Jack of all spa trades, Head-to-Toe Nails & Spa’s owner Lillian boasts credentials as an aesthetician, massage therapist, and nail technician. She performs noninvasive beautification techniques such as waxing unwanted body hair and overgrown eyebrows, and deep cleansing the skin during facials. Using Swedish therapeutic, deep-tissue, Thai, Hawaiian lomilomi, or her own combination of massage techniques, Lillian relieves shoulders of excess stress caused by working long days or trying to decide which massage to get. Lillian also tends to hands and feet during nail treatments, many of which feature pumpkin peels, milk baths, and massages.
JPS Dressers, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, arms elite stylists with professional products to streamline unruly manes. Beautifiers consult with clients and the minutes from weekly psychic appointments to determine desired styles, then skim off frayed edges, unlock knots with brief complimentary massages, and outfit noggins with custom coifs ($45–$75 for haircuts). Gentle corkscrews spill over shoulders after permanent-wave treatments ($75–$125), and all-over-single-process-color sessions ($75–$125) drench locks in fresh hues. Stylists lather up and tuck tendrils into new 'dos ($45–$75) or accentuate natural beauty with soft glazes of makeup ($45–$75) to play up prized features and downplay third eyes.
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.
As a licensed aesthetician and certified lash stylist, Sarah Matthews has an eye for detail, so she notices things others may not. In particular, she's noticed that many women dedicate so much time to others they don't leave any for themselves. That's why she's made it her mission to skirt this awful trend with a diverse array of beautification services. Guests can solicit Sarah's expertise for a swift face and body wax or request a set of semipermanent lash extensions, which offer more volume than mascara. Sarah also uses organic or pharmaceutical-grade products to customize facials to customer's individual needs.
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.