Susan Madain earned her license from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology more than 20 years ago. Since then, she has also become a color specialist. Madain draws on this experience during haircuts, color treatments, and specialty services such as Brazilian blowouts.
The nail techs at Emerald Day Spa use organic products as they beautify hands and feet with mani-pedis. During the 60-minute service, an aesthetician gently massages and scrubs pavement pounders with a nutrient-rich Himalayan salt scrub, exfoliating soles and heels as fingers soak in a dip and share secrets about who they like-like. Nails then undergo a trim, buff, and cuticle treatment before being slathered in a green tea detox to expunge impurities.
Salon de Jeunesse provides a bevy of beautifying services to smooth the skin's surface. A 45–60 minute microdermabrasion-, glycolic-, and collagen-combination treatment triple teams ornery skin and buffs away fine lines, wrinkles, and discolorations, creating optimal playing conditions for microscopic games of curling. The trifecta of skinsavers encourages faces to churn out more of their natural hyaluronic acids and collagens, making them so incandescent they can be used to search for missing mustards in lightless refrigerators.
After 25 years of fine-tuning hands and feet, The Soft Touch Nail Salon continues to soothe clients with attentive service and relaxing nail treatments. For 30 minutes, manicure technicians soak hands in a bubbling basin before buffing and shaping nails into smooth shields. A gentle massage relaxes digit muscles before a coat of shiny polish preps hands for important handshakes or slow-motion high-fives. Feet rest in a spa bath to loosen up cuticle and callus strongholds, followed by a sugar-scrub exfoliation to brush away dead cells and coax out hummingbirds hiding between toes. A metatarsal massage coaxes lower limbs out of rigid right angles before sending polished tootsies back into the world.
Plush, black chairs line the walls at Greatest Nails & Spa, cushioning clients as licensed manicurists and aestheticians pamper them from head to toe. An expansive menu of nail services cossets cuticles and keratin on hands and feet, augmenting mani-pedis with more than a dozen add-ons such as paraffin dips and 3-D designs. Enriching skin treatments and facials enlist Oro Gold, a nontoxic line of skincare products infused with 24-karat gold, to stimulate blood circulation and help coordinate complexions with ornate palace ceilings. The salon also facilitates group pampering with gatherings targeted toward bachelorette and bridal parties, as well as kid-centric soirees for girls aged 12 and younger.
Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.