Arsenal of experience at Casa Bonita Salon

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Spring is known for being a time of transformation and rebirth. Luckily for area residents, that transformation isn’t just for the birds, thanks to Casa Bonita Salon, at 351 Courthouse Road, Suite D, in Los Lunas, where everyday is a chance to be a more beautiful version of yourself.

Ungelbah Daniel-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Stylists at Casa Bonita Salon in Los Lunas say their clientèle is like a family. Pictured in back, from left, are nail technician Ramona Sanchez, owner Grissel Borunda and stylist Teresa Shannon. Seated is stylist Janese Hunter. Casa Bonita Salon, at 351 Courthouse Road, opened its doors in October. The salon offers services for men, women and children, ranging from haircuts and color to eyebrow waxing, eyelash perms, facials, gel nails and hot stone treatments.

Grissel Borunda opened the salon in October with long-time friends and fellow stylists Teresa Shannon and Janese Hunter, and nail technician Ramona Sanchez.

Borunda says owning her own salon has been an aspiration since high school and that she and the other employees all bring an arsenal of experience to the salon to ensure top quality in every visit.

She has been a stylist for five years, while Shannon brings 12 years of professional experience, Sanchez brings 21, and Hunter, who also does hot stone treatments and facials, brings her 10 years of working as a stylist to the salon.

The salon offers services for men, women and children, ranging from haircuts and color to eyebrow waxing, eyelash perms, facials, gel nails and hot stone treatments.

The women agree that their job is “awesome” in that they are a group of good friends who get to hang out together all day and do what they love — transforming their clients.

They claim that being able to make women and men feel better about themselves is the best reward of all.

Hunter, who says helping others is vital to her, said when she was in cosmetology school, she had a time of doubt in which she wasn’t sure what she was pursuing actually helped anyone.

And then one day, she tells, she did a woman’s hair and the woman was so grateful she cried. It was then that Hunter realized the magnitude of her trade and how giving someone something as seemingly simple as a haircut could impact their life.

“I thought maybe I should do something that made more of an impact,” said Hunter. “But I realized it is therapeutic, it’s a big therapy session and it does help people.”

Borunda said she was drawn to the profession early in life because it was fun, and stuck with it because of the level of freedom and independence it offers by allowing one to set their own hours, an especially appealing attribute to a working mother.

As for Sanchez, she said she feels lucky that they all found one another.

“I feel fortunate to be with these girls,” Sanchez says as she delicately paints designs on a client’s nails. “We trust each other and love each other.”

The salon, they say, is meant to feel like a home and the clients as one big family. Because each stylist works out of a private room, each space is personalized, creating an “intimate environment,” says Hunter.

The salon is decorated with unique art pieces and decorative accessories, creating a cozy, luxurious ambiance that puts visitors right at ease and makes each visit an indulging experience at a reasonable price.

Haircuts start at $25, deep conditioning $15 and color starts at $55. Hair extensions start at $150, eyebrow waxing $10, facials start at $60 and hot stone treatments at $45. A full set of nails with art is $45 and gel nails with art is $35.

The salon is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made for after salon hours.

For more information, call Casa Bonita Salon at 865-7376.


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