For certified aesthetician Elyse, beauty begins with the eyes. She should know—she holds a degree in visual communication as well as education in fashion and color theory. She draws from this well of training when primping clients with makeup applications that accentuate natural beauty and eyelash extensions that can give a subtle everyday look or a more glamorous fringe. She also clears away unwanted hair with waxing services and cleans pores with facials.
Cereus cacti only bloom at night, the kurinji plant blooms once every 12 years, and silk flowers bloom year-round. There are many types of exotic flowers, all of which have specific needs—much like people. That's why the massage therapists at Exotic Flower Massage always tailor bodywork sessions to the needs of individuals. In addition to massages, the studio offers detoxifying body wraps and calorie-burning personal-training sessions.
At Lashes By Soheila, licensed aesthetician and certified eyelash-extension specialist Soheila Hajjar beautifies lids with meticulous, detailed applications of luxurious eyelash extensions. She carefully adheres strands of natural mink to existing lashes, resulting in a stunning, fluttery look that eliminates the need for mascara.
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.
Massage therapists team up with aestheticians to pamper clients from head to toe amid a backdrop of burbling water fountains and vibrant flowers. The team pulls from Organic Skin Care and PCA products to cleanse faces during custom facials, and pairs massage strokes with heated stones and essential oils for added relaxation.
After delivering packages for FedEx for 13 years, Kelli Robbins suffered a painful back injury. Unable to continue to lift and transport hefty bundles, Robbins had no choice but to flip to her career's next chapter—one devoted to helping others to overcome injuries through massage therapy. Robbins went back to school to study the art of kneading and now customizes many specialized massage modalities to fit clients' bodily needs like a painted-on tuxedo.
Kelli's private treatment room evokes her country-girl upbringing with a framed silhouette of a father and son clad in cowboy hats, propped up by earthy brown walls that enclose the soft sounds of strings, flutes, and flowing waters emanating from a sentient koosh ball.