Cablo Salon Brings Balayage, Higher Standards to Los Cabos
By Sandra A Berry
When Melinda Pentz sets her mind to an idea, watch out. Better yet, check out Cablo Salon, the newest trend in hair and nail care in Los Cabos.
To round out the tenant mix of The Shoppes at Palmilla, Melinda, who has experienced many hair salons around the globe, had an idea to create an old-fashioned “barber shop” geared for women. Why, you might ask, would Pentz who has owned hotels, want to open a beauty salon let alone one fashioned after an old-time barber shop? Pentz says she wanted to add a service to the boutique shopping center her husband developed, but even more so she envisioned a happy place where women—and men—could go to relax and chat up the person sitting next to them, possibly someone famous. The Shoppes at Palmilla is located within close proximity to very high-end residential developments including El Dorado, Querencia, and, of course, Palmilla. The clientele of these areas could well afford to fly to New York to have their hair done, but Pentz’s idea was to first and foremost offer an environment that is clean, comfortable, and relaxing, and where the conversation is worth as much as the services offered. Cablo Salon has become a mission of love for her, and she radiates her excitement when discussing her newfound career.
The salon is intimate, and it offers personalized service. There are three manicure tables, four dry bar stations, one pedicure chair, and one for makeup. Pentz prides herself on making sure all utensils used are high-heat sanitized. Her stylists are professionally trained, and always learning. Every Wednesday, a two-hour class is given to the personnel to keep abreast of new trends, one of the newest being balayage (“hair painting” in French), a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to created a graduated, natural-looking effect. The technique has existed since the 1970s, but it is new to Los Cabos. “It is a little more expensive than the usual hair coloring,” says Pentz, “but still less than what is charged in the U.S. Balayage has softer, less noticeable re-growth lines than traditional highlights. We spend a lot of time discussing with the client what she wants to make sure she will be satisfied with the end result.” She continues, “Prices for other services are comparable with high-end salons in Los Cabos. We cater to our clients’ needs and even offer wine and snacks. With five restaurants in the shopping center, clients can order in lunch while relaxing in the salon. For a wedding party, we will close the shop to other patrons so that the bride and her entourage can enjoy our full attention.”
Address: km 27.5 on the tourist corridor, San José del Cabo
Open: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Friday and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday.
Phone: (624) 104-0147