. An arsenal of vegan, earth-friendly beauty products speaks to their commitment to bettering the planet, and visitors sip fair-trade-certified tea that helps to fund landslide restoration and reforestation. The staff?s diverse palette of skills runs the gamut from waxing and organic facials to candling and herbal body contouring, the latter of which can help shape silhouettes into comely hourglasses or vertical representations of the New York skyline.
Hair protects our heads from hypothermia, sunburns, and nearsighted bowling-ball hunters. The least we can do is keep it taken care of. That's where Bella Rose Hair Salon comes in. Skilled stylists can make over hair with simple bang trims or full-on pampering packages complete with all-over color, highlights, and voluminous layers. They can also fortify and hydrate strands with deep-conditioning treatments.
A large flat-screen TV resides at one end of Donna Salon, entertaining clients as they sit before mirrored stations or underneath hair dryers. Floral bouquets add a touch of tranquility as technicians revamp manes with cuts and color. Elsewhere, they perform invigorating facials and customize digits with nail art in the form of hearts, stars, or grocery lists.
JenniStylez Hair Design's owner calls upon her experience from years of hair training—from advanced coloring courses with Redken to cutting techniques sharpened by Paul Mitchell—to sculpt creative and complementing hairstyles. Surrounded by mint-green walls and wooden accents, beauty-seekers can kick back in a black leather chair as their manes are wrapped in a conditioning treatment that hydrates and smoothes frizzy locks. Jenni then guides guests to a haircut station, outfitted with a large mirror and rows of Redken haircare products, as freshly silkified strands are clipped and trimmed into hair shapes shaped exactly like each guest's personality. Opt to enhance hair journeys with a partial highlighting session, which gifts strands with lighter hair hues and more depth than the Grand Canyon filled with Shakespearean plays.