Located inside The Loft Salon, Sugarlips Esthétique is staffed by aestheticians who specialize in sugaring, a hair-removal method that proponents believe is less irritating to sensitive skin. Technicians blend sugar, lemon juice, and water to alchemize sticky batches of the fuzz-gripping paste, then nestle vials of the amber gel in a nearby heater. There, the solution becomes lukewarm instead of reaching the scalding temperatures favored by other hair-removal techniques, such as waxing or shaving in a hot-air balloon. Aestheticians apply the sugaring paste to skin with their gloved hands instead of using strips or other applicators, which can harbor bacteria. Once the paste is laced with enough hairs, it joins the latex-free gloves in the trash.
As they wait to resurface their brows or legs, guests sip tea and coffee while perched atop a plush sofa or beneath the canopy on the beachfront balcony. Inside, white curtains separate the cozy waiting area from private treatment stations, where hot towels and coconut oils also wait to soothe freshly purged pores.
Aqua Salon owner Kathy Snyder loves a challenge. When asked what she likes best about her job, the veteran hairstylist told Our South Bay, “So many of us are particular about exactly what we want our hair to look like but haven’t any idea how to articulate it to someone. It’s my job … to ‘get it’ when a customer reaches out for help.” A former employee of celeb-favorite Cristophe Salon, Snyder spent 10 years meeting the often daunting needs of Hollywood’s most demanding heads. Today, she doles out that same level of service in an environment that is decidedly more relaxed, complete with a soothing ocean view and skylights that allow the sunshine to stream in.
As guests sip wine and watch the waves roll along the sandy shoreline, Snyder’s team of master stylists care for hair with cutting-edge cuts, extensions, and balayage coloring techniques. Makeup artists employ the Jane Iredale line of mineral makeup to beautify visages, and spray tans by Infinity Sun provide a golden glow to help prep bodies for the beach or a stint on James Cameron’s mantel.
At ZENKA, fusty fingers and petrified pavement pounders receive beautifying and refreshing treatments using all-natural and organic products. Shimmy up to the manicure bar and sip a glass of champagne as dusty digits prepare to recover from the everyday wear and tear of smart-phone pummeling. The luxurious 24 karat treatment starts with a gold leaf soak, meticulous grooming, and exfoliating natural gel peel for both hand and feet, while tired toes are treated extra sweetly with an invigorating sugar scrub. Next, newly softened phalanges will get a moisturizing mask, with a hot towel wrap to seal in hydration, followed by a soothing massage that gilds extremities with pure gold lotion and a hot lava shell. Once hands and feet have soaked up enough gold to be worth their weight, they can choose a final ornamentation of either a shine buff or perfect polish that will leave them priceless in the eyes of appendage appraisers.
The compassionate dermal caretakers at Trilogy Spa welcome spirit sacks to a spacious, comforting sanctuary, where the body is exposed to a rejuvenating three-part series of the spa’s most celebrated signature treatments. The maile tub soak adds a festive Hawaiian theme to the pamper party, where salts and oils combine to send your skin vessel on a soothing cruise that detoxifies and moisturizes the dermis. The weightless float uses its heated flotation bed manned by a Space Camp counselor to massage and relax the body atop a soothing weightless cradle, and 20 minutes of sleep in the float is equivalent to six hours of sleep. For the finale, choose a restorative 25-minute service from a host of options, including a half massage, quickie facial, awapuhi white ginger body scrub, and lehua honey body scrub. Whichever service you choose, handmade, organic, all-natural beauty potions will be used.
Inside Lisz Dom Salon, stylists trim strands and add striking color to hairdos as clients sip wine and eat hors d'oeuvres while seated in bold purple salon chairs. The multitalented staff also redresses fingertips with manicures, clears up complexions with facials, and bronzes bodies with airbrush tanning, eliminating the hassle of taking a trip to the beach or to the heart of the sun. The trained hands of a massage therapist sweep over stressed bodies during deep-tissue massages or acupressure sessions, lifting tension as they go.
Yassmin is a makeup artist, bridal stylist, and hairstylist working out of Chug Salon. Here, haircuts, coloring treatments, and straightening treatments help clients enhance their personal style goals and achieve a flattering new look that can catch the eye of companions, passerby, and airplane pilots.