Walls bedecked with vivid artwork make known the heart of Pride & Glory, an artist-formed tattoo and piercing studio, as dedicated to the history and tradition of tattooing as it is to the future of the form. The skilled staffers bring with them artistic backgrounds in painting, sculpting, and invisible-ink portraiture, and pair their well-practiced trades with an impressive stock of body jewelry and after-care products. Free consultations encourage guests to thoughtfully plan their ink, and hundreds of flash-art designs cater to patrons in search of inspiration.
Capistrano Barbershop's founder and namesake, Faraj, conjures the feeling of an old-fashioned barbershop by accenting his business's façade with a spiraling barber's pole and trimming men's hair with a straight razor. During haircuts, coifs are clipped into traditional, contemporary, and neoclassic styles, and a hot-lather shave cleans up ears and sideburns. If needed, Faraj also trims rogue strands making a break from the conformity of eyebrows, noses, and ears. Straight-razor edgings kick off with a hot lather before straight razors graze facial planes, hone neck and beard lines, and leave cheeks as smooth as Prince talking himself out of a moving violation.
Zenscape Spa’s signature treatment is a perfect reflection of their blend of Eastern and Western wellness techniques: the service integrates reflexology, Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, and aromatherapy. Of course, practitioners can also focus in on any one of these techniques. Chinese acupressure is modeled after acupuncture, but swaps out needles for finger pressure in order to stimulate pressure points and help boost energy. Focused on the hands and feet, reflexology stimulates key pressure points to address such concerns as indigestion, fatigue, and separation anxiety from socks, and can be paired with an herbal foot sauna. Clients await their treatment in a room awash with warm magentas, bright green plants, and a literal invitation to "relax" scrawled on the main wall.
No matter what look a client asks for, no matter how trendy it is, Luxe Studio's stylists are prepared to execute it. Once a month, every staffer learns about the latest trends, methods, and political coups taking place in the world of style. This means they're totally ready to handle anything their clients throw at them during their in-depth consultations, though they specialize specifically in hair color and extensions.
Away from the salon chairs, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair, and a Reiki practitioner works to balance energy and relieve stress. The salon's makeup artists help clients select makeup shades that flatter their skin tone and hair and eye color.
Ever since Brenda Novak decided to get permanent makeup a few years ago, she's loved knowing that she always looks her best. Her makeup is perfect, no matter if she's just crawled out of bed in the morning or just finished exercising. At Forever Beauty, LLC, she helps clients gain the same self-confidence with permanent makeup tailored to their features. Using skills honed at the Academy of Cosmetic Arts and Sciences, Brenda fills out brows, enhances eyes, and makes lips look fuller with natural, permanent color. She's also certified in the art of derma-needling, a treatment that helps build collagen, repair stretch marks and scars, and diminish wrinkles.
Retha is a licensed massage therapist with a background in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. To ensure clients get the most of their time with her, Retha specifies an end goal for each of her treatment packages?her relaxing Swedish massage is designed to let clients get a feel for her skills, her moderate deep-tissue "problem-solving" massage incorporates ample communication to determine the source of aches and pains, and her deluxe two-hour "deserving" massage uses hot stones, hot towels, and aromatherapy to grant thorough relaxation. To give back to the community, Retha picks a charity each year that she grants with free chair massages.