The tress-sating stylists at Robert Vincent Salon & Spa employ skills learned in trainings from Goldwell and Vidal Sassoon as they snip locks into face-framing styles, shift hair shades, and lengthen manes with extensions. Expertly calibrated coloring transforms coifs with lively reds and rich chestnuts, and 12- to 24-inch hair extensions elongate 'dos to conceal the body's circuit breaker located between the shoulder blades. Lash and brow tinting, keratin hair-smoothing treatments, and hair-removal services round out the salon’s menu to leave clients pampered and beautiful. Robert Vincent Salon & Spa invites patrons to unwind with sips of complimentary wine, and helps them decide between a new bob or pixie cut by demonstrating styles on potted plants.
"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who’s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that’s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
Owner and founder Jackie Dark, a longtime eyelash-extension customer, wanted to introduce others to the beauty service that shortened her daily routine. She and her team of certified aestheticians and cosmetologists at Lovely Lash Salon & Cosmetic Center dedicate the practice solely to instant beauty fixes. Some of the services they offer include eyelash extensions—with synthetic or mink lashes in varying sizes, lengths, and styles, they add volume to guests' eyes, making them look alert and fresh during all hours without using mascara. They also perm and tint lashes, as well as spray tanning, teeth whitening, and help improve figures with VelaShape body shaping.
Barbie Barber Salon offers barbershop services to men and keeps the froufrou to a minimum. Though the Costa Mesa salon is staffed with expert, Pro Vidal Sassoon–trained stylists, its laidback atmosphere is more sports bar than beauty shop. Customers are greeted with complimentary drinks, and while they're getting haircuts and beard trims, a flat-screen TV displays brawny programming such as sports games, poker matches, and soap operas without the soap. Though the business is geared toward a male clientele, women looking for a relaxed, unpretentious salon experience are more than welcome to take advantage of the stylists' services.
Stylist Katie Wang has an appetite for trends. During her 12-year career she has designed the coifs of models for runway and editorial shoots and represented companies such as Wella Professional Color and Sebastian as a top stylist and educator. The smooth, knotted updos and Brazilian blowouts in her portfolio reveal an impressive manual dexterity and a penchant for sleek, Scrunchie-free looks. Wang exhibits her artistry within the elegant KE Salon, where a pop-art sensibility is glammed up with cheeky, crystal chandeliers and antique Asian furniture and art.
Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy’s salons, where skilled students snip away, continue a four-decades-old hair-taming legacy that began at a single salon in London. The academy sorts stylists by specialty, allowing them to focus on the latest trends and techniques in their respective fields and preventing quick-draw blow-dryer shootouts. Hair artisans snip hair into the proper shape before adding a wash and style according to client preferences uncovered during a complimentary consultation. Specialists apply full-coloring treatments, adding nonnative tints.