Skin Theory's owner and aesthetician, Ariel Simonetti, has been a licensed aesthetician since 2004. In the intervening years, she has focused her skills to become an expert in waxing and skincare. While her specialty is customized brow shaping?she even teaches the art in classes?Ariel ably waxes all areas of the body including arms, legs, and bikini areas. On the skincare side of her business, each of her nine different types of facials includes a massage of the d?colletage, arms, hands, and feet. Not one to neglect the ambience in her spa (which is located in the upstairs loft of Jean Claude Salon & Spa), Ariel encourages relaxation with pleasant sounds, soothing aromas, and a willingness to muffle ringing cellphones with wax.
When Lisa Knight opened her second salon, she imbued it with an upbeat ambiance and dubbed it Orange Blossom Salon. Her stylists greet incoming guests with wine before seating them on a tangerine couch surrounded by lime-green walls bedecked with vines and grinning oranges. They then enhance hair with cuts, color, and keratin treatments, using products by Kevin Murphy, Eufora, Davines, and Soma. Stylists also primp patrons with elegant updos and flexible film nail designs by Minx to prepare them for weddings and other special occasions. After their treatments, guests can relax outside on a stone patio, where orange and green adirondack chairs rest under shady strips of canvas and strings of lights singing campfire songs in rounds.
As the owners of Pure The Blowout Bar, Gayle Fulbright and Jim and Jamie DeBerry draw from a wealth of experience in areas ranging from styling to salon management. Fulbright alone claims more than 30 years of experience in her field, including several trips abroad to lead seminars for fellow salon owners. Clients at the Encinatas salon know they're in good hands, but if they need any more proof, they need only look to the environmentally conscious products the stylists insist on using. With the aid of these hair-care formulas, the stylists can reshape hair into everything from graceful waves to luscious curls.
At The Studio Illusions, Karla Vazquez and Kathy Lowery work in tandem to give patrons the hair and skin they desire. Specialties include SunFX airbrush tanning, skin-renewing PCA Skin peels, and hair services that range from chic cuts to advanced color correction. Patrons can bolster eyelashes with tinting or perming services, or opt for eyelash extensions applied by a certified medical aesthetician.
A row of silver-framed mirrors sits before the styling chairs at Hairloom, providing an element of understated luxury. There's nothing understated about the menu of services, however—using L'Oréal Professionnel products, the salon’s team of hair wizards performs complex coloring services, including ombre highlights and color correction, and chic cuts. For those seeking something simpler, stylists braid, curl, straighten, and pin locks into fetching styles or hair sculptures.
The stylists at Kupala Hair and Beauty Studio know how important it is to stay ahead of the curve in a highly creative industry. They scour fashion magazines and runways for sources of inspiration, re-creating the looks they find for their delighted clients. To do so, they rely on their experience to cut hair and enhance it with vibrant color or highlights.