Inside this airy salon—bedecked with wooden crates and Parisian prints—stylists bolster each client's personal style with cuts, coloring, and hair treatments. Numerous coloring techniques, including base breaks and highlights, camouflage grey strands and provide a more youthful sheen to hairdos. Keratin and Japanese relaxer treatments help discipline the hair by keeping each lock as straight as a schoolmarm's ruler. The team also accentuates features with haircuts, and readies brides-to-be with sweeping up-dos and airbrush makeup.
To be the best, you don't have to beat the best. You can just as easily learn from them. Michaela Turnbo took this maxim to heart while training with makeup artist to the stars Cassandra Scott, a celebrity favorite who has worked with famous faces including Elizabeth Taylor and Heather Locklear. Recently published in Passion Hair Book 2011, Turnbo shares her skills as a style expert and aesthetician at A Petite Spa, enhancing and tightening skin with glycolic peels, nonsurgical face-lifts, and facials designed to work with any schedule. She also strips away unsightly hair from the face and body with her swift waxing services and gussies up complexions for weddings, parties, and luxury driver's licenses with makeup applications.
Licensed aesthetician Crystal Seidler uses her pageant experience to enhance her clients' natural beauty at her eponymous practice inside the Mélange Gallery of Salons. She can calibrate her deft makeup applications to suit a variety of occasions, whether it’s for a model in a photo shoot, a bride on her wedding day, or a lawyer fresh from the pie-eating portion of the LSAT. To refresh skin, Crystal also performs facials and peels that target specific skincare concerns using glo therapeutics products, which can also be purchased from the salon.
The body bronzers at Melusina Custom Airbrush Tanning evenly coat skin with a nontoxic solution during custom spray-tan sessions. Customers emerge from a private booth or room after each five-minute treatment with a natural-looking hue, which continues to develop into a glowing tan over the next 5 to 24 hours. Tans last five to seven days after treatment or until an unexpected run-in with a freshly painted white wall. In addition to sunless tans, Melusina Custom Airbrush Tanning attempts to mitigate the appearance of cellulite with Oleaslim oil cocoon wraps and more.
Linda Tannos refuses to use anything but Lycon Precision wax when she de-fuzzes clients at Get Waxed. Made from a mélange of beeswax, natural resins, and aromatherapy oils, the pliable compound effectively lassos and "shrink-wraps" follicles to remove hairs without irritation. The licensed aesthetician applies her products on both manly and ladylike fuzz, purging strands from a range of areas, including bikini lines, legs, and upper lips. Linda also dispenses viable before-and-after tips, including preparatory moisturizing regimens and posttreatment methods for avoiding full moons.
M?lange is a beauty conglomerate?its myriad members specialize in everything from haircuts to lash extensions, facials, and dermal fillers. Within the Gallery is Priscilla of Bay Area Hair Restoration, who uses a low-light laser apparatus to jump-start hair follicles and reignite floundering cells without pain.