Leslie, one of the expert stylists at Kapolei Hairstyling, is always happy to help someone brainstorm new ideas for a hairstyle or hair color. She starts each appointment with a consultation, during which her client might decide on foil highlights, a perm, or an updo for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a Monday. The beauty expert—who works with men, women, and kids—can also apply makeup and wax away unwanted facial fuzz.
Despite their workplace's name, the staff at Freedom Laser Hair Removal have more than one beauty trick up their sleeves. Of course, they use laser light to damage hair follicles so that legs, arms, upper lips, and backs stay smoother than a newborn bowling ball. But they also use lasers to tighten facial skin, diminish the size of pores, and reduce the appearance of spider veins.
ViVi Salon & Spa aims for luxury. Whether snipping strands, waxing stubble, or gussying up nails, the techs and stylists reach straight past the bottom- and middle-of-the-line products for their topside superiors. Nail techs—all with at least five years of experience—apply eye-catching shades of OPI and China Glaze polish to nails, or massage feet as clients relax atop plush pedicure chairs and their accompanying whirling footbaths. During pedicures, they lavish feet with products such as La Palm, Gabel's Cosmetics, and Gena, exfoliating along the way with an organic pomegranate sugar scrub. Patrons while away the hours as hot-stone massages and facials dissolve tension more effectively than a clown parachuting into the middle of a duel.
Owner Connie Chang and the team at Hawaii Kai Salon & Day Spa LLC pamper their clients from head to toe with a full menu of hair, skin, and body treatments. They use organic color to imbue tresses with stylish hues untainted by ammonia hydroxide or crude oil, whereas Korean straightening perms diffuse frizz. Waxing treatments whisk unwanted hair from nearly any area of the anatomy and massages evict tension from muscles and minds.
With more than 20 years in the hairstyling industry, Alisa's experience spans the Pacific Ocean. She owned several salons in Los Gatos, California before moving to Hawaii to start Bliss Hair and Skin Care within Paul Maria Salon. In addition to offering skincare services, Alisa expertly cuts coifs, deep-conditions manes, and smoothes strands with keratin treatments.
With more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, Debbie Drennen is a stylist who tends to hair at Peggy's Salon at the Kaimana. At the ocean-side salon, she creates snazzy hairdos with cuts, color treatments such as highlights, and smoothing treatments such as blowouts.