Soft light pours into French Twist Salon, where brown pebbled-leather chairs, gilded mirrors, and exposed pipes lend an old-timey feel. But while the decor harks back to another era, the treatments and cache of hair products remain decidedly current. Owner Carole guides her team of stylists as they steal away frizz with Brazilian blowouts and glossing treatments or add color and dimension with highlights. Elsewhere in the salon, stylists perform waxing services and enhance features with makeup applications or three different kinds of eyelash extensions—day, night, or 24 hours of daylight. Carole doubles as a seasoned manicurist who delivers long-lasting shine with Shellac gel polish.
The experienced stylists at Inga Bezio salon pull from a menu of salon services to refine, shape, and color hair. During haircuts, follicle technicians wield Bumble and bumble products to remove scalp pollution and condition couch-potato locks. Scissors then navigate through strands to snip split ends and rogue dust mops, before a blow-dry and style sets hair in the desired ’do. Head-turners can opt to add a punch of color or perform TKOs with partial or full highlights, both courtesy of Joico products.
Stil at the Meridian's stylists personalize care to each patron and apply skills learned through continued aesthetic education. The approximately five-minute feathering process begins with the selection of the perfect plume from the salon's supply, which is harvested from down pillows hoping to sneak into a lower weight class. A stylist fuses the feather to hair follicles with a bead or bond extension that can be resilient enough to endure an array of strenuous activities, including swimming. Avian-inspired tufts can also withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees, allowing regular flat-ironing and previously scheduled dragon dental work to continue unimpeded. To retire fringe, patrons simply take out the bead or bond, or return to the salon for a quick removal ($5), which is not included in this Groupon.
A L'Oreal Professionnel Salon, Ronk Hair Design is helmed by 25-year haircare consultant MaryBeth Dick, who honed her own skills with training at Vidal Sassoon, Sebastian, and Toni&Guy. While doling out the precision cuts, corrective color treatments, and Brazilian blowouts that have made the salon a staple of the downtown area, her styling team reaches for the full L’Oreal Professionnel line of products, and can point happy heads toward tonics to help replicate results at home. To treat dry or oily scalps or hair that has become weak, damaged, or mistrustful of hats, stylists also depend on organic formulas from René Furterer, which are specially designed to repair and re-condition manes with essential oils and plant extracts.
Your facial hair and head hair are thirsty for attention and previews of James Cameron's Avatar. Today’s Groupon will keep your head kempt with a $20 cut and shave at Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, a $45 value. Gussy up for December 18, 2009 at the barbershop CityBeat readers voted Best Barber Shop in San Diego. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Jeanne-Michelle Skin Care & Studio ensures its clients feel beautiful from head to toe. Starting at the top, facials and microdermabrasion treatments clear dirt and debris from the pores to keep skin looking clean and youthful. Waxing treatments remove unwanted hair from limbs and torsos and spray tanning leaves skin with an even glow. Jeanne-Michelle Skin Care & Studio also caters to groups with bridal services and pamper parties, during which friends bond over facials and debate which Supreme Court justice would win a nine-way wrestling match.