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.
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.
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.
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.
Irene Rubino harnesses more than a decade of experience when beautifying clients. From among her services, she frames eyes with synthetic eyelash extensions and conjures flattering hues with spray tans. Irene also diminishes signs of aging and sun damage with diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands and glycolic peels.