"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
Before Lisa Tolossa took over the reins of her beauty center and renamed it Doo It Up Salon, she was an employee for the previous owner. In the five years before she purchased the business, she perfected her skills as a hairstylist by learning Redken and Schwarzkopf coloring methods, studying Framesi cutting techniques, and earning certifications from Brazilian Blowout, Cadiveu, Keratin Complex, and Joico.
Today, Tolossa captains a roster of stylists who primp clients at the salon’s nine hair stations, one nail station, and two private rooms. Amidst deep-purple accents, corrugated-metal walls, and Craftsman tool chests filled with beauty supplies, the multitalented staff - including nail technician and mani-pedi expert Lynne Ho - crafts new looks with an array of services for nails, hair, and skin. They also sell products by Eufora, Moroccanoil, Brazilian Blowout, and American Crew, which can be used to style coiffures or lubricate a squeaky robotic arm.
The luxury spa mani-pedi could serve as an example of Krystal Nails and Spa's commitment to beauty and pampering. This lavish package includes essential oils, sea salt glow, cooling gel, a mask massage, and hot towel wraps, all in addition to the standard cuticle and nail grooming and polishing. There are several such treatments here that foster spruced-up nails and renewed spirits. And then there are the facials, which leave the skin soft to the touch and looking radiant and young.
Aly Ramirez sees the artistry in styling hair, and combines creative savvy with technical talent to craft haircuts that flatter her clients. Besides cuts, the experienced stylist can sculpt hair into elegant updos, change up looks with highlights and all-over color, and add length and volume with extensions. She also offers facial waxing services and provides makeup applications.
Operating out of Definitions Salon & Spa, stylist Riley Elrod commands the loyalty of her clients through the deft manipulation of everything from shears to coloring products. Of course, she doesn't revamp hair alone; she's aided by Definitions' well-stock selection of styling accoutrements, including potions from trusted names such as Keune, Kenra, and Wella.
The stylists, skin soothers, massage therapists, and nail and makeup artists at Lavish Hair Salon & Day Spa have seen their fair share of media buzz. So has owner, master stylist, and senior Goldwell hair-color educator Samantha Murguia, whose color-correction skills found themselves under the spotlight on ModernSalon.com. In 2010, OCFamily.com editor Susan Belknapp blogged that not only was her Brazilian Blowout with Murguia "a relaxing, fast-moving treatment," but also that she found the result to be "fantastic." Murguia and her team have also been featured multiple times in Inland Empire Magazine and, in 2011, graced CBS?s list of LA?s Best Blow-Drys.
Perhaps the high praise is a result of the expertise with which Murguia's crew performs their services. Or perhaps it?s the fact that they keep a close eye on the latest youthful trends. The staff includes a teen blogger who has her finger on the pulse of the beauty industry, and the salon has been accepting donations of gently used dresses, shoes, and accessories to help girls attend the prom in style. They have even offered teen makeup tutorials that explain how to complement natural facial features and use a smartphone?s blush-administering app.