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.
Inside its golden, Romanesque spa space, Renaissance and its legions of 25-plus cater to muscles, manes, and minds. After an initial consultation, the skincarists will design a treatment facial for your skin condition. Each service includes a sudsy, double cleansing of cheeks, chins, and noses, along with exfoliation and necessary extractions. During the cleaning, a beauty-savvy cartographer assesses skin topography in preparation for a Face Mapping, which, in addition to targeting skin tone with steam treatment, determines whether or not your face is caked in peanut butter. All cleansing is followed with a face, neck, and shoulder massage, along with a clarifying masque and moisturizer.
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.
At Sandra Legaspi One Stop Shop, a salon located within Bronze and Beauty, clients can escape the worries of the world and focus on feeling good, be it for a whole day or just an hour. Cosmetologist Sandra Legaspi helps visitors look and feel their best, decorating nails with gel polish and sculpting acrylic rock-star nails embellished with gemstones or golden spikes. She also creates chic, flattering hairstyles and smoothes skin with facial waxing.
Inside Salon 525, Crissy Hudson unclogs pores with Dermalogica products and loosens tense muscles with relaxing modalities. Before she joined the team at Salon 525, this licensed aesthetician of ten years and massage therapist practiced her craft at Derma Technique Day Spa in Houston, Texas. Aside from kneading sinews, Crissy specializes in rejuvenating facials, which she tailors to each client's skin type.
It’s all about the patterns. Using a tiny brush, licensed nail technician Valerie paints animal prints, hearts, polka dots, or flowers on clients' nail canvases. She repeats each pattern 10 times—enough to cover the nails on both hands. Aside from creating eye-popping artwork, Valerie dishes out classic manicures, finished off with a traditional nail-polish hue in soft pink or camouflage.