Salon Antoine is a gorgeous, exotic place in the heart of the Hillcrest community. When I first walked in I was taken by a wall painting of Venice, Italy. I immediately knew I was going to like this place. Words are not enough to describe the beauty of this painting that will make you feel like you are in heaven as soon as you walk in. What was even more impressing each mirror in the salon, reflects the Venice painting in it self. I wanted to stay there and just stare at it all day long. The rest of the salon is a very clean, bright and airy. The owner, Antoine and his staff are very friendly and welcoming. I could tell that they care about everyone who walks in, whether you are a client or just a stranger with a question. I came in a couple of times to see Antoine and each time I watched how he interacts with his clients. If I didn't know any better, I would think his clients were a part of his family. He and his staff are very personable with each client and according to Antoine no one at the salon cuts corners on services or products. The salon's mission statement truly reflects in the people who work there, don't look for quantity, look for quality. And Antoine will make sure that you get that quality every time. He is an expert in multi hair color. He has been in business in San Diego for over 30 years after hands on training all over Europe, including the fashion city of the world, Paris. This is why prices at the Antoine Salon are a just by a few bucks higher than the norm, but hey pitching in a few extra dollars for excellent service at one of the most exotic salons in San Diego is worth it. And don't forget you get that free trip to Italy.
I am a first time client at Re:vive and I chose this salon because of their Deva Certified curl specialist, Kendall. As a curly-haired individual, I have had a number of traumatic haircuts. My appointment with Kendall was such a breath of fresh hair. She was ready for me on time. It's evident that she is very knowledgeable about curly hair. She kept me informed so that I knew what she was doing and why she was doing it every step of the way. She showed me how to properly care for and style my hair and what types of products I should be using. It was very clear that she really cared about her clients and was passionate about the work she did. She was also just a very nice person and easy to talk to. I love my haircut and my hair looks and feels probably the best it has ever felt in its natural state. Even though I felt like she was very thorough and really took her time, she still finished my appointment within the two-hour timeframe given to me when I called to schedule it. I would recommend Kendall even if I had straight hair just because of the level of service she provided. She did inform me that she does straight haired clients as well! As for the salon itself, it's clean, organized, deceptively large, and the decor's nice. The girls at the front desk were personable and even reminded me about the $10 off coupon from their website that I had mentioned back when I called to make the appointment weeks earlier. I will definitely re-schedule with Kendall the next time I am due for a haircut and I am considering taking advantage of some of their spa services as well. If you have curly hair, do yourself a favor and make an appointment.
The concept of advanced skincare is very foreign to me. Even more foreign is the idea of having someone squeeze my pores to extract goop out of face. I've been using bar soap on my face for all my life, Dove, Neutrogena, Dial, Irish Spring, you name it. This has served me well for most of my adult life, but I'm older now, and my years of neglect are definitely evident, especially in Facebook pictures. It was a recent Facebook picture which I quickly untagged that prompted my visit to Moxie Skincare. My forehead was shiny, I had dark circles under my eyes, and my crow’s feet looked like eagle’s talons. I looked tired, haggard and old. Elizabeth was highly recommended by my lady friends and her salon was conveniently located so I figured, “what the hell, I'm gonna get me a facial” (it didn’t hurt that she was drop dead gorgeous). I’ve always thought of facials as a luxury for the affluent. Unnecessary pampering for people with way too much disposable income. I was wrong. Elizabeth was awesome. The facial I received was nothing like what I expected; it was clinical yet relaxing (I actually dozed off during portions of it…maybe even drooled). She asked me what my skin concerns were, walked me through every step of my facial, recommended products and provided a regimen for me to follow at home. I’ve also noticed a difference in my skin immediately after the treatment and days after. Her office was beautiful, clean and had plenty of free parking. I’ll definitely be back!