It used to be an historic Dixon firehouse filled with burly men ready to extinguish raging fires. Today, it's an oasis of refinement thanks to Le Petite Salon and a neighboring tea room where pinkies float daintily above porcelain cups without fear of uninvited swearing. Inside the salon?which is dotted with vintage-inspired decor?distinguished wooden styling stations with large, ornate mirrors recall the sophistication of an old English estate. Amid these dignified furnishings, seasoned stylists prune and arrange tresses into flattering shapes and enhance facial features with makeup. While they get brides, prom dates, and birthday girls ready for their big events, a certified massage therapist kneads tense sinews in a private treatment room and a coffee bar keeps waiting guests caffeinated.
With each stylist trained in precision cuts, All That Jazz’s clients are in good scissor-hands. Additionally, each stylist is a color specialist, transforming manes with vibrant hues from brands such as Redken and Paul Mitchell. Updos prep heads for special events, and hair extensions give customers enough follicular length to use as a jump rope. Clients can also opt for below-the-neck services such as mani-pedis and hair-evicting waxes.
Within Lil' Bit Sassy Salon's sunny, elegant interior, stylists coddle follicles and tame unruly tresses with shampoo, highlights, and a blow-dry. After rubbing invigorating shampoo into scalps, scissor wielders snip split ends and reframe faces, accenting cheekbones and freeing long-forgotten pencils tucked behind ears. A smoothing keratin treatment expels poof-inducing moisture, leaving cranial carpets as slick and glossy as a slip ‘n slide made out of hair. Once relayered and silky, locks bask in a heated blow-dry before settling into a well-styled ‘do. For extra luster, guests can emblazon heads with partial highlights, enhancing natural hair color with luminous strands.
Strands Salon and Spa's founder, Jacquelyn Crabtree, is like a magnet for creativity, and she draws in all sorts of beauty professionals. She works on fashion shows, does editorial work for Sactown Magazine, and has styled the hair of television personalities?her primary areas of expertise being extensions and straightening. But unlike the security guard at a hall of mirrors, the hair expert can't be in all places at once. To that end, she's assembled a crack beauty team, each person having his or her unique specialties.
Its ranks include Tony Moreno, the salon's in-house color educator. Mr. Moreno has exhausted Aveda's curriculum of advanced education classes; he's even helped the well-known company develop products for its men's line. Along with Ms. Crabtree, Mr. Moreno keeps his fellow stylists up to date on the latest techniques. Massage therapist Mathew Abeyta, meanwhile, covers the spa side of the business.
Combined, the experts form an Aveda salon and spa that covers the full gamut of beauty services. Aveda hair rituals unfold at salon chairs, with perms, color services, scalp treatments, and other options. Nail rituals pamper hands and feet, while facials provide very specific benefits, such as clearing acne. Salon and spa treatments come together during packages such as the bride-focused A Day To Remember. The name is actually a bit of a misnomer, since it incorporates two separate visits with hairstyling, makeup, massages, and waxes that prepare wives-to-be for their trips down the aisle.
Eshaan Laser & Skin Care Medical Spa‘s physician-supervised staff straddles the line between science and relaxation. The aestheticians and medical professionals harness FDA-approved LightSheer and Aurora lasers to erase unwanted hairs, tattoos, and spider veins. But their science-based treatments don’t just target superficial imperfections: take VelaShape cellulite therapy, which combines mechanical massage with light and radio energies to reduce fatty deposits on the hips, thighs, and dorsal fin.
Considering their extensive medical backgrounds, it’s surprising the staff hasn’t lost sight of the nuances of relaxation. They swath their clients in warm robes, fill the spa’s air with tranquil music and soothing aromas, and offer complimentary beverages.