Aqua Salon owner Kathy Snyder loves a challenge. When asked what she likes best about her job, the veteran hairstylist told Our South Bay, “So many of us are particular about exactly what we want our hair to look like but haven’t any idea how to articulate it to someone. It’s my job … to ‘get it’ when a customer reaches out for help.” A former employee of celeb-favorite Cristophe Salon, Snyder spent 10 years meeting the often daunting needs of Hollywood’s most demanding heads. Today, she doles out that same level of service in an environment that is decidedly more relaxed, complete with a soothing ocean view and skylights that allow the sunshine to stream in.
As guests sip wine and watch the waves roll along the sandy shoreline, Snyder’s team of master stylists care for hair with cutting-edge cuts, extensions, and balayage coloring techniques. Makeup artists employ the Jane Iredale line of mineral makeup to beautify visages, and spray tans by Infinity Sun provide a golden glow to help prep bodies for the beach or a stint on James Cameron’s mantel.
Color Me Green's nail experts aim to use polishes and beauty supplies that are as natural as the nails they adorn. The boutique salon's manicures and pedicures soothe hands and feet with products that contain organic essential oils, fruit and herb extracts, and vitamins and minerals. Rather than hiring kittens to lick off nail polish, the staff uses a vegan, soy-based, acetone-free remover. This commitment to customer care is reflected even in the waiting area, where guests can settle in with tea and homemade cookies.
At ZENKA, fusty fingers and petrified pavement pounders receive beautifying and refreshing treatments using all-natural and organic products. Shimmy up to the manicure bar and sip a glass of champagne as dusty digits prepare to recover from the everyday wear and tear of smart-phone pummeling. The luxurious 24 karat treatment starts with a gold leaf soak, meticulous grooming, and exfoliating natural gel peel for both hand and feet, while tired toes are treated extra sweetly with an invigorating sugar scrub. Next, newly softened phalanges will get a moisturizing mask, with a hot towel wrap to seal in hydration, followed by a soothing massage that gilds extremities with pure gold lotion and a hot lava shell. Once hands and feet have soaked up enough gold to be worth their weight, they can choose a final ornamentation of either a shine buff or perfect polish that will leave them priceless in the eyes of appendage appraisers.
No matter their skin type or ideal skin tone, clients at Los Angeles?area tanning salons Le Beach Club, Cop-A-Tan, and SuperTans will find tanning options to suit their needs. This guarantee is cemented by the tanning trio's fleet of high-tech beds, which includes both traditional flat and standing options for beginners and experts alike. The Magic 636, for example, is called the "Ferrari of sunbeds" thanks to its lightning-quick speed, while the Avant Garde maximizes comfort with built-in air conditioning and an in-bed sound system. In addition to bed-based tanning, each location also offers sunless spa tanning that add long-lasting, streak-free color.
Patrons who visit South Bay Xpress Spa and Wax rest easy knowing that they've entrusted their skin to expert aestheticians. That's because the staff undergoes continual training in alternative waxing techniques, facial treatments, and lash enhancement procedures. With this knowledge in hand, the staff pampers clients from head to tail with microdermabrasion, brow tinting, lash perms, and body waxing.
To design her signature manicure at Sasa's Nails, resident nail tech Melissa Jones drew on more than 30 years of experience. After cleaning cuticles and shaping nails, she exfoliates skin with natural oils, soaks, and scrubs, which soften epidermal layers beneath warm mitts. From there, Melissa adds colorful polishes, from shellac coats that stay on for more than a week to GelColor by OPI, which can be removed without filing or scraping. Her pedicures relax recipients with aromatic soaks, sugar scrubs, and massages that knead muscles from knee to toe.