Twelve-year-old Maria Biundo lifts her little sister onto the top of a hamper in their parents' bathroom. She leans in, bringing her face close to the 8-year-old tot's, as she begins to work—sweeping blush across cheeks, shadow over eyelids, and a vibrant hue on lips. After the transformation is complete, Maria steps back to observe her sister's beautified features, and a broad smile spreads across both their faces. The right makeup, she realizes, can make one feel good inside and out. Today, Maria—now a licensed aesthetician—designs the services at Escape & Unwind Salon Spa to emphasize beauty's uplifting effects. She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies into work each day, pressing them upon clients between facials, massages, manicures, and waxing and makeup services. She also insists that her team undergoes training with reps from skincare and makeup lines such as Jan Marini, Moroccanoil, and DermaQuest to ensure they're using the latest beauty techniques. For maximum pampering, she even hires a professional chef to cater services for bridal parties and other groups with light, healthy food.
At Folsom Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh designs procedures to suit clients? specific needs, ensuring that their experiences at the clinic are as positive as their results. Mabourakh and his staff enhance natural features with plastic surgery and improve skin texture and tone with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, and laser genesis, a treatment designed to reduce fine lines and shrink pores. Injectable treatments, including Botox and Juvederm, minimize wrinkles by improving the volume of skin or impeding muscle activity that causes facial lines.
The aestheticians and technicians at Skin 2 Envy adhere to an informal code that mandates a high level of care and artistry for every facial, massage, and anti-aging treatment they perform. For instance, the team takes up to two weeks to craft custom skin peels, treating issues ranging from redness to wrinkles to having too many fake moustaches on one's cheek. In order to learn as much as possible about such concerns, aestheticians and massage therapists consult with each client prior to each session.
Original Shears' talented staff executes elegant cuts and restores lost luster with earthy Aveda products. Locks unwind in the lithe fingers of a scissor-wielding sculptor who fashions manes into chic bobs, stylish layers, or convex cones. Next, clients choose from a triad of Aveda treatments, which soak strands in plant-based ingredients. A soothing scalp pampering charms follicles out of heads like shiny pythons, and a deep-conditioning agent sends waves of moisture deep into follicular shafts. Alternatively, the detoxifying Aveda solution revamps tresses by banishing the harmful environmental toxins that have become more common with the popularization of commuting by sewer. Finally, a stylist artfully shapes freshly shorn and treated tresses into styles more chic and polished than a gilded copy of Vogue. For those in need of more intensive curl removal, Original Shear's stylists employ professional Coppola products to deliver smoothing keratin-protein treatments.
The laser technicians at Creekside Medical Spa carefully aim beams to remove hair, veins, and tattoos from the skin. When it comes to facial blemishes, the laser services separate into two specialized treatments: SmartSkin laser rejuvenation and IPL laser facials. The first combats hyperpigmentation, brown spots, and wrinkles, and the latter fades the effects of sun damage more effectively than moving to a dank cave for six months.
It's not all flashing lights at the spa, however. The licensed skincare professionals within also rely on skincare products from Obagi and SkinMedica to refresh certain complexions. Their customized facials address a wide range of symptoms, from dryness to acne, and the formulas used to nourish pores can also be purchased to aid at-home regimens. The spa menu is rounded out by a list of injectables, including Botox and Restylane. These products smooth out wrinkles from between the brows, around the nose, and near the mouth, leaving faces looking firm and youthful.
Rozlyn, owner of De La Muse Salon and Spa, got her start in the ultra-trendy salons of San Francisco's Union Square. When the time came to start her own salon, she wanted to bring the bustling neighborhood?s feeling of fun, experimentation, and style to Folsom. So she lined up a deep bench of stylists (not to mention makeup artists, nail technicians, and massage therapists) in an elegantly appointed venue hung with lustrous metallic curtains.
Stylish as the surroundings are, Rozlyn strives to make every client feel at home. "Communication is key to a great outcome, and I love to chat," she says on the salon?s website. That focus on communication extends to client education: among the services at De La Muse is a one-on-one makeup lesson with the owner of makeup line Scene Cosmetics to help women figure out which products work for everyday use and which lipsticks taste the best.