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.
Dr. Cindy Nakhla performs every treatment at Cosmetic Skin and Laser, using innovations in skincare science to help patients look and feel younger. She targets wrinkles with dermal fillers and IPL treatments, and removes hair with advanced laser technology. Dr. Nakhla can also diminish fat and cellulite with ultrasonic Exilis sessions, making it easier to chase a frisbee through the white pickets of a neighbor's fence.
With locations throughout California, including LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Jose, Inland Empire, Ventura County, and Orange County, 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 Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.