The bubblegum pink that brightens Blo Blow Dry Bar reflects the blow dry bar’s whimsical approach to coifing. Born in 2007 to fill a gap in the beauty industry, Blo sticks solely to styling locks with seven signature Blo Outs that range from the smooth, voluminous Red Carpet to the Go Fish braid. The business caters to a range of customers from those prepping for a special date night to brides-to-be, spending up to 45 minutes delineating their desired looks during consultations.
Blo Blow Dry Bar assures its clients that they aren't "cheating" on their hairdressers, since the Blo Blow Dry Bar doesn't offer typical services such as cuts and color. Each stylist graduates from the Blo U(niversity) training program, and they can also perform extra services, such as deep conditioning, clip-in extensions, head massage, and luxury washes.
As the weather outside grows colder, Bella D’ora Spa rolls out the cookie dough—or, at least, the smell of baking cookies. The seasonal sugar-cookie massage incorporates a brown-sugar hand-and-foot scrub into a sweet-smelling massage. The staff also provide an equal level of pampering year-round through warm-stone massages, organic facials, and body wraps that work to rid skin of toxins that may have been absorbed during baths in the chemical vats at a local soft-drink factory. Clients can bundle services for spa parties or bridal parties, which come with optional hors d’oeuvres or lunch plates that easily sate high-noon cravings.
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.
Todd Andrew Russo specializes in Balayage coloring techniques and something called the ?Law of Three.? Though it sounds like the name of a sitcom starring love-crossed attorneys, this is actually an approach to hair design that uses symmetry, balance, and mathematics to create striking, yet natural looks. A stylist since 1991, Todd quickly made a name for himself in the San Diego area; he was tapped by Joico International as a P.K. educator and began attracting clients due to his experience in the fashion industry.
Today, clients continue to flock to Todd?s chair to experience his focused, personalized approach. His custom cuts and designs are fast becoming the stuff of local legend, thanks to flourishes such as Balayage color. His repertoire has evolved with the times and now includes everything from keratin smoothing treatments to shine treatments by Pravana.
Peek-a-Boo's professional phalange buffers cosset fingers and toes with a variety of soothing treatments. The salon's signature mani-pedi shape shifts all 20 shields with a detailed file and buff, preparing hands and feet for stylish dragon slaying. Then technicians frost finger cakes with a precision polish. A massage rewards hands and feet for their diligent and dexterous work during full-body cat's-cradle competitions, punctuating each service with a circulation-improving sendoff.
Although it didn?t seem adventurous or sensational like some other professions, Julie Korff dreamt of becoming a hairstylist as a kid. While most other people grew up to realize they?d never actualize their childhood goal of becoming an astronaut, an archaeologist, or football quarterback Joe Montana, Korff went on to achieve her dream, traveling to New York and Beverly Hills to learn the art of hairstyling. Today she works in the San Diego area, where she snips and styles within the upscale Envision Salon & Spa.
Having crafted customized hairdos since 1999, Julie has a developed a particular knack for coloring. Rather than using cheap products or melted Crayola crayons, she opts for top-quality dyes from brands such as Framesi 2001, Schwarzkopf Professional, and Redken.