Roses line the driveway up to D'Marie Skin Care, which is tucked inside Shine Spa on a hill sheltered by eucalyptus trees. In a private chamber hidden in a magical wardrobe, aesthetician Denise Witt specializes in maintaining youthful looks with preventive skincare and judicious interventions with Ayur-Medic, Epicuren, and PCA Skin products. Her prudence stems from witnessing the effectiveness of gentle treatments made possible by technology, such as DermaSweep microdermabrasion that eschews harsh particles. "There's no need to do drastic things to the skin now," she points out in a 2010 interview with the Agoura Hills Patch. Her desire to match her clients' inner beauty to their appearance is longstanding, having manifested during her four-year turn as a personal trainer in the 1990s.
Today, an Esthetics degree from the Euphoria Institute of Beauty in Las Vegas helps her tailor skin and hair treatments to each client's poker face. Fourteen facials and peels combat aging using oxygen, warm enzymes, and botanicals including coconut and pumpkin, and all of them last at least a full hour.
Aesthetician Dania Henry believes that healthy skin plays an important role in her clients’ confidence, and that true beauty can’t be created by makeup alone. Wielding natural products from Le Mieux, her services aim to soften some of the most common flaws that can mask a naturally beautiful complexion, including acne, rosacea, and lipstick impressions left by overzealous aunts. Aside from basic facials that pack a vitamin-rich punch, her expertise extends to facial-toning microcurrent treatments and plant-rich bust-lift therapies, both designed to improve skin’s firmness and elasticity sans surgery.
Practiced stylist Christine Miller has been sculpting classic and contemporary hairstyles since 1985. At Studio Bijoux, she employs these decades of experience while carving out cuts for men, women, and children using Privé and Redken products. Christine also imbues locks with rich, deep Goldwell and Framesi hair color, which can perk up her guests just as much as the complimentary coffee and water she offers them.
Paul Manoogian’s 35 years of professional hairstyling experience are built upon a strong foundation—he trained in the school of groundbreaking hairstylist Vidal Sassoon. Today he works with men and women, consulting with them to determine a cut that works with both their face and lifestyle. He also employs Redken products when coloring hair or making batches of fake blood.
At Escentials, a beauty shop nestled in the rolling hills of Calabasas, licensed aesthetician Trini Ponce de Leon hydrates and exfoliates complexions. Working in the shop's private facial room, she sloughs away dead skin with microdermabrasion treatments, and pampers visages with an array of facials. With her custom waxes, she also strips away unwanted stubble.
Licensed aesthetician Grace Young Lee pampers vexed visages with the Be Timeless facial-toning treatment, burnishing time-dulled epidermis and coaxing out new youthful glows. Each 60-minute session commences with a relaxing facial, as serums chockfull of natural ingredient prep surfaces for the countenance-strengthening Radio Derm RF session. Aided by oscillating radio frequencies, the nonsurgical treatment helps tighten muscles, lift features, and fuel cellular rejuvenation without weighing faces down with cumbersome free weights. After each mug’s workout, Grace slathers skin with a soothing mask before ushering newly renovated faces toward their real-world debut.