When Michelle Luna started her beauty career more than 20 years ago, she was confident that she had nowhere to go but up. The driven stylist spent the next two decades trying to improve her craft, apprenticing under a German stylist and continuing her education through workshops and classes with Redken, Schwarzkopf, and other industry leaders. Her years of dedication and hard work paid off when she opened her own salon, Luna Del Mar Salon.
Today, Michelle helms a talented crew that specializes in modern cuts and color treatments. They also perform Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments that keep strands in place for three to five months, which is how long it takes to snap the perfect passport photo of oneself.
Normally, Solana Beach's warm breeze rustles through palm trees before butting against the sides of buildings and dying down or heading into a politician's mouth. But at Shampoo Too!, the ocean breeze finds its way indoors, past the sun-soaked patio furniture, through the massive opening in the open-air salon's wall. The puffs of air refresh clients almost as effectively as fashion-forward cuts, balayage highlights, Brazilian blowouts, and hair and makeup services.
Given Salon Sol's name, the space is fittingly illuminated with natural light from from large front windows. A warm shade of yellow also covers the salon's walls and cabinetry. Amid these cozy accents, skilled stylists renovate tresses with hair treatments aided by products from Bosley, Pureology, Enjoy, American Crew, and Moroccanoil. The salon also offers invigorating facials, which penetrate deep into pores to rid the skin of dirt and grime, along with waxing and threading. In addition, Salon Sol pampers guests with mani-pedis, each of which come with a complimentary reflexology treatment.
Often armed with products from AG Hair and Marrakesh, Ingrid Hernandez expands on cutting and coloring by specializing in hair extensions. She hails from Los Angeles, where style reigns supreme, and she has done her part to keep her clients' hair looking fresh and modern. Within Salon Sol's cozy confines––whose dark, hardwood floors contrast with beige styling stations and black-leather salon chairs––Ingrid continues to cultivate new looks with treatments such as Brazilian blowouts.
The stylists at Kupala Hair and Beauty Studio know how important it is to stay ahead of the curve in a highly creative industry. They scour fashion magazines and runways for sources of inspiration, re-creating the looks they find for their delighted clients. To do so, they rely on their experience to cut hair and enhance it with vibrant color or highlights.
Studio A Salon's name may stop at the first letter of the alphabet, but its lengthy treatment menu encompasses a full slate of services for the hair and skin. Women and men alike are welcome at the sunny salon in the heart of University City, where stylists craft contemporary hairstyles with Pureology and Paul Mitchell products. Friendly chatter permeates the salon floor throughout the day, but there's also a private room reserved for waxing, back facials, and being alone with your feelings.