On weekends, Salon G's team of stylists and aestheticians often arrives well before the business technically opens. That’s because they’re there to prep bridal parties for their big race down the aisle. They sculpt nails on everybody, create updo's for bridesmaids, and design the bride's complete hairstyle, including the look and placement of the veil.
It's not just brides who benefit from the stylists' expertise, however. The hair designers spend most of their time creating manageable, everyday looks for clients. To accent these designer cuts, they often add highlights or, for men, condition and trim beards. They keep some heavy-duty treatments in their arsenal as well. Depending on the desired look, they might install natural hair extensions or apply keratin treatments to eliminate frizz and unwanted comparisons to Phil Spector.
Karma Organic Spa is an earth-friendly online store stocked with a full line of organic nailcare, skincare and bodycare products. Give nails a glamorous coat of “Oh, Tiff!” teal polish ($9.99), then, buff it away with soy-based nail polish remover, which was an Allure magazine Editors' Choice. Or, order Karma Organic Lotion ($16) (available in cucumber-and-mint, eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint, and lavender) to smoothify and slickify hands in preparation for retrieving keys lost at the bottom of a Pringles can.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
Child-sized cars raised on pedestals hold kids as they sit patiently for haircuts. The expert stylists at Yolo Salon snip away unruly childhood hair before turning their attention to adult hairstyles. They straighten frizz with keratin protein treatments and add dimension with highlights.
Among the arches, pillars, and pastel-rose walls of Zena European Salon and Spa, a team of four stylists and one aesthetician attend to their clients with fashionable cuts and targeted skin treatments. Stylists trim tresses in front of a wall of mirrors, and the aesthetician gives faces the royal treatment with a 24K-gold facial under a tropical-island mural and King Midas’ jealous gaze. Since Zena’s trio of stylists accrued experience in Redken coloring techniques, they specialize in highlights and full-color treatments, and can help customers achieve new looks with feather extensions or perms. Along with 15 facials and masks, the salon’s aesthetician can scrub down patrons’ whole bodies with salt and minerals for a glow to rival irradiated glow worms.