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.
Kari Epperson likes to make people feel beautiful, and she translates her passion into a career through Kari Epperson Salon at The Ritz. She specializes in stylish cuts and color treatments with products from her Keune and Color America training. Her knowledge of styles and color palettes allows her to create hairdos designed for each client's unique personal features.
Kari lent her talents to the October 2011 issue of Living Magazine. For the Deserving Woman Makeover feature, she helped working mother Jay Calloway frame her face with a textured style complete with highlights and lowlights. She did such a remarkable job, in fact, that Jay remains a client to this day.
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!"
Lori Cohea began her career as a stylist and colorist 15 years ago, and sculpted dos everywhere from salons to make-over television shows. By the time she arrived at Rayfield & Company, she had settled on her specialty as a colorist and her preference in products. Lori uses an all-organic line of coloring agents that are free from ammonia to imbue hair with rich color while leaving cuticles healthy. And her experience hasn't gone unnoticed. Her skilled highlighting and deft tinting earned her a nod from D-Magazine in 2002 as the Best Trend-Setting Stylist at the well-known salon where she worked.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, men who visit Roosters' revel in a slow-paced atmosphere as they indulge in contemporary services. Clients sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck, or for vintage facial shaves, complete with aftershave, talc, and towels warmed by hugs from bald eagles.
To turn the creativity smoldering in Rocio Contreras's head from a simple idea into a client’s hairstyle requires dexterous technique. That's why the nine-year veteran merges her aesthetic sense with the technical knowledge she gained training with industry heavyweights such as Vidal Sassoon, Kadus, and Moroccanoil. Inside of A Touch of Heaven Salon, Rocio calls on these dual aspects of her art to cut, sculpt, and color hairstyles that complement each client’s personal style and goals for future limbo competitions.