Founding Amadora Salon was a dream come true for Shannon Grays. After lending her skills to other beauty parlors, Shannon decided she needed to express herself with more than just a pair of scissors and a comb. She created the Paul Mitchell concept salon as a pure expression of her spirit and character, carefully selecting everything from the colors to the fabrics.
She applied this same devotion to choosing a staff, handpicking a team of stylists and aestheticians that share her passions for cosmetic care and maritime law. The team works together to address a variety of skin and hair concerns, offering basic trims and coloring treatments that keep locks stylish, as well as glycolic peels that leave cheekbones bright and radiant.
To complement the arsenal of products on its shelves, Amadora Salon also stocks the skincare-balm and makeup lines that Shannon designed. Brown-sugar body scrubs gently exfoliate skin without drying it out the way salt scrubs or napping in a pile of sawdust can. Shoppers can also browse natural-makeup products containing hypoallergenic mineral pigments and freeze-dried vitamins.
When stylist Leslie Vasquez first opened Platinum Lounge back in 1999, she beautified the coifs of her growing clientele with only a short list of basic hair services. After the salon's 2004 relocation to its current space in Santa Cruz, Leslie expanded its staff and menu of services to run the pulchritudinous gamut from nailcare to makeup applications, waxing, and UV-free tanning. Now wielding 25 years of experience in her field, Vasquez leads experienced stylists as they re-invent coifs with her specialty hair extensions, all-natural Rene Futerer hair color, and smoothing keratin treatments. Manicures and pedicures pamper fingers and toes, and aestheticians customize hair-removal to each client's skin type with a choice of eight different wax formulas.
To give bodies a golden glow, the certified technicians at deSoleil Spray Tanning employ Infinity Sun technology, which has shaded the skin of celebrities such as Britney Spears and Paula Abdul. The bronzing experts grasp precision spray guns that atomize the all-natural solution into a fine mist for even coverage and let them customize each tan to blend seamlessly with the specific sand castle in which the client is currently living. The solution, enriched with antioxidants and hydrating botanicals, yields a coppery luminescence that can last up to two weeks and fades uniformly rather than leaving streaks. DeSoleil Spray Tanning augments bronzing with pre- and post-tanning skin treatments that incorporate aloes and emollients to moisturize thirsty dermises, ensuring that skin maintains its soft feel and dewy appearance.
Nails 2 Envy has five professional manicurists on hand dedicated to doing up client's digits and making each and every customer feel at home. The 14-day manicure takes approximately one hour and lasts an anti-climactic two weeks with proper care. They use top brand names like OPI Creative Nail Design and Harmony for Nails. With the Gelish and Shellac polish, accidental smudging from handling objects and punching life-sized Weebles is a thing of the past—the polish is cured to a super-durable sheen with a UV lamp, eliminating drying time Nails 2 Envy is located in the Seabright area near small shops and eateries, as well as Rio Theatre, making it an ideal place to drop in for a beautifying manicure before or after making the rounds.
Seaweed Hair Design relies on the passion and talents of its stylists to consistently coax forth brilliant, personalized cuts, colors, and waxings for lads and ladies. Each hair service begins with a consultation, during which scalp sculptors and clients discuss ideas, photographs, and sonnets describing the desired cut or color. Snipping services encompass anything from buzz cuts to boho shags, available for both adults ($25–$50) and children ($20). A shampoo and blowout styling lends heads a dynamic aura ($35+), and a waxing for brows ($20) or lips and chin ($12) instills a minimal sleekness. Those looking to accent or revive the chocolate-brown, shimmering blond, or vibrant red hues of their coiffure can use this Groupon toward coloring treatments such as touchups ($60+) and color-sweetening glaze ($60+).
Savvy scissor specialists can banish split ends with a haircut ($45 for women, $20 for men) in the latest style, or prevent tickling lash tangles with a fine-tuning bang cut ($10). Clients opting to revitalize mopey mops can choose a full-color treatment ($55+), ideal for changing one's look and keeping untinted eyebrows on their toes. Those seeking burn-free sunkissedness can also streak strands with brightening highlights ($75+).