At recently opened Rock Paper Scissors, owner and head stylist Kelsey Gallegos exercises artistic license over coifs, backed by extra training in Bumble and bumble, Redken, and AG hair products, to name a few. Her team of stylists boasts similar expertise in myriad specialties, allowing clients to pair up with an authority fitted to their needs. Beautifiers bend serums from AG, DermOrganic, and It's a 10 to their will as they shear and highlight tresses or sculpt one of their signature updos for wedding days or anniversaries with probation officers.
The salon's decor mirrors the creative whimsy with which staffers approach hair. Walls alternate between vibrant-yellow and deep-purple hues, complimented by a tree in bloom splashed across several paintings. Colorful abstract artwork emblazons other walls, one hung with a black-and-white photo of the vintage salon experience, which historically included black-and-white hairdos.
The brainchild of glamor expert Nicole Zammit, Beauty Queen Salon envelops guests in a cozy and inviting environment where each head of hair is lavished with personalized attention and upscale Pravana Perfection products. Stylists give unhurried attention to each salon service, throwing in free shampoos with every cut and style. They also create elegant updos for clients on their way to special events, and Nicole flexes her licensed esthetician muscles with a professional makeup application to bestow rosier cheeks or droopier zombie eyes.
Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall of House of Couture at Sola Salon Studios keeps up with the ever-evolving style world. She attends classes at Vidal Sassoon and MAC Cosmetics, learning styling and makeup techniques she immediately puts into practice in her salon. But as much information as she soaks up, she also doles it out. She shares tips and tricks with her clients on how to pick out styles to suit their facial shapes and how to reproduce styles every day using tools such as brushes, curling irons, and white picket fences.
Le Charm Beautique's skincare services aren't just designed to relax clients; they're also designed to solve skin conditions before they arise. This approach is coordinated by spa founder and licensed aesthetician Olga Martynenko, who leads a team of licensed spa technicians well-versed in designing custom services for men and women of all ages and skin types. They use products by ?minence Organic Skin Care, PCA Skln, and Jean D'Arcel Cosmetique to restore a healthy glow through treatments ranging from cleansing facials and peels to exfoliating body treatments. Meanwhile, licensed independent therapists alleviate muscle pain and stress with seven massages ranging from zen shiatsu to aromatic Swedish. All treatments are conducted in the spa's private rooms, which are soothing in their own right thanks to a pastel color scheme and low lighting.
A Best of the Bay 2010 Viewer?s Choice winner, Herbal Mineral?s four California locations couple a devotion to recapturing youth with a commitment to cruelty-free and environmentally friendly products and practices. An arsenal of vegan, earth-friendly beauty products speaks to their commitment to bettering the planet, and visitors sip fair-trade-certified tea that helps to fund landslide restoration and reforestation. The staff?s diverse palette of skills runs the gamut from waxing and organic facials to candling and herbal body contouring, the latter of which can help shape silhouettes into comely hourglasses or vertical representations of the New York skyline.
Hair protects our heads from hypothermia, sunburns, and nearsighted bowling-ball hunters. The least we can do is keep it taken care of. That's where Bella Rose Hair Salon comes in. Skilled stylists can make over hair with simple bang trims or full-on pampering packages complete with all-over color, highlights, and voluminous layers. They can also fortify and hydrate strands with deep-conditioning treatments.