At Ava Jade Salon & Spa, blue and white accents reminiscent of a frosted cupcake surround clients as they indulge in hair makeovers, skin rejuvenation, and body-coddling treatments. Dermalogica products cleanse pore pastures during custom facials and back treatments, clearing skin of the dirt and oil caked to it after falling asleep in a parking lot without irritants such as lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, and artificial fragrances. In addition, the staff shampoos and styles natural hats with sulfate- and paraben-free products by Unite. After banishing split ends with a precision cut, hair-tamers can add depth to manes with highlights, strengthen locks with deep-conditioning treatments, or disguise patrons from IRS auditors with all-over color.
The Slim Co's staff uses a noninvasive Body Light system for patients' body-contouring needs. Using gentle LED lasers, the treatment helps dispel stubborn inches from common target areas, such as the midsection and thighs, while clients relax to music or nature sounds.
Aesthetician Marina Ramos was voted Best Facialist in the El Dorado County Readers' Choice awards in Style magazine for 2009 and 2010, and in 2011 was voted Favorite Makeup Artist and earned second place for Favorite Facialist. Her deft touch was first developed at Federico Beauty College, where she persevered to earn her aesthetician's license, in spite of Frankie Avalon's continued insistence that she drop out. Certification in six skincare lines means that she has a battery of techniques from Aveda, Jan Marini, and Bioelements at her disposal, helping her create custom regimens that help skin stay healthy and youthful. Continually educating herself on methods for preserving beauty, she became a certified dermatician for permanent cosmetics to artfully highlight facial features with organic pigment.
Rows of Roman--style columns intersect the polished hardwood floors at The Look Salon, a full-service beauty haven where shelves of neatly arranged skin products stand opposite the stylists who nimbly wield them. Winner of the Mountain Democrat's Reader's Choice award for best salon of 2012, the salon's talented staff overhauls hair with a combination of keen fashion sense, steady hands, and vibrant colors, crafting new looks that complement facial structure and personal style. Spa experts help clients to overcome skin blemishes and evidence of naps atop waffle irons with nutrient-rich facials, and nail technicians and waxing specialists primp and polish bodily details.