Featured at two star-studded award ceremonies in 2011, Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa makes everyday clients feel like VIPs with luxurious spa services. Guest pass by a water fountain and tropical plants as they enter a cozy, renovated bungalow that dates back to 1910, the same year that the Great Sphinx had her first microdermabrasion. Medical aesthetician Lorena Balensi performs most treatments—from facials to enzyme peels—with pharmaceutical-grade products. For more than 10 years, certified medical assistant Jean-Michel Balensi has applied principles of color theory, facial geometry, design/application, skin health and wound healing, anatomy and physiology to all aspects of his craft, servicing more than 3,000 clients. Applied one by one, his ocular artistry of eyelash extensions give eyelids the volume and length to attract compliments or entire butterfly colonies. Massage therapies include relaxing and healing modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, stone, pre-natel, and sports massage. Garden fountains perform a liquid symphony for patrons who relax at a shaded outdoor patio.
Salon On 30th is a one-stop beauty haven, offering hair treatments and a large array of beauty services, which range from facials to waxing, and airbrush tanning. Beneath high ceilings with exposed beams, textured clay-tiled walls and sparkling chandeliers provide a backdrop for the beautification process. The licensed stylists transform clients with cuts and color services, prepping them for a job interview or a successful assimilation into the witness-protection program. Within private treatment rooms, the aestheticians exfoliate work to diminish fine lines and wrinkles with microdermabrasion sessions.
Drawing from more than 25 years of experience working in the med-spa and cosmetic-surgery field, Kathleen Rocca harnesses her knowledge and skills as a clinical aesthetician at her own skincare and anti-aging haven: Eastlake Rejuvenation Center. Guests pass through a lushly landscaped patio area as they arrive for the noninvasive cosmetic treatments, including facials with red and blue LED light, body-contouring laser lipolysis sessions, or photofacials that use intense pulsed light to tighten lax skin loosened after one too many trips to the moon.
In addition to helping area residents look and feel better, Rocca stays involved with her community on a grander scale, sharing beauty advice on Fox 6 news and serving as the president of the Bonita Business & Professional Association.
Amid the full-length photographs of models with stylish cuts that cover Salon Kensington’s canary walls, a black-and-white portrait of Audrey Hepburn looks down coquettishly over the intimate boutique. Hepburn was famous for her European-like beauty, making her a fitting avatar for a salon steeped in both European decor—sleek black furnishings and warm wood accents fill the room—and European hair techniques. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, master stylist Marissa Hernais leads a team of stylists who beautify clients with a range of aesthetic services, from haircuts and highlights to thermal-straightening services. Within private treatment rooms, aestheticians smooth skin with papaya-enzyme peels and full-body waxing, and technicians decorate nails with UV gel polish, silk wraps, and complimentary nail art.
Amid the full-length photographs of models with stylish cuts that cover Salon Kensington’s canary walls, a black-and-white portrait of Audrey Hepburn looks down coquettishly over the intimate boutique. Hepburn was famous for her European-like beauty, making her a fitting avatar for a salon steeped in both European decor—sleek black furnishings and warm wood accents fill the room—and European hair techniques.
There, among an experienced team of stylists and nail artists, aesthetician Mylene Deguzman helps clients achieve flawless skin with the salon's facial treatments. Using papaya enzyme peels, microdermabrasions, and other spa-tested techniques, Deguzman helps remove complexion-marring impurities and improve skin's all-around texture and tone. The salon's facial treatments aren't just results based. They also add in a luxurious dose of pampering, with massage strokes and soothing creams making the European facial more soothing than an a cappella recording of your favorite lullaby.