In the heart of wine country, serenity blooms in Heaven on Earth Spa as tranquil sounds atmospherically cuddle with the aromas of essential oils. Robed bodies and slippered feet pad past the lobby fireplace, where an ornate mantle exudes grandeur without needing to show off its youth field-hockey trophies. Rich hardwood flooring cuts a path to private rooms where aestheticians' equipment couples with rows of ilike organic lotions and serums that contain no artifical colors or animal by-products. Leather pedicure chairs cradle backsides as feet soak in a warm bath then luxuriate in extras such as massage and paraffin. While all the spa's treatments are designed for all bodies, men can also take in special services designed to coddle such typically male conditions as sports-worn feet, razor-burned faces, and griller's elbow.
Practice makes perfect at Loyal Hair Therapy. Before snipping a single strand of hair, each new stylist goes through the salon's 50-week advanced education program. The program includes hands-on instruction with a senior stylist, written examinations, and final tests in all areas of professional hairdressing. Stylists continue to further their skills after completing the program by attending classes, seminars, and advanced academies. Beyond their training, they also pay close attention to fashion trends, from emerging celebrity hairstyles to the number of hairs needed to pull off a perfect ponytail.
Defy Hair & Esthetics Salon?s owner Crystal masters the art of hair colour, highlights, colour correction, cuts, foils, and gel nails. But you'll find even more services performed by the supporting staff of stylists and aestheticians. They provide a full slate of waxing services as well as massages, ear piercings, tanning treatments, and tinsel extensions, which highlight hair with the glittery strands of freshly harvested rainbows.
Aspirant aestheticians attend M.C. College to acquire a broad spectrum of beauty and calm instilling skills. Supervised trainees hone techniques within the on-site spa and salon by administering a comprehensive menu of prettifying services. The total indulgence package pampers day spa denizens with a revitalizing body wrap, remineralizing tub soak, and a revivifying facial. Feelings of inner calm are sealed in with a mani-pedi pairing, make-up retouch, industrial strength duct tape, and hairstyle. A light lunch is provided during the extended session.
LayersOfColor focuses on follicle fashion, offering classic cuts and bold looks that emanate metropolitan flair. Owner Jenny Falcao and her team of strand-snippers boast traditional skills, up-to-date expertise, and a passion for transforming unkempt head forests into fashion-forward gnome gardens. Perched at the apex of the Landmark Centre I, the salon spoils guests with a panoramic penthouse view of nature, the city, and approaching caravans of nomadic wrestlers. LayersOfColor is a unisex establishment offering women's cuts ($65+) and vintage-style men's cuts ($40+) with subjects shorn using shears and razors.
In Canyon Ridge Spa & Salon caramel-colored massage chamber, candlelight flickers over the dark, glossy leaves of a fern as a pyramid of carefully rolled hand towels waits for the towel warmer to heat up. These details are the hallmark of owner and esthetician Sharon Hoffart, who poured 12 years of relaxation know-how into creating her soothing escape, as well as a 40-ounce offering of eau de toilette to Aphrodite.
Half the menu is devoted to whole-body pampering. Massage therapists reach for fragrant essential oils and hot stones to augment relaxing Swedish massages, and 20-minute baths in the whirlpool immerse you in serums enriched with seaweed and healing clay—elements that also appear in aromatic salt scrubs and wraps. In the salon, hair stylists and nail technicians hone in on their areas of expertise, which extend to hair extensions and indulgent, side-by-side pedicures for those that still attached to their youthful shadow. Hoffart creates four facials that balance and heal according to skin type, and elevates body hair management into an art with bikini waxing and eyelash tinting.