The husband-wife team behind Salon Gianna founded the high-ceilinged spa space to fund research for rare childhood diseases after their daughter—the salon's namesake—was diagnosed with a congenital cell-growth disorder. The salon's aestheticians pamper guests with a range of services and use the proceeds to support work at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Éminence organic facials nourish skin with ingredients both potent and natural, such as the clear-skin facial's probiotic yogurt mask or the paprika and fruit-acid exfoliant of the anti-aging facial.
Invigorating scrubs and body wraps extend skincare to the entire physique, reenergizing skin as much as jogging through a coffee storm. Massage therapists lull tense muscles into a relaxed state with deep-tissue and Swedish techniques, and nail technicians dress up hands and feet with chic Rockstar toes or long-lasting shellac polish. Stylists can customize tresses with new hues and cuts or remove unwanted strands during waxing sessions.
Licensed cosmetologist Michelle spends her days juggling bottles of nail polish in bright yellow, blue, pink, and red. She paints keratin sheets in monochromatic hues and multicolored art displays, including cosmic-looking designs and the molecular structure of DNA. Her mani-pedis also include extras, such as skin-softening paraffin dip.
Expert mane mavens at Blo-Out Lounge, which has garnered shout-outs from LA Girl, help guests choose one of five blow-out options, including Big Sexy Hair, with volume and curls, or the straight, sleek look of Urban Girl. Before sudsing up and styling locks, tress tamers evaluate the hair's condition and select a preexisting Bumble and bumble hair mask or whip up a custom creation. The masks soak into strands beneath a hot-towel wrap for about 10 minutes, and, depending on the mask, quench parched skull grass, bolster thickness, or make hair shinier than a bald head dipped in liquid gold.
Concerto Salon & Spa is a style savvy, full-service salon that revitalizes and rejuvenates countenances to accentuate natural beauty. The highly trained team of stylists will transform fading follicles into coiffures more brilliant than a battalion of Einstein clones. Following a consultation, a tress tamer will unsheathe his well-oiled scissor fingers and use an encyclopedic knowledge of classic and contemporary fashions to sculpt a complementary face frame with a haircut and style (a $55 value). Then dermal detailers will smooth facial planes with a half-hour mini facial (a $45 value). Rid skin soil of wrinkles, dead cells, and perilous sand traps with a fleet of microscopic bulldozers that leave faces level and ready to be covered in decorative faux-fur tattoos. Finally, uproot real facial forests with an eyebrow wax (a $18 value), where Concerto Salon & Spa's arching artists will form forehead ornaments into pristine shapes.
Attentive staff, minimalist furnishings, and open, uncluttered spaces place the focus on each client's needs at this chic Aveda concept salon. A 60-minute elemental nature facial begins with a consultation to address skin concerns with a choicely worded letter. Next, a customized selection of products goes to work to make your glower glow. A gentle exfoliation scrubs away skin's epi-most dermis, leaving a clean, fresh layer of skin that hasn't been seen by the naked eye since you were 3. Then, moisturizers hydrate thirsty cells, avoiding the crispy edges of the oily-dry spectrum in favor of a pleasantly neutral spot in between. After 60 minutes of face time, your aesthetician will move to its ancillaries with a 15-minute, chakra-balancing massage. Expert fingers realign wandering chakras—energy centers in the body— with the help of a balancing blend of aromas, then a deep tissue massage of the back and spinal muscles matches inner balance with outer balance. Unlike the time you got stranded on an interstate island, leave prepared for any challenge your face might face with $20 worth of Aveda skincare products.
Facial features. Personality. Lifestyle. Edna Coe takes plenty of time to consider these things long before she ever picks up a pair of scissors. For her, every makeover is a new experience, one that she builds from close consultations with her clients. After deciding on a look, Ms. Coe draws on various tools to bring 'dos to life. Aside from regular cuts, she can install human hair extensions, add color to strands, or tame frizzy hair with Brazilian Blowouts. Her steady hands are guided by more than three decades in the beauty industry, and over that time she has accumulated certifications in everything from Bio-Ionic Japanese Hair Straightening to permanent makeup.
But it's not just hair designs that bring clients into the salon and spa. Ms. Coe can also buff away wrinkles and blemishes with facial treatments. A resident manicurist, meanwhile, pampers fingers and toes with services such as Shellac mani-pedis. An altruistic spirit also draws people in; the salon participates in the Locks for Love, a charity that donates high-quality hairpieces to kids suffering from any number of illnesses, such as alopecia or cancer.