Since she first began painting elaborate fingernail art, Paula's favorite canvases were people. She mastered manicures, permanent-makeup application, and even the creation of porcelain dolls. Today, however, she focuses her talents on guests at All About Face, where she draws wearable art directly onto their bodies. Her face-painting designs transform kids into fearsome tigers or ethereal butterflies, and her henna tattoos ornament limbs with swirling flowers and suns. She also specializes in tattoos made entirely of glitter, which take the form of vibrant dragonflies or glimmering, abstract spirals.
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ?dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.
Equipped with NovaLash products, the seasoned technicians at Blush and Lashes outfit lids with lush extensions that remain dutifully in place thanks to a medical-grade adhesive. Devoid of both contaminants and formaldehyde, the adhesive bonds the individual natural lashes to their tapered synthetic counterparts for up to four weeks. Clients can further customize looks with different lengths, widths, and glitter accents that twinkle more than that one little star that's befuddled countless toddlers.
Inside a stylish space bedecked with posters of Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn, the nine staffers of Legends Hair Salon revamp their clients' looks with hair, makeup, nail, and waxing services. Zebra prints and red decor help to create a fun, funky vibe as stylists retool 'dos using Redken products and each head's operating manual.
In Ibiza Hair Design's sleek space, a team of talented stylists practices hair pampering and body bronzing with painstaking precision. During a professional blow-dry treatment, the salon's team of stylists thoroughly lathers tresses, clotheslining dirt with a foaming tag team of Redken, Pureology, and Brazilian Gloss products. Next, deep conditioning lavishes locks with a wealth of moisture and undying devotion, followed by a blow-dry to add volume and bounce. At the treatment's end, hair is ready for savvy stylists to shape into looks ranging from sleek as a seal to curlier than a Slinky in a sauna (valid for everything but an updo).
At Chateau Belle, in a space designed to conjure the feel of a Parisian flea market, lash luminary Megan Alexandra uses organic products and NovaLash and Shavasana extensions to pamper peepers and dress them with luxurious fringe. Patrons select lashes to suit their own orbs from frill in an array of lengths and thicknesses, which Alexandra carefully applies over 60–90 minutes, and organic, anti-wrinkle gel pads soothe the eye area more than a staring contest with a bubble bath. Floral-mist essences delight with gentle haikus to nostrils and refresh with healing particles as guests acquire flare extensions for coquettish eye-batting or full extensions that enable train-stopping winks. Except for the glue, the salon uses entirely organic products, and lashes last for approximately three weeks, after which fills are recommended.