The Frame is about as far from the tiled floors and florescent lighting of chain hair salons as you can get. Located in Chino Hills, this upscale boutique hair studio is intimate and luxurious, with soaring ceilings, dripping crystal chandeliers, and dark hardwood floors. For lounging before and after appointments, cushy couches are set along the pale blue and gray walls adorned with black lacquered, intricately-framed mirrors and prints. When clients are ready for their service, they settle into black leather chairs at the shampoo station, and The Frame's licensed stylists go to work. Specializing in rich color services and fashion-forward cuts, the friendly Redken- and Sassoon-trained stylists work with each client, helping to determine the look that will most flatter their face and style. Additional services include Brazilian blowouts and sun-kissed highlights, as well as eyebrow shaping and professional makeup applications for recovering clowns.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
Facelogic Spa offers customized spa services administered by licensed skincare professionals in 16 locations sprinkled across 12 states. Facials for men, women, and teens are the spa's specialty, meticulously tailored to each guest's skin type using the results of a through skincare analysis, questionnaire, and brief slide show of their changing yearbook photos. The Facelogic signature facial awakens slumbering skin through 50 minutes of deep cleansing, exfoliation, steam, optional extractions, and mask therapy, while Elite facials incorporate added age reversers such as microdermabrasion, algae peel-off masks, and serums from brands such as Image skincare. Following each treatment, aestheticians offer cosmetic touch-ups before providing helpful tips for maintaining skin at home.
"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.
Large, shimmering windows form the façades of each Vicara salon, granting glimpses of Aveda-trained stylists poring over clients' every hairdo detail. The sound of scissor clips and conversation, along with the fresh scents of naturally-derived Aveda products, permeate Vicara, where professionals renovate appearances with haircuts, tailored color sessions, retexturizing treatments, and extensions that add bulk and body to hair without adding whey protein. Aestheticians groom guises with skincare treatments, including facials and waxing. A choice of complimentary treats rides shotgun with all services and may include skincare consultations, an application of Pure-Fume natural scents, or a steaming cup of stress-relieving tea.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store?s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and K?rastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.