Even though pink is her favorite color, salon owner Kat Daniels designed her salon to cater to the pampering needs of both men and women. The result is a cozy, balanced mix of masculine and feminine elements, including mocha-tinted walls, sleek styling chairs, animal-print accents, and the occasional tasteful pop of fuchsia. Ladies and gents can both appreciate the attention to detail Kat and her staff bring to haircuts, mani-pedis, and skin services such as microcurrent facials, as well as the shop's arsenal of top-of-the-line products bearing names such as Redken, Pureology, and Dermalogica. The staff goes above and beyond with indulgent extras such as head, neck, and shoulder massages and men's hot-towel treatments, but above all else, they pride themselves on creating a peaceful, quiet atmosphere where clients can escape from day-to-day stress and door-to-door salesmen.
Women, men, children, no matter: the staff at Ed Beauty Salon works with anyone and everyone. Founded more than 25 years ago, this pillar of the beauty world provides all manner of hair, nail, and makeup services. On the spa side of the business, certified specialists help skin glow with facials or shoo away stress with lomi-lomi massages. During their visits, clients can deepen their levels of relaxation by sipping on complimentary cups of gourmet tea or by asking the stylist to shave peace signs into their hair.
Beautifying bodies from tresses to toes, Reflections' talented staff of skin-smoothers and hair-whisperers treats men and women to a full range of skin and scalp services. Beauty-seekers can step into the calming, mauve-hued sanctuary for the deep-cleansing flush of a 50-minute signature facial. Unwind over a cup of complimentary coffee or tea as a friendly aesthetician dissolves dirt and dust from cheeks, chins, and epidermal cellars below. Gentle exfoliation scours away dead cells and a penetrating mask permeates pores, working to resurrect skin with overt vibrancy and a new lease on life. Aromatherapy and essential oils strike a closing herbal harmony between mind, skin, and nose.
Anousheh Motamedi began styling hair in Germany and France, prepping models' mops for Europe's glitzy runway shows, according to 92131 magazine. After arriving in the United States, she set up shop with her accomplice Nadi Dadsetan, but her focus soon became distinctly local. Finding that the city's beauty-school graduates lacked a solid hands-on foundation, the two snapped up the most promising San Diego stylists, instituting on-the-job training to hone their skills. Today that local focus remains, with the studio acting as a community in itself and regularly throwing its support behind charities and local women's shelters.
Inside the salon, Motamedi and Dadsetan work alongside their 11 associates as they beautify bodies from the head down. Shimmering metal dividers entice the eye with irregular oval holes while eclectic chandeliers hang from above the styling stations where experts snip hair into new 'dos. Color and deep-conditioning treatments leave each strand looking its best, complementing new beauty brought out by facials, nailcare, and hair removal. Bridal packages can also primp wedding parties with updos and cosmetics to ensure brides look their best and bridesmaids don't leave makeup on the cake when they dive in face first.
The decor at W Salon and Spa—curled chandeliers, furniture upholstered with monochrome prints, and antique-looking wooden bureaus at each styling station—evokes an Enlightenment-era salon steeped in serenity. The literary setting is appropriate since the staff views the venue as a sanctum for the self, where guests can sink into relaxed introspection. With a team that specializes in a number of fields, the spa addresses a sweeping spectrum of services to facilitate such pampered meditation.
A licensed cosmetologist primps complexions with makeup applications and eyelash extensions, and a certified massage therapist calls upon five modalities to put physiques at ease more effectively than a soothing impression of Morgan Freeman narrating a documentary about sloths. Hair- and skincare treatments benefit from Unite and Sonya Dakar products, respectively.
On the spa's medical side, technicians combat wrinkles with Botox injections and curtail unwanted hair growth with carefully aimed laser treatments. The beauticians also host spa parties, accommodating wedding groups and celebrations for expectant mothers as well as birthdays.
Video-game consoles and televisions tuned to the clients choice of popular programs and games take a starring role at cutsngames, a salon and barbershop that lets the stylist focus on hair while the patron focuses on having a good time. As guests rack up points or score bonus points in games, the staff cuts, styles, and otherwise tends to hair while a fleet of TVs provides narrative entertainment.
SkinWorks SkinCare helps clients mend image woes with the help of botanical-rich Dermalogica products and treatments. Patrons can snag serums for home use or kick back to let an aesthetician purify their pores, wax away unwanted hair, or read picture books out loud until wrinkles revert back into adorable childhood dimples.