At Bellara Salon & Spa, stylists and aestheticians demonstrate their passion for helping their clients feel younger, fresher, and healthier. Facials and medical-grade microdermabrasion treatments lift away layers of dead skin cells, and deep-tissue massages melt away the demands of work, the stresses of family life, and the muscle soreness from uphill-both-ways school commutes.
Color and corrective hair treatments transform locks with infusions of silky keratin or striking highlights. Facial and body waxing services quickly remove unwanted hair for weeks.
No acne, wrinkle, or enlarged pore gets by aesthetician Katy. That’s because she has a slate of treatments to combat unruly skin. Her balancing facials include a custom treatment mask, and her peels resurface faces. She also uses a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wand to clear out dead skin cells or to ward off evil spirits from the island Porecloggia.
Nestled inside Salons Within's Carmichael studio, expert aesthetician Patsy Farrar employs techniques perfected over more than 25 years as she coddles skin and brows. Customized facials alleviate epidermal woes with cleansers and other professional-grade products, microdermabrasions banish dead skin cells to cleanse and brighten complexions, and photorejuvenations refresh faces with compliments shouted by a nearby paparazzo. Patsy also shapes brows with precisely placed layers of wax and highlights favorite strands and eyelashes with alluring tints.
Clinical aesthetician and visual artist Sherry approaches each client's skin as if it were a canvas, painstakingly attending to it until it flourishes with a glowing beauty. Inside ZÁD Salon & Spa, her full-service, ultramodern salon—reminiscent of an art gallery with white walls interrupted by bright flounces of color—she uses her 20 years of international experience and the Dermalogica skincare line to design and customize facials, body wraps, and hair-removal treatments. She’s joined by master hair stylists, a nail technician, and massage therapist, who create masterpieces similar to the artwork adorning the walls or the one-act plays put on by the cleaning crew at night.
After earning a degree in business administration and landing a job at a Fortune 500 company, Elena Morelli still wasn't satisfied. She couldn't shake the feeling that her true career lay elsewhere—a calming place, where people could relax and indulge. So, she left her job to become a spa director and skincare therapist. And after seven years of that, she put her business administration degree to good use: she bought the spa.
Today, Elena and her fellow therapists address skin concerns with everything from chemical peels to oxygenating serums. For their signature glo facial, they combine products from Glo Therapeutics to create a customized treatment based on the client's skin. Their other facials target a wide variety of specific conditions, such as rosacea—the rose petal rosacea facial incorporates licorice, green tea, rose, and seaweed, much like a good bag of jelly beans. Clients can also schedule a massage or bodywork session, which alleviate tension in the muscles and help accelerate the body's natural healing processes.
To Dana Conrado, skincare is a universal language. Her nearly two-decades-long career has encompassed international training in both London and Canada, as well as a stint spent doing freelance make-up for a Japanese company. Along the way, she picked up certifications in multiple services—acne and rosacea treatments, microdermabrasion, and RejuvaLight therapy, to name a few—and established rapport with many dermatologists and plastic surgeons while undergoing training in medical-grade skincare and chemical peels.
Upon opening Cezanne Skin Group in 1996, she became one of the first on the West Coast to offer sugaring, a kind of hair removal that uses natural and organic ingredients in place of hot wax strips or repurposed bumper stickers. Together with aesthetician Amanda Ward, Dana transforms appearances and enhances relaxation through massage services, body wraps, and facials, often blending in high-quality restoratives from brands such as Dermalogica and Pevonia Botanica.