Simply Beautiful Lashes' owner Amy spent 20 years in the corporate world before deciding to open her own lash studio. The decision was a big one, but it only took one client to convince her that she'd made the right choice. A woman who had recently undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer visited her studio in hopes of receiving a fan of fluttery extensions to boost her own eyelashes, which were just beginning to grow back. Since the woman's lashes were still weak, Amy could only apply relatively short, thin extensions, creating a look that was more natural than dramatic. “When she looked into the mirror she broke out into tears,” Amy recounted. “I thought she was upset, but they were tears of joy—she said for the first time in years she felt like a woman again.” With that, she knew lash extensions were her calling.
Amy, a self-described perfectionist, has made every effort to ensure her spa is worthy of her customers' time and money. From the soft music and warm lighting from Himalayan salt-crystal lamps to the 320-hour, 80-application training process required of her licensed lash professionals, each element of the business strives to make every lash application an enjoyable one. The lash artists use only synthetic-mink extensions and formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesives, and apply lashes one by one. The result is a look that's not only natural and elegant, but often forgoes the need for mascara, eyelash curlers, and beauty tips from Snuffalupagus.
Lexxy Leigh knows her way around a head of hair. Her extensive list of services—performed exclusively at Salons of Volterra at Stonebridge Ranch—included everything from trims and highlights to Brazilian blowouts and Venus Hair Extensions. In fact, she shines in the extension department, choosing Venus because it requires a delicate touch, but no heat, to fuse to the hair without damaging it. Even with all her expertise, it’s the people she gets to work with that keeps her coming back. "My favorite part of my job is giving someone that instant transformation, seeing that big smile on their face, and knowing I did that," she says. "That's why I’ve stayed in the business for 20-plus years!"
Lori Cohea began her career as a stylist and colorist 15 years ago, and sculpted dos everywhere from salons to make-over television shows. By the time she arrived at Rayfield & Company, she had settled on her specialty as a colorist and her preference in products. Lori uses an all-organic line of coloring agents that are free from ammonia to imbue hair with rich color while leaving cuticles healthy. And her experience hasn't gone unnoticed. Her skilled highlighting and deft tinting earned her a nod from D-Magazine in 2002 as the Best Trend-Setting Stylist at the well-known salon where she worked.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, men who visit Roosters' revel in a slow-paced atmosphere as they indulge in contemporary services. Clients sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck, or for vintage facial shaves, complete with aftershave, talc, and towels warmed by hugs from bald eagles.
At Tim Jon Salon, stylists recharge their client’s looks with a bevvy of salon and day spa services. Haircuts kickstart beautifying makeovers that are complemented by color treatments and Brazilian Blowouts from products by Kerastase and Shu Uemura. In the day spa, technicians perform waxing and deluxe mani-pedis as well as eyelash extensions. The stylists also offer formal up-dos and bridal consultations to help brides prepare for their big day.
Inside Salons of Volterra, Samantha Wood stands ready to transform clients' looks using only her keen eye, a pair of scissors, and a coloring brush. When working with clients, she helps creates styles that work well with their face shape and desired level of maintenance. For clients who just want a simple, shiny do, she trims and conditions hair, while clients looking for close up-ready hair can take advantage of her expertise in placing subtle highlights and extensions. And her styling skills aren't just for everyday wear. When special occasions come around, she can be called upon to take up her makeup brushes and curling iron to create looks that make clients feel like a million bucks worth of fancy cupcakes.