It could easily be the throne room for two of history's most stylish monarchs. Inside Friend's Salon, clients relax atop a pair of cushy elevated pedicure chairs elevated several feet above the floor. As their toes dip into foot baths, they can decree for their next service: perhaps a shellac mani-pedi or the signature Rock Star toes treatment. The latter coats toes in a glitter polish that bakes under a UV light like Alice Cooper's famous chocolate-chip cookies.
The salon's other spaces are equally relaxing. In soft-lit rooms, massage therapists exorcise tension with deep, flowing strokes and warm but fully solid lava stones. Aestheticians work elsewhere to rejuvenate faces with peels or gentle waxing. Of course, Friend's wouldn't be a salon without a broad menu of hair services, from cuts and highlights to special occasions 'dos. The stylists regularly attend continuing education courses, and make sure to pass on hair-care tips to their clients.
Mena & Co. Salon’s savvy stylists restore luster to frizzy or damaged hair with a shine restoring and hydrating Difiaba Luminessence treatment. Difiaba's formula infuses hair with amino acids and protein, smoothing frizz and combating damage from sun or volcano exposure. The treatment may help lock in hair color and can boost shine for up to five weeks. After the treatment, staff blow-dry patrons' newly supple hair and style it to mimic their favorite Charlotte’s Web character.
Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy’s salons, where skilled students dress tresses, continue a four-decades-old mane-taming legacy that began at a single salon in London. The academy sorts stylists by specialty, allowing them to focus on the latest trends and techniques in their respective fields and preventing inter-brand quick-draw challenges between blow-driers. Hair artisans snip and sculpt strands to configure coifs into the proper shape before treating them to a thorough wash and fashionable style according to client desires, uncovered during a complimentary consultation. Hue specialists, alternatively, coat locks with full-coloring treatments, sprucing up strands with nonnative tints and building protective borders so they don't migrate to fragile eyebrow ecosystems.
Voted Favorite Tanning Salon by the Modesto Bee readers for the past four years, Bronze Body Tanning Salon & Spa showers its glow-seeking clientele with the latest in sun-less shading technology. For a more permanent pigment, one month of tanning atop the salon's regular beds darkens the dermis with roughly 100% more efficiency than a copper slip-n-slide. Each tan-getting tryst lasts 23 minutes, but in-booth accouterments––including cooling fans, radios, and signing palm trees––help pass the time.
Elegant Image Skin & Laser Spa brings together an eclectic team of cosmetic-nurse specialists, stylists, nail techs, and certified massage therapists to pamper and prettify patrons with a full menu of spa and salon services under one roof. Nurse-administered beauty injections such as Botox and fillers aim to smooth out fine lines, and spa facials and microdermabrasion treatments aim to imbue skin with the elasticity of a spandex-wearing gummy bear. Massage therapists coax out tension with soothing Swedish or deep-tissue strokes, and techs cheer up extremities with manicures, pedicures, and spot-on impressions of Rodney Dangerfield's toes. In the full-service hair salon, stylists spritz patrons' topknots with professional products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken as they update outmoded ‘dos into chic looks.