Growing up in sun-drenched Southern California, Bronzed Bunny owner Jeni Nola found herself in a bit of a paradoxical situation. Though she knew she was drawn to the beauty of radiant, sun-tanned skin, she was also wary of the dangers associated with excessive UV exposure. To resolve this tension, Nola turned to spray tanning, which she quickly realized carried its own inherent risks such as the use of harsh chemicals. Determined to find the answer, she then spent months developing Indulge, an organic, paraben-free spray-tanning solution that safely bronzes the skin while also leaving behind invigorating scents of coconut or pomegranate-mango.
Today, Jeni and her team of veteran aestheticians employ this signature formula at Bronzed Bunny, a beautification haven that also offers sugaring sessions. A fitting complement to newly bronzed skin, sugaring sessions target ingrown hairs and lift away strands in the same direction of growth—a technique that leaves the clients less prone to irritation and more prone to receiving gigs as thigh models. Other treatments offered at the boutique spa include skin-purifying facials for both the face and the body.
The Tiffany behind Tiffany's Wax & Nails is a 10-year veteran of the nail and skin care industry. Tiffany's specialties include Brazilian waxing and eyebrow shaping, both of which performs using a soft, yet precise touch. Her manicures and pedicures come loaded with extras like lotion hand massages and foot scrubs, and her European facials also include massages that help the mind relax as skin is exfoliated, cleansed, and freed from stick-on Santa beards. Tiffany's Wax & Nails emphasizes sanitation and safety above all else, and to that end the staff supplies regular customers with their own personal nail tools.
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.
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.
Quilted stools standing before curved mirrors, plush curtains cordoning off treatment rooms, all lend an air of 1940s glam to Lashfully's eyelash salon. The lash artists ? at this highly praised salon ? work to lend their clients the same glamorous air, with lush synthetic mink eyelash extensions to enhance their eyes. Co-owner and head artist Liv Contreras trains each artist herself to artfully customize each client's lash extensions from a selection of 100 styles, differing in length, thickness, or curvature. Just like a middle school couple, natural lash and extension stay together for two to four weeks, until the native lash grows out naturally. Because of this, touchups are recommended every few weeks.
Jenifer Brown can boast an unlikely career path: she went from taking care of babies to babying faces. As a registered nurse and skincare guru, she founded Natural Illumination, a boutique skincare spa where she and her team specialize in fighting aging skin and acne, while also offering a repertoire of other advanced facials, facial peels, microdermabrasion and waxing treatments that are tailored for all skin types. The team performs services that use nonaggressive solutions to soften and smooth epidermises for a glowing complexion that glows more than a black-light poster in broad daylight. Four types of facials keep a laser-precise focus on goals such as combatting signs of aging skin, banishing acne, and hydrating the skin.