The stylists of Envy Salon & Spa have partnered with the high-end Kérastase haircare line to bring their clients effective treatments that leave hair shining. Stylists utilize their training from top schools such as Vidal Sassoon to design flattering coifs, add subtle highlights, or lengthen natural hair with weaves. When they’re not grooming strands, beauty specialists wax away unwanted hair and milk moustaches and help clients manage acne and wrinkles with Dermologica and Jan Marini facials.
Stylist Katy Flewellyn doesn't view her clients as heads of hair with people underneath. When crafting new looks for men, women, and kids, she considers the personality of the individual as well as their hair, and draws inspiration from their character to guide her forward-thinking fashion sense. This client-centric approach may be due to her naturally upbeat disposition, but it was no doubt reinforced during her training at the Paul Mitchell California Academy, a school known for its focus on customer service.
Unlike the University of Baking Chocolate Cake, Katy's alma mater is a school known for teaching a wide range of skills, and she has honed each of hers with advanced continuing education. Today, she wields a repertoire of services ranging from hair color and highlights to keratin treatment and tape-in hair extensions—all in addition to her signature designer cuts.
A graduate of Paul Mitchell The School Sacramento, Christy Clark follows the hair industry's ever-shifting trends and techniques to give her clients modern styles that match their personal preferences. She molds manes inside Taglio Salon and Spa, where the restful burble of an outdoor fountain signals the relaxation found within. Inside, Christy changes hair tints to vibrant reds and stunning blonds with Redken products, twists locks into updos for weddings and special occasions, and adorns coiffures with feathers stolen from a cockatrice den.
Of all of the services at Taglio Salon & Spa, owner and stylist Jennifer Nunez's favorite is hair coloring. "Someone can walk in with flat, ugly, torn-up hairs," she said, "and in two hours change to a completely different person. It's instant gratification." Though the color results may seem instantaneous, Jennifer's acquisition of styling skills in the beauty industry has been anything but.
She first became interested in hairstyling in high school, when she did her friends' hair. After college, Jennifer used her marketing degree to land a corporate job, then promptly quit to enroll in a salon academy. Jennifer's mentor was a platform artist for celebrity stylist Trevor Sorbie who taught her not only the fundamentals of working with hair but also the importance of education and technique. Today, at her own salon, Jennifer requires quarterly continuing-education classes for all stylists.
Even the decor at Taglio Salon & Spa took time. Jennifer and an artist designed the floor—a cloudy swirl of greens and blues—to suggest an ocean reef. As organic as the finished product may look, the process involved an airbrush, pump spray, and painstaking effort. This philosophy of performing diligent, patient work to achieve spectacular results runs through all of Taglio's services, which include applying polish to nails, exfoliating faces, or slowly eroding mountainsides by breathing heavily on them.
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.