Since she started doing hair more than two decades ago, Nichole Alner?s career has taken her places?such as Santa Barbara, where she trained as a color educator, and Paris, where she attended the L?Or?al Expo. Today, as the owner of Salon Aura, she?s curated an experienced staff to help her transform clients? looks with hair, nail, and skin services, or help them relax with seaweed body wraps in a private room. She?s stocked the styling stations with products from Kevin Murphy and Aquage, and during manicures and pedicures, nail technicians dip into bottles of OPI or CND Shellac polish. Vibrant artwork pops against the styling space?s blue and mocha walls, lit by modern track lighting in a lofted ceiling. Oversize, modern armchairs in the lobby give clients a comfy spot to wait or a space for impromptu rounds of musical chairs.
Velvet Chair Spa’s founders designed their location as an oasis from the outside world, immediately enveloping guests with walls of soothing sea-foam green and plush, modern furniture. The color scheme is offset by equally pacifying accents such as flickering candles, calming music, verdant potted plants, and soft rugs as dense and fluffy as a soufflé whipped from the pulp of War and Peace. This environment complements the relaxing services performed inside, including massages, facials, hydrotherapy, milk baths, and aromatherapy soaks. The spa also houses a salon, where stylists cut hair, add highlights, or lengthen strands with extensions.
Salon Cosmetique at Vatterott Career College trains tomorrow?s aestheticians and stylists, giving beauty students practice perfecting their craft. Hair, nails, makeup, facials, waxing, and eyebrow tinting are all offered in this busy teaching salon, and all treatments are completed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.
The technicians at Pro Nails & Spa draw from more than 15 years of experience to groom hands and feet. They shape nails, buff away calluses, and apply long-lasting acrylic nails or Shellac polish. Clients can opt for relaxing spa accents such as hot stone pedicures or for a waxing session.
At Sculptured Nails at Kathryn’s, clients will benefit from a friendly atmosphere and top-notch services that have been spiffing up hand pointers since 1974, when humans first evolved fingernails. Specializing in sculptured nails, Kathryn’s experienced staff masterfully molds nail canvasses into works of art. Each sculptured nail is expertly applied using a powder and liquid concoction so that it follows the shape of a natural nail and extends it to a desired length. No flimsy factory-made nail tips are used, avoiding lifting and air pockets. Additionally, all nails are precisely hand-filed and gussied up with any polish color, a French or American manicure, or a sturdy Viking manicure that’s handy for battleaxe wielding. Finally, you'll get to either hydrate your dry hands with an extreme cuticle treatment or relax them with a hand massage.