Behind a sleek mahogany desk, a smiling receptionist greets visitors to Trendsetter Salon before they sink into leather chairs to await hair or nail appointments. In the hands of stylist, shears and scissors move in a metallic flurry and blow dryers purr during smoothing treatments. Beyond geometric art mounted on the clean white walls, nail techs perform mani-pedis at cozy stations and cosmeticians deftly apply make-up to accentuate features or make your clown face seem appropriate for discussing fire safety.
Amanda Robinson updates her clients’ looks with new styles that include side-swept bangs, classic bobs, long layers, and curls galore. She can just as expertly repair damaged hair with scalp and hair treatments. To add length, Amanda sews or glues in natural- or exotic-looking extensions. She can also color clients’ hair with an all-over hue or partial or full highlights.
The skincare experts at Advanced Aesthetics tend to their clients? complexions with a full menu of facials, anti-aging treatments, and waxing services. In a studio that blends Eastern and Western design elements, they fight acne and wrinkles, as well as fat cells and disobedient body hair.
At Hospitality Medical Aesthetics, owners Maria and Cheri Sanchez lead a team that strives to marry in-office treatments?including noninvasive laser therapies, cosmetic injections, medically supervised weight loss, and levitation therapies?with at-home care regimens. By skillfully using products ranging from Obagi Medical to SkinCeuticals, the aesthetics crew claimed the 2013 Best Facial Runner-Up award on CityVoter.
The aesthetic professionals at House of Beauty beautify bodies through threading, waxing, facials, henna designs, and a passel of other services. Threading, a House of Beauty specialty, uses the tension between two coiled strings to deftly extract unwanted hair, including the extra-fine strands that dodge waxing with eel-like reflexes—nimble aestheticians can reshape eyebrows ($8), a favorite thread-target, in five to seven minutes. Spa treatments such as the one-hour European facial ($50) can pamper peaked visages, and painted henna tattoos ($5+) shimmy up hands and feet to be-filigree appendages and add glamour to rock, paper, scissors tournaments. All locations except the Moreno Valley Mall and Temecula Mall locations cut and color hair, a useful service for pretending to be one's own evil twin.
Sola Salon Studios' network of locations across the country attracts top-level talent by giving stylists free rein to dictate their hours, decorate their own salon space, and keep the money they earn. This freedom fills each location with a cheerful, positive energy that helps fuel stylists' ability to transform outer appearances with haircuts, conditioning, color treatments, and other salon services.