Scott Sachnoff's passion for hair color began 20 years ago in Santa Barbara, California, where he began his career by assisting a head colorist for Schwarzkopf. It took a move to New York City to fully catapult him into the high-fashion world of hairstyling, however, and a stint spent training with Redken soon found him ascending to assume the title of Master Hair Colorist. While his time in the Big Apple earned him a loyal customer base, Scott soon caught the traveling bug again, relocating this time to Texas to establish his own salon and a reputation among the state's politicians, professionals, and celebrity line dancers. Today, he credits Austin's vibrant streets and nightlife with inspiring his signature cut and color treatments, which he creates using low-ammonia formulas by Italian color line Framesi.
Voted by the Nickolodeon Parents' Picks Awards as San Antonio's Best Kids' Hair Salon in 2009 and 2010, Sharkey's combines skilled scissoring with interactive games, lighted dressing rooms, and whimsical barber chairs within a vibrant, engaging atmosphere. Similar to vintage drive-thru salons, kids awaiting treatment can watch DVDs or play video games on personal flat screens while resting in miniature motorcycles, purple Barbie Jeeps, and sparkling Mercedes Benzes. A Sharkey's kids' cut ($18.95) gussies girls with a shampoo, haircut, wet style, hair clip, glitter star, balloon, and lollipop. Meanwhile, dapper lads get washed, chopped, gel styled, candied, ballooned, and tattooed with a temporary decal. Call ahead for an appointment, and to reserve your child's chosen chair.
Black-and-white portraits pop against walls of silver damask. An antique love seat sidles up to a zebra-printed chest. A chandelier's light glints against a table's gilded filigree. Although The Beauty Dive's historic-cottage setting radiates all things vintage, there is nothing dated about the pampering that occurs at the able hands of owner Yvette Reese and her staff. Yvette suffuses her studio with an atmosphere of creativity, encouraging her stylists and aestheticians to heed their own artistic inspiration as they forge modern hairstyles, eye-catching nails, and captivating cosmetic applications. To keep the image artisans up-to-date on the latest techniques, industry experts arrive every few months to lavish the staff with hands-on training and lessons in split-end psychology.
As stylists sculpt coifs to flatter individual faces, pedicure clients melt into oversize armchairs and bask in the skills of a master Shellac nail technician, who dips feet in fresh bowls of lavender-infused water before refining nails with sterile implements, unused files and buffers, and Opi and CND polishes. The beauty experts wield serums by Eminence Organics, Rusk, and Kevin Murphy, each of which are available for purchase to aid at-home primping. Between services, clients sip on wine, champagne, and martinis as they browse the boutique's collection of accessories and apparel from Johnny Was and 4 Love and Liberty, savoring a better union of sparkles and spirits than the wedding-ring speakeasies of the 1920 diamond prohibition.
Brenda Castillo taps her 11 years of hairstyling experience to realize clients’ aesthetic aspirations with deft haircut, styling, and coloring services for men and women. The skilled stylist shears down overgrown hairstyles with steady scissors and keenly honed aesthetic instincts, snipping strands before whipping them into keratin-based confections that frame faces and discretely disguise skull tattoos of precious treasure maps. During partial-highlighting services, Brenda reanimates hair one lock at a time, and full coloring treatments yield vivid tones all over. During eyelash-extension services, Brenda studies clients' lash lines before replicating their fluttery prowess with synthetic extensions culled from an assortment of sizes and textures for a fringe to rival even the most outrageous 1970s suede jacket.