Beneath flowery wall murals, children settle into pink princess pedicure stations and Toy Story salon chairs as stylists dress their nails and shape their locks. A stream of animated classics plays across TV screens in the salon, keeping kids' heads from swiveling as stylists sculpt their manes, manicure their fingers, or blow-dry their new 'dos. Following first haircuts, wee ones cop free certificates that fit right in inside scrapbooks or stand out in contests to redesign the state flag. Parents can also participate, sinking into larger chairs for a cut or style while their children enjoy a play area complete with beanbags, books, and toys.
Along the quaint, well-preserved streets of Kenneth Village, Ariada Salon Spa's vintage exterior conceals a three-floor haven for modern beauty services. Inside, at mirrored stations, stylists specialize in color correction, Brazilian blowouts, waxing, and bridal services, prepping the hair and nails of the betrothed with OPI polishes and Difiaba and Moroccanoil conditioners. An onsite boutique equips clients with Witchy Poo Lotions & Potions and True Apothecary Candles, which can be combined at home to amplify a relaxing bath or invoke the beautifying intervention of Venus.
Aveda products are as renowned for their plant-based ingredients and eco-friendly packaging as they are for their beautification prowess, so it’s no surprise that the experts behind Glendale Aveda Salonspa rely on them during each of their styling treatments. Armed with their botanical tinctures, the salon’s stylists, mold manes with marshmallow-root texture lotions and lather locks with aromatic shampoos and conditioners. They also tint hair with colors infused with plant oils that subdue damage and leave each strand shiny and healthy. These hues come in natural blonds, browns, and reds, as well as primary and secondary colors distilled from sustainably harvested crayons. On the other side, spa staffers also reach for Aveda products—including hydrators and cleansers—as they clarify and rebalance careworn epidermises. When they aren't nourishing clients, the stylists at Glendale Aveda Salonspa attend weekly classes to hone their skills. They also donate their time to nonprofit organizations, such as the Coalition for Clean Air and the Glendale Health Fair.
At Sune Beauty, the feeling of indulgence begins before you even set foot in one of their treatment rooms. Within the calming sky-blue walls of the reception area guests nibble on refreshments, which have been known to include anything from cookies to fresh fruit. Once it's time for their service, clients are escorted to a private spa room, where aestheticians administer a dozen specialized facials alongside complimentary hand massages that ensure palms don't cover faces out of jealousy. Those seeking acne relief can get a clarifying facial with a blend of enzymes and sulfur, and those in need of moisture can try a skin quench hydrating facial with aloe vera and rose hip oil. There are a few anti-aging treatments, including a glycolic refining facial that deeply exfoliates skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Many of the facials use enzyme-based Epicuren products, as do add-ons such as oil-based scalp treatments.
Ano and Rumina, Hairspray Salon’s fashion-forward co-owners, have worked their way up to the forefront of the hair styling world. Ano boasts 27 years of experience and a degree from Vidal Sassoon, while Rumina is a Schwarzkopf Professional Ambassador, who started in the hair styling world at the age of 17 and now has 10 years of experience under her styling belt. Together they lead a team of expert stylists with specialties that include working with long and curly hair to color and highlights. They perform services under high ceilings at their robin’s egg-blue salon, snipping hair to flowing layers or straightening frizz with blowout treatments and Bumble and bumble products. And when not styling hair for clients, the stylists craft traffic-stopping updos for models who strut down the runway at wedding dresses shows and local airports.