To earn the title “makeup guru,” one needs to log multiple hours practicing the art of aesthetics. Alice Atakhanian has been doing that since 1997. After training under TV and film makeup artists David Allen Dittmer and Dina Ousley, Alice went on to gain experience working on production sets and with local and international celebrities including the singer Bahar. Currently, the multitasking makeup artist oversees an online wedding services directory, spearheads bridal shows, and hosts the Persian satellite TV show “Top Tack”. She can also be seen at Beyond Beauty Parlor, the makeup and salon studio that she founded with her AML beauty academy.
At the Glendale beauty shop, wrapped in modern art decor and light colors, Alice and her team tend to clients with the latest in hair and makeup treatments. Brides can enjoy private accommodations as they're gussied up with intricate updos, bejeweled tiaras, and airbrush makeup that creates flawless skin and discreetly covers vow tattoos. Beyond Beauty's team also offers classic spa services in the form of antiaging facials and aromatherapy massages to relax the mind and body.
The licensed massage therapists at Finishing Touch Therapeutic Massage offer an expansive menu of massage modalities for therapeutic and medical purposes. In private treatment rooms, they perform massages that may integrate eastern techniques, such as Thai acupressure and shiatsu, western methods such as deep-tissue and Swedish bodywork, or northern methods such as reindeer hoof and candy cane therapy. Finishing Touch also offers facials to rejuvenate the complexion and soothing aromatherapy to ease tension.
Aveda products are as renowned for their plant-based ingredients and eco-friendly packaging as they are for their beautification prowess, so it’s no surprise that the experts behind Glendale Aveda Salonspa rely on them during each of their styling treatments. Armed with their botanical tinctures, the salon’s stylists, mold manes with marshmallow-root texture lotions and lather locks with aromatic shampoos and conditioners. They also tint hair with colors infused with plant oils that subdue damage and leave each strand shiny and healthy. These hues come in natural blonds, browns, and reds, as well as primary and secondary colors distilled from sustainably harvested crayons. On the other side, spa staffers also reach for Aveda products—including hydrators and cleansers—as they clarify and rebalance careworn epidermises. When they aren't nourishing clients, the stylists at Glendale Aveda Salonspa attend weekly classes to hone their skills. They also donate their time to nonprofit organizations, such as the Coalition for Clean Air and the Glendale Health Fair.
The aestheticians at Orchid Skin Care keep clients at their most beautiful with personalized services for the whole body. Using exclusively Yon-Ka skincare products, the staffers regenerate faces with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments backed by nourishing botanicals. Meanwhile, eyelash extensions and permanent makeup enhance facial features without the hassle of morning cosmetics routines. The experts also melt tension through aroma-infused massages and wraps, and spray tanning imbues skin with a UV-free bronze glow to help prepare for trips to the beach or attempts to infiltrate the Olympics as a third-place medal.
High above Chateau’s porcelain sinks and custom-built pedicure benches hangs a crystal-blue chandelier. This pristine centerpiece hints at the salon’s beauty and cleanliness. The shop relies on single-use implements, backflow prevention bowls, and hospital-grade cleaners. Amid regal accents such as that chandelier, trained nail techs slough away dead skin with organic exfoliating scrubs and decorate nails with polishes by OPI, essie, and CND. The chatter of stylist consultations, which cover transformative haircuts and bold color highlights to frame the face, drifts through the salon. The staff also wields a range of hair-removing waxes and the skills necessary to massage the sore muscles of whoever paints those huge faces onto Mount Rushmore every day.
At Sune Beauty, the feeling of indulgence begins before you even set foot in one of their treatment rooms. Within the calming sky-blue walls of the reception area guests nibble on refreshments, which have been known to include anything from cookies to fresh fruit. Once it's time for their service, clients are escorted to a private spa room, where aestheticians administer a dozen specialized facials alongside complimentary hand massages that ensure palms don't cover faces out of jealousy. Those seeking acne relief can get a clarifying facial with a blend of enzymes and sulfur, and those in need of moisture can try a skin quench hydrating facial with aloe vera and rose hip oil. There are a few anti-aging treatments, including a glycolic refining facial that deeply exfoliates skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Many of the facials use enzyme-based Epicuren products, as do add-ons such as oil-based scalp treatments.
Beautiful Me of Glendale's staff strive to bring out the best in every one of their guests with weight-loss, detox, and skin-rejuvenation programs. Their curated selection of treatments straddles the line between tranquility and transformation; massages, stem-cell peels, lash extensions, and microdermabrasions are all on the menu. But Beautiful Me's signature services are its body-sculpting wraps. Rather than slathering all of their clients in a one-size-fits-all concoction, they use six varieties that include chocolate-, coffee-, and wine-based treatments.