The geometric parquet of a brick-and-gravel path winds through the lush outdoor patio surrounding Cielo Hair & Skin Salon, acquainting visitors with the salon’s commitment to organic, natural products manifested in all of its haircentric treatments. Stylists usher patrons toward the burgundy-hued styling area, where they peer into individual floor-to-ceiling mirrors to watch new ‘dos unfold beneath cut, color, or texturizing treatments. The salon’s aesthetics team, meanwhile, employs products by Eminence, an organic skincare line from Hungary that utilizes natural ingredients such as pumpkin enzymes to plump up skin, ease acne, and grant skin a luminous glow bested only by a nuclear plant’s disco ball.
For as long as Lisa Johansen can remember, she's always had a passion for beauty. What began as a childhood infatuation with styling her own hair and nails blossomed into a careful path of study that included a 600-hour course in skincare and classes in the use of Murad and Image products. Today, the licensed aesthetician transforms clients out of her own intimate, one-room spa, welcoming them with complimentary champagne and a gentle request to turn off any cell phones or shoulder-mounted boom boxes. The quiet environment allows for optimum relaxation during services such as custom facials and purifying pumpkin peels, and helps lull hair into a false sense of security before it is waxed away from the brows, legs, stomach, or bikini area.
S&D SPA Body Wellness’s fleet of experienced stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians pamper guests with an array of relaxing and noninvasive services. Nicolette Nightingale, the spa’s licensed cosmetologist, styles hair using tricks she’s picked up in her 10-year career as both a model and hair stylist in the entertainment industry. Her colleague Brandi McMillan also has impressive experience with permanent makeup, having prettified faces for Elle magazine, the Emmys, and the Academy Awards. When not doing hair or makeup, the staff suppresses tense shoulder uprisings with customized massages and allows faces to glow with a variety of freshening facials.
Beneath the shine of 20 Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique, a singular purpose pushes it forward: to bring high-end luxury to the masses. Like a beauty-conscious cousin of Johnny Appleseed, the ever-expanding franchise has planted locations throughout California and Arizona, always pampering its clients with the same menu of services. Therapists, for instance, perform facials using Dermalogica's MicroZone products, which wash away acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or exfoliate the skin. Mani-pedis, on the other hand, polish and dress nails in a rainbow of available colors, rendering their surfaces complementary to freshly waxed legs or accessories such as a freshly opened box of crayons.
The European tanning beds, automated VersaSpa spray booths and airbrush artists at Tan at The Islands each harness the power of the Midas touch. Customization is the business's specialty, ensuring each client leaves the location with just the right shade of bronze.
Committed to beautifying skin and keeping it healthy, the studio's staffers strive to keep clients educated on the benefits of safe tanning. They also offer body wraps and red-light therapy to enrich and nurture skin.
TNN Beauty's team of aestheticians beautifies clients from the neck up with a range of services. With permanent makeup and eyelash extensions, they help accentuate features while shaving time off of morning routines. Their teeth-whitening treatments rely on the NuYu system to lighten smiles up to eight shades. Stylists also glamorize hair with cuts and color, and add up to 22 inches of length with extensions. Additionally, the team typically keeps a feature photographer onsite to create before-and-after montages for the shop's portfolio or snaps action shots of emergency updos for shotgun weddings.