Europa Salon & Spa helps clients define their aesthetic image by creating well-crafted coiffures. During a men's or women's cut, experienced stylists take up their shears and shape head-hedges into neatly trimmed frizz, pausing often to water thirsty stems with moisturizing Aquage and Biolage products. In addition to the follicle chopping, clients have the option of pairing their haircut with a professional Redken dye to refresh worn-out colors and impress the fickle drawing room mirrors.
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.
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.
Inside Venus Salons, Samantha Wood transforms hairdos using only her keen eye, a pair of scissors, and a coloring brush. Her trick, if you can call it that, is to create styles that match each client's face shape and desired level of maintenance. Those looking for close up-ready hair, for example, can take advantage of her expertise in placing subtle highlights and extensions. But Samantha's styling skills aren't just for everyday wear. When special occasions come around, she can be called upon to produce stunning makeovers.