Everything changed for Mosaic Salon in 2013. The owners decided to move to a new location, which presented an opportunity to completely customize the space. And did they ever. The interior was rebuilt from the drywall up, including custom styling stations and a custom reception desk. It now also doubles as an education space where master stylists can teach new techniques and students can practice new color approaches using mannequin heads that always sit perfectly still.
The attention to detail put into the salon also extends to the service menu, making every haircut, color treatment, or facial just right for the client. The stylists and aestheticians have products for just about every style and are trained in product lines including K?rastase and Dermalogica. As a Bumble & bumble-preferred salon, the staff also gets new products soon after they come off the line, keeping them at the forefront of innovation.
Owner Yavonda Van Dyke??a licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist??is also a certified educator who, when not busy keeping her staff abreast of the latest practices and styles, waxes beautific to the public during advanced-education classes. Visitors stepping into her full-service salon are greeted by cosmetologists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and manicurists, who work side by side to pamper bodies from fingertip to fascia. After arising from a full body Swedish or deep-tissue massage, clients can hop into the styling chair to relax stressed strands with Japanese hair straightening or an intense conditioning treatment. Old nail polish is swiftly swapped out for French tips or artificial overlays during mani-pedis that may be made extra indulgent with skin-softening paraffin treatments, while facials for ladies, gents, and teens help rekindle glowing complexions by removing dirt, oil, and stuck Halloween masks.
At Taki's Salon and Spa, a team of eight designer and master stylists, two manicurists, and one massage therapist relaxes and beautifies bodies with a variety of services. The hair artists accentuate coifs with full or partial coloring, permanent waves, and thermal straightening, whereas the nail experts soften skin with exfoliating rose-scented or chocolate-mint-truffle scrubs. The list of targeted therapeutic massages includes the signature Shellatsu, in which the therapist uses lava seashells to knead away stress from pressure points, loosen muscles, and plug up the body’s naturally occurring volcanoes.
It might be more accurate to call Todd Buckley and Sara Tittle the artistic directors rather than the owners of Mosaic Salon?he recruits promising stylists and she trains them in the methods of Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and other top industry names. They then put the best stylists on the salon floor, arming them with products from K?rastase and Bumble and bumble, professional styling tools, and shears forged by long-haired artisan blacksmiths. In addition to providing hair services, Mosaic's team refines the rest of clients? images with face and body treatments using SkinCeuticals and Dermalogica skincare products.
Specializing in all aspects of hairstyling, Canvas Salon’s talented staff of hair tamers is led by Cherry Doran Johnson and Lorraine Blanco, who boast decades of follicle-forming experience. Visitors can get a look-rejuvenating haircut and a volume-boosting style that will accessorize any outfit better than a pair of road-flare earrings. While customers wind down and relax, away from noisy traffic and marauding city invaders, the friendly tress-masters will swaddle your locks in a conditioning shine masque ($15–$20) that penetrates each strand to soften and add a lustrous shine.
A Paul Mitchell Partner School, The California Academy tends to the talents of student tress tamers and skin sparklers with a range of supervised hair, wax, and skincare services. The 8,500-square-foot training facility excavates unwanted hairs with waxing of the eyebrows ($10), chin ($7), or back ($30). A 30-minute pumpkin resurfacer ($45) smoothes, renews, and brightens the complexion without the embarrassment of taking an entire pie to the face. Students manipulate manes with everything from a basic cut and style ($12+), which comes with a five-minute stress-relieving scalp treatment, to a perm ($30+) or full highlight ($40+).