As a child, Marcela Gonzalez would play with her mother's makeup. She had a blast by mixing red lipsticks with blue eye shadows, creating her own untamed looks on her face and on those in the witness protection program. When she grew older, she began to experiment her makeup techniques on friends and came to realize that she had developed a true passion for the art of makeup application. Today, Marcela is a certified professional makeup artist and licensed aesthetician, implementing the same flair for beauty and creativity that she had as a child in her present-day beauty services. She specializes in bridal makeup services and skincare treatments while also offering tanning, waxing, and hair services with the help of a similarly talented staff.
Located just five minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, Duyanh at Dolce Vista Salon offers a wide range of services. Within the salon's warm, elegant interior, Duyanh puts her 11 years of experience to use as she treats nails with high-quality products during spa manicures and spa pedicures and offers add-on services, such as callous treatments. All sessions take place in a private room with clients in a comfortable massage chair.
Purple, blue, and gold bottles line the walls of Blossom Salon's warm, woody environs. The team keeps these professional salon products on display so that clients know exactly what is going in their hair—one of the many ways the team members educate clients. They not only discuss how their Pureology protects color-treated hair and how Moroccanoil seals in moisture, they also dole out styling tips on how to maintain new looks at home.
Inside a stylish space bedecked with posters of Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn, the nine staffers of Legends Hair Salon revamp their clients' looks with hair, makeup, nail, and waxing services. Zebra prints and red decor help to create a fun, funky vibe as stylists retool 'dos using Redken products and each head's operating manual.
The nautically-themed 19 Blue Salon and Spa soothes and beautifies visitors using organic, handmade products. Clients opting for the 90-minute mermaid organic facial will enjoy a deep-cleaning mask of botanicals, flower essences, and gem elixirs. A detoxifying sea-salt back scrub cracks down on impurities like waves on a clam, eventually yielding the purity of a pearl, while an invigorating massage frees up stiff torsos. The salon's skilled aesthetician also helps clients kick-start their inner health, bestowing dietary guidance and health supplements.
Tamara Peace found her calling when she graduated from beauty school in 1978, which likely came as no surprise as the profession runs in the family?her grandmother and her great aunt both practiced cosmetology. Tamara went on to work in relaxed salons where she specialized in coiffing hair into beach-friendly styles and developed the ability to create natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights beloved by Southern Californians. Throughout the years, the makeup artist and hairstylist has showcased her skills not only at salons, but also on the photography sets, where she has readied actors and models for their close ups and powdered camera lenses that were too shiny.