The vibrant pink and yellow walls of Hair Ambition not only create a bright and sunny atmosphere, but they also reflect the cheerful personalities of each technician on staff. The salon's stylists include owner Crystal, who boasts 10 years of experience in the industry, and she leads her team in transforming clients’ manes with Matrix color and Keratin Complex by Coppola hair-straightening treatments. Diana, the salon's resident aesthetician, performs custom-tailored facials to keep complexions healthy and glowing brighter than a child prodigy born with sequined skin.
Novo Organic Skin Care’s skilled aestheticians, including Felicia Hususan, utilize organic seaweed and essential oils during revitalizing spa treatments. Fully customized signature facials harness the healing power of seaweed that can hydrate skin, detoxify, and resist the onslaught of aging or birds that mistake wrinkles for the shadows of earthworms. After a skin analysis, bioactive marine serums and essential oils help bring balance back to visages, and the entire face and neck melt under a rejuvenating mask during a décolleté massage. Treatments also include a microdermabrasion, during which a stream of ultrafine crystals smoothes away fine lines, scars, and rough skin brought on by using a burlap bag filled with corn for a pillow.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified airbrush artists also implement customized airbrush tans using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
Part of a national chain featured on E!, LA Sunset Tan boasts a legion of Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients select the perfect UV or UV-free options to give their skin a sun-kissed glow. Amid metallic décor and purple-hued walls, the tanning experts lead each customer into private rooms with standup or lie-down beds, aromatherapy, and iPod plug-ins so tanners can listen to their favorite prerecorded static. Spray-tan artists wield airbrushes to accent muscular lines in one of eight custom shades.
In 2005, Sandra Gutierrez was stressed and overworked. She found relaxation at a spa, but not in the way you'd think. Sandra discovered that helping others feel better also made her feel better, so she started a new career as a licensed massage therapist.
That career has since blossomed, and Sandra now kneads muscles daily at Euphoria Massage & Spa. Along with five other therapists—all of whom she personally trains—Sandra eases tension with Swedish strokes and relieves aching necks, backs, and shoulders with trigger-point techniques. While Sandra and her team focus on relaxing muscles, Euphoria's resident aesthetician cleanses and detoxifies skin with clay body wraps and sea-salt scrubs. Treatment sessions unfold inside spacious rooms, where soft piano music drowns out the sound of your boss banging on the spa's window, asking for that TPS report.
When a client arrives at an appointment at Alter-Ego Makeup Studio, she is the only one in the makeup chair. This is because proprietor Erica Dennis's primary goal isn't to sell a bunch of cosmetics—it's to give her clients a customized look that makes them feel as gorgeous as an A-list celebrity and as adored as someone handing out free ice cream. To that end, she uses professional-grade tools to apply makeup suited for each customer's event, whether it's for a wedding, prom, or everyday wear.