Visions Salon and Spa's owner Shirley Manulak arrives at work each day determined to fulfill her customers’ cosmetic needs. “We just wanted to have a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. We want to shampoo away some of your stress,” she told Y.C. Orozco of the Pasadena Citizen. Armed with 35 years of experience as a cosmetology instructor and a skilled staff, her salon offers an array of aesthetic services, including manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling in a salon renovated after Manulak bought it two years ago. Like jazz bands that are serious about their craft, the staff steam cleans all of their instruments with autoclaves and medical-grade disinfectant.
When Luna Labarca-Norris opened Sweet Escape Salon, she sought to bring her extensive education from institutes such as Matrix, Goldwell, and Tigi to the heads and hairs of men, women, and children. She and her duo of diligent stylists always begin each cut or coloring session with a consultation that uses a mixture of photographs, conversation, and flashcards of salon vocabulary to ensure that clients achieve the look they covet. The hairdressers' expertise lies particularly in advanced coloring techniques such as balyage or multidimensional highlights.
The funky, modern interior sports huge, brightly painted portraits and a pattern of bold, black-and-white paisley on walls, throw pillows, and furniture. A small boutique deals in colorful handmade jewelry and purses with intricately layered leather blossoms decorating the exterior. Teal walls surround the more conservatively appointed salon section, which is accented by little pots and pops of flora on small tables.
Armed with all-natural Aveda products, the stylists at Green Apple Salon transform men's and women's mops during haircuts, special-occasion updos, and blowouts. In addition to a relaxing scalp massage, every haircut includes a consultation, letting guests work together with the stylist to craft the perfect look or swap banana-bread recipes.
An enthusiastic and passionate stylist, Michol approaches each client with their individuality in mind. That’s why he keeps 93 colors always within reach, mixing and matching to create subtle hues and shine that belong solely to the client he’s working on. Having trained under Thomas LaDage, a platform artist that performed demonstrations at industry shows, he understands how to work with complex treatments to create the right look that flatters clients’ facial symmetry, complexion, eye color, or the vase their hand is currently stuck in. When performing services such as updos or chemical straightening, he also relies on his knowledge and expert application of hair products from brands such as Paul Brown, which are made with Hawaiian plants and flowers that contain healing and replenishing properties.
At Shehla's Beauty Salon & Spa, a friendly face greets customers right as they walk through the door. After sipping on complimentary cups of soothing hot tea in the waiting area, clients are eventually led back their styling stations, where hair artists get to work performing customized cuts and color treatments. More than just a destination for haircare, the salon space also achieves spa-like status thanks to service offerings such as waxing, threading, facials, and massages.
From hot stone European facials to permanent makeup, Karizma Professional Beauty Services brings out the beauty in each client. Stylists create new looks with haircuts, coloring, and keratin treatments or apply professional makeup to help prepare for a wedding-license notarization. Aestheticians also highlight facial features with enhancements such as lash extensions by Lash Essence and cosmetic teeth whitening.