- $149 for a natural keratin smoothing treatment ($300 value)
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Since she started doing hair more than two decades ago, Nichole Allner’s career has taken her places—such as Santa Barbara, where she trained as a color educator, and Paris, where she attended the L’Oréal Expo. Today, as the owner of Salon Aura, she’s curated an experienced staff to help her transform clients’ looks with hair, nail, and skin services, or help them relax with seaweed body wraps in a private room. She’s stocked the styling stations with products from Aquage, Loma, and Surface, and during manicures and pedicures, nail technicians dip into bottles of OPI or CND Shellac polish. Vibrant artwork pops against the styling space’s neutral walls, lit by modern track lighting in a lofted ceiling. Oversize, modern armchairs in the lobby give clients a comfy spot to wait or a space for impromptu rounds of musical chairs.