Of all of the services at Taglio Salon & Spa, owner and stylist Jennifer Nunez's favorite is hair coloring. "Someone can walk in with flat, ugly, torn-up hairs," she said, "and in two hours change to a completely different person. It's instant gratification." Though the color results may seem instantaneous, Jennifer's acquisition of styling skills in the beauty industry has been anything but.
She first became interested in hairstyling in high school, when she did her friends' hair. After college, Jennifer used her marketing degree to land a corporate job, then promptly quit to enroll in a salon academy. Jennifer's mentor was a platform artist for celebrity stylist Trevor Sorbie who taught her not only the fundamentals of working with hair but also the importance of education and technique. Today, at her own salon, Jennifer requires quarterly continuing-education classes for all stylists.
Even the decor at Taglio Salon & Spa took time. Jennifer and an artist designed the floor—a cloudy swirl of greens and blues—to suggest an ocean reef. As organic as the finished product may look, the process involved an airbrush, pump spray, and painstaking effort. This philosophy of performing diligent, patient work to achieve spectacular results runs through all of Taglio's services, which include applying polish to nails, exfoliating faces, or slowly eroding mountainsides by breathing heavily on them.
A burbling waterfall wall and live palm fronds welcome clients to the earth-toned oasis of Elk Grove Massage29. Before beginning any session, the spa’s licensed therapists consult with clients to determine the best massage for their needs; it could be Swedish strokes to slake general stress or hot stones to melt away tension and determine which extremities are really just frozen burritos. The therapists also specialize in hot-pack massage, which uses grain-filled pouches that are heated to 170–180 degrees in order to release tension and increase flexibility.
Each of the products in Ella Blue's personal skincare and cosmetics line is artfully wrapped in packaging that offers a modern take on the classic pictures of ‘50s-era women. This playful yet timeless approach is also echoed in the spa menu, which ranges from soothing massages and eye-enhancing lash extensions to no-chip mani-pedis and tanning services that leave the skin glowing brighter than a plate of freshly baked pennies.
Elk Grove natives Frank and Kelly Ross opened Solé Salon & Spa to be a one-stop shop for beauty and calm. On one side, stylists clip and color hair, while across the room a massage therapist works out kinks in muscles and overworked pinky toes. The shop’s boutique stocks a selection of gifts and accessories crafted by local artisans.
Living Well Clinic's licensed experts present health hunters with a wealth of wellness options from spinal decompression therapy to health counseling. Groupon grabbers can elect to approach a skilled acupuncturist, who will pinpoint patients' problem areas. The precision poker then takes bewildered, toothbrushless travelers on a journey through Chinese medicine, using gauge needles to clear pain-causing blockages of energy. The pricking process can assuage afflictions such as anxiety, migraines, fatigue, stress, and arthritis.
Attentive and professionally trained knot-looseners serve bodies at Time Well Spent's meditative massage menagerie. Turn delinquent muscles over to the authorities for Jacqui's Swedish sore-soother, a rubdown that employs long, soothing strokes to bolster blood flow and fully ensnare one's camera-shy serenity pose. Meanwhile, the deep-tissue massage delves deeper into deltoids to help calm ingrained tensions, hinder headaches, and surmount sciatic pain. After any massage, an ensuing body buff employs circular scrubs to satiate sapped skin, strengthen circulation, and diminish rough dermises to the soft consistency of a pillow stuffed with marshmallows.