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 wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
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.
Salon owner Deborah Nava and husband Michael draw upon more than 40 years of combined of experience and wisdom gleaned from Deborah's stints with Sebastian of Beverly Hills and Allen Edwards of Newport Beach and Michael's training at the International Dior Academy to curate customized, face-flattering coifs. Though stylists customize cuts to flatter each client’s style or conceal budding antlers, the shearing team specializes in youthful hairstyles, sculpting asymmetric looks, and applying vivid highlights. Stylists also festoon strands with the latest flourishes such as keratin treatments and feather extensions. Additionally, hair gurus happily instruct clients in ways to re-create trend-savvy styles at home while furnishing tips for extending the look’s lifespan.
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.
Founded on the idea that guests are "treated as royalty," DQ Salon, short for Drama Queen, fields a staff of stylists that crafts new hairstyles atop clients, whose reflection is already festooned with giant, iron crowns that rest above salon mirrors. Using natural and organic products and Rapunzel's self-help book, the salon’s experts trim tresses, change hues, remove unwanted stubble, and meticulously groom fingers and toes with hair and nail services.