The tight-knit posse of stylists and aestheticians at Hi-Lites Aveda Salon spike every service with an extra dose of relaxation. Aveda's Pure Plant Essental Aromas send all-natural smells wafting through the air as clients weigh which complimentary spa extra will best suit their styling or waxing session: hand or neck massage, steam-towel treatment, or five-minute makeup application? Candlelight flickers in the secluded Hair Spa, where each snipping starts with a neck massage and a spell in a full-body massage chair that loosens up tense muscles and over-tight neck bolts.
Certified as Master Trainers by the State of California, the salon's owners mold their protégées in-house to ensure a shared camaraderie and uniform standard of quality. Hi-Lites' professional ethic includes eschewing tips and bribes to surreptitiously chop a political opponent's locks, with the team favoring higher wages and the simple rewards of satisfied customers.
Owner and celebrity hairstylist Al Michaels employs more than 33 years of experience and a team of salon professionals that has expertise in cutting, styling, and caring for all types of hair. Along with a full menu of salon and spa services?including nailcare, tanning, facials, and massages?the studio boasts the services of a chiropractor. Doctor of Chiropractor Richard Styler has performed chiropractic adjustments and shown clients the proper way to nap underneath their work desks for more than 20 years now. Permanent cosmetics are also available for the eyebrows, eyelids, lips, and as camouflage for scars.
Merle Norman Cosmetics' name comes from Merle Nethercutt Norman, who founded the company back in the 1920s. Initially, she made beauty products just for her family and friends, but she was so successful?especially with her "try before you buy" philosophy, which back then was quite unusual?that a full-fledged makeup company grew up around her. Nowadays, the company is still thriving and is now run by Merle's nephew. Their products, all made in the United States and modernized since Merle's early days, include makeup in sheer and saturated hues, a line of skincare products, and assorted perfumes.
A full line of Bumble and bumble. products works as Lisa’s sidekick in creating new hairdos for men, women, teens, and children. In addition, the stylist uses scissors to shear unwanted length and a kaleidoscope of dyes to color strands with all-over hues, highlights, or lowlights. She also offers texturizing services, uncurling locks with Japanese straighteners, smoothing frizzy manes with Brazilian Blowouts, and creating permanent waves that leave clients ready for a day at the beach or a date with a pool noodle.
Ace of Blades has sharpened old-style barber methods for a modern menu of men's haircuts, straight-razor shaves, and subtle hair coloring. While a skilled stylist cultivates a face-framing style, clients can catch a game on the shop's flat-screen TV, or peruse the wall photos of James Dean smoking a cigarette while knitting a holiday sweater.
Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.