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.
Inside Effess salon, Paul Mitchell–certified cosmetologist London Armstrong-Adame keeps hands and feet polished with meticulous manicures and pedicures. Beyond doling out basic cuticle care and enhancing tips with gel add-ons, London gives toenails the RockStar treatment, covering them with glitzy, glittery designs that will draw attention from adoring fans and avid scrapbookers for up to six weeks.
At Star Nails, beauty professional Holly uses sanitary tools and top-notch products to renovate visages and leave cuticles looking classy in less than an hour. An upper-lip wax eliminates unwanted peach fuzz around the pie hole to remove all obstacles impeding the rapid consumption of both peaches and pies. Or, those boasting bushy brows can opt to send Holly's depilating prowess northward to restore order to frazzled forehead feelers. Nails prone to chips and scratches find themselves filed, buffed, and prettily protected beneath a lustrous layer of gel-like polish during the Shellac manicure, whereas the hot spa mani-pedi swaps out the tough stuff for a traditional coat of polish, lavishing each piggy with unrivaled pampering and sending them back into the world ready to sport winter sandals and fingerless motorcycle gloves with pride.
After performing mani-pedis at other salons, Kelly opened her own nail spa, where she paints fingers and toes with long-lasting CND Shellac, OPI, and Gelish polish and applies acrylic nails and fanciful nail wraps. She also designs nail art, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse designs for customers going on Disney Cruise Line® cruises and backyard landscapes for those staycationing. Although her nail art is chic, the salon's decor is comfy and rustic. Instead of a vinyl-upholstered pedicure chair that's difficult to climb in and out of, clients relax in the salon's tufted white armchair, and in place of a cramped manicure desk, Kelly paints fingernails at a simple wooden table.
The second her clients walk through the door, Ana strives to give them the most relaxing experience possible by delivering meticulously preformed nail services with a personal and friendly approach. Her manicures and pedicures are executed with some of the industry's most popular products, such as OPI nail polish and CND Shellac's long-wearing gel-formula lacquer. Patrons on the go can beautify their tips with Ana's basic mani-pedi, which includes nail shaping, a light massage, and polish. More leisurely clients or retired vacuum salesmen can indulge in a more extravagant treatment, such as hot-stone massage therapy, a moisturizing foot mask, or a refreshing scrub.