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On the Road: Studio Bijoux

With homemade vintage elements, this full-service Canyon Country, Calif., salon is more than meets the eye. Offering a full retail boutique and a welcoming atmosphere, the team at Salon Bijoux made me feel right at home.

<p>Owner and nail tech Sandi Thomas (left) and I getting ready to start my service.</p>

When I walked into Studio Bijoux in Canyon Country, Calif., for my nail appointment, the first thing I noticed was the decor. The salon is absolutely enchanting — with little touches of “bling” everywhere. Many of the pieces of furniture and decorations were handmade or altered by salon owner Sandi Thomas.

<p>I came in for a full set of acrylic nails, which are amazing. This set took about 2.5 hours and cost $75. For creative, unique art, it&rsquo;s worth every cent. Each nail has its own personality and flair with designs embellished with Swarovski crystals, Mylar, confetti, and glitter.</p>
Thomas’ energy is electric and contagious. She’s outgoing, welcoming, and made me feel right at home.  Thomas has been a licensed manicurist for 28 years — two years at her current location. Her most popular request is pink-and-white/glitter nails with a starting price of $50 for a full set.  She also offers manicures, pedicures, gels, and nail art. She uses social media to advertise her salon and frequent specials.  

<p>The team at Studio Bijoux really felt like a family. </p>
The atmosphere and staff were friendly, welcoming, and positive. While the salon is composed of booth renters, Thomas says she feels like the people working in her salon are more than just renters. I got the impression they are like family. Whether it was making a new pot of coffee, sweeping up, or answering the phone, everyone helped each other.

<p>Look at all these goodies! I could have spent a fortune.&nbsp; The prices are very affordable and the styles are perfect! </p>
This is a full-service salon with manicurists, hairstylists, and estheticians  — and an exceptional retail business that includes everything from clothing to purses, jewelry, accessories, and candles. It’s truly a one-stop-shop where clients can get everything they want in one place.

<p>I love the reception area! It&rsquo;s all so cute! And you can see my favorite chandelier back in the corner on the right. </p>
 I appreciated her attention to detail and her attention to my wants and needs as a client. It’s no wonder she has had such a strong history of happy clients. Thomas was not only a wonderful nail tech, but also an inspirational female business owner.

www.bijouxwestlake.com

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