Hair is an essential aspect of beauty—the right cut can frame a face in such a way that highlights its best features or suggests a cool, confident demeanor. The stylists at Essentials Salon appreciate this, which is why they offer contemporary haircuts for men, women, and children, along with Coppola's Keratin Complex Hair Therapy, a specialty treatment that diminishes frizz and curls for more manageable styling.
Styling is only one aspect of Essentials Salon’s menu, however. While facial-waxing treatments eliminate unwanted hair from the chin, lips, and brows, technicians brush nails with a chip-resistant Shellac polish that protects them from teething finger puppets.
Salon 12 has earned the title of Aveda Concept salon, which means that they carry Aveda’s line of haircare, skincare, and body products, but their allegiance to the brand doesn’t end there. The styling staffers—all of whom hail from Sonoma County—regularly attend Aveda training classes to ensure that they remain abreast of the latest innovations in both products and techniques. With these freshly honed skills, they build out an extensive roster of hairstyling services, including cuts, highlights, and extensions. They also perform keratin treatments, which make unmanageable locks sleeker and smoother than a successful trash salesman. While their hairstyling services form the backbone of their salon, the team also renders a handful of spa-centric treatments, including waxing, makeup application, facials, and plant-based peels to exfoliate the skin.
Many stylists promise personalization, but Willow Ramay actually delivers. She specializes in scalp treatments and customizes them by applying a rejuvenating treatment for a sensitive scalp, a soothing treatment for coarse hair, or a color lock-in treatment for dyed hair. Willow's shoulder and scalp massages add an element of relaxation to her hair services, which she administers with decorative flourishes as elegant as they are personalized. Bright-orange expanses of color pop up between white exposed-brick walls, and a plush leather couch and loveseat look as soft as freshly conditioned hair. A number of paintings fleck the walls, adding to the beauty of the studio.
Hairstylist Ashley Pang adheres to the high standards at Plush Salon, where staffers continually learn new techniques in order to keep up with beauty’s latest trends. Her expertise includes modern haircuts and coloring treatments, such as highlights and single-process colors. During styling sessions, she relies on products from brands such as Goldwell, L’Oréal, and Moroccanoil.
Aesthetician and makeup artist Kristi Maher beautifies clients inside Platinum Salon & Beauty Boutique. She blasts through acne and wrinkles during exfoliating facials and waxes away hair on overgrown eyebrows and horns. Kristi paints blank complexions with makeup applications and applies NovaLash eyelash extensions to round out her slate of services.
With scissors in hand, stylist Laura Montani cuts and colors the hair of clients at Calypso Salon. Highlights add accents and dimension to monotone tresses and cuts offer up a new frame to the face. The salon also stocks professional haircare products from lines such as L'Oréal Professionnel, Pureology, and Redken.