Much has changed in the beauty industry since Charlotte Cloutier began working more than 30 years ago. But, in spite of the change, the salon specialist stays sharp, scouting out the latest trends and innovations, and refusing to let her clients fall behind. At Cloutier Le Salon, Charlotte leads a team of professionals versed in services ranging from manicures, pedicures, and nourishing facials to haircuts and color services. To achieve desired hair effects, the salon stocks professional-grade products by Redken and Moroccanoil, as well as Thermafuse—which works in conjunction with heated styling tools to protect hair—and Therapy-G—which neutralizes toxins, free radicals, and DHT to protect thinning hair and stimulate new scalp blossoms.
Juan A Salon's subtle, southwestern-style decor surrounds stylists as they craft new 'dos with haircuts, color, and keratin treatments. They practice their craft at cozy stations furnished with distressed-wooden mirrors and cabinets, where they stow their products and lock up their fear of scissors. Exposed beams support a wooden ceiling, and a crystal chandelier and an elegant wall sconce illuminate polished terracotta-colored floors.
As a practitioner of the Aveda arts, Kriza Aveda Salon Spa stocks its shelves, cosmetic counters, and salon stations with natural, botanical serums and salves. To pamper clients, the staff peppers each service with luxurious flair—stylists treat guests to a head, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with every haircut, before touching up makeup for ladies. Between appointments, they’ll even trim up bangs to keep cuts stylish or keep head hair from weaving itself into eyelashes. In addition to applying makeup for brides or for special occasions, makeup artists also consult with clients to teach them how to enhance their features and pick the shades that suit their particular skin tone during lessons. Plant-based facials leave skin radiant, diminish wrinkles, or address acne. In every location, the decor mirrors the commitment to naturalism with a light, airy feel, characterized by mostly white walls and plenty of mirrors and glass.
Mike K, owner and operator of MK Styling, draws on 15 years of hairstyling experience to sculpt winning hairdos at a chic studio that combines salon and barbershop techniques. MK’s team of stylists keeps up with the latest trends, sculpting heads with shears, as well as inventive tools such as razors and fingertip ice skates. A full lineup of keratin treatments fortifies heads, and male-focused services shave and trim beards.
Vinita Vineet, owner of Vinita's Beauty & Threading Studio, hails from India, bringing Eastern depilation techniques to the West Coast. She and her staff of trained threading experts whisk hair from men's and women's faces, creating perfectly shaped brows, silky upper lips, and cheeks that are smoother than a newly polished bowling lane. For body parts south of the face, they rely on waxing treatments to remove unwanted hair. Artistically applied henna tattoos adorn arms, legs, and décolletage; henna is also used to tint hair.
The hairstylists at Young Attitudes know what kids like, and normally, a haircut doesn’t make this list. That’s why, for the past two decades, they’ve been helping kids get excited about haircuts by filling their salon with cookies, candy, and free video games. Gameboys help distract tiny ears from the sound of the scissors as experienced stylists trim bangs and split ends. Stylists also keep up with the latest trends and weave in feather hair extensions. The staff at Young Attitudes will even videotape a baby’s first haircut so parents and future prom dates can treasure the moment over and over again.