From her private station in The Guild Salon, aesthetician Tobi Hight refines faces with trained hands and professional products. From issues ranging from the acne of youth to wrinkles caused by an aging tooth fairy switching faces with you while you sleep, the skin expert can devise a solution to leave any complexion clear and radiant.
Bryson Jacob works beside a talented crew of stylists and beauty technicians at Salon de Cheveux. Bryson helps clients meet their image goals with hair services such as Brazilian blowouts, and the salon's resident nail technicians can further pamper clients with manicures and pedicures.
The first modern false eyelashes were made from human hair, commissioned by silent-film director D. W. Griffith so that his starlet’s lashes would touch her cheeks with every soulful downward gaze. Although you may think it’d be hard to improve on these natural materials, in reality, the difference in texture between eyelashes and the stuff that grows from the head would make such extensions look a little strange. Stick-on strips have been available in drugstores for decades, but it wasn't until the mid-2000s that cosmetic scientists developed semipermanent extensions. Also known as grafted lashes, these delicate fibers fuse to the top of pre-existing lashes with pharmaceutical-grade glue, lending eyes a lush, natural-looking fringe without the use of mascara.
As clients lie on a table with their peepers shut for 40–90 minutes, a professional applies artificial lashes strand by strand, carefully bonding them about a millimeter away from the eyelid to avoid any contact with the skin or eye. The lush look stays intact for about two to six weeks—natural eyelashes have a finite lifespan, and when they fall out, they take the extensions with them.
Lash extensions generally come in two varieties: mink and synthetic. Mink extensions are made from sanitized, hypoallergenic hairs collected by brushing live mink, the same petite carnivores whose famously soft fur is prized for a variety of other applications. For synthetic extensions, lab technicians replicate the look and feel of natural hairs by forging lashes from plastic, faux-mink poly fibers, silk blends, or high-quality keraspecific fibers, which are chemically identical to real human hair. No matter the material, extensions should feel comfortable and light as they frame what poets have long called “the windows to the soul” and “the worst part of the face to be poked in.”
Our follicles constantly produce a natural oil, known as sebum, that moisturizes and protects hair. Over time, sebum starts to build up, leaving hair with that familiar greasy feeling. Shampoo works by stripping out sebum using a surfactant, which clings to small clumps of the oil before water rinses the globs away, along with any dirt, dead skin cells, or confetti scraps left in the hair. Although surfactants are shampoo's main active ingredient, most products also feature compounds to fight static, thwart mold and bacteria, and impart a sweet, pleasing scent. Most shampoos also contain lathering agents, although lather has no practical cleansing effect—customers have simply come to expect it.
In a span of less than 100 years, Americans went from washing their hair once a month to lathering up almost daily. Spurred mostly by ad campaigns of the mid-20th century, the trend of regular shampooing has taken a toll on our collective tresses. According to dermatologists, shampooing your hair too often can dry it out, causing the glands to compensate by secreting even more sebum. Experts recommend reaching for the shampoo bottle only two or three times each week.
Stefanie Irvin graduated from Paul Mitchell The School San Diego, so it comes as no surprise that she ended up working at Salon Three Sixty. As a newly minted Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, Salon Three Sixty has access to Paul Mitchell trained stylists, exclusive Paul Mitchell products, and the code to get into the garage of the company's CEO. Stefanie is schooled in the latest styles and color treatments; she can imbue mahogany locks with fiery red highlights, add a clear topcoat for shine, and mix up Colortinis to add an icy violet tone to cool blond shades.
As its name implies, Hair Co. specializes in haircare. The salon, which has been in business for more than 20 years, offers a range of hair services. Stylists cut hair into stylish dos, add pops of color with eye-catching highlights, and craft curly coils with perms. The salon offers a range of other treatments as well, which include waxing and tanning, to ensure every square inch of its clients looks great.