Though Luca Shea the Salon is small and tucked away from the bustling streets of Dana Point, the sophistication, creativity, and skill of the stylists within know no bounds. The husband-and-wife styling team of Ben and Farra Shea Coury have gone out of their way to make their boutique space welcoming and cozy, crafting a menu of salon and spa services for men and women. They strive to complement faces of all shapes and tones with precise cuts, bold hues, hair extensions, and products from Moroccanoil and Aquage. They also highlight tresses with Scruples, a bleach-free system that damages hair less than traditional techniques, such as mailing strands to the sun. When they aren't primping coiffures, they daub visages with facials and embellish features with Fenix Cosmetics products.
These days, there isn’t much that Christina Albera can’t do with hair. The seasoned stylist draws on more than a decade of experience—including training with Vidal Sassoon and Redken—to realize her clients’ hairstyle aspirations at Salon Diva. Besides sculpting creative hairdos and adding dimension to monochrome strands with highlights and color treatments, Christina has a few tricks up her sleeve. Chief among these is her Brazilian Blowout keratin treatment, with which she straightens hair more safely and effectively than sticking curls into an electrical socket one at a time.
As hair maestros overhaul scalps, April Michelle works hard putting the finishing touches on new looks with natural-looking eyelash extensions by Luscious Lashes. As she meticulously affixes the synthetic strands one by one to existing lashes, the rest of the salon bustles with the lively din of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians.
The salon itself is as vibrant and modish as its staff. It features an eye-grabbing blend of rustic and modern flourishes, including a chain-hung distressed metal sign, partially exposed brick-wall accents, chic light fixtures, and a refreshment station featuring coffee and wine.
From the moment clients are handed a frosty microbrew, it's clear that 18|8 Fine Men's Salons aren't average. Wielding stainless-steel tools, stylists trained specifically to tackle men's manes make guests feel at home while sharpening their looks. Executive cuts are finished with five-minute neck and shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels. Crisp, close shaves are accomplished with the same old-fashioned straight razors they used to use to groom zeppelins, and other services include man-friendly skincare and coloring treatments.
With more than 25 years of styling experience, Kelly has cut more hair than a low-hanging ceiling fan and can venture into endless hairstyling possibilities. During consultations, she whittles down those possibilities into a single option, based on the client?s facial shape, lifestyle, and personal taste. She then sets to work rinsing locks with Unite professional salon products, smoothing flyaways with keratin treatments, and adding pizzazz with highlights and color services.
18/8 Fine Men's Salon (formerly Converge Salon) offers a wide slate of barbering services for men. The executive barber cut?a classic way to get dapper and feel pampered?includes a neck and shoulder massage, a hot towel finish, and an optional sleeper hold from a retired wrestler. The grey blending treatments help conceal pesky grey hairs. Clients can enjoy complimentary beverages as they await their turn in the chair, too.