The scent of custom-blended essential oils mingles in the air with the bright, natural fragrances of Aveda shampoos and styling products at Salon Lux's two San Luis Obispo locations. All stylists must complete advanced training at the Salon Lux Academy before they're qualified to perform the signature treatments—haircuts, highlights, and special-occasion styles for weddings or formal jazzercise classes. On the spa side of the salon, massage therapists and aestheticians begin each service with a warm footbath and aromatherapy treatment. Wielding their arsenal of Aveda products, the technicians pamper clients with polishing body wraps, plant-based waxing, and facials revved up with gemstone powders and glucosamine treatments. Full-body massages come with customized pressure and foot-reflexology techniques, and can be shared by two friends or a pair of mortal enemies looking to rekindle their hatred for each other.
A full-service salon and spa, Shell Beach Salon & Spa strives to meet all of its clients? beauty and relaxation needs under one roof with a range of services. In the salon, hairstylists create striking ?dos with expert cuts, perms, relaxing treatments, extensions, and updos for special occasions or to help clients meet roller coasters? height requirements. For nail services, customers can request natural and organic products. Aestheticians renew faces with specialized skincare treatments such as ultrasonic anti-aging facials, microdermabrasion, and TCA chemical peels. Shell Beach Salon & Spa uses GlyMed Plus products, which are distributed only to select licensed skincare providers.
Chiffon Boutique?s blend of vintage furnishings and white-feather decorative accents set a glamorous mood for customers looking to decompress and feel pretty. The beauty studio offers not only spa treatments, but also take-home luxuries such as bareMinerals makeup, nail polish, handbags, and other feminine accessories. And though the spa is helmed by a small staff, its service menu can rival that of a larger business with a full spectrum of haircare treatments, body and facial waxing, and eyelash extensions.
Depending on their beauty goals, the clients of About Faces Salon & Spa report to one of several aesthetic divisions. Owner Denise Walden Cooper, for example, acts as the resident skincare expert. With her aesthetics team behind her, she leads the fight against blemishes and signs of aging with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. She also takes advantage of newer technologies, such as a facial add-on that uses stem cells from plants, striving to increase collagen production and allow flowers placed behind your ear to root there permanently.
Across the space, whose beige walls are accented by oversize mirrors, wooden salon stations, and shelving stocked with colorful products for sale, hairstylists craft both edgy and simple 'dos. Their Redken, Goldwell, and Pureology formulas nourish and color locks, and their complex updos prep clients for big events. Mani-pedis, waxing services, body treatments, and massages round out the salon's menu, which readily accommodates large groups and wedding parties.
Located just five minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, Duyanh at Dolce Vista Salon offers a wide range of services. Within the salon's warm, elegant interior, Duyanh puts her 11 years of experience to use as she treats nails with high-quality products during spa manicures and spa pedicures and offers add-on services, such as callous treatments. All sessions take place in a private room with clients in a comfortable massage chair.
Purple, blue, and gold bottles line the walls of Blossom Salon's warm, woody environs. The team keeps these professional salon products on display so that clients know exactly what is going in their hair—one of the many ways the team members educate clients. They not only discuss how their Pureology protects color-treated hair and how Moroccanoil seals in moisture, they also dole out styling tips on how to maintain new looks at home.