Wax Candy's warm, friendly vibe has much to do with its four founding aestheticians—who are friends themselves. They've been known to cheer on clients braving their first Brazilian, and to hand out the occasional lollipop. But cleanliness is equally important to this foursome. Each session sees them pouring azulene wax into new biodegradable cups, which are then disposed of at the end to prevent double dipping.
Ayurvedic, a Sanskrit term meaning the ?science of life,? is an ancient philosophy of holistic medicine originating in India. While reverence for medicine may seem unusual for a nail spa, Elizabeth Ashton doesn?t think so, for as she explains, it?s ?more than pedicures and manicures, [it] is about the beauty, wellness, and pleasure.? From the moment clients enter her bright and airy space, Elizabeth facilitates relaxation with indulgent manicure and pedicure services. She quickly cleans, shapes, and polishes nails during an ?on the go? treatment, and alternately, she takes nearly two hours when administering the Indian-therapy mani-pedi, complete with lime, ginger, and coconut-milk blends and finished with a Dead Sea mask. Services are topped off with a rainbow of OPI polishes, pink and white fills, a layer of chocolate fondant, or gel overlays.
At Salon 500, aesthetic experts aim to enhance clients' natural beauty. That might mean a trip to the salon chair for a shampoo and a haircut using Vidal Sassoon products, or a more dramatic makeover with vibrant highlights and a sleeking Brazilian Blowout treatment. Or perhaps guests will opt for a spa pedicure, complete with quietly humming hot stones and aromatic lavender. Waxing and airbrush tanning services put the finishing touches on pampering appointments.
Aesthetician Ericka opened CLEAN by Siren Lyric Muse to share her philosophies about health and beauty with others. "Our lives are continuously being run by our careers," she observes on her website, and "it is important that we take the time to balance ourselves." Given this, it's not surprising that skin health is one of Ericka's top values, and the treatments she offers at CLEAN reflect this priority.
Skin treatments rely both on healthy vitamins and glycolic acid. Mechanical treatments such as microdermabrasion and microcurrent therapy help skin look younger. Skincare doesn't stop at the neck, however; services at the spa also include back and hand "facials." Ericka even curates spa packages, bundling extras such as champagne and lunch with sauna visits and paraffin foot soaks.
Just walking distance from the Long Beach Convention Center lies a 2,000-square-foot oasis and two-time MyFoxLA Hot List winner. The historic downtown building houses four separate treatment rooms where aestheticians and massage therapists perform a variety of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and manicures. Their menu of international therapies borrows seaweed mud and traditions from France, Italy, India, and the Middle East, and their medical facials are performed under the direction of a board-certified dermatologist. In addition to individual clients who arrive solo for a day of pampering, La Dolce Vita invites groups celebrating birthdays, wedding days, and spa-appreciation days.
RejuveNation Body Wraps helps clients achieve beach-ready physiques with contouring body treatments and tanning services. Amid their space’s warm chocolate- and tangerine-hued walls, staffers pamper clients with herbal-infused wraps, designed to tone skin and gradually diminish cellulite and stretch marks leftover from weight gain or swallowing watermelons whole. Tanning experts then create bronzed masterpieces in the tanning booth, or direct clients to the salon’s own line of cleansers and firming lotions that they can use at home.