Peggy, of Peggy?s Hair Salon, has spent decades in the business, both cutting clients? hair and learning the latest techniques via Redken and Well Professionals institutes. Her team of stylists also attends advanced classes so they can expertly imbue heads with spiral waves and ombre color effects. Their steady hands trim men?s beards and cut the hair on squirming kids. And one of the stylists also pulls double duty as a licensed aesthetician by offering ear piercing and facial waxing services. In addition to hair-care products available for sale, the salon displays trendy purses and necklaces available to purchase or rent by the lifetime.
Clean Image Medical Spa, first in the state to offer the innovative cellulite-reduction therapy, wields the intense-pulsed-light technology of the FDA-approved VelaShape treatment under the watchful eye of staff physicians. The process smoothes dappled epidermises, treating deep tissue and upper layers of skin with a combination of radiofrequency, infrared light, gentle vacuum action, and mechanical massage, resulting in a measurable reduction in fat layers, the appearance of cellulite. Each 40-minute session targets fat cells protruding into the outer dermis, producing, like an unhurried portrait painter, visible results in as few as two sessions.
Salon Cheveux's stylists and aestheticians pull out all the stops to make men and women alike feel comfortable. Few retreats can claim as balanced a menu as Salon Cheveux's, which includes haircuts for teenagers, beard trims for men, and bang trims for women.
Najia Rohlf of Najia's Esthetic Skin and Laser Center beautifies skin with every tool at her disposal, from glo therapeutics products to Palomar lasers and electrolysis. In addition to a full list of waxing and tanning services, she removes unwanted hair with beams of light and banishes signs of aging with Botox. Once she has skin looking healthy, she decorates it with permanent makeup, semipermanent mascara, and sprinkles of glitter guaranteed to never go away.
In the late 1920s?just as the Great Depression struck America?Merle Norman took up a project in her tiny California kitchen to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, and she knew that getting them on as many faces as possible would help her develop a following of customers. She was right?and in 1931?she and her nephew opened their first studio in Santa Monica. The pair 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.
Helmed by Dr. Elan B. Singer, The Cosmetic Boutique combines a high-end beauty and cosmetics shop with med-spa treatments. The shop is stocked with a roster of natural, paraben-free, and organic makeup and skincare products, including offerings from Jane Iredale and Mario Badescu, which are ready to help patrons enhance their faces and bodies or beautify their pet parakeet. The staff wields these products, among others, when lavishing clients with the shop's line of facials, makeup applications, and body treatments. In addition to spa services, the on-staff doctor performs more permanent procedures including laser hair removal, spider-vein removal, and Botox injections.