"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
Clients entering A New Beginning Beauty & Wellness Center are greeted by the aromas of essential oils and an atmosphere conducive to letting go. What the decor begins, the staff continues?led by owner Maryam, the team of massage therapists and aestheticians, who have been in the industry for more than 30 years, all licensed in their fields, execute treatments designed to uplift the mind and spirit and rejuvenate the body. The treatment menu features massages that hew towards the therapeutic and the relaxing, as well as a slate of advanced facials that cleanse the skin and treat any blemishes. There are also nail treatments and hair removal.
At Haircrafters Salon, stylist Neda Ghandi works alongside a team of seasoned hairdressers as she updates her clients’ coifs. A specialist in highlights, Neda has a repertoire of treatments including full and partial highlights, full color treatments, and updos.
Timea Tokes’s built her 20-year career on the belief that what touches your skin matters. At Timea’s European Skin Care, she and aesthetician Andrea Kramer put that belief to practice by judiciously choosing the tools and products that power their facial and waxing services. For example, their signature facial revitalizes skin with ingredients from Éminence Organic Skin Care products, and the Repêchage facial adds moisture back into parched surfaces with multiple layers of European seaweed. The spa duo also dabbles in tech-savvy components, including the FSD microphototherapy’s light and heat energy and the Bio-Ultimate firming facial’s microcurrents and robot tears.
Eyebrows are meticulously shaped into graceful, well-defined arches during each session at Pretty Threading. Here, the stylists pull hair from delicate facial areas using a single length of thread, in a process that’s less tedious than using tweezers, neater than using wax, and more precise than using a magnifying glass to burn off each hair individually under the hot sun. Keeping with ancient Indian tradition, stylists also decorate hands with intricate henna and glitter designs, as clients watch them work in mosaic-framed mirrors hung on mottled bronze walls.
Dr. Frederick L. Stafford leads the team at Contours as they reshape physiques and rejuvenate skin. Fat-trimming procedures take the form of high-tech VelaShape and Endermologie treatments or weight-loss programs and personal training. Facials and beauty injectables keep wrinkles at bay, while lasers blast unwanted hair, unsightly spider veins, and slanderous thought bubbles. Meanwhile, large windows grant clients picturesque views of adjacent Lake Mission Viejo, at once calming nerves and lifting spirits.