Ever since she immigrated to the United States as a child, Xtreme Lashes founder Jo Mousselli lived her life by her father's mantra: "With education, hard work, and perseverance, you can accomplish anything.? Sticking to this standard, Mousselli opened a business based on a hygienic, scientifically designed process of eyelash extensions, training more than 15,000 beauty professionals across the globe in her effective method.
Inside the chic Echo Salon, a certified Xtreme Lashes technician pumps up lash lines with weightless extensions that add volume, curl, and length. As clients lounge with their eyes closed, the technician uses medical-grade adhesive to apply between 60 and 120 synthetic lashes to each eye's natural lashes one at a time to create customized looks. Each painless application generally takes between 90 to 150 minutes.
These naturally curved eyelash extensions?developed by scientists and physicians?cause no damage to natural lashes and can last anywhere from two to three weeks while enduring such activities as swimming, exercising, and sleeping in a wind tunnel. A comprehensive FAQ and care guide helps guests take care of their new, fuller lashes.
When the time came for Vickie and Victor Bennett to name their new day spa, they simply reached for an English-to-Italian dictionary. Vasaio, which means ‘potter’ in Italian, captures the Bennetts’s commitment to revealing the untapped beauty in each of their clients, much like a potter uncovers the beauty in wet clay or uncooked cookie dough. Using organic lotions, scrubs, and muds created in-house, as well as Keune Haircosmetics products imported from the Netherlands, Vasaio’s stylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians sculpt, soothe, and pamper their patrons amid a luxurious spa setting.
Dr. Laura Tinning leads Vasaio’s med-spa arm, administering and overseeing rejuvenating procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Botox and Juvéderm injections, and laser treatments. Armed with the Cutera laser system, Dr. Tinning and her team battle nail fungus, acne, unwanted hair growth, visible veins, and the body’s internal asteroid belt.
As a high-school student, Nicolle would regularly host girls' nights that led to her lending out the latest shoes, accessories, and clothing from her personal closet. After spending years styling friends, she reignited her passion for beauty in the mid-'90s by starting a mobile boutique that would roll up to clients' homes on evenings and weekends. After about a decade of leading a double life—she was still an executive administrative assistant by day—Nicolle put all her eggs in one basket and opened Style Me BeYOUtiful by JNicolle & Company in 2005. The beauty multiplex encompasses numerous separate suites, each of which features fixtures, tools, and music specifically designed for services ranging from hairstyling to nail treatments to massages. Staying true to its owner's roots in onsite beauty services, JNicolle & Company also sends out a mobile style team to bring beautifying skills and nods of approval to events, weddings, and homes.
For many people, the secret to happiness is intangible. But for skincare consultant Daphne, not only can you touch the secret, you can give it a big kiss. According to the owner of Perfectly Pampered by Daphne, healthy skin is the “prerequisite to happiness and success.” That’s why she’s passionate about helping people achieve beauty and relaxation. She takes a custom approach to facial services and offers complimentary skincare consultations, aromatherapy, and cheek pinches. Daphne plays soothing music while pampering her guests to combat signs of aging and acne or removing tension with massage therapy aided by custom-made oils and butters. She also uses fragrance-free products for clients with sensitive skin, as well as products made from pure shea butter, almond oil, and grapeseed oil.
Carly is a Usui reiki master, Nichole is on the road to becoming a naturopathic doctor. Kevin is a hydrogen-ionization specialist, and Lisa completed a 600-hour course in medical massage. But this list merely hints at the breadth of their talents. Together, this quartet of therapists helms 360 Massage and Holistic Care, a haven for feeling good and being well. The menu of services includes massages that cater to each client's unique needs, from athletes to expectant mothers. Beyond massage, the therapists also encourage holistic health with nutrition and herbal consultations, detoxify the body with ionic foot baths, and illuminate poorly lit ears with ear candling.
At Urban Massage, licensed massage therapists treat specific symptoms with the strokes, movements, and varied pressure associated with specialized massage techniques. A gentle Swedish relaxation massage unravels pent-up stress and boosts circulation, and a sports or medical massage focuses on specific problem areas to treat musculoskeletal conditions or injuries brought on by picking fights with redwood trees. For an extra fee, clients may upgrade to a deep-tissue kneading to target chronic tension, or add on an aroma-touch technique to work away stress in the soothing redolence of eight essential oils. The dedicated therapists at Urban Massage celebrate city living with their downtown location, featuring a wide-open gallery space decorated with the work of local artists.