Clocks, picture frames, and padded chairs glisten cherry-red, like licorice adorning a witch's candy cottage. A row of trapezoidal mirrors reflect a pair of velvet-covered thrones that wouldn't look out of place in a royal horse and buggy. But this isn't make-believe; this is On the Cutting Edge, a salon where beauticians wave blow dryers, nail files, and brushes in lieu of magic wands. Within their fantastical surround, staffers deftly trim and color manes or bedeck acrylic nails with designs as funky as zebra prints or as informative as last year's tax returns. The staff also gives bodies a healthy glow with various levels of spray tanning ranging from silver to platinum.
The certified stylists at Bellezza Salon have specialties ranging from extensions and makeup to Brazilian blowouts. But when it comes to client attentiveness, they are of one mind. Before whittling away any unwanted tresses, the team consults with clients, listening to their wildest hair dreams and getting a sense of the clients' style. Then, they refurbish looks with cuts and color, sprinkling heads with professional products by Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Moroccanoil. Apart from the full menu of hair services, Bellezza Salon's versatile staff also primps clients with facials, full-body waxing, and acrylic nails.
The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
Light from a blown-glass chandelier refracts off gold-framed mirrors and brightens the azure walls of Tiffany Hair Studio & Skin Care, creating a lush setting for high-tech hair and skin therapies. Hair experts protect follicles with low-ammonia hair colors, moisture-rich conditioners, and thickening formulas, and stimulate growth using olive-oil rubs, laser treatments, and an inspirational Jeff Van Gundy slideshow. They also eliminate unwanted body hair with lasers, which can permanently reduce both coarse and fine hair on all types of skin.
The aestheticians further smooth skin with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and a plastic surgeon with 30 years of experience temporarily eradicates wrinkles with cosmetic injectables. A resident nutrition counselor helps balance diets to ensure newly evened-out complexions stay healthy.
All of the luxurious treatments are complemented by hot tea and homemade treats, as well as staffers who sit with clients to offer one-on-one consultations or practice the salon’s secret handshake.
The silver and gilt-edged mirrors of Salon O are pretty enough on their own. However, they're there to serve a purpose—reflecting the stylish hair designs of the salon's skilled stylists and color specialists. Stylists such as Erin Fargo transform manes into works of art with subtle ombre or reverse ombre color, sleek styles and cuts, and Babe hair extensions. They can also offer recommendations to improve the health and beauty of a client's hair, such as brushing it with an apple a day. As guests await appointments, they can sit beneath an elegant chandelier, peruse the salon's extensive selection of products, or ask stylists to regale them with tales of their 2010 Cut-A-Thon, in which the staff raised money for breast cancer research.
IKON Aveda Salon & Day Spa is an Aveda concept salon with three locations. Though each one has its own unique slate of services, the overall mission is unified—to cultivate stylish, modern looks for its clients and create a welcoming atmosphere. At the Menifee location, master stylists cut, color, and texturize hair, while skin care specialists conduct botanical resurfacing treatments—alternatives to microdermabrasions—that use tourmaline gemstone to gently reduce fine lines and the tiny acrobats who walk them. The Santa Ana and Tustin locations also offer haircuts and hair treatments, as well as a selection of makeup, lash, and skincare services.