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.
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.
Licensed cosmetologist Sheri Stevenson knows the importance of total-body beauty, which is why her services include nailcare, hairstyling, and facial waxing. During pedicures, she uses the OPI system to trim, shape, and polish nails and exfoliate hands and feet before moisturizing the skin with massage strokes rather than a fire hose. She also cuts, colors, and styles strands and makes liberal use of warm wax to remove unwanted facial hair.
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.
Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.