With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
The stylists at Hair Emporium cut and color tresses, creating looks that are refined, bold, dramatic, or artfully sculpted into a sombrero—whatever suits the client's fancy. They use professional products from lines such as Moroccan Oil and NEVO, 100% vegan shampoos, and conditioning treatments that come in biodegradable packaging.
Rozlyn, owner of De La Muse Salon and Spa, got her start in the ultra-trendy salons of San Francisco's Union Square. When the time came to start her own salon, she wanted to bring the bustling neighborhood’s feeling of fun, experimentation, and style to Folsom. So she lined up a deep bench of stylists (not to mention makeup artists, nail technicians, and massage therapists) in an elegantly appointed venue hung with lustrous metallic curtains.
Stylish as the surroundings are, Rozlyn strives to make every client feel at home. "Communication is key to a great outcome, and I love to chat," she says on the salon’s website. That focus on communication extends to client education: among the services at De La Muse is a one-on-one makeup lesson with the owner of makeup line Scene Cosmetics to help women figure out which products work for everyday use and which lipsticks taste the best.
Although Bare Waxing Studio’s technicians complete Brazilian waxes in about 20 minutes, they’re not rushing. According to their website, they’re just removing the hair “faster than you can say ouch.” Whether sculpting eyebrows, smoothing bikini areas, or depilating men’s chests, the technicians use single-use sticks and warm, soft wax (unless the customer requests hard wax or strawberry jelly).
Named after the colorful bracelets that jangle on the wrists of many Indian women, Ruby’s Bangles gives its patrons an opportunity to partake in ancient Eastern beauty rituals. In the spa, aestheticians use eyebrow threading techniques inspired by Egyptian beauty rituals to remove unwanted hair. Skilled henna artists can transform hands and feet with dramatic plant-ink designs. The store's boutique boasts a wide selection of Indian-inspired jewelry, including bindis, necklaces, bangles, and hip chains for belly dancing or keeping prank-prone jeans from running away.
While teaching at the Paul Mitchell Partner School, Breanna Stahl treasured the moments when she could see her students defining their personal aesthetic edge. She wanted to foster a similar environment of growth at her own business and opened Abeille Salon as a venue for adroit stylists to showcase their art. There, chandeliers illuminate cream walls and the lavender mirrors that reflect a bevy of cut and color services. As members of a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, the staff shapes new 'dos with Paul Mitchell hair products instead of cumbersome bobby-pin scaffolding.