In 2010, Up Close Beauty tacked ?Max? onto the end of its name to reflect the continued dedication and drive to dole out exceptional beauty services from each stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, and therapist. Owner Michelle Mai?an experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician?guides the staff as they beautify exteriors with the latest brands, including Paul Mitchell haircare, Cellex-C skincare, and OPI nail polishes.
As clients relax in the jacuzzi tub or on two massage tables in Up Close's spa room, aestheticians revive lackluster visages in a room of their own, performing facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists beautify manes with snap-on and glue-in hair extensions and hair-straightening services such as the De Fabulous Kerafusion, which irons out strands for up to six months with a protein complex infused with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter, without including harsh fumes or smoke. Clients can also indulge in a traditional or gel mani-pedi, more than 10 massages, or radial-endodermo-therapy sessions designed to clean out the lymphatic system and help banish cellulite to the body's black hole, located directly behind the spleen.
Head & Sole revitalizes the entire body, top to bottom, through services ranging from microdermabrasion facials to foot massages. Within a relaxing environment, aestheticians treat skin ailments such as wrinkles, acne, or rosacea, though the spa's specialty lies in treating our first point of contact to the earth—the feet. During reflexology treatments, massage therapists help ease tension in the body by focusing on specific points on the soles that correspond with specific organs, tissue, and body parts. Other times, they simply focus on reducing pain and tension in the foot itself, such as when athletes strain their heels after running a marathon or standing on a bed of coals.
Visions Salon and Spa's owner Shirley Manulak arrives at work each day determined to fulfill her customers’ cosmetic needs. “We just wanted to have a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. We want to shampoo away some of your stress,” she told Y.C. Orozco of the Pasadena Citizen. Armed with 35 years of experience as a cosmetology instructor and a skilled staff, her salon offers an array of aesthetic services, including manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling in a salon renovated after Manulak bought it two years ago. Like jazz bands that are serious about their craft, the staff steam cleans all of their instruments with autoclaves and medical-grade disinfectant.
For Him Mens Salon dapperizes dudes in a welcoming and masculine environment, which features dark woodwork and mounted buck heads. Guests sip complimentary beverages before signature cuts, which include an invigorating shampoo, conditioner, and scalp massage that relieves tension caused by trying to bend spoons with your mind. After a consultation, head trimmers snip manes into tailored cuts, customized and styled to client specifications. As hot towels steam-clean skin and relax the body and mind, TVs at each station proffer entertainment and enthralling sports action for patrons and their spirit animals. For customers with locks that span 1.5 inches or less, stylists swiftly perform precision express cuts, using clippers to shear hair after a thorough shampoo and conditioning, as well as an included scalp massage and hot-towel treatment. Between appointments, gentlemen can trawl the high-speed Internet or practice their mini-golf game on the salon’s petite putting green.
Menchaca's savvy stylists expertly snip and style tresses after consulting with clients about their desired coiffures. Depending on hair's length, thickness, and bravery facing scissors in battle, the cut, shampoo, and blow-dry take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. Add dimension to hair color or try to subtly go incognito from codependent necks with highlights. Clients can peruse Menchaca's wide selection of products, including Paul Mitchell, Rusk, and Pureology, to keep strands looking polished long after appointments.
From hot stone European facials to permanent makeup, Karizma Professional Beauty Services brings out the beauty in each client. Stylists create new looks with haircuts, coloring, and keratin treatments or apply professional makeup to help prepare for a wedding-license notarization. Aestheticians also highlight facial features with enhancements such as lash extensions by Lash Essence and cosmetic teeth whitening.