Inside Valencia Salon and Spa, Jessica Richardson transforms ho-hum hairdos so they can once again emerge from hibernating under hats. Richardson and fellow stylists snip and style hair as nail technicians pamper fingers and toes, removing cuticles and adding splashes of color or crackling effects on nails. Inside private rooms, the staff rejuvenates skin with facial services and assuages muscles tense from getting stuck while crawling through doggie doors with massage services.
Thanks to parents who encouraged a love of animals, Leslie Rosales woke up every morning to a chorus of whinnying horses, yapping dogs, mewing cats, and squawking chickens. Trimming the long locks of her a family brood of cocker spaniels, Leslie quickly picked up grooming and animal-whispering skills. Over the course of a lengthy career as a vet assistant, she grew fed up with what she considered poor treatment of pets, so she started her own grooming shop with a bankroll of just $400.
Years later, Leslie sold that shop and attempted to retire, but her clients prodded her to return to her beloved profession. First-time sessions take a bit longer, Leslie warns, because she monitors the dog's reaction to each new touch. She clips a nail or two at a time or allows the scissors to lop off a few curls of hair around one ear, before stepping back to reward the dog with praise and love. The process eases pooches into the session and test?s each animal?s mood, much the way one dips a toe into a chocolate fountain to make sure it's warm enough to jump into.
Leslie also offers fresh food for dogs allergic to the standard canine diet of commercial pet kibble and mailman tears. The salon also maintains a pet food pantry for pets of low-income households.
Inside the bright, spacious salon, black leather chairs with bubbling foot basins line the walls facing a flat-screen TV while nail technicians pamper hands and feet with more than 15 different types of manicures and pedicures. According to the trained professionals at the spa, clients can have their feet treated to whirlpool action with a safe, NSF-certified PureFlo pipe-less jet. Massage therapists inject relaxation with custom kneads and an arsenal of aromatherapy scents, and private spa-party packages combine treatments with complimentary mixed drinks for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and secret Supreme Court justice outings.
At Serenity Aveda Day Spa and Salon, beauty professionals nourish skin and hair with pure flower and plant essences. Aestheticians leverage the power of grape antioxidants and champagne oils during the champagne facial—one of many facial treatments—increasing skin hydration while decreasing the need for regular spumante showers. To give clients a head-to-toe tan without UV exposure, technicians mist the skin with a custom bronzer. Stylists volumize hairdos with hair extensions from Paris, and cosmetic artists replenish lids with thick, long lash extensions. Massages, body treatments, and makeup services round out the menu of options.
Susan Hayes can transform appearances with a simple snip of her scissors or stroke of her dye-coated brush. She creates trendy coifs, adds bold color to manes, and improves the health of hair by infusing it with conditioning products. To complement her stunning strand work, clients can receive waxing services, facials, or Shellac manicures.
Stylist Delaney Sinclair invites customers to Salon Bliss, where she tends to heads of hair with salon services. She deftly snips and styles new, eye-catching ’dos, complete with blow-dry services. She also augments heads with bursts of color via partial highlights, full highlights, or full color treatments.