All Dolled Up Salon and Day Spa cultivates an atmosphere that empowers its clients to decide on and describe exactly what they want. In addition to haircuts, color treatments, and conditionings, they offer keratin-based and Japanese texturizing treatments, facials, and beauty packages for prom attendees and bridal parties.
Cindy Edralin, a stylist who works out of Nueve Salon and Spa, began her career working with Paul Mitchell Systems, before training and working with Aveda Corporate. Now, within the contemporary, loft-style space of the salon, she welcomes customers, offering stylish haircuts, straightening treatments, and highlights.
Diva Salon's team of stylists wields TIGI color products to turn manes a summery blond or a steel gray that blends in with a bank safe’s interior. The stylists also employ products from Alterna, Kenra, and Original Sprout—which uses organic ingredients—as they transform hairscapes. In addition to cutting, coloring, and lengthening locks, Diva Salon’s aestheticians apply lash extensions.
At Makana Esthetics Wellness Academy, founder and education director Malia Sanchez equips students with 600 hours of aesthetics experience "so that the gift can be shared with others." For those who know Hawaiian, this is implicit: The word "makana" translates to "gift." Students work side by side under the careful watch of professionals and unblinking gaze of light bulbs, performing facials, body treatments, and waxes. With freshly trained fingers, the budding aestheticians infuse skin with curative botanical ingredients or operate multipurpose beauty device that can perform manual lymphatic drainage, microdermabrasion, and light therapy.
For Salon Blanc co-owner Alan Vuong, hair is more than something to tuck behind an ear or sweep over a shoulder—it's an artistic medium that inspires creativity and pride. The salon's website even asserts that "hair is an expression of the moment we live in." Nothing could hold truer for Vuong and his team, who are continually educating themselves on the latest cutting and coloring techniques and products. They displayed these to full effect when they journeyed to California for the 2011 International Salon and Spa Expo—one of the largest professional beauty events on the West Coast—a trip chronicled on Living Local.
Vuong's trendsetting artistic vision earned him the title of Honolulu magazine's Editors' Pick for Best Hairstylist in 2009, and according to that publication, "he even has clients flying in from Japan and Guam to get the Vuong vibe." He and his crew rely on the Kérastase and Shu Uemura lines for haircare, and also offer services such as bridal packages, makeup, and waxing.
It should come as no surprise that Vuong is as concerned with the salon aesthetic as he is with his clients' satisfaction. His blank-canvas hair philosophy is much like the look of the Ala Moana Beach–facing salon itself; in fact, he compared the space to an artist's studio in a feature in American Salon magazine. The minimalist, white-on-white interior is accentuated by black leather chairs and feathery chandeliers that are lighter and more elegant than a performance of Swan Lake on the international space station.