Located within Le Petite Studio, formerly an historic Dixon firehouse that no longer shelters 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.
Beachy murals, wicker furniture, and colorful plants evoke a tropical feel inside Paradise Tan & Spa. The fleet of tanning booths – in standard and super/platinum wattage strengths – blankets patrons in a tropical golden hue. The staff also whitens customers’ teeth and waxes bodies free of unwanted hair.
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.
At Nastran Skin Care LLC, aestheticians promote vibrant, healthy skin. Threading removes hairs at the root, giving the results of waxing but with more precision and potentially with fewer complications. The boutique's vitamin-infused facials help keep skin radiant, and bridal services prep brides to look their best and help them warmup their bouquet-hurling arm.
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.
Under the direction of highly experienced aesthetician and pedicurist Carole Marier, the beauty savants at Care-O-Cell Skin Care cleanse visages during the European deep-pore facial and coddle hooves during the pedicure. In 30–45 minutes, a blend of active, wheat-germ-based products developed by German line Dr. Grandel free façades of built-up dirt, oils, and cake icing. Care-O-Cell's aestheticians further enhance the facial with a hand, arm, and neck massage. Alternatively, nail technicians neaten feet during the 45-minute pedicure, painting gnome hats onto each nail before vanquishing appendage tension through a foot and leg massage.