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.
When stodgy waxing technicians refused to perform Brazilian waxes on her, Valerie Iourtchenko learned to do them herself, developing a unique approach that she soon shared with dozens of friends. After attending medical school in her native Russia and starting a new life in Canada, Valerie attained her aesthetics license and began working her smoothing magic on a steadily growing client base. Since then, she's opened Rescue Skin Care & Waxing Studio in Vancouver as well as two sister locations in southern California?all of which have been praised by the media for their tranquil atmospheres and effective service regimens. Though the company's claim to fame is waxing, which staffers perform with medical spatulas and 100% Egyptian cotton muslin, it also eases skin-based issues such as blemishes and freckles arranged to spell off-color jokes through more than a dozen specialized facials that harness ?minence and DCL products.
Sue Ferrier opened Dana Point Bodycentre as a place of holistic healing and pampering spa services. On the healing side, she leverages her training as a massage therapist to oversee a staff of skilled bodywork experts that are well versed in a variety of soothing modalities?Swedish and hot stone are just two of them. On the pampering side, she works with aestheticians that make use of Jan Marini Skin Care and SkinCeuticals products as they dole out classic European facials and rejuvenating peels. They even render exfoliating body scrubs and wraps with natural salts, sugars, and mineral mud. And in case clients value familiarity, Sue boasts residence in or near Dana Point since 1973.
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.
Owner Sherry Behzadi helms Charisma Salon & Spa, drawing from more than two decades of experience in the beauty industry. Sherry’s dedication to customer service has garnered notice from her clients, but has also been recognized by newspapers including the Capistrano Dispatch, which awarded it the 2009 Golden Horseshoe prize for Best Salon/Barbershop.
But accolades from the press aren't what drive Sherry and her team. Instead, they focus on providing their clients with styles that complement their natural beauty. To do this, they turn to a stock of more than 20 beauty brands, including Redken, Schwarzkopf, Great Lengths, and Brazilian Blowout, to straighten strands, add length, and highlight locks. The fashion-forward studio also customizes skincare treatments with Dermalogica products, which leave complexions more hydrated than a water bottle hooked up to an IV.
At Perfect Brows, skilled aestheticians use their expertise to help clients achieve shapely eyebrows and glowing skin. One of their specialties is threading, an ancient form of hair removal that originated in India. During a 10- to 15-minute eyebrow-threading session, the aesthetician wields twists of cotton thread to gently remove stray hairs at the root and make a miniature sweatshirt for each eye.