After years of traveling around the West Coast as a professional makeup artist, aesthetician Monica Colomy noticed that many kinds of makeup clogged pores and weren't compatible with mature skin. Like many plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and geologists, she liked mineral makeup, but not necessarily the powdery mess that came with it. Inspired, she developed her own line, Monica’s Minerals. She put down roots in an airy salon in Sacramento and began to offer free makeup applications as well as makeup lessons to introduce customers to her easy-to-apply liquid foundation, blush, and lip care. To ensure that clients’ faces look beautiful even without makeup, she also polishes skin with a variety of custom peels, facials, and waxing services.
The stresses of everyday life can be draining—both physically and mentally. At East2West Massage and Wellness, the therapists specialize in providing clients with a sorely needed jolt of rejuvenation, using specialized massage modalities to alleviate tension and increase alertness. For an indulgent afternoon escape, the therapists can use relaxing Swedish strokes to boost circulation and gently soothe musculature near the surface. Deep-tissue techniques take a more therapeutic approach by targeting the knots and tension-laden connective tissue that can contribute to chronic pain. Additionally, the therapists offer the unique modality of Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage, which not only eases aches but also quiets minds.
Massage might be the only form of treatment offered at New Happy Day Spa, but that's not to say that the studio's clients don't have options. Traditionalists can stick to Swedish massage, made more fluid by the use of oils. Deep-tissue massage often gets a helping hand from warmed basalt stones, which loosen areas of tension and calm the nervous system. The spa's resident massage therapists have another mode of targeting aches: the Chinese art of reflexology, which uses a pressure-point map of the feet in an attempt to stimulate healing throughout the body and banish phantom socks.
There is certainly some logic behind the name Looks Salon & Supply, but you’ll have to get a haircut there to fully understand it. Indeed, clients leaving the salon with revamped hairdos and vibrant highlights are often showered with looks—both the jealous and flattering varieties. Before others can stop and stare, however, these clients must settle into the salon’s bright red chairs and entrust a team of stylists who wield products from Redken and other professional lines.
A tribute to the owner’s mother Geri, who during her life dreamt of a quiet haven to relax and rejuvenate, Geri’s Garden Spa makes that aspiration a realization with its cozy environs and soothing services. Escape is as easy as settling in for a hot stone or mommy-to-be massage. The staff accommodates guests hiding away from the bustle of the world for a brief period by rendering, for example, the rejuvenation facial—its herbal oxygenated sprays and vitamin enrichments giving the face a radiant glow and makes reflective plastic unnecessary when riding a bicycle at night. Aromatherapy body cocoons and eucalyptus wraps, alternatively, ensconce bodies in botanicals, hot towels, and moisturizers, which make personal care comforting and enjoyable.
At Wind-N-Willow Specialty Shop & Spa is a modern-day apothecary where skilled hands blend herbs, salts, and oils to meet clients' skincare and relaxation needs. The healing haven's staff also takes a holistic approach to spa services including massages and ear candling. Each service begins with an aromatherapy foot soak to purify feet and toes and to signal to the body both that it can relax and that the room may have flooded. Clients in search of a luxurious detoxification experience can step into a sauna or ionic footbath under the direction of knowledgeable staff members. Skilled aestheticians also keep clients' skin clean and healthy with the help of natural, mineral-based skincare products by ERTH.