Browse Courtney Wesson's portfolio and you'll see some striking highlights and color work reflecting her 17 years of industry experience. But that's not the stylist's only specialty: she also provides perms, conditioning treatments, and most elaborately, NXS hair extensions.
Stylist Katie Wang has an appetite for trends. During her 12-year career she has designed the coifs of models for runway and editorial shoots and represented companies such as Wella Professional Color and Sebastian as a top stylist. The smooth, knotted updos and Brazilian blowouts in her portfolio reveal an impressive manual dexterity and a penchant for sleek, Scrunchie-free looks. Wang exhibits her artistry within JM Studio, which features simple and contemporary decor.
Social Beauty Lounge isn't your typical spa and salon. For one thing, the stylists here don't carry scissors. Wielding only blow dryers, they style strands into long, loose curls, sleek blowouts, and intricate updos. The diverse selection of spa services includes everything from lash extensions to threading and waxing. But instead of performing treatments in dark, closed-off rooms, the staff beautifies guests behind privacy curtains on an open-air sun deck.
Even without the promise of spa services, SBL would be a beautiful place to relax. The all-white salon is lit by chandeliers and sunlight that pours in from the sun deck. The deck extends into a lounge space with cushy banquettes and a small wine bar where stylists from less beautiful salons can come to drown their sorrows.
As explained by the epidermal experts at Access Zen Mind Body Skin, skin is the barrier between our environment and the rest of the body, working hard to keep toxins and illness at bay. Therefore, the spa's treatments employ a wide m?lange of both natural and clinical-grade potions. The goal is to restore health, which inspires a glowing complexion from the inside.
Some treatment ingredients are best known as foods; facials incorporate honey, teas, yogurt, cucumber, and aloe, for example, while Belgian waffles are used in lieu of terrycloth towels. Pulp culled from in-season citrus fruits, such as oranges and sweet limes, impart antioxidants. Services also include oxygen facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion treatments, along with ultrasound cavitation that help slim silhouettes.
Owner April Sampson of Orange County Permanent Makeup employs 20 years of experience to bestow clients with a youthful look or to restore features harmed by illness or injury. April's training in color theory and artistic design and application helps her dramatically line peepers, minimize the appearance of scars, or permanently unite two warring brows. Clients can choose from seven permanent-makeup procedures or opt for medical micropigmentation to revamp appearances after treatments such as chemotherapy or mastectomies. Touch-ups are often necessary after 30 days, depending on skin reaction. Read the FAQ for more information about the treatments and their aftercare.