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2016 Salon & Stylist Awards

When it comes to looking good, these are the go-to salons and professionals that deliver best-in-class services and results that wow. Stay gorgeous, San Diego!

Sherri Belanger in her new La Jolla Belle Siréne Salon 

Belle Siréne Salon
Consider Sherri Belanger of Belle Siréne the fairy godmother of sun-kissed color. Fitting that Herschel Avenue in La Jolla happens to be the block where Belanger started her ascent to tress queen, while training under Jean-Philippe—13 years later, she’s back home. She did the “Hollywood thing,” taming the manes of Orange Is The New Black, Entourage and Glee stars and landing a spot on Fox’s payroll. Loyal Angelenos still make the trek south for her blond balayage and hair painting mastery–sounds like a win for S.D. TIP “I can’t live without Davines All In One Milk. It conditions and detangles.” From $75, 7838 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.454.1607

Travis Parker
For more than 27 years, this Solana Beach stylist has been the shape-shifter behind San Diego’s elite. He does double-time traveling the country as a L’Oréal educator—teaching the next gen of scissorhands the tricks of the trade. TIP Be prepared for a worthwhile six-month wait. From $95, 324 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.350.0880

Vanity Hair Studio
Kassidy Barnum is the rising starlet turning heads in this airy salon housed in a converted 1940s beach cottage. She specializes in transforming color, be it black to blond or amber to ombre. Plus she’s the wizard to fix a botched dye job and ensure those highlights are au natural. TIP Do double duty and book your pedicure at the adjacent (and eco-friendly) Beachy Toes. From $100, 705 N. Vulcan, Encinitas, 858.509.3654

Blo Blow Dry Bar
Blo is the mecca of beauty necessities from eyelash extensions to the latest in big-night-out hair to waxing, makeup and nails. TIP Blo stocks the latest from our fave Carlsbad haircare line, UNITE. From $40, locations in Carlsbad and downtown

Blo Blow Dry Bar has locations downtown and in Carlsbad. 

Lighthouse Salon
Lighthouse knows curly hair is a love-hate relationship—its goal is to spread the love. Book an appointment for the “Curly Girl” cut to finally get a trim from a team that knows coils. TIP Pick up a jar of Oribe Curl By Definition for soft ringlet activation. From $40, 3081 University Ave., San Diego, 619.542.9077

The Straightedge Barber Company
Located in Vista, this hip throwback barbershop is well worth the expedition. Clientele includes scads of rockers, surfers and on-trend business men with a penchant for John Varvatos. TIP This hipster hot spot is cash and appointment only. From $25, 230 E. Broadway, Vista, 760.941.9321

Do’s & Lipstick
This Solana Beach haven is HQ for big-name brands with a cult following, like Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, Oribe, Kérastase and Stila. Product lines also cater to the salon’s unique makeup services. Consider it an artistic education. TIP Don’t forget to treat your brows to shaping, tinting and lightening. From $80, 142 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858.793.5477

Capsyl Salon
Flower Hill’s newest addition has the exclusive on Cezanne, the treatment that smooths and tames hair without formaldehyde. TIP The Promenade is stacked with designer boutiques—make a day of it! From $50, 2690 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858.354.3997