At the age of 11, when most kids are playing with toys, Nadine Gomez was training. She spent so much time in salons, she essentially grew up in them, acquiring both a keen sense of style and the ability to effectively translate clients' ideas into reality. She puts her years of training to good use at Natural Intentions Salon & Spa, where she performs specialty cuts and color services for clients of all ages. Even though she has more than 23 years of salon experience at her disposal, Nadine is always looking to master new techniques, trends, and nicknames for "scissors" through ongoing training sessions.
Pink and white striped walls and twinkling chandeliers overlook Savvy Chic Nail Cottage as 12 technicians in pink aprons flurry around plush Victorian armchairs, daubing fingers and toes in glossy polish. A feminine and shabby-chic oasis dreamed up by Ebony Bolton and her husband Michael in 2010, Savvy Chic treats guests to tea in vintage teacups and chocolates from See's Candies as they chat with staffers about their favorite shades of OPI and Gelish lacquers or revel in foot scrubs and hot-lotion massages. Acrylic nails in perfect ovals, squares, and dodecagons lend length and strength to fingertips, and children's mani-pedis pamper pint-size appendages. The cottage keeps its equipment spic and span beyond state standards with germicide, UV-heat sanitation, and disposable protective pouches. Savvy Chic also hosts pedicure parties for bachelorettes and birthdays and frees chins, arms, and other areas from unwelcome fuzz with warm wax.
As a licensed cosmetologist for 39 years and owner of Indulgence, The Salon for nearly half that time, Beverly Brunkhurst manages her staff of a dozen or so talented hairstylists with confidence. The crew calls upon Redken products as they cut and color locks amid the space’s sand-colored walls and rustic tile floors. They tame frizz with the Keratin Complex Smoothing treatment or a chair and whip and transform bobs and pixie cuts into long and flowing styles with four types of hair extensions. The resident nail technician, Lola, contributes to makeovers with gel overlays and pink and white fills, while makeup artists ready clients for a night on the town with applications and lessons. Styling clients, however, is only part of the Indulgence team’s job; they also contribute to various local organizations, including Seal Beach Animal Care Shelter, Project Shepherd, and Locks of Love.
Heart Hair Salon’s passionate stylist puts the heart in her business’s name. Every appointment begins with a consultation, during which she helps her client choose the perfect look. She then performs the desired service, such as a standard cut, bob, or trendy ombre highlights, which fade from dark to light. She can also lengthen hair with extensions and smooth away unwanted frizz with keratin treatments.
With so many daily stresses, harmony of body and mind is hard won. Beauty Star Spa is on a mission to make it easier. Combining traditional Chinese bodywork theories with finger pressure and deep elbow rolling, a licensed massage therapist can relieve chronic tension or promote deep relaxation. Each session is paired with the client's choice of sensuous music and soothing massage oil that's colorless, odorless, and completely caffeine free. To make it a full spa day, supplement bodywork with a deep-cleansing facial.