Inside Salon Belle de Soir, which resides a hair tie's throw from the shopping hub of Fillmore and Union streets, stylists revamp tresses with premium products designed by celebrity stylist Oribe, who has visited the salon to teach a styling class. The salon's moniker means ?beauty of the evening,? which suits its romantic style replete with Parisian-inspired portraits, a chandelier, zebra-striped upholstery, and fur rugs that duplicate the thickness of Fabio's five o'clock shadow. During an interview with the San Francisco Examiner, owner Tracy Stanwick described her styling philosophy as "putting movement back into hair," emphasizing that her staff teaches clients how to properly replicate the styles they receive in the salon. The stylists prioritize hair's health as much as its style with restorative procedures such as Ionic Rescue Pro treatments and Brazilian blowouts. Salon Belle de Soir also offers free consultations, which allow staffers to recommend dubious horse-racing tips as well as face-flattering dos and colors.
From their cozy hair haven in Noe Valley, the stylists of Lisa's Beauty Salon welcome men and women of all ages into a bright space warmed with natural light and rich yellow walls. As clients perch in cushioned salon chairs, the team updates manes with expertly shaped cuts and a spectrum of hues furnished by Goldwell. Using formaldehyde-free Keratin Complex products, they smooth the texture of clients' tresses for three to five months, ensuring curl-calming results more durable than singing coifs nightly lullabies.
In addition to its styling services, Lisa's Beauty Salon treats clients to an array of facials that use organic, paraben-free beauty products. An aesthetician analyzes skin prior to administering a classic european facial, an eye contouring treatment, or a resurfacing peeling session. Alternately, one-hour reflexology sessions are known for stimulating and balancing select nerves in the body while reducing stress.
Stylist Joelle Campbell has a wanderer's spirit and the wide-ranging experience to match. During her initial apprenticeship in Portland, she roamed through some of America's great style houses, taking in training at notable locales ranging from Redken's 5th Avenue salon and Bumble and bumble's Uptown headquarters in New York to Suki's in Vancouver. Opening her own salon in Portland didn't halt her desire for for continued education; after a 10-year stint that led her behind the scenes at Rome International Hair Show, Joelle moved to San Francisco, where she honed her skills as a colorist. Now the principle stylist behind Haute Hair Studio, she still keeps one eye on international trends. When she isn't busy trimming up fashion-forward 'dos, adding flattering color, or easing frizz with Brazilian blowouts, Joelle still finds time to showcase her work on a wider stage; for the past two years, she and her team have prepped models for their runway moments at Vera Wang's annual Ritz-Carleton fashion show.
Wearing a flower behind your ear can add vibrancy to any hairstyle, but the stylists at FLiP Salon go a step further—they infuse hair with sunflower oil. Botanical extracts from castor, jojoba, and other plants are the calling cards of their Aveda color products. They meticulously apply the color, creating looks with names such as Sunkissed Blonde—a mix of highlights and lowlights that emulates natural flaxen hair more convincingly than a wig made from straw.
That particular shade is owner Shannon Kitchen-Juarez's signature color. Shannon has created it after more than 25 years of experience in the salon business and training from acclaimed names such as Toni&Guy and Bumble and bumble. She and her team strive to accommodate more than just those who want blond locks. Their color ranges from subtle to bright and audacious, and includes ombre highlights. Brazilian blowouts, updos, and haircuts round out their list of services.
Led by Adelice and Daniel Miller, Salon DNA's team of professionals rejuvenate clients from head to toe with services ranging from haircuts to pedicures. With more than three decades of combined experience in Brazil, London, and Beverly Hills, the staff have worked with a variety of clients with wavy hair, highly sensitive skin, and requests for their chest hair to be waxed into a portrait of Pel?. The salon's large windows bring in ample sunlight, which glistens off hardwood floors and white furnishings to nourish delicate floral arrangements.
In addition to spa services, the salon also teaches Pilates classes. Certified instructors lead small groups and individuals on journeys to better health and calmer minds. Pilates exercises use the whole body and especially build the core, and is better for the body than encasing the entire midsection in concrete.
Each member of Orchids Beauty Salon’s team stays abreast of the advancements and trends in their aesthetic specialties, ensuring clients receive the latest in pampering from head to toe. Stylists problem solve for each head of hair, restoring proteins and smoothing down strands with Keratin and Brazilian Brushing treatments, snipping overgrown cuts into shape, or remaking a client’s image with a fresh new style. The salon’s arsenal of aestheticians include Brazilian bikini specialists, who wage an all-out war on hair, invading bikini zone follicles with a deluge of warm wax before zipping the area clean with the precision of a German train schedule in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. Clients suffering aches and pains find solace in the salon’s eclectic selection of massage modalities that range from the smooth strokes of Swedish massage to the affectionate nuzzles from pet rocks found in hot stone therapy.