Aesthetician Monica Lucero was her own first client. As a teenager, she suffered with acne, but resolved to find a solution by studying the science of skin care or by going back in time to kill the first acne bacteria—whichever opportunity would come first. Fast-forward to the present, where she and her clients now show off their flawless skin thanks to her formal training and experience working at area salons.
Monica now offers her signature skin care services at Cosi Bella Day Spa, where clients find tranquility in the team's spa services while the ambient church bells of downtown Martinez ring out. The full-service facility makes it easy to extend the visit into a full soothing day, whether your hairstyle needs an update or a relaxing massage beckons.
When she became a licensed aesthetician more than eight years ago, Monica Lucero already had a steady client: herself. Having suffered from acne as a teenager, she'd started learning about skincare in an effort to clear her own skin. Monica started to channel her own experience into a caring attitude toward her clients through Changes Salon in Walnut Creek and Le Jardin in Pleasant Hill, and today, at Cosi Bella Day Spa. In all of her services?which range from chemical peels to facial waxing?she strives to cultivate an atmosphere that, like a solid-gold beanbag chair, will leave people feeling both pampered and relaxed.
Metal lights hang from the high red ceiling like martini glasses, casting glow on saffron-colored walls. Dividing the space are black-trimmed mirrors and private hair stations, where skilled stylists sculpt strands into face-flattering ’dos and decorate with bold highlights. Clients may also solicit Studio 929 for a rejuvenating moroccan oil treatment or a specialty straightening session to detangle curls.
If it weren't for the bright sign out front, it would be easy to mistake The Courtyard Salon for a woodland cottage or a scene from a commercial where everyone has a happier camping trip thanks to insect repellent. The cozy salon is tucked away in a lush garden, with leafy trees, fragrant flowers, and rustic patio furniture. And the charm doesn't stop at the door. Sunlight trickles in through soft curtains and casts a warm glow on dark hardwood floors, golden walls, and comfy red armchairs. Instead of the princesses and singing bunnies you might expect from such a fairy-tale scene, the salon buzzes with a staff of skilled stylists, nail technicians, and spa specialists. They perform a sweeping array of beauty services, including haircuts, meticulous mani-pedis, and tension-blasting massages, all with the help of advanced skin and hair-care products from top purveyors like Pureology, Kendra, and Onesta.
Felecia Rincon knows that sugar can do a lot more than sweeten her coffee and stand in for snow on a ski slope. At Bare Sugaring Studio, she uses it to remove unwanted hair, practicing a spa treatment that goes back centuries. Applied opposite the direction of hair growth, her sugar-based paste sinks deep within the follicle, deeper than wax, to grip the hair at its root. When Felecia removes the paste, she takes with it the short, fine hairs that other epilation techniques miss, and even removes dead skin, leaving the legs, chests, chin, or any other body area, smooth and sleek.
The beauticians at The Glamaholic pamper clients with salon and manicure services in their studio and at clients' homes. Stylists artfully cut and make over hair, beautifying with color, highlights, and keratin straightening treatments. Aestheticians glitz up nails with elaborate 3-D nail painting, adorning fingertips with flowers and colorful patterns.