When Michelle Luna started her beauty career more than 20 years ago, she was confident that she had nowhere to go but up. The driven stylist spent the next two decades trying to improve her craft, apprenticing under a German stylist and continuing her education through workshops and classes with Redken, Schwarzkopf, and other industry leaders. Her years of dedication and hard work paid off when she opened her own salon, Luna Del Mar Salon.
Today, Michelle helms a talented crew that specializes in modern cuts and color treatments. They also perform Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments that keep strands in place for three to five months, which is how long it takes to snap the perfect passport photo of oneself.
Normally, Solana Beach's warm breeze rustles through palm trees before butting against the sides of buildings and dying down or heading into a politician's mouth. But at Shampoo Too!, the ocean breeze finds its way indoors, past the sun-soaked patio furniture, through the massive opening in the open-air salon's wall. The puffs of air refresh clients almost as effectively as fashion-forward cuts, balayage highlights, Brazilian blowouts, and hair and makeup services.
The stylists at Kupala Hair and Beauty Studio know how important it is to stay ahead of the curve in a highly creative industry. They scour fashion magazines and runways for sources of inspiration, re-creating the looks they find for their delighted clients. To do so, they rely on their experience to cut hair and enhance it with vibrant color or highlights.
With its start in haircare more than a quarter-century ago, Model Call Salon continues to pamper clients with hair-and-beauty treatments fueled by brand-name products such as Number 4 Hair, Bumble and bumble, L'Oréal Professionnel, and Unite. Each service in the salon or spa starts off with a one-on-one consultation during which clients discuss what they want their hair to look like, their skin to feel like, or their eyebrows to furrow like. Hairstylists at both locations boast extra certifications beyond their years of hands-on experience and participate in continuing education to stay current in hair-design trends. When it comes to spa treatments, aestheticians improve skin with paraffin treatments, microdermabrasion, and facials, and perform tanning services to help clients walk out feeling more confident than when they arrived.
The laid-back, fun-loving mentality of SoCal surf culture pervades Spa Samudra & Hair Lounge. Kids and pets walk freely throughout the premises as shoppers peruse the organic skincare line, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Spa Samudra, however, seamlessly balances this surfer charm with the staples of a traditional day spa. Its organic skincare products, for example, are used in classic facials, which include steam cleans, exfoliation, and optional extractions. The aesthetic team also brightens faces with peels and soothes feet with detox footbaths. In addition, the 11 hairstylists at the up-and-coming hair salon pamper strands with an array of haircuts, color, and smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.
Polished Images, which is both a relaxing day spa and a full-service hair and nail salon, transforms clients with the help of various Pureology hair products, hard wax, and hawaiian kukui-nut massage oil. Amid the spa's muted lighting, earth-toned walls, and floral accents, licensed aestheticians beautify skin with facials, waxing, and custom airbrush tanning. Next door at the bright salon, hairstylists stand diligently over heads, snipping and arranging coifs into everyday styles or elaborate updos for special occasions and trips to the mailbox.