At Michael Helene Salon Gallery, clients don’t just get a haircut—they are immersed into an experience. Upon arrival to the sun-soaked studio, clients embark upon a tour of the beautifying emporium, where they meet the staff and take in the luxurious accents of the space, such as ornately framed mirrors, pristine white walls, and verdant plants with retro pompadours. After they settle in, one of the amiable stylists—steeped in the salon’s foundation of education, personalization, consultation, and beautification—indulges them in their chosen treatment from a list of services including long-hair shaping, all-over color, and special-occasion updos, all referred to by the staff as hair artistry. “We see the client as our artistic medium, and the salon is actually the gallery,” explains Michael Helene, the titular owner who draws from her stints styling for the films Pirates of the Caribbean and Cold Mountain to make each of her clients feel like a star.
With a wealth of experience and a full cache of beauty certifications under her stylish belt, it's clear that owner Mindy Lien is passionate about her field. She's also intent on sharing her wisdom and ability to fluently converse with combs with new stylists. Therefore, she decided to open a warmly lit studio where talented artists perform hair and waxing services. Each member of the seven-person team brings a unique specialty to their post. For example, Johnny alchemizes custom color cocktails, Mai blends dimensional color with carefully crafted textures, and Vince draws on his formal design background to inspire his especially unique shapes and hues.
The stylists and nail technicians at Sun Cuts Hair Salon & Spa—including a Spanish speaker and Redken color expert—combine years of experience with keen listening skills. The team transforms hair with salon services ranging from cuts and updos to specialty color services and permanents. Staffers enhance manicures with durable Shellac or OPI soak-off gel polish, and direct patrons to a cushioned throne for each spa pedicure.
The crew performs relaxing facials in a tranquil, private treatment room decorated in shades of green reminiscent of a verdant meadow or a jealous frog. Orchids and a glistening, metallic-blue waterfall greet clients when they enter, and the veteran-owned salon offers discounts to military personnel.