Before and After

It’s not the greatest quality picture, but you get the idea. This woman’s hair was transformed. It went from ugly, dry and lifeless, to stylish with body and sheen.
We were stunned when this same woman posted a negative review of us on Yelp. Is she nuts? These pictures speak for themselves, even if taken with a crummy phone camera.
Luckily, our stylist Mya documents her work. As for Mya, she is one of the sweetest, kindest people you’ll ever meet. We can’t believe what this woman said about her over the internet.
If you agree that this woman was wrong, let us know. Leave a comment below. Even better, call us and book an appointment. Mention the woman who unjustly disparaged Mya on the internet and receive a free hair product.
Plus, for every appointment booked in solidarity with Mya before September 1st, Avonti will donate $3. We will use this money to buy Mya a new camera—a gift that will be from all of us.

Self Defense

You can’t always count on men to protect you. Even worse: some men want to hurt you. Avonti strongly supports the right of women to arm and defend themselves against predators. And we know that successful self defense requires regular practice. Last Sunday, Von practiced pistol skills with the Firearms Training Associates, (FTA), one of California’s top self-defense schools. We like this place, and we like their prices. Plus, there’s none of the macho posturing you sometimes find at other firearms schools. FTA provides a relaxed, safe, female-friendly environment. It’s fun too. We highly recommend a visit. If you can’t find a class that works with your schedule, contact the owner Cheryl Murphy to see about special accommodations.

A New Look

This breathtaking beauty wandered in last week wanting a new look. But what? How can perfection be improved? By Von, that’s how! Von helped Danai decide on a new style, something to accentuate her eyes and enhance her features. She went from near waist-length hair to a side sweep with a dramatic A-line. She says she had a great time at Avonti and loves her new look. Added bonus: it’s super easy to maintain with a flat iron.

Tanya turns 21, and…

Tanya turned 21 earlier this month. She also graduated from assistant to full-fledged stylist. After 18 months of intensive study with Elisse, she’s ready to work independently and cultivate her own clientele. Happy Birthday Tanya. And Congratulations.

Back to School Day

Last Monday, Avonti partnered with the City of Brea to help economically disadvantaged kids look and feel their best. Through the Brea Family Resource Center, qualifying kids first got a new backpack to start their school year. Then they came to us for free haircuts and styling. For six straight hours, the salon was filled with youthful energy and excitement. We had a great time, made new friends and ate far too many rice crispy treats. Please visit the Brea Family Resource Center and consider getting involved. Also, be sure to join us at Avonti this Sunday, September 8th. We’re having a party to raise money for CHOC, the children’s hospital of Orange County. Visit your friends, eat free food and buy a bunch of our ridiculously low-priced raffle tickets. We’re offering amazing prizes and 100% percent of the proceeds will go directly to CHOC. So come have fun and help kids at the same time. Meantime, have a look at these pictures from last Monday.

Makeup with Kat

On Wednesday, Kat Pesanti taught makeup fundamentals to a group of young stylists and curious clients. (Insider tip: Classes at Avonti are usually free and open to the public).
Kat covered client consultation, makeup-kit assembly, and basic application techniques. She says skills learned Wednesday can be used at photo shoots, weddings and other formal events. And she promises to teach an intermediate class soon. Meantime, you can watch a short video from Wednesday’s class and peruse the pictures below.

Stellar Highlights

Erica has an ethereal, otherworldly quality—a cosmic persona attuned to planetary transits and star sounds from distant futures. But her highlights were lagging light years behind. So she abandoned her old salon and came to Von.
Watch as Von applies two browns and one blonde, then positions Erica under the teletransporter, where she awaits molecular transduction. After Erica’s atomic structure reconstitutes, Alessandra gives her a quick rinse, followed by a blow dry and style from Von.
Earth woman Erica becomes Intergalactic Goddess.
Next stop: Planet Beauty.