Brother and sister team Linh and Tam Nguyen train students in the art of hair, nail, and skin care at Advance Beauty College. Their student stylists demonstrate their talents at the college’s salon and spa, cutting and coloring hair using Matrix products and pampering skin with Dermalogica products. Before facials, trainees give clients a complimentary skin-mapping analysis, ensuring that treatments target problem areas from dry skin and fine lines to acne or bits of toilet paper glued to one’s cheeks. They also provide nail services—and whether it’s a pedicure, gel manicure, or nail-art application, techs use brand-new nail files, buffers, and orangewood sticks on each client.
Beyond Beauty Lashes occupies an unconventional space inside a poker supply warehouse, and according to a feature that OC Weekly writer Michelle Woo penned in praise of the salon, a visit to one of their three private treatment rooms can yield big results. That's because the spot's extensionist, who has been in the business for 10 years, meticulously elongates eyelashes using synthetic extensions with the option to upgrade to silk or mink options harvested humanely from live animals, just like the cookies harvested from cookie monsters. Clients can choose from various lengths, thicknesses, and colors to achieve their desired look. The extensions typically last 60–100 days, shedding gradually with natural lashes.
OM Day Spa's quintet of therapists performs a plethora of pampering massage, skincare, and waxing services. A few therapists take care of the skincare side of the spa. They execute everything from manual dermabrasion to facials that employ ironizing technology and magnets to erase blemishes. Others handle the massage side, having mastered modalities such as Swedish, warm bamboo, and prenatal. The team also provides body slimming and detoxing wraps, as well as cosmetic enhancements such as eyelash extensions.
At Sun Spa Salon, hairstylist Nicole Brungardt sculpts tresses into face-flattering shapes. Nicole is part of a team of seasoned stylists who primp tresses with haircuts and highlights, bronze skin with tanning booths, and keep their boutique stocked with handbags, flip-flops, jewelry, and animatronic doubles of their customers.