It’s hard to capture photos of a straight-from-the-salon look without hiring a personal stylist to follow you to a photo shoot. But luckily for its clients, Basin Street Hair has figured out it's easier to take the opposite approach—the salon hosts a photography studio where clients can pose for corporate and modeling headshots. Before they say "cheese" or scream "cheetahs!," though, clients enlist Basin Street’s beauty professionals to accentuate their natural features with makeup or shape their hair into new styles. They also turn to a licensed aesthetician, who draws on 10 years of experience to treat skin imperfections with custom facials and exfoliating enzymes and peels.
Yvette Owens graduated with honors from Career Network Institute for Massage Therapy––a rigorous program that calls for more than 1000 hours of hands-on practice. Now a massage therapist, she runs her own private room at Coastal Body wellness where she combines custom bodywork, relaxing aromatherapy, and photographs of kittens wrestling to ease tension. Clients can draw on a variety of massage modalities such as long flowing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue techniques, or request a specialty sports massage to temper the pain for an athletic injury.
Registered nurse Francine Oca fondly remembers tagging along to work with her aunt, a professional makeup artist. She'd watch in awe as brushes whisked across faces, brightening eyes and highlighting smiles. Though these tune-ups were small, they made a world of difference to women's perceptions of themselves.
Today, Francine, along with Dr. Jose Guerra? a board certified physician in family medicine? helps women cultivate beauty and confidence as an aesthetic nurse at Live Gorgeous OC?a Medical Spa that specializes in noninvasive enhancements such as laser treatments, botox, dermal fillers, and wrinkle-smoothing injections.
To promote safety and peace of mind, the clinic offers FDA-approved treatments whenever possible. Though the treatments often summon a girlish glow, Francine doesn't believe in making all faces look as young as an egg in a baby bonnet. Instead of performing unnecessary treatments, she will guide clients toward products and habits that make skin look naturally fresh and vibrant.
Evelyne Huegi, the founder of Swiss Clinique, wants to help her clients improve their skin and does so via a combination of facial treatments, products, and new lifestyle approaches. To get started, an aesthetician meets with every person who walks through the door, providing a detailed consultation to help determine skincare needs and any possible problem areas. The services run the gamut, from a lemon- zest enzyme facial, which exfoliates and brightens the skin, to a luxurious diamonds-and-gold facial, which uses the healing properties of actual diamonds and gold to help fight the signs of aging. Swiss Clinique also offers body treatments and waxing services, along with spray tans and reflexology sessions to help clients relax, rejuvenate, and heal.
A wave of white and cream colors washes over visitors as they step onto the dark wooden floors and enter the brightly lit confines of A Little Touch of Heaven. Inside the tranquil studio, aestheticians and makeup artists are hard at work, rejuvenating skin from head to toe with nearly a dozen facial treatments, as well as waxing treatments for the face and body. Microdermabrasion sessions gently exfoliate skin to combat signs of aging such as fine lines, and the Diamond Detox treatment purges blackheads from pores. Waxing specialists remove unwanted hair from the faces and bodies of both men and women, and makeup artists prep brides for their big day.
At The Wax Parlor, staffers spend their entire day primarily focused on only one thing: waxing. While whisking away hair on the body or face during one of their services, they uphold rigid sanitary standards, never double dipping or flat-out licking a wax stick once they?ve used it. They also stock their salon and online boutique with numbing cream for those looking to diminish as much discomfort as possible.
The only non-waxing service they offer is airbrush tanning, which can put the finishing touch on a new, hair-free look.