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A tangerine accent wall serves as a single pop of color in a stark white salon stocked with chrome-and-white furniture. Natural light warms the space, illuminating Salon Amour’s beauty experts as they employ hair and makeup products by Aveda to revitalize tired strands and restore beauty to dull visages. Since 1995, the salon has been dedicated to using all-natural plant-based Aveda products and color line. Aveda's eco-friendly products come in packaging made from recycled materials and contain ingredients derived from the essences of plants and flowers.

At each chair, a retractable hairdryer hangs from the ceiling, which helps stylists multitask and swing over to the next station without touching the hot lava—i.e. the hardwood floor. In addition to hair and makeup services, the salon beautifies clients with facials and body waxing, and it alleviates tension with massages.

1467 Newell Ave
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

Armed with Sothys serums, the aestheticians at Naz Hair Studio & Skin Care cleanse and nourish skin with relaxing facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. Hair is similarly cared for, with stylists pulling from Pureology and Redken product lines to bring about shape and shine. Alternatively, they can swiftly remove strands from faces and bodies with waxing and threading techniques.

1434 North Main Street
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

When she became a licensed aesthetician more than eight years ago, Monica Lucero already had a steady client: herself. Having suffered from acne as a teenager, she'd started learning about skincare in an effort to clear her own skin. Monica started to channel her own experience into a caring attitude toward her clients through Changes Salon in Walnut Creek and Le Jardin in Pleasant Hill, and today, at Cosi Bella Day Spa. In all of her services?which range from chemical peels to facial waxing?she strives to cultivate an atmosphere that, like a solid-gold beanbag chair, will leave people feeling both pampered and relaxed.

514 Ferry Street
Martinez,
CA
US

A trip to Elite Hair & Skin is potentially a multilingual experience: technicians can comprehend the phrases ''I want to look dashing'' and ''Please release the bees from my hair'' in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, and Russian. Staffers trim the locks of men, women, and children, but they also remove hair in other ways—waxing uproots bristles from such areas as women’s bikini regions and men’s full backs, and threading creates precise eyebrow shapes simply by rolling cotton threads across the brow.

3322 Mt Diablo Blvd
Lafayette,
CA
US

Though Ann is quick with a joke and never stingy with her smile, her clients know her best for her skill with scissors. Ann demonstrates her talents at Diablo Beauty Salon, where the seasoned stylist expertly sculpts hair into fashionable 'dos. When she puts her scissors down, it's to tame frizz with advanced keratin treatments or frame a client's face in glimmering highlights. Ann also crafts special-occasion up-dos for brides on their big day. She works alongside a team of fellow stylists, who specialize in everything from hair extensions to curly-hair styling services.

408 Sycamore Valley Road East
Danville,
CA
US

All of the independent stylists at Jerol Salon and Spa have years of experience and a range of certifications. They're also working under owner Dana Wilson, who has gone to New York to attend Bumble and bumble courses for more than 10 years. The crew at the salon uses products from Bumble and bumble, as well as brands including SkinCeuticals, Gerda Spillman, Redken, and Image. Since they have such diverse backgrounds, they're able to do everything from haircuts and color to body piercing, waxing, and pedicures to help patrons achieve their aesthetic goals.

48 Danville Oak Place
Danville,
CA
US