Complimentary coffee, cold beverages, and a kids lounge playroom further enhance the relaxing atmosphere at Lounge Salon. While kids busy themselves in the playroom, highly trained stylists treat parents to an expansive menu of services that range from body and hair treatments to nails, makeup, and waxing. Stylists tame locks with custom men’s and women’s haircuts tailored to each client’s look. They also specialize in services that range from formal hair updos and curls to highlights, smoothing treatments, and color correction.
The aesthetic professionals at House of Beauty beautify bodies through threading, waxing, facials, henna designs, and a passel of other services. Threading, a House of Beauty specialty, uses the tension between two coiled strings to deftly extract unwanted hair, including the extra-fine strands that dodge waxing with eel-like reflexes—nimble aestheticians can reshape eyebrows ($8), a favorite thread-target, in five to seven minutes. Spa treatments such as the one-hour European facial ($50) can pamper peaked visages, and painted henna tattoos ($5+) shimmy up hands and feet to be-filigree appendages and add glamour to rock, paper, scissors tournaments. All locations except the Moreno Valley Mall and Temecula Mall locations cut and color hair, a useful service for pretending to be one's own evil twin.
A stop in for a massage at Shanghai Foot Spa is good for the sole. Both soles, in fact. And though the Shanghai Foot Spa seems like it will put the pressure only on your feet, the “foot massage” actually includes a full body massage. Your feet are submerged in warm water while the massage therapist starts at your head and neck. The massage therapists certainly don’t tiptoe around kneading out your knots; they will use deep tissue and reflexology techniques to work out all your tension. The room is clean and dimly lit, and soothing Chinese music plays in the background to aid relaxation. The massage chairs are a nice black leather and recline comfortably. You can also choose to have a table massage, where you get more privacy.
Featured at two star-studded award ceremonies in 2011, Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa makes everyday clients feel like VIPs with luxurious spa services. Guest pass by a water fountain and tropical plants as they enter a cozy, renovated bungalow that dates back to 1910, the same year that the Great Sphinx had her first microdermabrasion. Medical aesthetician Lorena Balensi performs most treatments?from facials to enzyme peels?with pharmaceutical-grade products. For more than 10 years, certified medical assistant Jean-Michel Balensi has applied principles of color theory, facial geometry, design/application, skin health and wound healing, anatomy and physiology to all aspects of his craft, servicing more than 3,000 clients. Applied one by one, his ocular artistry of eyelash extensions give eyelids the volume and length to attract compliments or entire butterfly colonies. Massage therapies include relaxing and healing modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, stone, pre-natel, and sports massage. Garden fountains perform a liquid symphony for patrons who relax at a shaded outdoor patio.
"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.
Signature Service: Haircut, highlights, deep-condition style
Brands Used: Design Essentials
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Be ready to turn heads.