Internationally trained beauty expert Gohar Thomas, owner of Gohar Carole Franck 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.
The nail technicians slather their clients’ hands and feet with raspberry scrub, green tea body mud, and lemons during manicures at pedicures. The beauty pros also rub a sea salt body scrub across pelts for full body softening and decorate fuzzy chins, legs, and arms with warm wax before swiftly evicting unwanted hairs.
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.
Offset with crisp white accents and cleanly curving lines, Classique Nails' warm, vibrant red walls and plush pedicure chairs imbue the spa with a glamorous take on tranquility. Clients sink deep into relaxation, facing flat-screen televisions as they soak their feet and leisurely pick from a host of nail services. Treatments range from basic buff-and-file manicures to deluxe spa treatments, which indulge customers with sea-salt and sugar scrubs, callus treatments, and massages before topping off fingers with tiny tiaras. Nail-art options abound: technicians use acrylics, silks, gels, and even airbrushes to give digits the look wearers want.