"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
The aesthetic professionals at House of Beauty beautify bodies through threading, waxing, facials, henna designs, and a passel of other services. Threading, a House of Beauty specialty, uses the tension between two coiled strings to deftly extract unwanted hair, including the extra-fine strands that dodge waxing with eel-like reflexes—nimble aestheticians can reshape eyebrows ($8), a favorite thread-target, in five to seven minutes. Spa treatments such as the one-hour European facial ($50) can pamper peaked visages, and painted henna tattoos ($5+) shimmy up hands and feet to be-filigree appendages and add glamour to rock, paper, scissors tournaments. All locations except the Moreno Valley Mall and Temecula Mall locations cut and color hair, a useful service for pretending to be one's own evil twin.
Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique founder Sara Elizabeth Kuite has traveled the country to build her acute knowledge of bodily betterments, studying specialized skincare in New York City with celebrity facialist Ling Chan and scaling the Rocky Mountains to learn Japanese kobido massage techniques under sensei master Shogo Mochizuki. Today, she fuses Eastern ideas with Western technology in her current practice, which places an emphasis on deep healing and prevention of unnecessary epidermal wear. Her highly trained eyes carefully scan skin to spot specific conditions and create a personalized skincare regimen for each individual, and she gives each patient the time and attention they need to learn how to use products correctly and finally set the clocks on their VCRs.
Celery green walls and white overstuffed chairs provide a tranquil setting for all services, which include everything from anti-aging, hydrating, or exfoliating facials to hair removal with sugar paste or blue chamomile wax. Clients awaiting treatment may soothe sore eyes by browsing through a boutique stocked with raw vegan skincare products from brands such as Astara and Priori and high-powered CoffeeBerry antioxidant, or wander over to the elixir bar to nourish bodies and wilted houseplants with phytonutrient-rich beverages.
At Avalon Laser, Dr. Tirgari and his staff of registered nurses rejuvenate skin with non-invasive treatments, earning several features on Channel 6?s ?San Diego Living?. Whether they?re looking to permanently eliminate body hair or lift away fine lines and wrinkles, every Avalon client receive a customized treatment plan tailored to their individual needs and skin type. Dr. Tirgari might call upon laser technologies to combat acne and unwanted hair, or use medical-grade skin treatments, such as salicylic acid or Jessner peels, to smooth uneven skin textures. FDA-approved VelaShape treatments work to contour the body, reducing dimpling caused by cellulite or excessive impersonations of Mario Lopez, while shots of Botox and Juvederm smooth wrinkles confined to the forehead.
Like a restaurant uniting different cuisines to find the best blends of flavor, Renew Integrative Health Center combines Western and alternative medicines to develop treatment plans for each patient that can meet all of their needs. Patients can choose the type of doctor that most closely reflects their own thoughts about health, and that doctor then collaborates with the rest of the Renew team. Together, they aim to help patients achieve and sustain optimal health, applying the diverse skill set they collectively possess: naturopathy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, counseling, massage, and more. Lifestyle change receives particular emphasis, taking the form of weight loss, anti-aging treatments, or getting patients to stop eating their stress balls.
Set in a charming Craftsman-style house, this med spa meets beauty lounge is helmed by Chi Nguyen, a registered nurse and expert in the health and beauty business since 1992. Nguyen and her team at Beauty and Body Medlounge on Washington Street excel at medical aesthetics like laser, injectible and IPL services, along with treatments that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermaplaning and removal of skin irregularities. The laid-back but professional staff also offers non-invasive procedures like Ultherapy, which lifts and tones loose skin using ultrasound therapies. The Beauty and Body Medlounge is known for its brow bar and excellent waxing services for both men and women, and can discreetly handle issues ranging from acne and pigmentation problems to wrinkles and Brazilian waxes.