At Belleza Salon & Spa, Melanie Menendez's dedication to skincare comes from the heart. For years, she suffered from adult acne due to an undiagnosed dairy allergy. When she learns about her clients' skincare needs, her reaction is "I know how you feel. I will fix you and help you achieve your goals." Her psychology degree is then put to use as she reads each client's personality to determine what they want out of the treatment: whether a social, interactive experience or a peaceful retreat.
To gain an understanding of their holistic skin health, Melanie checks in with clients about what they're eating, the products they use at home, and whether they use shortening as sunscreen. From there, she customizes blends of organic Sanitas skincare products, a line created in Boulder, Colorado, that uses ingredients such as healing vitamin C to create lustrous complexions. While she performs the facials, clients can enjoy soothing spa or pop music and the quirky, inviting decor—some rooms include photos of Audrey Hepburn and polka-dot details, and others are covered with zebra print or bright colors.
Cashmere Salon and Day Spa refers to its clients as the Cashmere family, a fitting pseudonym both because of the facility's welcoming atmosphere and because the beauty haven is arguably large enough to actually be a second home. From within a spacious interior, staff members perform almost every traditional beautifying service known to the industry. In addition to a selection of essential hair, nail, and skin services, the seemingly unending menu includes specialized treatments such as extensions, keratin treatments, brow tinting, and individual lash extensions, as well as more long-term fixes such as laser hair removal and nonsurgical face-lifts. The spa even offers injectables such as Dysport, Botox, and Juvéderm for those who want to turn back the hands of time instead of trying to slow them down with a secret handshake.
Credentialed massage therapists and aestheticians at Abella Salon and Spa imbue massage, facial, and tanning services with aromatherapy and botanical skincare products. Lavender-scented body scrubs and hydrating algae body masks leave skin as soft and supple as a newborn pillow, and custom chemical peels deeply exfoliate epidermises. In addition, advanced light-based techniques may be applied to whiten teeth and manage unwanted hair without organizing razors into unwieldy bureaucracies. Laser technicians at Abella Salon and Spa also help fight the again process with services such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and Botox and other fillers.
"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.
Dr. Kathleen Young hails from Zhejiang, China, but spent her academic years in the United States, where she learned the tools of the dental trade at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Along with the caring staff at Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kathleen values patient comfort above all else, and combines thorough, gentle care with the latest dental equipment designed to assuage ailments. Digital x-rays not only reveal root systems with the same effectiveness of traditional x-rays, but also protect patients from up to 80% of the radiation and non sequiturs emitted by their older counterparts. The office's use of rotary endodontics spares teeth the terror associated with root canals with an electrical hand piece that makes the process smoother and more efficient, and natural-looking veneers help fill in the gaps in grins.
Gum disease, stains on enamel, and root decay are no match for Dr. Patricia M. Nicolosi, D.D.S.. That's because she confidently taps into her extensive background—which includes dental degrees recognized in Argentina and the United States—to tackle an array of oral health issues. Dr. Nicolosi and her staff treat adults and children with services including x-rays, fillings, and cleanings. She also spruces up teeth with cosmetic treatments such as crowns, porcelain veneers, and tooth contouring for bulky incisors that refuse personal fitness training.