From within The Four Gables Hair & Nail Salon, trained technician Jordan Roberts plumps up lash lines with eyelash extensions. The synthetic strands are individually adhered to each lash, where they withstand showers, sweat, and back-to-back viewings of Old Yeller for up to six weeks.
Justine Ross' clients sometimes arrive with a photograph. Often the chic hairstyle on the celebrity's head may not look as attractive simply transplanted onto someone else. Adjustments have to be made for a person's features, hair type, and other variables before the hairstyle will look right. And sometimes, the eight-year veteran stylist explains, it won't work at all—such as when someone with tightly curled hair seeks dead-straight locks. Justine feels her ability to communicate such hair-related complexities is a tremendous asset to her work as a hairstylist and her night job as Sasquatch’s psychotherapist. "I don't talk about myself," she says, preferring to spend styling sessions learning about the client's daily routine and sense of style. The focus on the customer allows Justine to ascertain further what kind of look she should bestow, weighing such factors as whether the person is a wash-and-go type and what level of maintenance is preferred. In the end, the San Diego–trained stylist says, "I want to make people feel good … make the experience about them."
At her salon, Kisha Alcala gets along best with children and clients with special needs, such as those with autism or spinal bifida. No matter who the hair belongs to, she can trim, dye, and perm it until the mirror hums with joy. She also performs waxing services for full-grown clients, accents fingers with acrylic nails and sees to the whole body with the precise pressure of reflexology massage.
For the past six years, Megan Seech has been taking care of fingers and toes, tending to nails whether they be natural, acrylic, or forged from chiclets and superglue. Basic manicures and pedicures with OPI polishes leave nails looking healthy and strong, but both may be upgraded with glitter polish or Shellac—a special formula made to resist chips and nicks. Her passion for helping others feel beautiful has inspired Megan to pursue her cosmetology degree, and she soon hopes to add hairstyling and makeup services to her beauty repertoire.
At Who Does Your Hair, Andrea Jones calls upon 20 years of beautification experience and a New York education to ensure customers leave each visit ornamented with eye-catching styles. After guests pass under the salon's sign, which is emblazoned with hot-pink text, they enter a world where walls need not choose a single color: blocks of green, orange, and French gray snuggle against pale-blue borders in an attempt to channel Piet Mondrian's ghost. Amid these variegated hues, Andrea treats hands and feet to mani-pedis, whirlpools, and massage chairs. She also slathers talons with Shellac polish, which dries quickly with help from a UV lamp and maintains its glossy finish for up to 14 days or through three dips in an active lava flow.