Pilar Chavez has long believed that feeling good about one's appearance is a spiritually uplifting experience. So in 1984, beneath the swaying palms of Farmersville, California, Pilar opened an eponymous salon that fosters joy through beauty. Amid teal walls and fully stocked product displays, Pilar and her styling team transform bland hairdos into flattering coifs with multidimensional color. Additionally, they spiff up nails with mani-pedis, remove body hair with wax, and simulate natural tans with airbrush bronzers or paintbrushes and chocolate syrup.
The therapists at Visalia Bodyworks customize every massage they perform. Rather than sticking to the template of an exotically named modality or style, they listen to clients' concerns and set to work relaxing tensions and easing aches with a variety of tailored strokes. During each session—which can last from 30 to 90 minutes—the therapists apply professional-quality hypoallergenic lotions and creams.
It?s all about the patterns. Using a tiny brush, licensed nail technician Valerie paints animal prints, hearts, polka dots, or flowers on clients' nail canvases. She repeats each pattern 10 times?enough to cover the nails on both hands. Aside from creating eye-popping artwork, Valerie dishes out classic manicures, finished off with a traditional nail-polish hue in soft pink or camouflage.
Muscles tightened over time finally start to melt during appointments with Melissa. She glides her hands over backs and calves, slowing down to smooth out knots and double knots. To get the job done, she employs a number of different techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, and prenatal. She also incorporates aromatherapy and heated stones into her massages.
If Nicole at Jazz Productions Salon & Day Spa has a knack for making guests feel at home, it may be simply because the salon was once a home. She and other stylists work out of carpeted rooms in a converted house, replete with furnishings that make it feel like a family still lives there: couches, golden chandeliers, and a juicer that seemed like it would come in handy. The home decor melds right in with the nail stations, the shelves of nail polish, and especially the leather salon chairs where Nicole delivers her cuts and color treatments.
Within Sensia Salon & Spa's relaxing confines, licensed massage therapist and breathing coach Bianca Cruz ushers patients toward a less-stressed state with custom massages drawing from several styles. She deploys the long, distinctive strokes of Swedish massage to ease tension from muscles, whereas sports-massage techniques remove forgotten baseball cards tucked behind the shoulder blades. Additional modalities, including prenatal and deep-tissue massage, allow Bianca to work from a broader palette of techniques, providing greater relief.