Pazazz Nails blends industrial and luxurious touches in its design aesthetic. Sheer curtains cascade from the exposed ductwork to the Spanish-tiled floor. Raw-edged mirrors in oblong shapes rest against faux-marble walls. A row of oversize pedicure chairs welcomes patrons to relax as their toenails are filed, buffed, and covered in nail polish. At manicure stations, fingernails painted in Shellac polish find protection against scratches from washing dishes or petting a porcupine.
Carol Hartman’s resumé reads like a roster of the crème de la crème of hairstyling, including such mentors as José Eber, Graham Webb, and Vidal Sassoon and seminars in Europe and across the United States. In addition to mastering her craft, she has developed a signature line of natural, eco-friendly hair products with organic and botanical ingredients that are never tested on animals. She brings both these elements into L.A. Styles Salon and Spa, where her staff beautifies and relaxes clients with everything from massages and eyelash extensions to keratin and color treatments.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
When James Albert opened his own salon, he wasn't content to rest on his laurels as a proven platform artist and artistic director. Instead, he enlisted a team of chemists to help him create his own product line. The results are impressive. James Albert shampoos and conditioners infuse strands with vitamins, sunscreens, and moisturizers without stripping the hair's natural oils.
Fortunately, these products are available both to clients and to students enrolled in the salon's advanced cutting program. These students learn how to create modern styles that break all kinds of rules, such as Newport Beach's outdated city ordinance banning bangs. James also shows his aspiring stylists how to adapt edgy looks to suit clients looking for an everyday 'do.