If it weren't for the bright sign out front, it would be easy to mistake The Courtyard Salon for a woodland cottage or a scene from a commercial where everyone has a happier camping trip thanks to insect repellent. The cozy salon is tucked away in a lush garden, with leafy trees, fragrant flowers, and rustic patio furniture. And the charm doesn't stop at the door. Sunlight trickles in through soft curtains and casts a warm glow on dark hardwood floors, golden walls, and comfy red armchairs. Instead of the princesses and singing bunnies you might expect from such a fairy-tale scene, the salon buzzes with a staff of skilled stylists, nail technicians, and spa specialists. They perform a sweeping array of beauty services, including haircuts, meticulous mani-pedis, and tension-blasting massages, all with the help of advanced skin and hair-care products from top purveyors like Pureology, Kendra, and Onesta.
The beauticians at The Glamaholic pamper clients with salon and manicure services in their studio and at clients' homes. Stylists artfully cut and make over hair, beautifying with color, highlights, and keratin straightening treatments. Aestheticians glitz up nails with elaborate 3-D nail painting, adorning fingertips with flowers and colorful patterns.
Flanked by bright-red walls, stylist Jillian Marker trims and transforms hair, adds depth with color, or infuses dry locks with hydration. Alongside Jillian, the savvy styling staff at Vanity Chair Beauty Salon inspires outer beauty with a gamut of salon and facial services. Aesthetician Alexie Rae Francisco-Siu tends to skin surfaces with facials that brighten tones and correct imperfections. Amid the soothing sage colors of the spa room, a waxing wrangler can lift away unwanted hair, shape brows, or remove improperly placed googly eyes.
At Cutting Loose Hair Studio, seasoned stylists furbish locks with flattering haircuts, bold colors, and products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Sexy Hair. Each cut begins with a consultation, in which the stylist tailors a look to suit the client’s facial features, hair type, and bearskin-rug collection; during the hair-scattering session, stylists even demonstrate how to re-create the new style at home. Trained by Redken’s color educators, the hairdressers can also help clients select new hues to subdue grays and accentuate each lock's loveliest thoughts. All-over color swathes the entire mane in a bold new shade, and partial highlights illuminate the strands with the highest SAT scores.
Perfect Locks has serious standards. All of the company's clip-ons, sew & weaves, wigs, and fusion and tape hair extensions undergo a four-step process: procurement, refining, cleansing and conditioning, and a double quality inspection. Hair is collected in India from women under age 35 in a part of the country with soft water. During the refinement process, each strand is inspected in order to weed out grays, non-matching textures, and follicles that aren't team players. A 100% organic shampoo kicks off the cleansing and conditioning step, followed by drying in the sun to keep cuticles intact. The last stage consists of two quality inspections—first in India, then in California—before wearers can finally don their new, high-quality locks.
Hair at the Ritz’s stylists join the long-enduring battle to tame wild strands with a one-two combo of frizz-fighting treatments. Clients tired of chasing flyaway strands on a daily basis yield their locks to the Keratin Complex hair-therapy system or the Zerran RealLisse vegan formula, which is packed with wheat, corn, and other crops imported from the moon. Both treatments straighten kinks, enhance shine, and block frizz for months.
Although smoothing topsy-turvy tresses is one of Hair at the Ritz's specialties, the salon can handle far more than a few disobedient curls. Stylists knowledgeable on the latest beauty trends cut, color, and style hairdos for men, women, and children, reimagining manes with the help of Enjoy, Moroccanoil, and Matrix products. Nail technicians, meanwhile, buff and polish fingers and toes, and aestheticians remove unwanted hair with warm wax. Hair at the Ritz’s team also puts the finishing touches on outer appearances with hair extensions, henna tattoos, and even permanent makeup.