When it comes to beauty treatments, O'Leisure Hair Design does a little bit of everything. Licensed stylists here use AG Hair Products and perform chic haircuts and keratin smoothing treatments, and spa treatments such as hair removal, eyelash extensions, and nail services are also available. You can get even eyebrows with a threading session, too, or renew your skin and up your pH levels with an ultra-hydrating facial. There are private spa rooms for all waxing, massages, and facials.
At Dermatology Laser Center of San Diego, a team of physicians lends their medical expertise to aesthetic treatments, clarifying skin with lasers and cosmetic injectables. The teams employs a range of lasers, each with its own aesthetic application ? including hair and tattoo removal, skin resurfacing, spider vein treatment ? as well as medical-grade wrinkle-removers such as Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm.
"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.
Dr. LinhKieu Nguyen decided to become a doctor when she was 8. It's a feat of hard work and enduring determination when anyone achieves their childhood dreams, but Dr. Nguyen's story is one with a particularly startling number of obstacles?many of which doubled as the fuel for her goals. She was a child in current-day Ho Chi Minh City when political unrest struck. Her parents fled the country, and she moved to the country to be raised by relatives. Dr. Nguyen cites the social strife, poverty, and poor medical care she saw and experienced as factors that pushed her closer to her dream while simultaneously making the goal more challenging. At age 14, with a fifth-grade education, she moved to the United States and learned English while earning grades that would wow colleges.
Today, the physician and mother of two runs a cosmetic practice that values friendliness and personal attention. "It's not about competition," Dr. Nguyen says of her clinic. "It's about quality, caring, and education." With 3-D butterflies and happy slogans dotting the pastel interior and a play area just for kids, the practice's person-first set of values shines. Dr. Nguyen works to create a family environment, rather than one focused solely on services. That said, patients appreciate the services. Dr. Nguyen's laser cosmetics refresh tired complexions and help diminish hair and the appearance of veins, and consultations in nutrition and disease prevention keep clients educated. Staffers are fluent in Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese, Ilocano, and Spanish.
Complimentary coffee, cold beverages, and a kids lounge playroom further enhance the relaxing atmosphere at Lounge Salon. While kids busy themselves in the playroom, highly trained stylists treat parents to an expansive menu of services that range from body and hair treatments to nails, makeup, and waxing. Stylists tame locks with custom men’s and women’s haircuts tailored to each client’s look. They also specialize in services that range from formal hair updos and curls to highlights, smoothing treatments, and color correction.
Tucked inside the homey, historic Burlingame Garage, Gingerly Wax feels more like a girlfriend's warm, inviting living room than a cold spa studio. That's most likely the effect owner Ginger Lee Rees was going for in order to help her clients feel at ease from the moment they walk through the door. A licensed cosmetologist, she and her team have chosen to direct all their energy to hair removal, providing full-body waxing services for both men and women. And, to make each session go as smoothly as possible, Ginger and her staff also provide some helpful tips for waxing clients, which include avoiding caffeine, exfoliating regularly, and never using the word "wax" anytime the hairs might be listening