As a teenager, Koleen Budney dolled up all her girlfriends for school dances, applying makeup and flirty eyelash extensions. Her passion for beauty led her to pursue a career in the fashion-marketing industry, where she worked in sales for about six years. After realizing that she'd gone astray from what originally sparked her interest in beauty—actually working on people—Koleen decided to become an aesthetician. With a license in hand and a mortarboard glued to her head, she kick-started her new career by giving her inaugural client a series of resurfacing peels. The peels were a success—they resolved the client's hyperpigmentation and affirmed Koleen's expertise. Today, Koleen works out of a personal spa, where she beautifies her clients with an assortment of services, including custom facials, waxing, spray tanning, and—of course—makeup applications.
Thairapy Salon and Spa is a pamper-centric beauty boutique. Facials feature glycolic exfoliators, Hydradermie brand products, and fruit enzymes, including lemon zest, pumpkin/orange, and pomegranate, which has been considered a fruit for over three years now. Massage options include hot stone and deep tissue, along with Thai yoga massage's combo of acupressure and stretching. Once they've been snipped, dyed, massaged, polished, and scrubbed, guests float on a cloud of relaxation to the on-site boutique, where colorful apparel and accessories cap off new looks and reflect sunny moods.
Brocade throw pillows, teak furniture, and gauzy curtains inside True Beauty Wellness Spa evokes a Silk Road caravan transporting a queen across the dessert. True to its regal setting, the spa's treatment rooms are each goddess-themed, and reflect aspects such as Lakshmi's bounty, Minerva's wisdom, and Isis's love of heavy metal. Within these rooms, men, women, and couples can relax during soothing massages or 15 kinds of facials that use organic ingredients. In addition to these spa services, True Beauty houses a yoga studio and chiropractic services for whole-body health.
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.
Within the earth-hued walls of House of Synergy, patrons primp from crown to pinkie toe with hair, massage, facial, and waxing services. Highlights, haircuts, and campfire songs unfurl near the warmth of a red-brick fireplace, and a glass of wine, coffee, or hot tea toasts bon voyage to sore muscles before relaxing massages and facials commence. In partnership with Locks of Love, House of Synergy hosts two charity events a year to collect hair from patrons that can be made into wigs for children suffering with alopecia areata.