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.
Inside Salon 525, Crissy Hudson unclogs pores with Dermalogica products and loosens tense muscles with relaxing modalities. Before she joined the team at Salon 525, this licensed aesthetician of ten years and massage therapist practiced her craft at Derma Technique Day Spa in Houston, Texas. Aside from kneading sinews, Crissy specializes in rejuvenating facials, which she tailors to each client's skin type.
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.
Situated in a historic neighborhood under the shadow of Sequoia National Park, Liza's Day Spa steeps the senses in tranquility with essential-oil aromas, Asian-inspired décor, and the sounds of burbling water. Skilled massage therapists mend tense backs with modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to shiatsu and craniosacral, each helping to eradicate tension, chronic pain, and ill feelings toward mouthy shoulder blades. In a bath of warm, polished stones, patrons wiggle digits to prep them for the gentle shaping and polishing of hot-stone mani-pedis, and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion and custom facials help exfoliate and hydrate the skin.
At Sandra Legaspi One Stop Shop, a salon located within Bronze and Beauty, clients can escape the worries of the world and focus on feeling good, be it for a whole day or just an hour. Cosmetologist Sandra Legaspi helps visitors look and feel their best, decorating nails with gel polish and sculpting acrylic rock-star nails embellished with gemstones or golden spikes. She also creates chic, flattering hairstyles and smoothes skin with facial waxing.
Club Reduce’s staff works closely with clients to help them lose weight and improve their lifestyles. Health services range from basic medical assessments to the latest body treatments, such as cellulite-reducing wraps. Each custom weight-loss program begins with a one-on-one consultation and computerized health assessment, which can uncover barriers to well-being, including high blood pressure and spontaneous hiccups.