Ashley Wright’s interest in holistic health dates back to her childhood. Her formative years were spent growing up on the Rosebud Sicangu Lakota Sioux Reservation, where the culture influenced her desire to help others achieve both physical and spiritual wellness. Today, she helps bring balance to body, mind, and spirit by practicing varying styles of bodywork, blending the hands-on work of Swedish and deep tissue massage with crystal therapy and energy work such as reiki. She can also enhance a massage with tools such as hot stones or aromatherapy oils, or she may use active isolated stretching techniques, which help stretch muscles to their optimal length to allow for greater flexibility and range of motion and help clients reach the minimum height for roller coaster rides.
State-licensed and nationally certified massage therapist Rhonda C. Steger shares her gifts with clients at Solace Massage. During consultations, she discusses their personal needs and wellness goals before soothing muscles with deep-tissue kneads, gentle prenatal massage, and other modalities. For an additional cost, soothing hot stones and aromatherapy complete the relaxation experience.
Absolute Transformations' trio of stylists, who are also the owners, use Refine skin-care products and Spa Ritual body products to boost beauty from forehead to toenails beneath the exposed-brick walls of the earth-tone-hued salon. The anti-aging facial begins with a gentle cleanse as patrons recline and light shimmers across the hardwood floor. A professional then paints small circles onto faces with a microdermabrasion-peel sugar scrub, which employs vitamin C and microcrystals designed to slough off dry skin and reveal firm, smooth skin, along with a much younger-looking self. During the up-to-60-minute treatment, specific facial pressure points let visages relax without pressing against the windows of a yogi's house.
Aeries Salon's seasoned stylists pamper clients from head to toe with soothing hair, waxing, and makeup services fueled by high-end products. Guests at this recently restructured J Beverly Hills Concept Salon can take a seat in one of the comfy service chairs as they confer with stylists before their services to talk about preferences, expectations, and lifestyle to ensure waxes, and cuts look fresh-from-the-salon for days afterward.
Hairstyling pros use botanically infused, oil-based J Beverly Hills products during keratin-coddling procedures including cuts, color, and highlights. A battalion of scissor-wielders snip and shear hair and recolor monochromatic headscapes to naturally flatter skin tone and bone structure. Faces blush under the careful attention of a professional makeup application that highlights cheekbone contours and connects freckle constellations with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.
Sprawling across three sections of a centuries-old building, Salon Mode & Daydreams Spa welcomes guests into a homey, historic space with hardwood and tile floors, an etched tin ceiling, and a warm fireplace filled with flickering logs. Patrons relax in salon chairs while stylists refresh their hairdos using scissors, dye, and Aveda products based on pure flower and plant essences. In more-private settings, massage therapists aim to relax the mind, body, and soul. They glide their hands along tense musculature and incorporate aromatherapy to help clients calm their minds or hot stones to further soften knots. The beauty pros also focus their attention on smaller areas, such as tinting eyelashes or pampering faces with a selection of facials.
Erin has coined a new term for hair appointments with her clients: hair party. The amiable stylist blends a laid-back and goofy personality with a strong work ethic that finds clients with new hairstyles using Redken, Moroccanoil, and Alterna beauty products. She also completes new looks with mani-pedis and waxing services for the face, body, and shadow.