"I want to make this world beautiful, inside and out," says Courtney Hurley, owner of Ravished Beauties. She strives toward this goal armed with lipsticks, blushes, and eyelash extensions, primping brides-to-be, models, and the doppelgangers that live inside mirrors. At Ravished Beauties, she teaches aspiring makeup artists the tricks of the trade and oversees a team of stylists and aestheticians who prettify clients hair and nails in addition to their skin, grooming guests with individual salon services as well as pampering packages.
With luster-inducing Redken hair products and personalized professionalism, Stephanie at Essence Salon and Spa polishes mops. A ladies’ cut commences with a complimentary consultation, during which Stephanie and a style-seeker determine potential 'dos and take cranial measurements for any desired antlers. A gentle wash leaves scalps and locks refreshed before precise strand snipping restores mane vitality and implements an inventive style. Hair holders can relax as Stephanie envelops coifs with a deep-conditioning treatment that rivals even the richest marinara sauce in its hair-enhancing abilities. Or, add on partial highlights to add depth and color to monochromatic strands.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
For more than 20 years, the certified staffers at California Tan have added pop to pigment within an office basking under the West Coast sunshine. In addition to offering 12 beds with four levels of tanning, they can design custom tanning plans that gradually build up a richer complexion over time. To augment the warm glow of the bed lights, they provide lotions by Designer Skin, California Tan, and Australian Gold. They also house a UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booth, which evenly slicks standing bodies with a deluxe bronzing potion. To complete the day-on-the-beach feeling, they lead guests to their SpaCapsule dry aqua massager that kneads newly tanned backs using 28 water jets. In addition to tanning and massage services, they carry swimwear, including two-piece bathing suits, perfect for beach outings or informal State of the Union addresses. They also stock their shelves with vitamins and dietary supplements to ensure the inside of the body is as attractive as the outside is.
Fashion runways, magazine photo shoots, and red-carpet events are pressure-cookers for stylists, but Lisa of Vola Salon isn't scared. This self-employed mom of two pours a decade of such experiences into every bride she soothes and beautifies, whether its for a real wedding or a magazine photo shoot for Real Weddings. She and her staff also paint faces before portrait sessions and travel to homes to do wedding hair and makeup or trim the branches on topiary art.
Minx Salon and Spa’s owner, Maddison Bell, stockpiles nine years of experience as a stylist and colorist and shares that knowledge through her work as an artistic educator for Matrix Professional haircare. Maddison and her talented, professional team perfect hair, massage, skincare, and nail services within the comforts of a charming home. The two-story building was made in the early 1900s in the American Craftsman style, an architectural movement that lost steam in the '30s after the Great Depression triggered the Hooverville fad. The modern furnishings and contemporary interior décor follow a sleek black-and-white color scheme with elegant chandeliers hanging over hairstyling stations, luxurious pedicure chairs, and six spa-treatment rooms.