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.
In his early days as a massage therapist, Sean Struxness was struck by the stark contrasts in quality between high-end and low-end spas, noticing a large gap between the two. He founded The Massage Spot to fill that gap, partly because he no longer wanted to mow the gap's out-of-control grass. Though it forgoes the locker rooms and showers that full day spas may offer, Struxness's mini day spa doesn't skimp on the tranquil atmosphere, as it features flickering candles, soothing music, and a relaxing zen area. The service menu isn't lacking, either; The Massage Spot's team of professionals performs haircuts and deep conditionings, nine types of facials, spa pedicures with aromatherapy soaks, and Western and Eastern styles of massage therapy.
If Tamara Roberts' salon were any closer to the Pacific, she'd need to set up shop on an inflatable raft. Luckily the only waves she traverses here are the stylish kind. Throughout Tamara's career, which spans more than 15 years, she's become an expert at tailoring layers and color treatments to her customer's needs. Clients may also solicit her expertise for deep conditioning or a swanky special-occasion updo.
Jennifer Corley—a licensed aesthetician and certified medical aesthetician—revitalizes clients' skin with an array of facials and specially formulated peels. Her skincare treatments combine the natural and the scientific to combat skin problems, infusing peels with ingredients such as vitamin A and acne-fighting salicylic acid, and allowing for a controlled and even shedding of dead skin layers.
GlamMe Beauty Studio?s team travel to homes, places of work, and dentists? offices to pamper clients. They also work at 11 salons in LA and surrounding areas. Stylists cut hair, magically grow hair with extensions, and embellish strands with semipermanent color and highlights. They also beautify nails during mani-pedis, wax away fuzz on faces, and add drama to peepers with eyelash extensions.
Yassmin is a makeup artist, bridal stylist, and hairstylist working out of Chug Salon. Here, haircuts, coloring treatments, and straightening treatments help clients enhance their personal style goals and achieve a flattering new look that can catch the eye of companions, passerby, and airplane pilots.