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Robert Wagner—the owner of Maxwell's Salon of London—leads a team of stylists and colorists as they beautify clients in a space tucked just below the scenic Turtle Rock foothills. Featured on KTLA News, Robert's team crafts elegant styles and maintains manes with a variety services. To help to ensure that clients depart with shimmering strands, the team uses products from Brazilian Blowout, Loreal Professional, and Moroccan Oil, rather than found glitter from the local disco-ball factory.

5315 University Dr
Irvine,
CA
US

With a choice of eight facials and a wide menu of body treatments, it's clear how serious the team at New Vogue Beauty is about helping clients look their best. Their offerings are unique particularly in the way they combine time-tested beauty regimens with advanced technology. The detox face-lifting facial, for one, combines a traditional European facial with LED light therapy to improve skin's elasticity. Then there's the Lipo Vacuum System, which helps reduce inches in the waist and thighs and requires no recovery time. New Vogue Beauty also brings to the table non-surgical breast-enhancement treatments that use seven different technologies, including radio frequency and massage, to encourage deep relaxation and looseness in the muscles.

14775 Jeffrey Road
Irvine,
CA
US

Kathryn Gunderson at Salon Milano offers more than your typical cuts and styles. Using the unique chalking technique, Kathryn applies bright pink, blue, purple, and green chalk to hair for a splash of color that’s less permanent than the hues applied by traditional hair dyes or peacock feathers super-glued to your skin. For those interested in a less whimsical look, the salon is also skilled in elegant updos that coil and braid hair into classic styles with a modern twist. Once you're sporting a fresh new do, continue the beautifying process at the salon with everything from facials and waxing to professional makeup application.

1312 Bison Ave
Newport Beach,
CA
US

Equipped with all-natural Aveda products, the stylists at Salon La Mer & Spa update hair with styling services for men and women. Each service begins with a personal consultation, wherein the stylist considers the client's hair texture and lifestyle and maintenance desires before creating an ideal new look. The salon and spa provides more than haircare, though. It pampers guests with Epicuren Discovery facials and skin treatments, as well as nailcare, makeup, and hair removal. And, unlike traditional salons and spas, Salon La Mer & Spa offers med-spa services, such as skin-tightening and Botox sessions.

1492 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach,
CA
US

Mary Ann Kilgore always wears sandals. So she used to obsess over the condition of her feet, a preoccupation she was able to turn into an occupation upon becoming a training manager for Minx Nails. The Minx process uses adhesive colors and designs that, when heated, bond to nails with an effect similar to shrink-wrap or the vacuum cleaner on Superman's back that sucks his cape tight. This enables the pedicure to last for up to six weeks, a feat Mary Ann was so continually impressed with that she no longer wanted to just train Minx stylists—she wanted to be one.

Along with her experience as a nail technician at The Spa at Pelican Hill, which boasts one of Forbes' elite five-star ratings, Mary Ann used her Minx training to open her own nail studio. Despite its cheeky name, The OC Minx is more serene than social: she is the only practitioner and works with clients one-on-one in a completely private space decorated with plants, candles, and cushy earth-toned furniture. She does more than just Minx pedicures here, though, as she also blends OPI polishes for custom colors, administers Shellac manicures, and gives hot-stone massages as part of spa pedicures or to overworked pedicure chairs.

1500 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach,
CA
US

For Naturally Hands and Spa, beauty doesn’t mean sacrificing the health and appearance of natural features. That’s why the spa invented its own antibacterial eyelash-extension system and performs antibacterial, organic Calgel manicures, earning a Best of Beauty award from Allure magazine. The soak-off Calgel system doesn’t interfere with nail-bed metabolism, so it can actually help strengthen nails while adding a splash of color to high-fives and pledges of allegiance. Calgel's ability to bond on natural nails without using harsh chemicals or primers has helped popularize the service in Europe, and Naturally Hands and Spa is an authorized importer of the products.

17777 Main St
Irvine,
CA
US