Ilena Barr has more than 20 years of experience as an aesthetician; her specialties are grooming nails and threading unwanted hair. Visitors to Artistic Nails & Hair Removal by ilena can choose from beautifying treatments such as manicures with shellac polish, pedicures with volcanic clay foot masks, and threading for the face or arms.
It’s not unusual to find some red wine and sake at Dawns Day Spa. The libations aren’t for drinking, though; instead, they provide the added power behind many of her facial and body treatments. For instance, the Dermalogica-trained aesthetician manipulates the antioxidants found in wine to repair sun-damaged skin, and she reduces hyperpigmentation with a potent combination of sake, lactic acids, and fruit enzymes. Of course, not all of Dawn’s treatments involve alcohol; her instant face-lift sends oxygen deep into skin cells with restorative vitamins, acids, and duct tape in tow, and her hot peel detoxes dehydrated cells with enzymes and cinnamon. Below-the-neck areas get in on the beautifying action too, with contouring liposuction alternatives that help clients shed inches and erase cellulite dimples.
Cheerful pink letters and palm trees welcome guests into Salon Revelation—a vibrant world of twirling salon chairs, soft red curtains, and colorful bottles of professional styling products. Experienced stylists stand at each station, sorting through shelves of professional haircare tools as they prepare to administer cuts, colors, and smoothing keratin treatments. They extend their styling expertise to updos for special events, including weddings, proms, and visits from the town’s handsomest dishwasher repairman.
The highly trained medical staff at OC Medical Aesthetics and Skin Care rewind years off of faces with noninvasive alternatives to surgery. The Refinity glycolic peel excavates fresh faces in 30 minutes with a nonirritating formula that exfoliates away comatose skin, aiding in the reduction of fine lines and brown spots with little to no peeling. Patients' skin may be slightly red after the procedure, but the discoloration can be easily covered with makeup or the "undo" feature on Electric Pencil.
White Lotus Day Spa encourages tranquility and rejuvenation through soothing body treatments, waxing, spray-tanning, and organic, all-natural skincare services. But it also encourages beauty by being beautiful itself. The spa’s front area lets in loads of light, thanks to a curved wall that’s made up of floor-to-ceiling windows as well as ornamental fixtures hanging from the ceiling and candles flecking the finely stained wood cabinetry. Blue and brown walls backdrop pottery, which evokes the beauty being sculpted beyond. With more than 30 types of natural chemical peels, the highly trained aestheticians can help keep skin in the best possible health, whether the client’s concern is overcoming hyperpigmentation or reversing the signs of aging. Customized massages, reflexology, bamboo chi infusion therapy, and foot detoxes help clients feel their best without sprawling out on the area rug to revel in its softness in front of the other guests.
Robin White, owner of Azalea Salon and Boutique, and her staff style male and female manes with environmentally friendly hair products from Kevin.Murphy and Eufora. Seating clients at stylist stations equipped with vintage dressers and gilded mirrors, staffers manipulate manes with single-process color, highlights, and feather extensions. They also perform Brazilian blowouts and keratin treatments, which let them smooth unruly strands without asking clients to lay atop ironing boards.
The salon’s nail technicians pamper hands with manicures and feet with pedicures or detoxifying ionic treatments, which work to draw out toxins with the help of a warm bath and buzzing ions. Inside treatment rooms, aestheticians armed with SkinCeuticals products revive façades with custom facials and peels and whisk away unwanted hair. Before appointments, clients may sip complimentary beverages, peruse the boutique's selection of eclectic gift items, or sun in the outdoor garden while counting backward from 1,000.