Although it didn’t seem adventurous or sensational like some other professions, Julie Korff dreamt of becoming a hairstylist as a kid. While most other people grew up to realize they’d never actualize their childhood goal of becoming an astronaut, an archaeologist, or football quarterback Joe Montana, Korff went on to achieve her dream, traveling to New York and Beverly Hills to learn the art of hairstyling. Today she works in the San Diego area, where she snips and styles within the upscale Envision Salon & Spa.
Having crafted customized hairdos since 1999, Julie has a developed a particular knack for coloring. Rather than using cheap products or melted Crayola crayons, she opts for top-quality dyes from brands such as Framesi 2001, Schwarzkopf Professional, and Redken.
Stylist Rondi Courtney of Hair by Rondi channels years of experience through the ends of her creative fingers as she sculpts manes into chic shapes that flatter eyes and cheekbones. After a deep-conditioning treatment, tresses acquire a soft, supple texture and catch the sun’s lustrous light as they flow from scalps. Partial highlights peep out from the uppermost locks to instill subtle dimension, whereas full highlights overhaul hues in strands throughout the whole head, which helps noggins camouflage themselves when standing in front of auburn sunsets or green, grassy meadows. Extra-long hair can be highlighted for an additional $10, and clients can choose to add another color or touch up their base color for an extra $30.
Fantastic Sams is a full-service salon for the whole family that will sculpt wilted hair into a look-twice hot commodity. Cuts start with a complimentary shampoo using Fantastic Sam's signature line of products, followed by a three-minute scalp massage to blast away the dead-skin-cell-loving turtles. Whether you've got a secret style you've been saving in your panache pocket or you opt to trust the expert stylists at Fantastic Sams to get creatively awesome with your tresses, your hair will be snipped and primped to fit your desired identity.
The door to Bakerloo Salon and Gallery is always open, welcoming in fresh breezes and allowing the salon's pooch—a Boston Terrier named Dahlia—to sneak out and snooze in patches of sun. Inside the laid-back space, clients sip wine, coffee, or tea while stylists call upon advanced training by Toni&Guy and Vidal Sassoon to spice up hair with vibrant color or fresh new cuts. Each station stands stocked with shampoos and styling creams by ALFAPARF Milano, Schwarzkopf, and Unite Eurotherapy––a paraben- and sulfate-free, PETA-approved line that is never tested on animals or sharkskin suits.
Named a reader's choice salon by the North County Times in 2010, the space insists upon celebrating and welcoming the community. A rotating gallery displays work by local artists and hosts regular fashion and art shows, and the backyard invites patrons to peruse a selection of antiques available for purchase.
The stylists and aestheticians at Studio Be perform artistic balancing acts. On any given day, they might go from primping brides for their weddings to hosting basic lessons on cosmetics, or from designing complex updos to strengthening hair with protein treatments. The boutique balances on a trifecta of disciplines: hair fashion, makeup application, and skincare. The staff integrates their services to beautify guests from the neck up, combining products from brands such as Smashbox and Unite Eurotherapy.
Though Studio Be’s treatments span a broad spectrum, the team’s devotion to strong relationships with their clients remains a constant. Throughout chemical peels, photo shoots, and eyebrow-sculpting sessions, they consult with their subjects to craft personal, distinctive makeovers instead of continually trying to re-create their own best driver's-license photos.
Every day, the staff at Paul Jordan Salon calls forth new artworks in the form of freshly shorn hair, supple skin, and polished nails. Though their specialties vary, they share an understanding that no two bodies are quite the same. That’s why they begin each Japanese thermal straightening treatment, body-sugaring session, and chemical peel with a personalized consultation. Their work doesn’t stop after the final toe has been polished or the final strand of hair has fallen to the ground. Paul Jordan’s team regularly attends seminars and goes undercover as supermodels to stay abreast of the latest beauty trends.