The stylists behind Creative Concepts Salon nabbed the title of Best Beauty Salon in 2012, thanks to the readers of the Milpitas Post. Now they strive to uphold their good name whenever they style tresses with haircuts, perms, smoothing treatments, and tints. While they work, they cleanse, condition, and sculpt manes with products by Redken, Pureology, and Big Sexy Hair. Their aesthetic specialists also contribute to the award-winning reputation by tending epidermises with microdermabrasion and makeup, and pruning unwanted fringe with waxing and threading. Nail technicians round out the lauded staff by cosseting hands and feet; they trim nails or top them with acrylic sets or metallic claws.
Over the past 15 years, certified cosmetologist Seema Kapoor has been particularly interested in techniques and products from India, such as Shahnaz Husain skincare. Though this is a specialty, the expertise of her staff is diverse. Below elegant chandeliers, stylists can craft a flattering haircut, highlight tresses, or nix unwanted hair with a specialty waxing or threading session. When not at the salon, Seema and friends host a live radio show where clients can call in and ask beauty questions such as "How long does a perm last?” and "How does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear?".
By grouping facials, hairstyling, and waxing under one roof, Hair Plus allows full-body beautification without having to drive all over town or invent a teleporter. The salon’s expert stylists specialize in products such as Matrix and Nioxin for bold highlights and custom all-over coloring. They also provide conditioning treatments to rehab tresses and promote healthy shine.
To keep her clients looking young, Rubal Beauty Salon owner and licensed cosmetologist Mandip Kaur draws on both ancient techniques and all-natural modern products. The skilled beautician reaches for henna-infused dyes and shampoos to add shine and moisture back into tresses, and she uses Innosys styling products to sculpt and shape new 'dos. During hair-removal sessions, Mandip gently removes strands using a water-soluble wax blended from lemon, sugar, and plant extracts, or she can individually thread hairs to leave skin as smooth as a Terminator's forehead. In addition to hair-focused treatments, Mandip exfoliates the body with fruit-extract-infused scrubs and concludes mani-pedis with coats of OPI polish.
If movies about geeky teens and pre-super superheroes have taught society anything, it's that it only takes about 90 minutes for everything about a person to completely change. That's true in the real world as well?or at least when it comes to someone's hair. Amid the white and exposed brick walls of Brazilian Blowout Bar, stylists administer a 90-minute process that can transform frizzy or unruly hair into smooth, healthy locks. The bar's eponymous Brazilian blowout service unfolds in eight steps, which include shampoos, multiple blow-dries, and the application of serums designed to mend split ends and instantly repair hair. Before clients leave, the stylists can also recommend and sell products for aftercare and styling.
Though Casual Cuts flaunts its hairdos in its name, the staff styles more than just hair. They offer services that cover the entire body, from facial threading that leaves brows sculpted to mani-pedis that prepare feet for sandal season, which in parts of Alaska, for example, spans from July 4th to later in the day on July 4th. For the real estate between head and feet, they can wax away unwanted hair or airbrush skin to create an even tan.