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.
At Fusion Salon & Spa, a team of aestheticians relies on products from brands such as DermaQuest, Davines, and jane iredale as they enhance clients' natural beauty with skin, nail, and hair treatments. Facials revitalize complexions with custom masks and vitamin-rich serums, whereas mani-pedis decorate nails with colorful Bio Sculpture gel or chip-resistant Shellac polish. Meanwhile, stylists shape locks into vibrant coiffures, offering tips on how to maintain the new hairdo without covering your head forever in a hyperbaric helmet.
A fleet of shiny, three-wheeled, GPS-smart scooter cars eagerly awaits city travelers at Cruz Carz, all fully equipped to take passengers on a zippy ride through the history, beaches, and architecture of Santa Cruz. Strap on a helmet and hop into one of the eco-friendly, gas-powered, two-seated buggies, and you'll be afforded a half-day (four hours) of self-guided GPS tours.
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+).
Just blocks away from the Pacific Ocean lies a fountain of youth, or so patrons of Tonic Salon & Spa III would have you believe. Within the salon and spa’s warm, beige-colored walls, the staff employ products made with organic ingredients from Budapest during spa treatments that purify pores and leave skin looking better than the day it arrived in the mail. In addition to facials, beauticians also perform waxing, sunless tanning, and five varieties of massage services.
The salon staff also wields scissors and hair products to untangle and shape locks into popular styles. Partial and full coloring services touch up seasonal looks or spy disguises by adding highlights and new pigments to layers of hair, and conditioning treatments harness the power of tea tree and Moroccanoil products to strengthen hair.
Organic tones encase clients seated in sleek, black salon chairs, where owner Maria or one of her licensed cosmetologists styles strands or spruces up hands and feet. Verdant plants and colorful storage drawers pop against soft-green walls, which are also accented by black workstations, large mirrors, and hair products from brands such as Nioxin, Hempz, Biolage, and Sukésha.