The tight-knit posse of stylists and aestheticians at Hi-Lites Aveda Salon spike every service with an extra dose of relaxation. Aveda's Pure Plant Essental Aromas send all-natural smells wafting through the air as clients weigh which complimentary spa extra will best suit their styling or waxing session: hand or neck massage, steam-towel treatment, or five-minute makeup application? Candlelight flickers in the secluded Hair Spa, where each snipping starts with a neck massage and a spell in a full-body massage chair that loosens up tense muscles and over-tight neck bolts.
Certified as Master Trainers by the State of California, the salon's owners mold their protégées in-house to ensure a shared camaraderie and uniform standard of quality. Hi-Lites' professional ethic includes eschewing tips and bribes to surreptitiously chop a political opponent's locks, with the team favoring higher wages and the simple rewards of satisfied customers.
University of Southern California grad Dr. Armound Mahmoudi brings more than 15 years of dentistry experience to every tooth he polishes and every cavity he boards up. He and his team offer both routine and cosmetic care, including digital x-rays and composite fillings, as well as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.
The science behind the impressive results of Fabulous Tranzformations is complex and nuanced, but its aim is simple: enhance a naturally occurring metabolic process. Dr. Delilah Parker uses the Yolo Curve and Lapex Lipo Laser target fat cells with noninvasive laser energy, causing them to release water, fatty acids, and glycerol, which results in smaller fat cells and inch loss.
At La Riviera Family Pizza, chefs slather homemade sourdough crust with marinara, artichoke, or pesto sauce before piling on toppings such as whole-milk mozzarella cheese, salami, and sundried tomatoes. Gourmet toppings also fill calzones, which ooze with a blend of melted mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta cheeses. Other Italian specialties include homemade pasta dishes such as lasagna and ravioli and sandwiches such as meatball subs and roast beef au jus.
Bridging the gap between study and practice, every stylist at Ricasha Salon continues to train in contemporary techniques despite each wielding more than 15 years of salon experience. After hosting complimentary consultations with clients to discuss haircare goals, the staff members set about recreating a preferred style or inventing a new one. While performing a variety of beautifying services, they'll pluck professional-grade products—including Moroccanoil and Rusk haircare balms and chip-resistant Shellac nail polishes—from the well-stocked shelves lining the salon.
Besides getting a haircut or learning the art of quantum leaping, clients can adopt a fresh new look by donning a piece of owner Rick Innocenti's handcrafted jewelry. Featuring burnished metals and soft, pastel hues, his works have adorned the necks and lobes of celebrities, including Carter and Bea Arthur.
Hairstylist Amy Bryant sculpts 'dos amid white walls and seafoam-green accents inside the aptly named Turquoise A Salon. In addition to traditional salon services such as haircuts, highlights, and color, she straightens tresses with Pravana treatments that simultaneously tame frizz and add shine. Bryant has been using the Pravana system for more than two years and has seen results that last up to six months. For special occasions, she twirls hair into sophisticated updos suitable for prom night or a teen's first trip to the DMV.