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.
With her smart and no-nonsense attitude, Nancy Forbes commands a conversation like she commands a coiffure—deftly and effortlessly. A student of criminal justice as well as a 30-year veteran of the hair industry, Forbes is adept at setting crooked strands back on the straight and narrow. Her refreshing honesty and styling skills have earned her numerous repeat customers, some of whom she's witnessed survive cancer or grow up to have children of their own. Versed in various types of hair texture and wielding handpicked products by renowned brands such as Matrix in her homey salon confines, Nancy spruces up head threads after a thorough consultation, which may even include an invitation to do a shot afterward.
Salon owner Deborah Nava and husband Michael draw upon more than 40 years of combined of experience and wisdom gleaned from Deborah's stints with Sebastian of Beverly Hills and Allen Edwards of Newport Beach and Michael's training at the International Dior Academy to curate customized, face-flattering coifs. Though stylists customize cuts to flatter each client’s style or conceal budding antlers, the shearing team specializes in youthful hairstyles, sculpting asymmetric looks, and applying vivid highlights. Stylists also festoon strands with the latest flourishes such as keratin treatments and feather extensions. Additionally, hair gurus happily instruct clients in ways to re-create trend-savvy styles at home while furnishing tips for extending the look’s lifespan.
A honeycomb of private treatment rooms and 12 hairstyling stations at True Salon and Spa receive clients with open arms. Owners Sharon and Whitney Breault aim to please customers with hair services powered by Pureology and Dermalogica skincare products. As an added bonus, Sharon keeps the lobby stocked with the oldest of hospitality strategies: food. The scent of fresh coffee wafts through the air from its perch alongside a plate of cookies, and the rotating variety is based on "whatever I'm hungry for," Sharon laughs.
As clients sip wine and munch on hors d'oeuvres during after-hours appointments, a team of more than 20 stylists and aestheticians go to work on hair, skin, and disobedient wings. Skilled hands beautify tresses, smooth skin during aromatherapy body treatments, and customize botanical facials with skin analyses. "It's one of the higher-end salons in Elk Grove," Sharon says, referencing her top-notch aestheticians and pearl-gray decor.