Visions Salon and Spa's owner Shirley Manulak arrives at work each day determined to fulfill her customers’ cosmetic needs. “We just wanted to have a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. We want to shampoo away some of your stress,” she told Y.C. Orozco of the Pasadena Citizen. Armed with 35 years of experience as a cosmetology instructor and a skilled staff, her salon offers an array of aesthetic services, including manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling in a salon renovated after Manulak bought it two years ago. Like jazz bands that are serious about their craft, the staff steam cleans all of their instruments with autoclaves and medical-grade disinfectant.
With their combined expertise in hair styling and finance, sisters Kay and Kesalynn joined the family tradition started by their grandmother, Lady Eloise, and opened a salon. With Kay as the stylist and Kesalynn as the financial brains, Divine Creations Hair Designs was created with the goal of offering salon services for all hair types. And with services ranging from Brazilian blowouts to afro relaxers or spiral sets, the salon's stylists do exactly that. Hot oil and nourishing maks, along with soothing pressure-point shampoos or romantic sonnets whispered to the scalp, enhance hair health as well as style.
Shear Genius Hair Salon’s owner Leila Albanna stocks only top products from the likes of Redken, Pureology, and Mizani, which are deployed during a full spectrum of haircut and coloring services. Leila and her passionate stylists effortlessly enact a coiffure to match your unique personality, face shape, or rhinestoned tiara.
The talented barbers at Roosters Men’s Grooming Center neatly polish-up rugged gents, harkening back to a bygone era of classic American barbershops. During the Roosters Club Cut, a professional mane sculptor carves overgrown head shrubberies into dapper ’dos before shampooing and massaging scalps. A neck trim—replete with soothing, pore-opening hot towels—eradicates itchy collar-line fuzz before a light dusting of powder and aftershave keeps neck acreage free from the odor of sweaty neckties and ascots stolen from Oscar the Grouch.
When it comes to hair color, Travis Evans is a perfectionist. One of her specialties is color correction—a procedure that evens out and adjusts the tone of hair dye so that it better suits the client's tastes. She also meticulously applies highlights, which enliven 'dos with complementary shades and shadows.
However, she takes just as much joy in crafting a completely new look as she does in tweaking different hues. Her extensions add voluminous length, Brazilian blowouts tame frizz, and special-occasion updos prep hair for fancy events. In addition to her styling services, she also waxes brows, lips, chins, and sideburns.
In 2010, Up Close Beauty tacked “Max” onto the end of its name to reflect the continued dedication and drive to dole out exceptional beauty services from each stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, and therapist. Owner Michelle Mai—an experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician—guides the staff as they beautify exteriors with the latest brands, including Paul Mitchell haircare, Cellex-C skincare, and OPI nail polishes.
As clients relax in the jacuzzi tub or on two massage tables in Up Close's spa room, aestheticians revive lackluster visages in a room of their own, performing facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists beautify manes with snap-on and glue-in hair extensions and hair-straightening services such as the De Fabulous Kerafusion, which irons out strands for up to six months with a protein complex infused with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter, without including harsh fumes or smoke. Clients can also indulge in a traditional or gel mani-pedi, more than 10 massages, or radial-endodermo-therapy sessions designed to clean out the lymphatic system and help banish cellulite to the body's black hole, located directly behind the spleen.