Coffee, tea, and other beverages fill guests hands at Sharp Cutz N Color Salon, where master stylists and colorists work to beautify hair. For them, length and color hold only part of a hairstyle’s visual appeal; texture is an equally important piece of the puzzle. After they neaten hair with trims and cuts, they smoothen away waves or coil hair into formal buns, Indian-style braids, or playful crimps and twists.
Spalon Lifestyle founders Philip De Vo and Jaclyne Le began studying skincare and relaxation therapies after quitting corporate jobs that left them feeling physically and spiritually depleted. Now, the duo of pampering proprietors jet-set around the world, sharing their stress-relief expertise at foreign salons and international trade shows. At Spalon Lifestyle, their home base, a skilled staff wields an arsenal of spa services to carry on their quest for tranquility, much like the extremely relaxed knights of King Arthur’s massage table
Stylist Synphony presides over a chair at Simply Flawless Hair Salon, snipping up new looks and twisting hair into intricate braids. She elongates hair with glamorous weaves and treats clients to soothing massage conditioning treatments. The seasoned beautician also extends her expertise toward coloring services, including highlights and creative color.
The interior at Snip-its Kids Hair Salon & Spa looks like a kids' playhouse, highlighted by colorful, floor-to-ceiling murals. Those surroundings are enough to make kids forget that they're getting a haircut, and that's part of the point. Kids enjoy educational video games during haircuts, or try services that they're actually excited about, such as manicures and updos. Trained stylists boast safety measures such as safety straps for toddlers, and parents can sit next to children the entire time.
All of the products at the salon are specifically crafted for kids, and there are lots of other touches that go far beyond those old coloring books. This approach has landed the company in publications that range from the Washington Post to LA Parent. Their unique approach also includes themed beauty parties for kids such as Glamour, Trip-to-Hollywood, and Rock Star & Spa, during which youngsters romp through the space wearing costumes and robes and sipping juice boxes.
Aqua Salon owner Kathy Snyder loves a challenge. When asked what she likes best about her job, the veteran hairstylist told Our South Bay, “So many of us are particular about exactly what we want our hair to look like but haven’t any idea how to articulate it to someone. It’s my job … to ‘get it’ when a customer reaches out for help.” A former employee of celeb-favorite Cristophe Salon, Snyder spent 10 years meeting the often daunting needs of Hollywood’s most demanding heads. Today, she doles out that same level of service in an environment that is decidedly more relaxed, complete with a soothing ocean view and skylights that allow the sunshine to stream in.
As guests sip wine and watch the waves roll along the sandy shoreline, Snyder’s team of master stylists care for hair with cutting-edge cuts, extensions, and balayage coloring techniques. Makeup artists employ the Jane Iredale line of mineral makeup to beautify visages, and spray tans by Infinity Sun provide a golden glow to help prep bodies for the beach or a stint on James Cameron’s mantel.
Working mere blocks from the Pacific Ocean, Six Degrees Salon and Spa’s team of stylists distills the sea’s natural beauty and calming influence into beauty treatments under the guidance of co-owners Joel and Frida Silva, authorities in haircare and skincare services, respectively. While stylists trim hair and wax errant fringe in the second floor’s open, hardwood-floored salon upstairs, licensed massage therapists knead out kinks and aestheticians unleash powerful facials and peels on blemishes in the downstairs spa and boutique. Armed with products from top-tier companies such as Obagi and Moroccanoil, the beautifiers render coifs and skin more healthy and radiant than a nutritionist's grocery list left in a running microwave.