At Rene's Lagniappe Hair Salon, owner Rene Teague-Osuna and her team of coiffure-curators bolster crumbling exteriors with a bevy of doting salon services. Surrender locks to expert scissor wielders for a shampoo, cut, and style (up to $50) with Redken and Pureology products, a gravity-defying updo ($60+), or a single-application color ($60+) to preen for an upcoming party or alter your appearance while evading the police. The 30-minute mini-facial treatment can quell rebellious faces with exfoliation, moisturization, and toner ($50), and an array of waxing services helps chase away trespassing follicles from the underarms ($25+), brow ($15), lip ($10), and more.
Simply Beautiful Lashes' owner Amy spent 20 years in the corporate world before deciding to open her own lash studio. The decision was a big one, but it only took one client to convince her that she'd made the right choice. A woman who had recently undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer visited her studio in hopes of receiving a fan of fluttery extensions to boost her own eyelashes, which were just beginning to grow back. Since the woman's lashes were still weak, Amy could only apply relatively short, thin extensions, creating a look that was more natural than dramatic. “When she looked into the mirror she broke out into tears,” Amy recounted. “I thought she was upset, but they were tears of joy—she said for the first time in years she felt like a woman again.” With that, she knew lash extensions were her calling.
Amy, a self-described perfectionist, has made every effort to ensure her spa is worthy of her customers' time and money. From the soft music and warm lighting from Himalayan salt-crystal lamps to the 320-hour, 80-application training process required of her licensed lash professionals, each element of the business strives to make every lash application an enjoyable one. The lash artists use only synthetic-mink extensions and formaldehyde-free, medical-grade adhesives, and apply lashes one by one. The result is a look that's not only natural and elegant, but often forgoes the need for mascara, eyelash curlers, and beauty tips from Snuffalupagus.
Essence of Eve Day Med Spa treats clients to a relaxing cornucopia of spa services, precisely performed by adept aestheticians. The 70-minute microdermabrasion begins with an enzyme application to loosen up dead skin cells, which are then gently obliterated by abrasion. An added oxygen therapy session infuses skin with a combination of vitality-vaunting vitamins to make faces fresher and ready to flourish in the vacuum of deep space. Conversely, opt for the 85-minute warmed river-rock and therapeutic combo massage, the overwhelming preference of clients and staff alike, and come to know how precisely placed heated stones warm blustery muscles. Toasty earth-gems improve the effectiveness of the deep massage at easing pesky fascia congestion, soothingly succeeding where tissues fail. Essence of Eve's laser hair-reduction treatment smoothes stubbly underarms or bikini areas, with six treatments administered to achieve lasting and thorough results.
Lexxy Leigh knows her way around a head of hair. Her extensive list of services—performed exclusively at Salons of Volterra at Stonebridge Ranch—included everything from trims and highlights to Brazilian blowouts and Venus Hair Extensions. In fact, she shines in the extension department, choosing Venus because it requires a delicate touch, but no heat, to fuse to the hair without damaging it. Even with all her expertise, it’s the people she gets to work with that keeps her coming back. "My favorite part of my job is giving someone that instant transformation, seeing that big smile on their face, and knowing I did that," she says. "That's why I’ve stayed in the business for 20-plus years!"
Inside Salons of Volterra, Samantha Wood stands ready to transform clients' looks using only her keen eye, a pair of scissors, and a coloring brush. When working with clients, she helps creates styles that work well with their face shape and desired level of maintenance. For clients who just want a simple, shiny do, she trims and conditions hair, while clients looking for close up-ready hair can take advantage of her expertise in placing subtle highlights and extensions. And her styling skills aren't just for everyday wear. When special occasions come around, she can be called upon to take up her makeup brushes and curling iron to create looks that make clients feel like a million bucks worth of fancy cupcakes.
Cosmetologist Tonya Wilson has not spent her nearly two-decade-long career coasting. Rather, when she's away from the salon chair, she bolsters her skill set with advanced technique classes, hair shows, and speed-cutting sessions during elevator rides. In addition to the usual cut and color services, Tonya smoothes strands with Brazilian Blowout treatments and transforms locks with weaves.