Deep exhalations drift past the wood paneling, cascades of draped fabric, and hillocks of pillows in the treatment rooms at Beauty Essentials Day Spa. When not kneading the backs of clients, the staff takes a holistic approach to health and works to balance the body through energy work and biofeedback sessions. Aestheticians beautify patrons with facials, nail treatments, and waxing before video conferences with business partners and regular phone calls with psychics.
Vie the Spa is an exclusive women’s spa that caters to female well-being with body-swaddling detoxifying wraps. Developed by biochemists from UCLA Medical Center, the herbal formulation of a M’lis Detox Contour wrap encourages circulatory lymphatic flow, which cleanses tissues without laundry detergent guesswork. Clients relax in a warm cocoon that keeps the skin and body hydrated as cellulite dissipates and up to 14 inches melt away from forms like butter on a Saharan sidewalk.
After more than three decades in the industry, Claudette Gentle has become fluent in more than a few hairstyling and cosmetic treatments. Her undisputed specialty, however, is skincare.
Inside her studio at Willem Salon, Claudette treats skin issues with advanced treatments such as nonsurgical enzyme face-lifts and peels that incorporate pumpkin or glycolic acid. Though these peels effectively resurface and strengthen skin, Claudette knows they aren?t for everyone. For those with more sensitive skin, she performs a manual method known as dermaplaning. Wielding a sterile surgical blade or electric instrument, she carefully removes dead skin cells, fine facial hairs, and alien facehuggers to promote a glowing complexion.
Dripping crystals, an intricate chandelier sheds light over a black-and-white floral-print couch in E Skincare & Wax Studio's waiting area. Art-deco supports arch to the ceiling above pink wallpaper, presaging the personalized, luxurious treatments guests enjoy farther inside. In addition to the studio's eponymous services, it offers such treatments as the M'lis body-contour wrap, which helps clients shed fat and detoxify. SofTap permanent makeup gently embellishes skin with long-lasting pigment, easing the burden of applying makeup each morning or always wearing a mask of yourself wearing makeup.
Aesthetician Susie Roman has been a local force in beauty for more than 30 years, providing Ventura County and Bakersfield with licensed health and beauty services including facials, waxes, massages, and mani-pedis. Roman’s comfortable spa and tanning salon specializes in skin-friendly packages, each accompanied by deep exfoliation and a steam treatment. After clients have been moisturized, deblemished, and completely plucked of feathers, their treatments wrap up with a soothing neck and shoulder massage.
Joy Franco draws on 24 years of experience to tend to clients’ hair in the sleek confines of Studio C & Spa. Joy is certified in advanced haircutting techniques by the Toni and Guy Academy and continues her education to stay up to date on the latest trends, techniques, and definitions of “scissors.” She has also served as a Clairol Professional–certified color educator for 14 years, gaining know-how that allows her to imbue strands with deep hues and eye-catching highlights.