Guests searching for Essentials Day Spa and Salon will find it discretely nestled at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont hotel. Calming music fills the air as staffers enhance clients' natural beauty in equally elegant rooms enhanced by rich, dark wood accents and ornate, gold-framed mirrors. Hair stylists and color specialists create new looks with products such as Redken and Pureology, and aestheticians exfoliate and hydrate skin during facials, pulling complexion-revitalizing tonics from the highly customizable Dermalogica line. Massage therapists ease muscle tension with four different modalities and reflexology treatments, and the team also soothes the nerves of clients hearing wedding bells or suffering from tinnitus with all-encompassing bridal packages.
While devoting countless hours of their creativity and skill to making human beings more beautiful, Essentials' staff also remains mindful of the health and beauty of both the environment and the local community. Day-to-day efforts include recycling all possible materials, recycling or donating old equipment, and using only biodegradable laundry soap. They frequently donate to local schools and charities, and collect hair for the Matter of Trust Foundation, which uses shed strands to help clean up oil spills and build toupees for balding walruses.
Zebra-striped chairs, black-and-white ottomans, and lights reminiscent of bursting stars decorate Salon Bloom's waiting area, where guests soak up inspiration for 'dos performed by savvy stylists who wield Aveda and Bumble and bumble. products. Led by Kristi Marshall and Judy Olmstead, Salon Bloom's team cuts, colors, and coifs tresses as guests relax in plush leather seats. A pink-velvet bar serves as a color-processing station, letting clients read style magazines or share tips for styling hair and supercharging a blow-dryer motor with nitrous.
Sustainable, organic Aveda products play sidekick to the staff’s skills at Dosha Salon & Spa. The team offers a range of services, including their signature hair extensions and gel manicures. Chemical peels use cranberry and pomegranate enzymes to treat blemishes and fine lines on faces. Additionally, the staff offers Vitamin C and Vitamin B12 injections to help boost clients’ overall wellness.
The experienced beauty techs at Hands Down mollycoddle clients with an array of mani-pedi and spa services. While guests relax in comfy, heated massage chairs, feet splash in tubs of warm water. Staff aesthetician Lyn Fullmer also offers facials, paraffin-wax treatments, and nail polish chipped away from lacquer mines.
Organic haircare is the foundation of Healthy Hair Bar & Wigs. Stylists use organic shampoos, conditioners, and styling products in each service and apply ammonia-free color. They even have their own hair-softening system, California Flow, that softens strands while maintaining hair health.
For the last six years, Gabby Galindo has cut, straightened, and curled billions of strands of hairs. She breaks out her scissors and hair dye inside Hairport Syndicut, a family-owned salon that's been home to stylish cuts and colors for over three decades. A Redken and Matrix trained stylist as well as a seasoned make-up artist, Gabby once showcased her skills as part of the featured hair and makeup team on the "Bollywood BBQ" episode of David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding.