In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, L.A. Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or Versa Spa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
Aesthetic procedures benefit from cutting-edge medical expertise at Revitalize MD MedSpa and Laser Center. As the center's medical directors, Drs. Tiffany Hall and Amina Husain rely on their extensive experience in fields ranging from obstetrics to reconstructive surgery. However, they also offer nonsurgical methodologies as they help clients obtain their desired complexion or body shape. They accomplish this by enlisting the aid of modern advancements in aesthetic technology and skincare products.
Using the Candela GentleYAG and Alexandrite cosmetic-laser systems, technicians can improve skin tone by zapping unsightly stubble or sealing noticeable spider veins. The low-power YOLO Curve laser contours the body by shrinking stubborn fat deposits, and VelaShape technology accomplishes a similar goal by bombarding adipose tissues with a combination of bipolar radio frequencies and infrared-light energy. While permanent makeup procedures can create timeless, natural-looking eyebrows or eyeliner, the med spa can also use a Q-switched laser system to remove tattoos.
Beyond medically assisted therapies, Revitalize MD MedSpa and Laser Center also pampers visitors with an array of more traditional spa treatments. Alternatively, aestheticians can restore skin by performing facials with clinical-strength products by companies such as Obagi.
The stylists at J Nicole's Day Spa & Salon merge fashion-forward designs with cutting-edge techniques. The promise of on-trend styles isn't just an fancy promise; since they work at one of Oribe's signature salons, these highly-trained stylists receive some of the most rigorous continuing education training in the business.
That same dedication to professional excellence extends to the spa's aestheticians. Armed with Obagi products, they perform the facials and skincare services required to maintain a healthy complexion. Aestheticians at this medically certified day spa pay special attention to long-term skin health, and make each treatment as relaxing as possible.
In addition to hair and skin services, J Nicole's Day Spa & Salon also offers clients the chance to relax tense muscles with soothing massage therapy. Versed in modalities including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone massage, the spa's therapists keep circulation up and stress down with the professional bodywork treatments. Other services offered by the spa and salon include make-up application, waxing, hair extensions, and hair cut and color services.
Under the trained guidance of a board-certified surgeon and a registered nurse, the specialists at Discover Allure Skin Centre take a well-rounded approach to skincare that emphasizes both in-office and at-home attention. Every facial they perform incorporates sun protection to ward off UV damage, retinoids to keep skin firm, antioxidants to slow the signs of aging, and dermal growth factors to kindle cell renewal. As clients begin their appointments, medical aestheticians size up their skin types in order to devise comprehensive plans for keeping skin looking youthful, including daily care products from Obagi and SkinMedica and Saturday-morning cartoons. Periwinkle walls and chocolate wood floors lead visitors into private treatment rooms, where anxieties dissolve with the help of soothing music and suffused lighting.
Owner Melissa Gilbert helms a professional staff of trained stylists that crafts new hairstyles, revitalizes hair color, and removes unwanted facial fuzz with waxing treatments. Each service begins with a consultation, during which the stylist can assess each client?s cut and make recommendations based on hair and skin type, condition of strands, and the color of their foulmouthed parrot sidekick. The salon accommodates all species of hair, as stylists are trained to deal with all hair types, including long, curly, and invisible. Studio M is dedicated to creating a memorable experience with impeccable service, such as the hair coloring performed by certified organic colorists, who use non-toxic products and quality ingredients.