Rows of Roman--style columns intersect the polished hardwood floors at The Look Salon, a full-service beauty haven where shelves of neatly arranged skin products stand opposite the stylists who nimbly wield them. Winner of the Mountain Democrat's Reader's Choice award for best salon of 2012, the salon's talented staff overhauls hair with a combination of keen fashion sense, steady hands, and vibrant colors, crafting new looks that complement facial structure and personal style. Spa experts help clients to overcome skin blemishes and evidence of naps atop waffle irons with nutrient-rich facials, and nail technicians and waxing specialists primp and polish bodily details.
Seasoned stylist Melissa Rascon brings her training from prestigious institutions such as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda to her chair at Hair by Melissa Rascon. Aside from haircuts for women, men, and children, Melissa also beautifies strands with highlights, relaxers, and gloss. She also tames wild tresses with keratin treatments, which rely on a formaldehyde-free formula to keep hair smooth, shiny, and wholly unattractive to mad scientists for 8 to 12 weeks.
At Ava Jade Salon & Spa, blue and white accents reminiscent of a frosted cupcake surround clients as they indulge in hair makeovers, skin rejuvenation, and body-coddling treatments. Dermalogica products cleanse pore pastures during custom facials and back treatments, clearing skin of the dirt and oil caked to it after falling asleep in a parking lot without irritants such as lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, and artificial fragrances. In addition, the staff shampoos and styles natural hats with sulfate- and paraben-free products by Unite. After banishing split ends with a precision cut, hair-tamers can add depth to manes with highlights, strengthen locks with deep-conditioning treatments, or disguise patrons from IRS auditors with all-over color.
On the back deck of The Vineyard Salon, a set of french doors invites guests meander in and out while their color treatments process. It's here where clients can unwind while admiring tangles of foliage in the adjacent vineyard or while listening to the soft gurgle of nearby creek. Beyond the entry of this peaceful haven, The Vineyard Salon's team of certified cosmetologists, aestheticians, and manicurists pamper clients with an indulgent barrage of beauty treatments. There's even an essential oils specialist on staff who, using only organic products, employs the soothing oils during scalp massages that are at once uplifting and relaxing. That emphasis on comfort is the theme at this full-service salon and spa, whether clients stop by for haircuts and color treatments, facials, or Swedish massages. The services here go beyond the standard, too?the beauty experts also offer permanent makeup applications and teeth whitening to clean up traces left from coffee, wine, and chewing nervously on paintballs.
"I want to make this world beautiful, inside and out," says Courtney Hurley, owner of Ravished Beauties. She strives toward this goal armed with lipsticks, blushes, and eyelash extensions, primping brides-to-be, models, and the doppelgangers that live inside mirrors. At Ravished Beauties, she teaches aspiring makeup artists the tricks of the trade and oversees a team of stylists and aestheticians who prettify clients hair and nails in addition to their skin, grooming guests with individual salon services as well as pampering packages.
Within walking distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Auburn, Ti Amo Spa is a wellness and beauty center devoted to helping clients relax and look and feel beautiful. Here, staffers administer facials, waxing, body scrubs, and makeup applications amid a quiet and luxurious ambiance. Come in for a microdermabrasion treatment or have a detoxifying body wrap to escape the stresses of everyday life.