At J Boutique Salon & Spa, the stylists cut, color, and coif locks with the mindset that beautiful hair builds confidence, and that each guest should leave with just that—beautiful, confident-inspiring tresses. In addition to hair services, the staff helps beautify clients with facials, makeup, waxing, and nailcare.
Within Monica Ra Salon & Day Spa, Peggy Balagia works her magic in transforming looks with cuts, color treatments, and Brazilian blowouts. With the help of products such as Pravana keratin treatments and Babe hair extensions, her clients waltz out the door with bouncy blowouts and shiny locks.
Owner Connie Chang and the team at Hawaii Kai Salon & Day Spa LLC pamper their clients from head to toe with a full menu of hair, skin, and body treatments. They use organic color to imbue tresses with stylish hues untainted by ammonia hydroxide or crude oil, whereas Korean straightening perms diffuse frizz. Waxing treatments whisk unwanted hair from nearly any area of the anatomy and massages evict tension from muscles and minds.
Students at Paul Mitchell the School Honolulu learn techniques cultivated by the widely acclaimed brand that has received many honors, including mentions in Esquire, Seventeen, and Allure magazines. The school’s pupils prettify clients with a host of guest services including manicures, haircuts, color treatments, perms, and updos to match the ice sculptures you saw at your cousin’s wedding.
Rock music and pizza. It’s an unlikely pairing as the inspiration for an Aveda salon, but in the hands of friends Jentry and Katy, it grew beyond that as the foundation of their local hair and makeup hub.
An Austin native, co-owner, and stylist, Jentry would sneak into his hometown’s Black Cat music venue while still underage to catch sight of acts such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Over the years, the hall came to represent Austin’s unique charm and live-music foundation, never succumbing to gimmickry or the status-quo throughout its lifespan. The venue’s ability to stick to its roots stayed with Jentry, remaining an inspiration when years later, he and a client, marketing whiz Katy, dreamed of opening their own salon. After months of late-night pizza-and-brainstorming sessions, the concept for their salon came full circle when a black kitten curled up on Jentry’s porch. In a unique move toward remembering a tenacious rock bar and what it stood for, the twosome founded their salon: The Black Cat.
Today, a fleet of stylists brandish their shears, color, and powder puffs amid decor that reflects The Black Cat’s grittier roots. Clients see the vintage script of the “Sorry, We’re Open” front sign before encountering the salon’s gray and blue walls accented with rustic wood furniture and panels. The result is a carefully curated contrast of sleek and scuffed, much like a hitchhiker’s diamond cufflinks.
After sidelining her career as a painter more than 20 years ago, Lisa Nose decided to apply her creative energy and deft hands to the art of cutting and coiffing tresses, a successful venture that lead to starting her own salon, Touch Of Beauty. Her inner artist’s passion of blending colors and instinct for creating complementary lines shines through hair-coloring treatments, and helping clients find the perfect style for their face shape or time-travel destination. Lisa relies on Paul Mitchell and Joico products for hair care, and utilizes Valmont products for facials. Her brush continues to grace canvases when not at the salon, a helpful tool that allows Lisa to turn eyelids and lips into her canvas as she applies permanent cosmetics, freeing clients from a life of refusing to smile in case lipstick or the forearm of unassuming strange has gotten stuck on their teeth.