Visions Salon and Spa's owner Shirley Manulak arrives at work each day determined to fulfill her customers’ cosmetic needs. “We just wanted to have a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. We want to shampoo away some of your stress,” she told Y.C. Orozco of the Pasadena Citizen. Armed with 35 years of experience as a cosmetology instructor and a skilled staff, her salon offers an array of aesthetic services, including manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling in a salon renovated after Manulak bought it two years ago. Like jazz bands that are serious about their craft, the staff steam cleans all of their instruments with autoclaves and medical-grade disinfectant.
A license in cosmetology isn't enough for a stylist to hit the floor at T'nT Concept Salon—they also have to go through the salon's own training program. After that, they have all of the skills necessary to perform the services on the salon's menu, which include haircuts, conditioning treatments, beard trims, extensions, updos, permanent waves, and smoothing keratin treatments. The salon also houses a color bar, where the staff mixes hues for highlights and all-over color treatments and where many Crayola crayons mistakenly go for a drink.
Champa's Creations Day Spa combines the relaxing arts of hair-, nail-, and skincare under one roof. In addition to shearing overgrown strands, stylists boost shine with house-made conditioning treatments customized to individual hair type, add luminous full or partial highlights, and iron out curly tops with thermal reconditioning treatments. The salon’s nail technicians stay equally busy, primping fingers and toes before decorating cuticles with classic paint jobs, artificial nails, or shellac gel that lasts up to two weeks without chipping or turning hands invisible. Meanwhile, aestheticians man private rooms, where they administer facials that target acne hotspots or collagen treatments designed to spur cellular regeneration. Aside from showcasing outer beauty, the crew also coaxes out internal relaxation with soothing Swedish and aromatherapy massages and indulgent body wraps.
Arena Salon and Day Spa?s experienced staff of patient and dedicated European-trained stylists expertly beautifies exteriors with customized aesthetic treatments. Arena?s modern deco decor greets guests as they recline in salon chairs to receive a transformative cut, color, and style. Other patrons sink into plush treatment beds as aestheticians rejuvenate epidermises with microdermabrasions and facials. A sea-salt body polish exfoliates skin and a Vichy shower treatment showers guests with warm water, which aims to stimulate immune systems before bodies are dried by the gentle flapping of fairy wings as they flutter about the salon. Ensuring clients stay in tip-top shape at all times, Arena is open seven days a week and offers lunchtime spa appointments.
Frazzled hair surrenders to the pampering fingers of Euro International Salon's stylists. The menu flaunts a full slate of services, from those rendered by relaxing shampoos and shears to those performed with color. Amiable stylists manufacture curls with perms and outwit native frizz with deep conditioning. Like pro basketball players, the salon staff demonstrates skill atop hardwood floors in front of no fewer than 10 cheerleaders, and complimentary refreshments lend each visit a feel of warm hospitality. Flat-screen TVs, chandeliers, ornate rugs, and high ceilings under which several plants grow further encourage clients to return each time their hair refuses to stay the same length.
Weary skin finds sanctuary inside Organic Heavenly Skin Care, where complexions are rejuvenated under the caring hands of skincare specialists. Services can be tailored for most any facial concern, from acne to marker mustaches. Blemishes are addressed during the medicated clearing treatment, which provides cleansing and purification to treat acne and prevent future breakouts. Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates the skin, alleviating the appearance of fine lines and scars. The spa also specializes in lifting peels that combine pumpkin, pineapple, papaya, and mango to revitalize appearances without the use of harsh chemicals.