Thanks to parents who encouraged a love of animals, Leslie Rosales woke up every morning to a chorus of whinnying horses, yapping dogs, mewing cats, and squawking chickens. Trimming the long locks of her a family brood of cocker spaniels, Leslie quickly picked up grooming and animal-whispering skills. Over the course of a lengthy career as a vet assistant, she grew fed up with what she considered poor treatment of pets, so she started her own grooming shop with a bankroll of just $400.
Years later, Leslie sold that shop and attempted to retire, but her clients prodded her to return to her beloved profession. First-time sessions take a bit longer, Leslie warns, because she monitors the dog's reaction to each new touch. She clips a nail or two at a time or allows the scissors to lop off a few curls of hair around one ear, before stepping back to reward the dog with praise and love. The process eases pooches into the session and test’s each animal’s mood, much the way one dips a toe into a chocolate fountain to make sure it's warm enough to jump into.
Leslie also offers fresh food for dogs allergic to the standard canine diet of commercial pet kibble and mailman tears. The salon also maintains a pet food pantry for pets of low-income households.
Susan Hayes can transform appearances with a simple snip of her scissors or stroke of her dye-coated brush. She creates trendy coifs, adds bold color to manes, and improves the health of hair by infusing it with conditioning products. To complement her stunning strand work, clients can receive waxing services, facials, or Shellac manicures.
Stylist Delaney Sinclair invites customers to Salon Bliss, where she tends to heads of hair with salon services. She deftly snips and styles new, eye-catching ’dos, complete with blow-dry services. She also augments heads with bursts of color via partial highlights, full highlights, or full color treatments.
The technicians at Clary Sage Salon & Spa do more than simply cut hair. They use their haircuts and coloring treatments as a means to transform their clients’ outer appearances, giving them looks to match their unique personalities. And they do so using the salon’s own brand of products, which they designed specifically to nurture and restore hair that’s thinning, color-treated, or infested by families of birds. The salon also offers relaxing massages and facials, both of which find a welcome place in the transformative process.
As far as first impressions go, Impressions Salon and Spa’s most eye-catching accent is its floors. From the entrance, the concrete surface resembles an elaborate charcoal drawing with streaks of black and sepia. Purple and steel-gray walls only add to the ambiance. Redken-certified stylists transform tresses with custom coloring treatments and scissor cuts that leave hair as sleek as a smooth-coated otter on date night. Clients may also request restorative mani-pedis or retreat to a private room for relaxing bodywork from the salon's licensed massage therapist.
The staff at Urban Hair helps clients look as elegant as the spa?s interior with hair-, nail-, and skincare services. Moving around the black barber chairs, stylists detach split ends, infuse hair with moisture, or cover up roots, grays, or polka dots with all-over color. Technicians perform mani-pedis and apply acrylic nails, and skincare professionals remove dirt and oil with facials and repair skin by sloughing away dead cells during peels or microdermabrasions.