Noelle Campbell-Goodrich made her foray into the hair industry by working as an apprentice at Sugar Salon. With that experience under her belt, she went on to study at Toni&Guy in New York City and Vidal Sassoon San Francisco. When she returned home, she became the head stylist at Sugar Salon and eventually the owner. After five years of leading her own staff, her continual curiosity about hair prompted a move to Sonoma and a new job at Cheveux, which means "hair" in French and "I can't hide my ears" in Elvish.
Housed inside a historic yellow house, Cheveux's remodeled interior features black-and-white checkered floors, white wainscoting, and inset shelves. A fireplace keeps patrons warm during the winter and entertains eyes with four portraits of the Beatles as seen through the eyes of an actual beetle. Amid these posh furnishings, Noelle performs services such as extensions, straightening treatments, and bridal updos under the watchful gaze of owner Sharna Haver. In addition to molding manes with products by Redken, Wella, and Agadir, the stylists at Cheveux also raised funds for Voices, an organization that provides education, housing, and employment for young adults transitioning out of foster care.
At St. Pierre Massage and Spa, staff share a natural approach to health and beauty. Fleece-lined, heated tables and organic-cotton blankets invite guests to relax as licensed massage therapists ease away aches with Swedish and deep-tissue massages, augmented by aromatherapy oils and warm basalt stones. Facial treatments, which range from custom masks to AHA grape-infused peel treatments, rely on organic ingredients as they refresh faces. The Napa Valley Register recently covered St. Pierre Massage and Spa?s move from its former healing haven to its current downtown palace of tranquility. Alongside descriptions of the expanded pampering space, the article notes the uniqueness of the spa?s vegan, organic nail treatments and whisper-only policy. To complement the move, a newly expanded menu of services lures clients in to relax amid the shades of cocoa and green.
Prepping for a big event usually requires multiple salon stops: one for the updo, another for the nails, and the last for a spray tan. Not so at Solar Flair, where stylists perform all these services and more. They bring about bronzy glows with a choice between 11 tanning beds or a UV-free Mystic spray-tan booth. The full-service salon also polishes exteriors with glycolic peels and waxing treatments. This one-stop beautification frees up time before big events for relaxing at home or making googly eyes at the mirror’s handsome new reflection.
Audrey Hepburn once said, "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." Though science has since disproven her wild-eyed theory about tomorrow, the staff at Nail Aesthetics take the sentiment to heart by plastering the quote on their Facebook page, website, and in their everyday interactions with clients. Tiffany-blue walls and warm conversation fill the studio space, where skilled technicians restore nails and polish them with long-lasting gel polishes. Revitalizing treatments employ botanical extracts and mango-coconut moisturizers to restore coarse paws to their once-vibrant smoothness. Clients may also solicit the spa for an intricate nail-art design with polka dots, flowers, or surrealist images of nails painting themselves.
Whereas some beauty shops focus on nails, skincare, or removing gum from hair, Platinum Salon & Beauty Boutique does it all. The talented staff, including owner and certified Dermalogica expert Sheila Cunningham, styles tresses, grooms and decorates fingertips, and pampers skin with facials, waxing treatments, and massage services. While customers wait for their time in the chair, they can sip on complimentary tea or coffee and peruse a large retail section filled with high-quality beauty products and giftable purses and jewelry.
Though they include coconut and almond among their organic ingredients, the handmade body butters and sugar scrubs at Red Carpet Nail and Body Spa aren't edible. They do satiate the skin, however, softening its surface during luxuriant mani-pedis. The staff creates the moisturizing formulas to augment spa services, which range from meditative massages to spa pedicures, complete with callus removal and hot towels. In a secluded, cozy corner of the spa, a nail technician applies chip-resistant Gelish and shellac polish, which last longer than the ordinary application of wood varnish.