On an orange accent wall above the sleek black-leather stations at Jacques Michael Salon, a trio of models shows off perfectly coiffed styles in neon-colored vintage fashion sketches. The glamorous art reflects the salon’s belief that hair is a fashion accessory. The stylists—each with at least five years of experience—function like fashion designers, snipping and shearing designs that flatter clients' face shapes while reflecting the onward march of trends. Among their specialties, hand-painted Balayage highlights create a natural, multidimensional look. For most services, they reach for Redken, Matrix, and Moroccanoil products. While clients wait for their color to set in the café and wine bar, their cars wistfully wish they had hair in the free parking lot.
For mother-and-daughter team Pamela and Teal, beauty is a family tradition. Pamela?an aesthetician, shiatsu therapist, and makeup artist?has taught skincare seminars around the world, mentoring many successful makeup artists and working with celebs such as Eric Roberts, Beau Bridges, and Stacy Keach. Teal?an on-location makeup artist influenced by both her mother's experience and her uncle's work for film and TV?has freshened many famous faces herself in her 14-year career. Working on numerous films, music videos, and fashion shows, she found herself enhancing the features of Shannon Elizabeth, Salma Hayek, and Christina Ricci, among others, and her work has been featured in the print work of famous photographers such as Michel Comte and Jamais Vu.
Together with a team of licensed aestheticians, mom and daughter embrace an approach that blends natural and organic products with cutting-edge services, including LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, and Intraceuticals oxygen-infusion treatments. The spa's own eco-friendly brand of organic skincare products includes apothecary-style blended masks, firming gels, and moisturizers worthy of nourishing celebrity visages or their wax-based likenesses. And, to nourish the environment, all products are packaged in recycled plastic containers featuring labels printed with soy ink.
Beach Beauty Booth specializes in vegan airbrush tans at their salon—and in their portable tanning tent, which they set up at special events. Crafted from an all-natural, aloe-based formula, each tan is custom blended to the client's color specifications, and applied by hand. The result is an even glow that dries in 15 minutes or less, sped on its way by the salon's fans.
To complement their natural sunless tans, the salon also offers a variety of skin care treatments, performed by experience aesthetician Gisele. Their facials brighten complexions with Environ skin care products, whose formulae brim with antioxidants like vitamin A and C. Other treatments incorporate cutting-edge technology, such as skin-plumping ultrasound waves, or a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wand, stolen from Cindy Crawford's fairy godmother.