The seven-person team of tattoo and piercing artists at Highland's Finest Tattoos couples custom illustrations with rigorous health and cleanliness standards, with the goal of giving each client a piece of art they'll cherish throughout their lives. Using the brightest-quality pigments and disposable tubes and needles opened in full view of each customer, the artists create personalized images in tribal, realistic, portrait, black-and-gray, or new-skool styles. The team also specializes in cover-up tattoos, allowing patrons to transform their ill-advised or outdated tattoo more efficiently than tapping it with a magician's wand.
When Pamela Troyan opened Salon Secrets Spa in 1993, she set out with a clear goal: to provide clients with a refuge from their daily pressures via the best possible salon and spa experience. She staffed her salon with highly trained stylists and technicians, many of whom studied at elite academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and Aveda. She also enrolled Salon Secrets Spa as a certified Aveda Signature Salon, meaning that all of their services (except nail coloring) would employ all-natural, organic Aveda products. With the salon fully staffed and stocked with elite stylists and luxe products, it was time to open. Since then, not much has changed: Pamela still oversees a team of well-educated stylists and technicians who’ve developed a loyal following of repeat customers and amateur paparazzi. Stylists customize looks with organic Aveda color services, as well as mani-peds, paraffin treatments, waxing, and Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions. The spa staff soothes bodies with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as massages and body wraps. The med spa also beautifies patients with cosmetic services such as skin rejuvanation, VelaShape cellulite reduction, and spider-vein treatments performed or supervised by a certified plastic surgeon.
Michael Hare, senior piercer and owner of The Exotic Body, not only adorns birthday suits with hoops, barbells, and jewels, he also teaches seminars in the latest piercing techniques and methods. Opening in 1990, the team of body-art professionals sets up shop at one of the first piercing studios in Sacramento, and are all trained in safety and sanitation practices, as well as the art of customer service. This includes assuaging fears about getting a new tattoo or piercing or reaffirming that the whale scene in Pinocchio is fictional. Aftercare tips may be found on the studio's FAQ page, covering topics such as how to clean piercings, what products to use, and how to change jewelry.
People enter Bonehead Tattoos as blank canvases, and exit as walking pieces of art. The shop's staff of talented artists decorate skin with portraits, cover-ups, and just about everything in between. One of those artists, Tyler, specializes in all styles of tattooing, from Japanese to traditional American. Outside of tattooing, Tyler has spent much of his professional career in creative positions. He's worked in design, framing, and music, honing his eye and ear for color.
The tattoo artists at Ink Fiend Tattoo have tuned their craft, specializing in a variety of styles, from fantasy to realism. Whatever clients are interested in, the ink artisans understand the importance of producing the perfect piece of permanent art and collaborate with them throughout the process. To ensure clients are completely satisfied, Ink Fiend's crew keeps the studio immaculately clean, using only sanitized instruments and safe procedures.
If a jack of all trades is a master of none, then the aestheticians at Eyebrow Hub can safely call themselves masters of the art of eyebrow threading. They rid hirsute foreheads of unwanted stragglers, leaving behind gorgeously arched brows, but none of the redness, swelling, or amorous bees left by waxing. Despite the name, the threadsters also apply their hair-removal services to other areas, including upper lips, chins, and legs. Guests with a mind to supplement their threading, can go in for henna tattoos, eyelash extensions, and microdermabrasion.