A cream-colored spa accented by green sprouts, marble, and stone sets the stage for relaxation at Aqua Lifestyle Nail Salon & Spa, where skilled aestheticians bolster beauty with services for the skin, hair, and nails. Wrinkles and furrows fade into oblivion as the staff tightens skin with Lumière LED facials and turns back the clock on sun damage with the lightening peel’s cocktail of lactic acid and brightening serums. Kneeling at the foot of 1 of 17 plush pedicure chairs, a technician culls overgrowing nails, curbs wayward cuticles, and ousts spent skin with a sea-salt scrub, promoting relaxation and the joyful urge to commute via kickline. Among the salon’s other services, airbrush tanning bronzes bodies without UV exposure and gentle head-to-toe waxing treatments strip away hair with warm wax.
Before Dr. Michelle Place—a specialist in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery—began helping clients discover new looks for themselves, she went on a journey of self-discovery herself, receiving her credentials through her own version of the Great American Road Trip. Born in South Africa, Dr. Place studied biology in California, attained her medical degree in Texas, and completed a surgical internship in Virginia before moving back to the Golden State to complete general surgery and plastic surgery residencies. At her private practice, the board-certified plastic surgeon and her team enhance clients’ faces and bodies with procedures ranging from breast augmentation and liposuction to face-lifts, laser hair removal, and eyelid surgery to make the eyes appear younger in lieu of covering them with funky dorm-wall tapestries.
Inside the creative and upbeat atmosphere of Adora Bella Salon, independent nail technician and eyelash extensionist Rubie Feliciano maintains a loyal clientele due to her skilled hands, personal attention, and vast array of beautifying services. During nail treatments, Rubie pampers nails with precision shaping before decorating tips with acrylic Rockstar nails, whose glitter finish transforms toes into excellent catfish noodling lures. Durable shellac coats enhance glove-filling surfaces with a glossy, durable shine that can last for up to two weeks. Rubie also offers traditional spa mani-pedis, performs polish changes, does French nails, and offers an array of gel and acrylic options
Physician and medical director Abishai Tichaona Rumano, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field of medical-based beautification treatments, helms a team of physician's assistants and nurses with the help of clinical director Elham Zarnegar, who has nearly 10 years of experience in medical cosmetic injectables. This squadron of registered professionals wields lasers and neuromodulators such as Botox to battle bodily imperfections, including wrinkles, acne, unwanted hairs, and varicose veins in the shape of Howard Taft.
Essential Body Works supports holistic health and beauty with an array of head-to-toe therapies including massage and other traditional spa services. During massages, clients relax amid soft golden lights as a therapist plies muscles with different modalities, spanning Swedish, Thai, prenatal, and therapeutic massage.
The staff at Dermal Essentials' three locations takes skin seriously. With backgrounds and certifications in aesthetics and makeup artistry, they know how to cleanse skin and enhance appearances whether they are performing microdermabrasions, organic peptide peels, or makeup applications. During treatments, they use high-quality products from Image Skincare, a chemical-free, pharmaceutical-grade skincare line, and Follique, which calms skin after waxing, shaving, or a stern talking-to in the mirror.