Lake Tahoe hair salon offering hair care, skin care and nail services along with a beauty supply store


The Face of ColorProof

Color proofJim Markham is the face behind Pureology and ColorProof, two of our favorite product lines, and was profiled in the latest issue of Coast Magazine.   Who knew that a career that began as a barber to support a young family would result in him becoming one of the true innovators of hair care? Do check out the short and interesting article.

We at V’z wouldn’t be able to have the shine, health and integrity of hair care products without Jim Markham’s innovative research. He is a guru of product development for hairstylists. He doesn’t make color, but he makes all of our colors look their best. Most of all, he keeps finding ways to make the color last longer than any other hair products on the market.

V’z recommends ColorProof to our customers, as it protects their hair and their investment in our color services.  To learn more, give us a call at 775.588.5300.

Introducing Doug Bourne

Doug Bourne and clientDoug Bourne has been a long time Lake Tahoe Resident and business owner. When Doug and Valorie first opened the Beauty Bar, his plan was to just be a business partner, not a hair stylist. As time went on, however, Doug got the bug to be more than just an administrator.

It all started one night after work when Valorie and Doug were closing the salon and Valorie asked Doug if he would be comfortable enough with the tricky hoses on the shampoo bowl to wash her hair. As Doug had seen her do it a million times, he successfully washed her hair, wrapped a warm towel around her head as he had seen her do with all her clients. He led her back to the chair where he put in products and did a round brush blow out. Valorie was so comfortable with how well he was doing with her, she completely forgot that this was his first time giving a salon service to someone.

For Doug, it felt so natural. This resulted in a conversation on how he needed to become a stylist. The next day, he phoned a beauty academy and enrolled. While his very first day was April 1st, this new venture was no joke, but actually the start of a passion Doug didn’t know he had.

The passion hasn’t stopped and everyday Doug gets to assist his clients with all their cosmetology needs from hair to skin care and shellac pedicures. He truly loves working with his clients and seeing the joy in their face when they see the finished product. Call Doug today at 775-588-5300 to book your appointment.

A Day with Sojourn

hair cutting training dayRecently the team from V’z attended a training with Sojourn Beauty, a salon that boasts some of the industry’s top stylists.  Our trainer Sadie began her career as an apprentice with Vidal Sassoon.  She has over 20 years of experience in everything from TV commercials to photo shoots to Fashion Week.  She’s worked all over the world, so to have her in Reno showing us precision hair cutting techniques was pretty special.

The team at V’z all had to finish the new haircut, and in doing so learned all about various precision techniques that allow us to adapt styles to fit different types of images.

This sort of training isn’t easy to come by, so we’re very excited to have had this opportunity, and are eager to share our knowledge with you!  Give us a call for a consultation.

If you’re not in need of a new cut, consider Sojourn’s new leave-in conditioner, created by Elan Sasson, Vidal’s son, which we currently carry.  As with everything at V’z, it is try before you buy.  

Head to toe service at V’z

Head to toe servicesHere at V’z we’re truly all about head to toe full service.  Need proof? Check out one lucky client’s simultaneous hair styling and pedicure.

Looking for your own head to toe beauty bar services?  Give us a call at 775.588.5300.  We can help you customize your own ‘spring refresh’ to help you look and feel your best!

Hair design inspiration at the Redken show

Once every two years, hairdressers, salon owners, and educators from around the world get to preview up and coming hair designs and trends from the fashion industries runway artists themselves.

The team from V’z, owners Doug and Valorie, were among 10,000+ international stylists who attended, fulfilling our responsibility to keep Tahoe beautiful! Check out the below video for inspiration.

Welcome our new team member!

Karissa Martindale

Welcome our newest rising star, Karissa

V’z is excited to introduce our newest team member. Karissa Martindale is a bright, bubbly, detailed manicurist and is sure to show you a good experience with Shellac gelpolish (even short nubs!).  Did you know that you can have a mani-pedi at the same time as your hair services?  We’ll even make sure to keep a hand free to enjoy a complimentary beverage.

Please be sure to say welcome Karissa when you are next at the beauty bar.

Happy Holidays from all of us at V’z Image Option’z

snowy trees in winter

Wishing you all the best in 2013.

-The team at V’z Image Option’z

After Hours Holiday Preview Reception

With the holidays approaching, it’s never too early to start thinking about the season of giving. Whether you call it a once a year sale, a chance to get holiday shopping done, or an opportunity to have a glass of wine with friends, V’z After Hours Holiday Preview Reception is an event you don’t want to miss.

Join the V’z team on Monday, November 12th from 5-9 pm for a special holiday preview reception.  Not only will you have access to exclusive hair care, skin care, makeup and many other gifts that will not be available until after Thanksgiving, but you’ll be able to save on them too!  V’z is offering special discounts that night only on all products in the store, including special holiday products that won’t be on the shelves until December.  Get a head start on all your holiday shopping needs.  Think combination deals, packages with a free product, smaller $5 and under items, and much more. Featured brands include Moroccan Oil, Pureology, L’Homme, Redken, Opi and Dermaquest, to name a few.

There will also be wish lists available, in case you find a few items that you’d like to receive as gifts.  Wish lifts will be kept on file at V’z, allowing any potential gift giver an easy way to shop.

Complimentary wine and cheese will be served, with wine provided by Tahoe Ridge Winery.

Mark your calendars, and be sure to invite friends, as it will be a terrific evening!

V’z On Break October 15-21

The team at V’z will be taking a short break next week, and as a result the Beauty Bar will be closed from October 15-21.   Do give us a call to schedule an appointment after then, as we’ll be open and ready for you on October 22nd!

Mother’s Day Makeover Celebration

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The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce hosted a fantastic event yesterday evening.  If you weren’t able to attend the Mother’s Day Makeover BAHM, you missed an inspiring celebration of mothers everywhere, one that boasted a gorgeous backdrop at Valhalla, great wines from Bella Grace and Crystal Basin Cellars wineries, a Sidestreet Boutique fashion show (featuring our very own Valorie!) and the big reveal of the two lucky winners, Candace and Jen.

We’re big believers in the power of a new hair style, and these two beautiful women rocked the runway as they showed off not just new hair, but new makeup, a new wardrobe and new energy.  Their stories were inspiring, and their smiles contagious.  We are so excited for them, and wish them the best as they begin their ‘new year’.

Huge thanks must go out to the chamber and all the other sponsors, who together helped provide a holistic makeover for two very deserving mothers!

Mother’s Day Makeover “Reveal” May 10th!

The two winners of the Mother’s Day Makeovers will be presenting their new hairstyles and makeovers at the upcoming Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce BAHM, to be held on May 10th from 5.30 – 7.30 pm at Valhalla.  Valorie has done a tremendous job with these mom’s new hair styles, so we’re eager to see the whole new package!

For more information and tickets to the event, contact the chamber directly.

Mothers Day Makeover Entries Due April 15th!

Yes, we are technically on Spring Break, but that doesn’t stop us from reminding you that applications are due next week for the Mother’s Day Makeover that V’z is sponsoring in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce!  For more information on the application process, check out our earlier post, or contact the Chamber directly.

On Spring Break April 8-15

Spring break may mean sunshine and beaches for some, but for the team at V’z it means professional training and education.  V’z Image Option’z will be closed April 8-15 for its version of Spring break.  The team looks forward to sharing what they learn about products, techniques and more when they return!

In the meantime, the Spring Clean-Up Promotion has been extended to May 1st.  If you haven’t taken advantage of this great special (what’s not to love about saving $15, $25 or $50 off your next purchase?), better start cleaning out that bathroom cabinet stat!

Mothers Day Makeover Giveaway

Our friends at the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce just announced the Mother’s Day Makeover giveaway that V’z is sponsoring!  We’re so excited about this, and want to get the word out, as we know there are so many women in the community who deserve this opportunity.

If you think you know a mom deserving of a makeover, tell her about this!   All she has to do is send the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce a short description (one-page maximum) including current employment information (or a desire to reenter the work force), along with a brief bio including where she’s from and why she feels she deserves the makeover. Entries must be emailed or faxed to 775-588-1941 by no later than 5PM on April 16th.

In addition to services from V’z Image Option’z, the head-to-toe makeover will include products and services from fellow sponsors Escobar Training Grounds, Sidestreet Boutique and Dr. Mireya Ortega DDS.     The winners will be selected on April 20th by the these sponsors, Tahoe Chamber staff, and representatives from Tahoe Youth & Family Services and Live Violence Free.

The winners will receive a full makeover, complete with before and after pictures and the opportunity to show off their new look during the Mother’s Day BAHM on Thursday, May 10th from 5:30-7:30 PM at Valhalla.

Enter today, and please share this with all the deserving women you know!

V’z NEW ad!

Our new ad is out – what do you think?

30 Fabulous Minutes Extended through December!

Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of the 30 minute express firming enzyme facial for only $30, we’ve extended this special through December.  This special offer is only available on Tuesdays, and spots fill up quickly, so make sure you reserve your 30 minutes – and consider giving one as an early holiday gift!

For more information and to reserve, call us at 775.588.5300.

V’z new ad!

Last week our team spent the day working with the terrific crew at Lake Tahoe Television to shoot our new ad.  It’s a lot of work to put together an ad, as we learned! Four hours of work were distilled into a :30 spot, but our team has never looked or felt better.

Feel great with great fall values

Vz Image Optionz Punch CardWe at V’z want everyone to look and feel their best.  To help, we’ve put together a number of great values and ways to save while exploring your IMAGE OPTION’Z with us!  Don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information on any of these.  As the only beauty supply on the Nevada side of South Shore, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality products at the best value.

Fall Specials

  • Biolage – buy one, get one free!
  • 10% off on DermaQuest products if you schedule a peel
  • A free assessment of your skin and consulting about your hair and make-up special needs.
  • Save with our client discount card that gives you $2 for every purchase of $20 to $25, for a total savings of up to $122 for each card.
  • Discounts for pre-booking your next appointment at the time of checkout.
  • Referral discounts!  Receive an extra $2.00 off for each family member you refer, and $5.00 off on any referrals that mention your name.
  • Regularly scheduled educational beauty bar events.  Ask us about upcoming seminars!

We’re serious about helping you look and feel your best, and are serious about providing you with great values.  For more information about any of these offers, give us a call at 775.588.5300.

Educational Beauty Bar Events

V’z is proud to announce a new Beauty Bar series it will be offering on a variety of health and beauty related topics.  The first educational beauty bar is September 29th at 3:00 pm at V’z, and will feature presentations on the new technologies in skin care.  While it is a professional level class, it is open to anyone who is interested in learning what peptides, acid, stem cells, and what they can do to stop and even reverse the aging process.

The next Beauty Bar presentation will cover the topics of nutrition and fitness, and a date will be announced soon! For more information, please call 775.588.5300.

Come celebrate V’z Grand Opening!

Come celebrate the official grand opening of Tahoe’s only Beauty Bar with us on Wednesday, August 31st from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at 298 Kingbury Grade, Stateline, NV.

The event will feature a chance to meet with V’z team of expert staff, including hair stylists, estheticians, colorists and make-up artists, live music, food, drink and wines from Tahoe Ridge Winery.

South Lake Tahoe’s newest full-service salon

Vz Image Option'z logoV’z Image Option’z is a full service salon featuring a range of services including a full menu beauty bar, makeup application and demonstrations, skin care, hair and men’s grooming.

V'z Image Option'z salon interiorWhether you’re seeking a trim, looking to try new skin care products, or just want a change, we’re here to help. Our expert team is passionate about hair, skin and makeup, and want you to look and feel your best!

We feature a range of high quality brands, including INOA, Dermaquest, Sorme, Alterna, Pureology, Redken, Matrix and Crew, among many others.  Please feel free to contact us for more information and to make an appointment.


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