In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Equipped with Bumble and bumble and OPI products, the skilled staff at Vixen Hair Studio transform dishevelled mop-tops into stylish new manes, ragged nails into polished ovals, and furry brows into sleek arches. Upon arrival, a beauty expert consults with clients to plan the hair services and skincare treatments they require based on their desired look or need to find work as a clown's body-double. The in-house aestheticians flaunt their years of training in soothing mani-pedis, eye-opening lash tints and extensions, airbrush tanning, and makeup applications. They also remove unwanted hair with traditional waxing and through the ancient art of threading, a centuries-old technique that uses loops of cotton thread to remove hair more gently and efficiently than with other methods. Click here to see all the services and products offered at Vixen. Groupon customers can receive special offers and discounts during their visit.
The hairstylists and aestheticians at Outshine Salon & Spa boast a collective penchant for combining advanced technologies with traditional beauty know-how. They incorporate Dermalogica products into all their facial treatments, and pamper their clientele with hairstyling sessions and advanced med-spa services—all amid the cool minimalism of their modern, brightly lit facility.
Within the calming interior, hairstyling stations stand decked in fresh flowers, and serene treatment rooms emanate old-Hollywood glamour with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Elmer Fudd. In addition to its membership-rewards system, which grants deep discounts to regulars, the big-hearted beauty shop donates special spa evenings to local charities and shows appreciation to military members with special discounts.
Inside calming rooms decorated with bamboo accents, soft lights, and lush greenery, Heaven the Spa on the Rock's staff polishes skin with aesthetics-driven treatments. With the help of a Candela GMAX laser, technicians banish dead skin cells, unwanted hair, and wrinkles under non-invasive light energy. Meanwhile, facial and waxing regimens call on skin-nourishing formulas from Decl?or and GiGi, and manicure, pedicure, and massage services release stress pent up from long days of running errands or competing in errand triathlons. And lash extensions build volume with synthetic or natural Siberian mink lashes applied with medical-grade adhesive. Clients can also sweat away worries with a steam-room session included with every spa treatment.
At Luv Hair Salon, licensed aesthetician, spa therapist, and teeth-whitening technician Juliette Tomaselli plies her trade, beautifying clients with eyebrow-shaping, waxing, lash-tinting, and teeth-whitening treatments. The John Casablancas Institute?trained stylist travelled to Canada from her native South Africa, amassing 13 years of experience as she set down roots in Victoria. Juliette works alongside a team of beauty experts, each of whom has her own area of expertise; for instance, Bri specializes in elegant updos.
Nomi Salon’s staff caters to all walks of life because its staff is comprised of people from all walks of life. Stylists from nations such as Japan, Canada, and Hungary use their specialized knowledge and skills to reform hairscapes and offer a variety of services such as the application of a conditioning mask that infuses hair with moisture. After hair is treated to whichever service, stylists can arrange it to suit your desired look or the look suggested by a helpful sketch that your mother drew.