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.
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.
Salon Bruce Stuart's stylists have honed their mane mastery nationwide for more than 35 years, now flourishing scissors in a new, luxurious second-floor locale, where a private deck overlooks rows of trees and a tranquil creek. A blazing fireplace creates the proper atmosphere for clients to reminisce about the s'mores of yesteryear while experienced friseurs transform tresses into contemporary ?dos with precision cuts. Colorists add dimension with an extensive menu that revitalizes locks with caramelizing and full or partial highlights. The salon's flair for the chic extends to its floors, which are covered in bamboo hardwood, as well as its vaulted ceilings, which allow stylists to flip hair without entangling bangs in the rafters.
Black and white decorative prints stand in stark contrast against the salon's vibrant red and yellow walls, but that's not what most guests notice when they arrive for their appointments. Instead, they're usually drawn to the leather styling chairs, the flowing scarlet curtains, and... the three-piece band? That's right. The Hair Zone is perhaps the only salon to occasionally pair cut and color treatments with live entertainment. When not playing clubs and music venues, The Full Circle Band often stops in for impromptu jam sessions.
When hair starts to thin or disappear completely, Robert R. Reyes For Hair Creating Your Image steps in. More than 700 clients have come to Robert R. Reyes for nonsurgical hair replenishment, and the treatment's success is shown not only in more lush hairlines, but also in the business's long history: it's been open for more than 30 years.