A honeycomb of private treatment rooms and 12 hairstyling stations at True Salon and Spa receive clients with open arms. Owners Sharon and Whitney Breault aim to please customers with hair services powered by Pureology and Dermalogica skincare products. As an added bonus, Sharon keeps the lobby stocked with the oldest of hospitality strategies: food. The scent of fresh coffee wafts through the air from its perch alongside a plate of cookies, and the rotating variety is based on "whatever I'm hungry for," Sharon laughs.
As clients sip wine and munch on hors d'oeuvres during after-hours appointments, a team of more than 20 stylists and aestheticians go to work on hair, skin, and disobedient wings. Skilled hands beautify tresses, smooth skin during aromatherapy body treatments, and customize botanical facials with skin analyses. "It's one of the higher-end salons in Elk Grove," Sharon says, referencing her top-notch aestheticians and pearl-gray decor.
The stylists of Envy Salon & Spa have partnered with the high-end Kérastase haircare line to bring their clients effective treatments that leave hair shining. Stylists utilize their training from top schools such as Vidal Sassoon to design flattering coifs, add subtle highlights, or lengthen natural hair with weaves. When they’re not grooming strands, beauty specialists wax away unwanted hair and milk moustaches and help clients manage acne and wrinkles with Dermologica and Jan Marini facials.
Washing your hair doesn't always need to involve wringing it out. Read on to explore an alternative age-old invention: dry shampoo.
Whereas wet shampoo uses soap and water to lift dirt and oil from the scalp, dry shampoo instead absorbs that oil, much like a sponge, and carries it away as you brush your hair. The catch: it only removes the oil, leaving other kinds of buildup such as dirt, hairspray residue, or hats intact. Because of this, dry shampoo shouldn't be used to clean the hair?only to make it less greasy (and thus more manageable) in a pinch, whether you?re camping in the woods or rushing through your morning routine.
Although dry shampoo seems like a modern marvel, the use of powders and clays to absorb oil from the scalp has existed for centuries. In fact, many homebrew methods exist to make your own dry shampoo, using such ingredients as corn meal, large-grain salt, and semolina flour. Still, professional formulas have a few advantages, with a variety of applications?from loose powders to aerosol sprays?and colors to match any shade of hair.
Stylist Katy Flewellyn doesn't view her clients as heads of hair with people underneath. When crafting new looks for men, women, and kids, she considers the personality of the individual as well as their hair, and draws inspiration from their character to guide her forward-thinking fashion sense. This client-centric approach may be due to her naturally upbeat disposition, but it was no doubt reinforced during her training at the Paul Mitchell California Academy, a school known for its focus on customer service.
Unlike the University of Baking Chocolate Cake, Katy's alma mater is a school known for teaching a wide range of skills, and she has honed each of hers with advanced continuing education. Today, she wields a repertoire of services ranging from hair color and highlights to keratin treatment and tape-in hair extensions—all in addition to her signature designer cuts.
In her five years as a cosmetologist, Alyssa Tu has worked at numerous beauty institutions, transforming the hair and nails of people from all over the world. She now owns Aye Salon & Spa, a cozy purple-hued space. She and her team specialize in hair services that range from cuts and colors to express or sewn-in extensions.
Clients can kick back in one of the black leather massage thrones during the pedicure treatment, during which an aesthetician pampers the feet with exfoliating scrubs and warm paraffin wax. The friendly technicians also offer full-body waxing, an ideal way to get smooth skin for beach season or go undercover as a dolphin to track down wanted dolphins.
Tiffany Kelly has been styling hair since about the time she could hold a pair of scissors. Drawing on the lessons learned practicing her passion at schools in New York, Atlanta, and California, she manufactures structured and whimsical hairdos for her clients. Her extensive training has also enabled her to expertly execute highlights and keratin treatments. She sews extensions into existing hair for added volume and length, and twists hair into elegant up-dos for weddings and half birthday parties.