Pilar Chavez has long believed that feeling good about one's appearance is a spiritually uplifting experience. So in 1984, beneath the swaying palms of Farmersville, California, Pilar opened an eponymous salon that fosters joy through beauty. Amid teal walls and fully stocked product displays, Pilar and her styling team transform bland hairdos into flattering coifs with multidimensional color. Additionally, they spiff up nails with mani-pedis, remove body hair with wax, and simulate natural tans with airbrush bronzers or paintbrushes and chocolate syrup.
Licensed cosmetologist Sheri Stevenson knows the importance of total-body beauty, which is why her services include nailcare, hairstyling, and facial waxing. During pedicures, she uses the OPI system to trim, shape, and polish nails and exfoliate hands and feet before moisturizing the skin with massage strokes rather than a fire hose. She also cuts, colors, and styles strands and makes liberal use of warm wax to remove unwanted facial hair.
At Ca Looks, stylists adhere to the approaches developed by lines such as Wella Professionals USA, attending at least three in-salon classes and two industry shows each year. Calling on these skills, they start each appointment with a consult and personalized hair-product recommendations, so clients can re-create new looks at home, on vacation, or midrodeo.
Sensia Salon & Spa doesn't have any walls––or so it would seem. Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides drench the space in natural light, giving the red wall partitions the glow of a ripe pomegranate. These are the stomping grounds of owner Cathy Reily, who draws on her background as a licensed aesthetician to beautify clients with invigorating facials, body waxing, and slimming body treatments. Also on premises is Tina Lukens, whose inviting black leather salon chair has seen bland strands transformed with bold color highlights. The staff can also whisk clients to a private room for a relaxing massage session, and they even purvey an array of retail clothing, ideal to complement a sleek 'do or replace the tattered invisible clothes of an invisible friend.
Charlotte Pugh, a licensed nail technician who works within the Hair Visalia salon, specializes in painting detailed images onto tiny finger and toe canvases, whether made of natural keratin or acrylic. Dazzling snowflakes, ghoulish monsters, and striking depictions of the Santa Maria adorn fingertips during holidays, and glitter, feathers, and shiny solid hues decorate digits year-round. Charlotte can apply chip-resistant layers of Gelish polish to fingers and toes for longer-lasting glam, or employ paraffin wax to soften dry skin lingering on the soles, knuckles, or hearts of curmudgeonly hall monitors.
If Nicole at Jazz Productions Salon & Day Spa has a knack for making guests feel at home, it may be simply because the salon was once a home. She and other stylists work out of carpeted rooms in a converted house, replete with furnishings that make it feel like a family still lives there: couches, golden chandeliers, and a juicer that seemed like it would come in handy. The home decor melds right in with the nail stations, the shelves of nail polish, and especially the leather salon chairs where Nicole delivers her cuts and color treatments.