While learning her craft at a Paul Mitchell school, Alexandra Heller mastered skills ranging from creating modern cuts to applying permanent color. Now a full-fledged cosmetologist, she specializes in crafting flattering looks and styling brides on their wedding day. She also lends her grooming expertise to fashion shows, photo shoots, and balding celebrity pets.
As the owners of Pure The Blowout Bar, Gayle Fulbright and Jim and Jamie DeBerry draw from a wealth of experience in areas ranging from styling to salon management. Fulbright alone claims more than 30 years of experience in her field, including several trips abroad to lead seminars for fellow salon owners. Clients at the Encinatas salon know they're in good hands, but if they need any more proof, they need only look to the environmentally conscious products the stylists insist on using. With the aid of these hair-care formulas, the stylists can reshape hair into everything from graceful waves to luscious curls.
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.
"I get a kick out of learning new ways to make people say 'wow!'" Don Paul Hofherr says. The 2013 San Diego Awards-winning hairstylist backs up his statement with a resumé that showcases extensive training in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Paris. Hofherr's time in the beauty world spans more than 30 year and includes styling credentials from working on the manes of celebrities and politicians to now owning his own salon. From his neat cutting station, Hofherr consults with clients to determine their aesthetic and styling preferences before he analyzes face shape, lifestyle, and ability to teleport. Finally, he buckles down for a precision cut, a coloring with Wella products, or a straightening using one of three techniques: Global Keratin Brazilian Blowout, Yuko, or Bio Ionic hair straightening. Hofherr even takes the time to teach clients how to re-create their look, so they can leave assured they'll look salon fresh for any upcoming school reunions or Lilliput—Blefuscu War reenactments.
Polished Images, which is both a relaxing day spa and a full-service hair and nail salon, transforms clients with the help of various Pureology hair products, hard wax, and hawaiian kukui-nut massage oil. Amid the spa's muted lighting, earth-toned walls, and floral accents, licensed aestheticians beautify skin with facials, waxing, and custom airbrush tanning. Next door at the bright salon, hairstylists stand diligently over heads, snipping and arranging coifs into everyday styles or elaborate updos for special occasions and trips to the mailbox.