“Quarter of a Cent-Cherry;” “Don’t Talk Bach to Me;” “A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find.” These quips may look like they came from a book of puns, but they're actually imprinted on the bottom of three OPI nail polish bottles—and the other 280 or so colors are christened just as creatively. Unusual names—along with lustrous, long-lasting finish—are the signature of the OPI brand, and OPI happens to be the signature of Paolo Ponce Nails, where clients can choose from countless color options—available in both standard and chip-resistant gel varieties—before settling in for a relaxing manicure or pedicure.
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.
At Pristine Nails & Spa, nail technicians enhance fingers and toes with a full spectrum of mani-pedi services. Clients can sink into cushy pedicure thrones as the techs buff away rough calluses and file toenails before adorning them with colorful polish. Nail artists lavish similar treatment on hands, but they can also top pointers with acrylics, french tips, or chip-resistant gel polish. On the spa half of the salon, aestheticians soften complexions during European facials and lather skin with warm wax to strip away unwanted hair or pasted-on dryer lint from the brows, legs, and bikini line.
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.
Europe Nails & Spa's technicians spruce up feet and fingertips with deeply relaxing spa treatments and well-honed technique. A manicure buffs up finger shields with a spectrum of 250 different OPI gels, adding a more lustrous sheen than traditional polish jobs, and with less encumbrance than weighting down fingers with shiny disco balls. For full-fledged pampering of all extremities, clients can opt for a Paris manicure and pedicure, expertly carried out in one of the spa’s luxurious massaging pedicure chairs. Each continental-themed mani-pedi combines the grooming goodness of a Rome nail treatment with the Paris spa combo’s cooling mask, moisturizing paraffin dip, and low tariffs on fresh imports of glamour and relaxation.
Internationally trained beauty expert Gohar Thomas, owner of Carole Franck Beaute Clinique & Spa, boasts 28 years of industry experience including a two-decade stint as head aesthetician at Harrods of London. From within a brightly colored cottage, Gohar integrates European spa products she’s accrued through years of international training into an array of cosmetic services performed amid fresh flowers and streams of natural light. She supervises licensed aestheticians as they perform facials with Carole Franck products, etch color onto lips and around eyes with permanent makeup, and target cellulite with aesthetic technology. The bodily cosseting continues in a private massage room, which shelters a massage table and a bathtub surrounded by candles that allows clients to relax before or after their treatment with a soak attuned to the temperature of a bubbling spring or a pot of freshly boiled hot-dog water.
Along the quaint, well-preserved streets of Kenneth Village, Ariada Salon Spa's vintage exterior conceals a three-floor haven for modern beauty services. Inside, at mirrored stations, stylists specialize in color correction, Brazilian blowouts, waxing, and bridal services, prepping the hair and nails of the betrothed with OPI polishes and Difiaba and Moroccanoil conditioners. An onsite boutique equips clients with Witchy Poo Lotions & Potions and True Apothecary Candles, which can be combined at home to amplify a relaxing bath or invoke the beautifying intervention of Venus.