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’Oréal 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.
The stylists at Salon Fusion proudly wear their skills on their heads, from beach-blonde bobs to ombre effects to long, flowing locks. Those styles are replicated, along with a host of other services that includes men’s camo color and Cinderella extensions. They transform hair with the help of Redken products specially crafted to boost volume, add texture, and change color depending on your mood.
The nail technicians inside C.A. Nails wield bottles of brightly hued nail polish in their pursuit of eye-catching manicures and pedicures. They also lengthen and embellish shorter or shy keratin sheets with acrylic nails. After beautifying hands and feet, the staff furthers the pampering by waxing smooth fuzzy faces, legs, and spleens.
The nail specialists at Happy Nails have been filing finger and toe tips and bedecking them with polish for a decade. Clients can make use of free WiFi and a flat screen TV, as well as complimentary soda and water, while they unwind. Like the kitchen of a lonely grandmother, the salon is open seven days a week.
Salon Capelli's experienced technician and nail instructor, Tara Burmood, performs nail treatments under chandelier light in this earth-toned salon. Tara begins the toe session—and all other nail services—with a trim, buff, file, and cuticle groom, then layers toenails with polish in 30 minutes or less (no foot soak included in this service). Manicures proceed with a lotion-augmented massage that kneads the stress and keyboard imprints out of every digit, before UV rays fuse polish to nails for up to three weeks of chip-free wear. In the deluxe manicure, Tara seals in moisture and relaxing vibes with a sugar scrub and paraffin wax.