Piercing eyes gaze at each client as they walk into Ruby's Beauty Studio. The stares do not belong to the friendly staff at the intimate studio but rather to pictures of women on its walls, each one’s hair and makeup elegantly done. This is just one way owner and beautician Ruby Walia showcases the studio’s extensive menu of aesthetic treatments, which range from threading and waxing to makeup applications. Ruby and her staff apply intricate henna designs to bodies and brighten and exfoliate faces with ginseng powder, 24-karat gold, and oxygen cream during 10 types of customized facials.
For the better part of the decade, Ruby has built her namesake studio from the ground up. Once a lawyer, Ruby decided to make a career change when she felt the need for a more creative outlet. She went to beauty school before beginning her aesthetic journey in 2000, which has led her to provide aesthetic and makeup services for the 2003 Miss India Northern California beauty pageant and famous Bollywood actresses such as Amrita Rao and Neha Dhupia.
Ceragem, founded in Korea, combines traditional Eastern medicine with today's medical technology to soothe stressed muscles with thermal massage beds and equipment. Ceragem Master and Master RL beds accost aches with FDA-approved far-infrared waves and precision pressures, while Ceragem Compact pads can be placed along acupressure points for targeted pain relief. Digital controls on the equipment and free will allow for full customization of heat level, speed, and warmth.
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During her 10-year career, makeup artist Ann Ho has honed her skills working with such well-known companies as NARS and Bobbi Brown. Her work has been featured in such publications as Bon Mua and BN and has prettied up beauty queens across Asia, Vietnam, and California.
At A-List Makeup, she helms a team of skilled makeup artists who beautify guests' faces and hair for weddings and other special occasions. Working either in their studio or on location, they expertly define cheekbones, eyes, and lips so that features will pop during engagement photo shoots or "accidental" run-ins with an attractive ex-mailman. The multitalented mavens can also craft sleek hairstyles that range from blowouts with soft, sexy waves to hair extensions and updos.
Over the past 15 years, certified cosmetologist Seema Kapoor has been particularly interested in techniques and products from India, such as Shahnaz Husain skincare. Though this is a specialty, the expertise of her staff is diverse. Below elegant chandeliers, stylists can craft a flattering haircut, highlight tresses, or nix unwanted hair with a specialty waxing or threading session. When not at the salon, Seema and friends host a live radio show where clients can call in and ask beauty questions such as "How long does a perm last?” and "How does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear?".