The scent of custom-blended essential oils mingles in the air with the bright, natural fragrances of Aveda shampoos and styling products at Salon Lux's two San Luis Obispo locations. All stylists must complete advanced training at the Salon Lux Academy before they're qualified to perform the signature treatments—haircuts, highlights, and special-occasion styles for weddings or formal jazzercise classes. On the spa side of the salon, massage therapists and aestheticians begin each service with a warm footbath and aromatherapy treatment. Wielding their arsenal of Aveda products, the technicians pamper clients with polishing body wraps, plant-based waxing, and facials revved up with gemstone powders and glucosamine treatments. Full-body massages come with customized pressure and foot-reflexology techniques, and can be shared by two friends or a pair of mortal enemies looking to rekindle their hatred for each other.
Face to Face welcomes visitors to relax with services that range from time-tested massage techniques to revitalizing skin care treatments. Inside, licensed aesthetician and massage practitioner Emily Robinson designs customized facials, working with each client's skin composition to bring out their most glowing visage. She also administers massages such as the holistic Shiatsu treatment, which focuses on restoring the body's natural flow of energy, also known as qi. Beyond attending ongoing courses to stay abreast of the latest skincare breakthroughs, Emily draws from background in science and nutrition that leaves her particularly suited to help skin feel as healthy as it looks.
The steady-handed beauticians at Eyebrow Arts meticulously neaten eyebrows, upper lips, and other areas of the face with an ancient hair-removal technique that reveals smooth, fuzz-free skin. At their seven salon locations, they roll twists of cotton thread quickly over clients? skin to remove hair at the follicle??a safer method of hair removal than standing next to a sneezing dragon. Throughout the process, clients lean back in comfortable chairs as the staff gently escorts unwanted stubble from the premises.
A full-service salon and spa, Shell Beach Salon & Spa strives to meet all of its clients? beauty and relaxation needs under one roof with a range of services. In the salon, hairstylists create striking ?dos with expert cuts, perms, relaxing treatments, extensions, and updos for special occasions or to help clients meet roller coasters? height requirements. For nail services, customers can request natural and organic products. Aestheticians renew faces with specialized skincare treatments such as ultrasonic anti-aging facials, microdermabrasion, and TCA chemical peels. Shell Beach Salon & Spa uses GlyMed Plus products, which are distributed only to select licensed skincare providers.
While Blue Ox Hair Color Salon boasts membership in the Professional Beauty Association and the National Salon Association, its stylists have represented the business by competing in the North American Hairstyling Awards every year since 2004. These experts in the field specialize in accentuating their chic cuts with a wide variety of color treatments, such as corrective color, balayage, and ammonia-free color gloss. In doing so, they call upon both their years of experience and products from high-end brands such as Paul Mitchell.
Jodene Gomez founded Evolution Salon with a single goal in mind: to treat individuals to hair and skin services tailored to their needs. As she has learned from her diverse base of clientele—"I have customers that are tattooed guys and customers that are 70-year-old ladies," she recently explained to the Valley Journal—those needs are not always the same. To achieve the look that each client has in mind, Gomez’s stylists augment their own skills with several lines of professional salon products. Among their favorite product lines are the plant-based White Sands and the Zerran hair-smoothing system, the latter of which straightens locks without the use of formaldehyde or a repurposed electrical outlet. Before or after their treatments, clients can browse the salon’s inventory of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and MidiQueen handbags.