Gold and burgundy walls, divans, and throw pillows provide a touch of elegance inside the office of Cosmetic Laser Center of Irvine, melting away the cold sterility normally associated with a high-tech clinic. Dr. Morris Ahdoot opened the center in 2005, and since then has devoted himself to helping women to feel good about themselves. He combines double specialties in gynecology and cosmetic skincare with a naturally gentle demeanor, addressing beauty issues while encouraging clients to talk freely about their individual needs. Dr. Ahdoot's communication skills evidence themselves during free consultations, in which he takes time to discuss patients' concerns face-to-face rather than speaking through the office intercom.
The technicians at MYU Beauty don’t just look at nails as canvases for color, but for three-dimensional designs as well. Flowers, jewels, and even Hello Kitty designs are just a few examples of the 3-D gel art that the staff can create. These designs can upgrade traditional manicures to multicolored galleries of rhinestones and holiday themes, such as ghosts for Halloween and stripes for the Fourth of July, a much prettier way to show American patriotism than replacing your shoes with apple pies. Those who opt for a smooth and simple manicure can still choose between LED-cured gels, which resist chipping, fading, and peeling for longer than standard polishes.
The technicians conduct all of their nailcare with sanitized and disposable tools. For those hoping to launch their own cosmetic career, they also host classes on gel and gel-art techniques. Eyelash perms and permanent-makeup services round out the combination spa and beauty school's menu.
Dr. Laura Cho may be a board-certified internist, but her passion lies on the outside, in the field of aesthetics. At Bellatudo Skin Care, Dr. Cho performs a full slate of beauty services: laser hair removal, skin-tightening facials, spider-vein treatments, mole removal, and Botox injections. Because she works on the body’s exterior, she treats each procedure like an art project, making sure that the finished result meets her client’s expectations.
Salon Dolce Vita’s master scissor-wielder, Andrea Dupree, enlists 15 years of strand-snipping experience to create chic and elegant styles. Locks unfurl in the tress-tamer’s lithe fingers as she clears away split ends and tumbleweeds and leaves hair gardens flawlessly pruned. Manes eager for a punch of color can receive either a noggin’s worth of illuminating highlights or a full head of drenching hues before reveling in a toasty bout under a blow-dryer for a polished finish. After the mane refurbishment, clients can admire new ‘dos in a crystal-clear mirror or a stranger's glasses or enlist the opinion of the notoriously persnickety sun, which gallivants through the salon’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
As part of the team of stylists at Salon Gallery, Lyn is passionate about helping clients maintain their preferred style or design a new one. To that end, she performs all types of color services—including highlights and single-process—and can also remedy a squid ink recipe gone wrong through color correction. She cuts hair as well, and can help restore strength and moisture to strands with deep conditioning services.
IKON Aveda Salon & Day Spa is an Aveda concept salon with three locations. Though each one has its own unique slate of services, the overall mission is unified?to cultivate stylish, modern looks for its clients and create a welcoming atmosphere. At the Menifee location, master stylists cut, color, and texturize hair, while skin care specialists conduct botanical resurfacing treatments?alternatives to microdermabrasions?that use tourmaline gemstone to gently reduce fine lines and the tiny acrobats who walk them. The Santa Ana and Tustin locations also offer haircuts and hair treatments, as well as a selection of makeup, lash, and skincare services.