The sounds of friendly chatter and laughter occur often at Studio DG, mostly due to their spa parties: friends gossip over mani-pedis, makeup applications, and blow-dry styles at Girls’ Night Out, and brides-to-be enjoy long-lasting beauty with no-chip manicures and eyelash extensions. Even young girls get in on the action with Lady Bug Club, which includes kid-friendly makeup and glittery updos. In addition to hosting these spa parties, stylists transform patrons with a trendy cut or color treatment.
Kathie Lauer, hair-coloring specialist and owner of Before & After Salon and Spa, oversees a staff of stylists, barbers, and master nail technicians. This talented team favors Moroccanoil products, which they use during haircuts, coloring, and styling, along with Matrix coloring products. They also offer chemical treatments such as keratin smoothing. Skincare specialists tend to the body with waxing and brow shaping, and the nail tech dotes upon nails with manicures and pedicures.
Home is where the heart is, which is why Terri Tabor’s hometown of Riverside was the ideal setting for Salon D'Amore. But staying close to home doesn’t keep this salon owner in the dark when it comes to cutting-edge trends. Rather, she arms her staff with Pureology, La-Brasiliana, and Perfection SmoothOut products to update coifs and tame frizz. When it comes to highlights, they use the paint-by-hand balayage technique to give locks a sun-kissed or idyllic-seascape appearance. The full-service salon and spa also soothes muscles with heated stones, and gives nails long-lasting shine with no-chip mani-pedis.
After years of learning the tricks of the trade in his parent’s salon, Frank Paganis set out on his own to create a name for himself in the hair world and open his own salon. Today, his name rests on the front of his Riverside salon, but Frank—a master colorist and one-time hair teacher—isn’t the only member of his family inside. His father Bill Paganis also works in the salon alongside a team of experienced stylists including colorists and an extension specialist.
The Pagani team beautifies locks with L’Oreal and Davines haircare products, as well as such specialty services as keratin treatments and ombre and balayage highlights. Before each service, a stylist provides a complimentary consultation to ensure desired ‘dos can be obtained or are even street legal.
Bertuca Salon & Spa is devoted to providing upscale salon and spa services in a low-key, unpretentious environment. The skilled and attentive staff waits in the wings to take you by the hand, foot, or head-growth and ply your surface areas with beautifying treatments. The mani-pedi, which lasts around 45–60 minutes, includes a variety of skin-rejuvenating vitamins, organic oils, and botanical extracts. All products used are 100% natural, with nail polish from OPI for gleaming and glittering finger helmets and toe shells. Alternatively, a Brazilian blowout lasts about 90 American minutes; a skilled stylist will administer the professional, harsh-chemical-free smoothing treatment to transform frayed head threads into a mane of finely woven silk, eliminating frizziness and damage and improving hair health. After the treatment, the hair can still be worn wavy or curly, but will also dry smooth in a fraction of the time it may have taken before. Results last up to 12 weeks with proper maintenance, and after that the treatment simply washes away, returning hair to normal. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
Victoria Salon's body beautifiers pamper bodies from foot to crown with an array of services performed in a clean, relaxing environment. Armed with Paul Mitchell products, skilled stylists snip off split ends, add layers, and cut foreheads free from thickets of entangling bangs in women's ($55) and men's ($35+) haircuts. Sip on a cup of java or tea and brighten up tarnished locks with highlights (full: $110; partial: $75) or ensure hair stays as soft as a Beanie Baby with a conditioning treatment ($20). Clients can streamline their faces for apple-bobbing season with lip ($15), chin ($15), or cheek ($30) waxing. After tending to above-the-neck areas, treat finger helmets to a manicure ($21) and pedicure ($45) that leave nails sparkling brighter than a set of holiday lights.