The door to Bakerloo Salon and Gallery is always open, welcoming in fresh breezes and allowing the salon's pooch—a Boston Terrier named Dahlia—to sneak out and snooze in patches of sun. Inside the laid-back space, clients sip wine, coffee, or tea while stylists call upon advanced training by Toni&Guy and Vidal Sassoon to spice up hair with vibrant color or fresh new cuts. Each station stands stocked with shampoos and styling creams by ALFAPARF Milano, Schwarzkopf, and Unite Eurotherapy––a paraben- and sulfate-free, PETA-approved line that is never tested on animals or sharkskin suits.
Named a reader's choice salon by the North County Times in 2010, the space insists upon celebrating and welcoming the community. A rotating gallery displays work by local artists and hosts regular fashion and art shows, and the backyard invites patrons to peruse a selection of antiques available for purchase.
The laid-back, fun-loving mentality of SoCal surf culture pervades Spa Samudra & Hair Lounge. Kids and pets walk freely throughout the premises as shoppers peruse the organic skincare line, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Spa Samudra, however, seamlessly balances this surfer charm with the staples of a traditional day spa. Its organic skincare products, for example, are used in classic facials, which include steam cleans, exfoliation, and optional extractions. The aesthetic team also brightens faces with peels and soothes feet with detox footbaths. In addition, the 11 hairstylists at the up-and-coming hair salon pamper strands with an array of haircuts, color, and smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.
Capriccio offers a myriad of rejuvenating services across its salon and spa menus. If you have an unwanted color of hair on your head, Capriccio will tint it ($70+). If you have hair where you shouldn't have hair, Capriccio will wax it (lip $12, full face $40, bikini $40). If you have too much hair, Capriccio can design, cut, and style it in a way that makes you feel content (men $30+, women $55+). If your hair already makes you feel content, Capriccio can grant you 20 minutes in the steam room ($25) and 75 minutes of honey-infused cocoon status to match your happy hair ($150).
Arezzo's professional staff helps skin areas stay smooth with a number of waxing services. The de-fuzzers fight follicles on stomachs ($20) and underarms ($25) to facilitate swifter transit down workplace slip 'n' slides, and eyebrow ($20), lip ($12), and chin ($12) waxings leave faces unencumbered. Unlike shaving, waxing pulls hair from the root, leaving skin stubble-free for longer periods of time. Clients can bid fuzz adieu in secluded booths at the newly renovated facilities, which inspire tranquility through a blend of relaxing tones, inspirational wall décor, and trickling water.
The stylists and aestheticians at Studio Be perform artistic balancing acts. On any given day, they might go from primping brides for their weddings to hosting basic lessons on cosmetics, or from designing complex updos to strengthening hair with protein treatments. The boutique balances on a trifecta of disciplines: hair fashion, makeup application, and skincare. The staff integrates their services to beautify guests from the neck up, combining products from brands such as Smashbox and Unite Eurotherapy.
Though Studio Be’s treatments span a broad spectrum, the team’s devotion to strong relationships with their clients remains a constant. Throughout chemical peels, photo shoots, and eyebrow-sculpting sessions, they consult with their subjects to craft personal, distinctive makeovers instead of continually trying to re-create their own best driver's-license photos.
Every day, the staff at Paul Jordan Salon calls forth new artworks in the form of freshly shorn hair, supple skin, and polished nails. Though their specialties vary, they share an understanding that no two bodies are quite the same. That’s why they begin each Japanese thermal straightening treatment, body-sugaring session, and chemical peel with a personalized consultation. Their work doesn’t stop after the final toe has been polished or the final strand of hair has fallen to the ground. Paul Jordan’s team regularly attends seminars and goes undercover as supermodels to stay abreast of the latest beauty trends.