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.
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.
The beauty pros at Body Mind Spirit Soul cater to every aspect of the human form with massages, facials, body wraps, and waxing. The therapists specialize in locating and relieving sources of chronic pain in areas throughout the body, such as the neck, shoulders, back. They can enhance their soothing bodywork treatments with reflexology and aromatherapy, or nourish ailing skin with Sedona mud and sweet concoctions. Their repertoire of facials and skincare upgrades cater to every skin type with telling names such as Busy Bee Teen Facial, Zen for Men Ultimate, and Hand Renewal Treatment.
Seasoned stylist Melissa Rascon brings her training from prestigious institutions such as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda to her chair at Hair by Melissa Rascon. Aside from haircuts for women, men, and children, Melissa also beautifies strands with highlights, relaxers, and gloss. She also tames wild tresses with keratin treatments, which rely on a formaldehyde-free formula to keep hair smooth, shiny, and wholly unattractive to mad scientists for 8 to 12 weeks.
As the studio's name might suggest, the spa treatments at Simply Relax are designed to whisk away worries and tension. Facials and massages last up to 90 minutes, and special foot treatments erase aches acquired from long days on your feet or shoes made of Legos. Men's and women's waxing services leave any area of the anatomy smooth for weeks, whereas tinting services add a touch of defining color to remaining strands.