After finishing a semester-long cosmetology course at a local community college in her hometown, Debra Casco found herself smitten with the beautification process. She took her passion for the discipline to the next level by enrolling in the San Diego Paul Mitchell School, and, upon completion of her training, she began to gain real-world experience at numerous salons in the city. Soon thereafter, Debra departed from her original dream to fulfill an urge within her to care for people on a more serious level. She returned to school, this time for a nursing degree that landed her a job at San Diego Hospice, because to her, both career paths are "all about taking care [of] someone that needs your help."
Upon returning to the salon industry and opening up Magnolia Salon, Debra adroitly combined her passion for sculpting female tresses with the care and selflessness required of her in hospice. Her squad of hairstylists and massage therapists echoes Debra's dedication to the craft and to customers by carefully administering a range of services such as cuts, massages, and makeup applications.
Janusz Stanisz maintains a strict policy with his stylists: No Attitude Allowed. So unlike your typical salon, Hair Studio Janusz hosts no cat fights, no flame wars, no pudding throwing—so clients can come in, even on Sundays, to escape the perpetual stress of normal life. In his chic space with modern monochromatic tile and streamlined red salon chairs, Janusz's team performs trend-savvy cuts, colors, and texturizing treatments with only the highest-quality products. Staff colorists dunk their dye brushes into Framesi’s color line, which comes infused with the rich antioxidants of grape stem-cell extract to protect hair from the sun’s harsh rays while adding bold tints to hair. Color creams and Framesi IDentity keratin treatments set underneath the heated gusts of a retro, red hair-dryer chair, which fuses treatments to hair to reveal a dramatic new look without conducting a casting call for the other half of a drama mask.
Sandi Carr-Calderone opened There She Glows! Day Spa with one main goal in mind: give her guests a spa experience to remember. She and a small staff of five massage therapists and aestheticians start the serenity as soon as clients walk in, encouraging them to leave their cares, cellphones, and shrieking imaginary friends at the door. From there, Sandi creates a relaxing experience for individuals or groups in one of four treatment rooms by pampering clients with facials, massages, and body waxing. All of the services take place in a spa lushly decorated with hardwood curio cabinets, flowing greenery, and wall sconces that create a warm ambiance. Those who find themselves not wanting to leave can take a little bit of There She Glows! home with them: the spa sells its own proprietary, botanically-based line of skin care products.
At Salon Bordeaux in Normal Heights, it’s all about nurturing. In a chic environment, talents of a select stylist team merge to form a flurry of creativity greater than any of its single components. Since opening in 2005, the salon’s focus has been on artists expanding their skills through learning newer and better ways to bring ultimate satisfaction to every person who walks through the door. That means patrons can go glam with cuts, make-up, waxing, eyelash extensions, glosses and color treatments, while exclusive barbering services include clean face shaves, head shaves and haircuts for the guys. For more indulgent experiences, the hair and skin shop’s menu shines with The Deep Clean facial, Crème de la Crème double mask facial, airbrush tanning and a detox body wrap to restore energy levels. To help perpetuate the glow, Salon Bordeaux retails products by Redken, Pureology and Jan Marini.
Amid the full-length photographs of models with stylish cuts that cover Salon Kensington’s canary walls, a black-and-white portrait of Audrey Hepburn looks down coquettishly over the intimate boutique. Hepburn was famous for her European-like beauty, making her a fitting avatar for a salon steeped in both European decor—sleek black furnishings and warm wood accents fill the room—and European hair techniques. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, master stylist Marissa Hernais leads a team of stylists who beautify clients with a range of aesthetic services, from haircuts and highlights to thermal-straightening services. Within private treatment rooms, aestheticians smooth skin with papaya-enzyme peels and full-body waxing, and technicians decorate nails with UV gel polish, silk wraps, and complimentary nail art.
Between working, working up an appetite, and working out, it can be hard for a busy person to work on their skin. That’s why Girl on the Go! Night Spa stays open until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, offering beauty services that cater to the packed schedules of nine-to-fivers, students, and London Guards prone to acne. The unique, one-on-one appointment system ensures each client commands the entire spa to themselves, soaking in the peace and quiet as skin luxuriates in hydrating facials and antioxidant-rich body treatments. Despite its feminine moniker, the spa also tailors skin treatments and waxing sessions to suit the needs of guys on the go, and its reliance on organic products from Epicuren, Ilike Organic, Yonka, and Lucrece keeps services accessible to eco-conscious complexions.