Women, men, children, no matter: the staff at Ed Beauty Salon works with anyone and everyone. Founded more than 25 years ago, this pillar of the beauty world provides all manner of hair, nail, and makeup services. On the spa side of the business, certified specialists help skin glow with facials or shoo away stress with lomi-lomi massages. During their visits, clients can deepen their levels of relaxation by sipping on complimentary cups of gourmet tea or by asking the stylist to shave peace signs into their hair.
The crew of stylists at The Hair Lounge harbor a variety of interests—some spend their excess creative energy hovering over the stove while others nod knowingly while reading Dumas texts. These outside hobbies augment their primary passion—cutting hair—which they do with great care after evaluating each client’s face shape and personality. Inside the salon’s brick walls, clients relax in charcoal chairs as their hair undergoes cuts, styles, and color services, all of which are amped up by professional salon products from Redken and Unite Eurotherapy.
Envy Hair Design has been providing upscale salon services since 2001, employing a talented team of professional stylists to snip, shape, and beautify its clients. With $100 worth of hair services to cover, tangled tresses can be thoroughly snipped free of twigs and brambles, so that birds will stop mistaking the head for a nest (women's haircuts start at $35, men's at $25). Punch a dull day right in the face with a splash of all-over color (starting at $55), a partial foil (starting at $55), or a full foil (starting at $75). Extreme adrenaline junkies can begin their services with a perm, and then instantly juxtapose that decision with a relaxer (each starts at $60). Today's deal must be used in one visit, so consider removing excess hair completely with waxing services, starting at $12. The relaxing décor makes all salon visits extra enjoyable, with warm brown walls, burnished-wood floors, and crisp lighting offset by sleek black furnishings. Call ahead to schedule your hair-repair services and prepare to saunter forth into the world with a new ’do, newfound confidence, and the wherewithal to finally take care of a Newfoundland shepherd puppy.
SkinWorks SkinCare helps clients mend image woes with the help of botanical-rich Dermalogica products and treatments. Patrons can snag serums for home use or kick back to let an aesthetician purify their pores, wax away unwanted hair, or read picture books out loud until wrinkles revert back into adorable childhood dimples.
Under the guidance of owner Andee Ballard, the team of 10 stylists at Envy Salon beautifies tresses with services ranging from artful snips to deep conditioning. High-end products from beauty houses including L’Oréal, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology lend their spritzes, gels, and mousses to each of the salon’s treatments. The salon is also a certified Brazilian Blowout salon, allowing stylists to leave straightened strands as strong and soft as a pro wrestler whose mother still reads him bedtime stories.
Although it didn’t seem adventurous or sensational like some other professions, Julie Korff dreamt of becoming a hairstylist as a kid. While most other people grew up to realize they’d never actualize their childhood goal of becoming an astronaut, an archaeologist, or football quarterback Joe Montana, Korff went on to achieve her dream, traveling to New York and Beverly Hills to learn the art of hairstyling. Today she works in the San Diego area, where she snips and styles within the upscale Envision Salon & Spa.
Having crafted customized hairdos since 1999, Julie has a developed a particular knack for coloring. Rather than using cheap products or melted Crayola crayons, she opts for top-quality dyes from brands such as Framesi 2001, Schwarzkopf Professional, and Redken.