During eyebrow-threading sessions, the experienced aestheticians at Starlight Beauty Salon target unwanted brow hair with thin, pure-cotton threads. Guided by skillful fingers, the twisted fibers roll over untidy ocular hairlines, plucking the hair out from the root. The thread can target a row of hairs at one time, allowing rebellious brow fringe to be shaped meticulously for a look as neat and uniform as a naval-academy kick line. Starlight Beauty Salon warns that the treatments can be relatively painful as large areas of hair are removed at once. Portraits of classic stars such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn adorn the alternating black-and-white walls within the open, airy salon.
Highlights can add dimension to an existing style or double the transformative effect of a new one. Read our guide of the process to prepare for your trip to the salon.
A skilled stylist doesn't need a pair of scissors to transform a hairdo. The precise application of highlights—which isolate select strands of hair and treat them with a color, lightener, or toner—can become the basis for a brand new look without a single snip or shear. Before entering the salon, however, a client has to decide how much of the hair to highlight. Applied evenly throughout the entire head, full highlights create a natural look that mimics the way hair changes color over time in the sun, adding a sense of dimension and texture to the existing hair. Partial highlights, which are typically cheaper and take less time to apply, serve an altogether different purpose: drawing attention to specific features, such as bangs or newly sharpened antlers, by accenting only the locks on the surface. As a result, partial highlights are somewhat less flexible—losing their effect, for example, when putting your hair up or teasing it out.
BC’s Salon is run by a crew with more than a decade of experience in the beauty industry, which allows them to create services for clients that get them looking their best. The salon's stylists craft sleek new hairdos, and manicurists doll up digits with gel and acrylic nails as well as rock-star glitter tips. Nancy Perez, a certified lash artist, accentuates eye regions and makes two-eyed winking acceptable with her lengthening lash extensions. Hair extensions are also available, and stylists only use 100% real hair.
Experienced stylist Sylvia Reizian nurtures and shapes locks with nourishing Redken hair products, coloring treatments, and techniques honed throughout her more than 15 years in business. Sylvia begins each session with a consultation, aiming to create styles and colors that complement skin tone and eye color, suit the patron's lifestyle, or match the family pet.
At Salon DG, stylists understand the widespread impact hair can have. Rather than scrapping trimmed ends, they package them up for the Matter of Trust organization. Matter of Trust transforms the hair bits into absorbent mats, which protect coastal wildlife from hazards by sopping up oil spills and protect bald eagles from ridicule by outfitting them with tiny wigs. They also ship discarded tufts that measure 10 or more inches to Locks of Love.
Along with their philanthropic cuts, the beautifiers augment salon services from coloring to styling with their distinct artistic flair. Their signature treatment, the Pravana Perfection smoothing blowout, foregoes the harsh chemicals of similar processes for a gentle complex that fights frizz without flattening curls. The salon's nail technician welcomes clients into her separate spa pedicure room, complete with a plush pedicure chair, which, like a vampire on prom night, blends into the surrounding pops of black and scarlet. Patrons who opt to book appointments online earn $1 toward future services or products.