Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
Sugaring is an ancient hair-removal technique practiced widely in the Middle East, and at Skin So Sweet, owner Catherine Kooiman brings it to U.S. soil. In an interview with Coast magazine, Kooiman traced the practice to Cleopatra's day. At Skin So Sweet, beauty professionals use the all-natural substance to remove hair from any area of the body, yielding results that last significantly longer than shaving. True to Skin So Sweet's commitment to using natural ingredients, the company incorporates a signature line of products?free of paraben and laurel sulfates?into vitamin-packed facials and other beauty treatments.
Salon Caché owner Erika believes hairstyling should be fun. That's why her stylists are hand-selected based on two key criteria: their skill with scissors and their upbeat and positive attitude. This energy exemplifies itself not only in the salon's signature cuts, Schwarzkopf coloring services, and Japanese straightening treatments, but also through their involvement in the community. Recently, the team collected the ponytails of 31 students from Harbor View Elementary for donation to Locks of Love, a charity that crafts wigs for children undergoing long-term medical care.
The aestheticians at Huntington Harbour Skincare join forces with ?minence and fenix products to treat aging and acne-prone complexions. Using these formulas and soluble Lite-Brites, the skincare professionals rejuvenate faces with a full menu of facials that includes a pumpkin-enzyme facial, microdermabrasion treatment, and anti-aging services. Alongside facials, the staff removes unwanted hairs or silkworm colonies on the face and body with waxing services.
U-CA-TAN is an area favorite, earning second place for Best Tanning in 2008 from CityVoters. Its Mystic Tan is the original and patented spray tan, bronzing and gilding bodies without UV in 30 seconds. Once a person steps into the booth, his or her whole body will be immediately saturated with an aloe-vera-based solution that bronzes humans like a pair of baby shoes. Around six hours later, the spray-on-awesome will develop into a golden, natural-looking tan that will inspire envy from beach bums and pool hobos. With proper care, hides can remain tanned and toned for several days, giving clients a temporary color that's better for the skin than standard sunning.
Named one of the top 10 salons in the United States for customer service by Salon Today, Hue invites guests to come in and switch off their cell phones and thinking caps while tension erodes over a cup of Aveda Comforting Tea, a neck-and-shoulder massage, and other complimentary stress-relieving services. Hue's extensive menu of spa and salon services is infused with natural treatments and products, such as the Botanical Skin Resurfacing facial ($90 for 60 minutes) powered by Tourmaline, a mineral that renders superheroes flightless but has a naturally energizing power for humans.