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.
Leading a staff that includes stylists, hair-color and extensions specialists, aestheticians, and physicians, Meno Michael and Kim Letter—master stylists and co-owners of Meno Michael Salon & Spa—pamper customers with aesthetic and medical-grade services. In the comfortable salon, which features lounge benches in the shampoo area, 12 styling stations, one spa room, and a nail area, stylists create classic and trendy looks and aestheticians perform soothing facials, waxing, and complimentary makeup applications. Professional products range from the sea-botanical-based Aquage to eco-friendly Privé to innovative thickening technologies by Nioxin.
With nearly 30 years of professional styling experience to her name, Judi Jorge has outlasted the flash-in-the-pan styles of the '80s, '90s, and onward, sculpting timeless hairdos for women, men, and children. Her services run the gamut from simple cuts and conditioning to full highlights, flat-iron styles, and keratin smoothening treatments.
A fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology since 1989, Lorrie Klein specializes in the artistic application of cosmetic dermatology. She and her experienced visage-refiners emphasize the individual appearance and needs of each patient while ensuring that each treatment is as comfortable as possible. Botox treatments, de-quirk asymmetrical eyebrows back into place ($25-$300,) retouch corners of the mouth ($80-$130,) and smooth contemplative forehead lines ($160-$260.) Dr Klein's laser hair removal services, employ Gentlease and GentleYAG lasers, which minimize black and brown hair while utilizing a cool spray to alleviate discomfort. The lasers zap underarms smooth for $99, and a lip/chin double defoliation is available for $150. Crystal microdermabrasion targets discolored or irregular patches of skin for $175 per treatment, forcing them to conform with the rest of your well-behaved skin cells. Sterile aluminum oxide crystals non-invasively reduce freckles, acne scars, and sun damage with no downtime later.
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.
Planet Beauty's shelves teem with a spectrum of top-quality beauty products. A multitude of brands contribute to the boutique's roster of makeup, including Stila's Long Wear Lip Color ($18), which outlines puckers in eight shades, and Smashbox's Bionic Mascara ($19), which packs in nourishing moisturizers to keep lashes from breaking when batted at handsome robots. Philosophy's Purity Made Simple cleanser removes face and eye makeup while toning and hydrating skin ($20), and potent acne spot treatments from Murad ($18) zap zits into oblivion. A range of hair products, including Bed Head After Party Styling Cream ($18.95), keep hair vibrant, and tools such as Japonesque brushes ($7.50–$60) and Tweezerman tweezers ($5–$25) can beautify faces or tickle the bellies of tiny squirrels.