Fashion runways, magazine photo shoots, and red-carpet events are pressure-cookers for stylists, but Lisa of Vola Salon isn't scared. This self-employed mom of two pours a decade of such experiences into every bride she soothes and beautifies, whether its for a real wedding or a magazine photo shoot for Real Weddings. She and her staff also paint faces before portrait sessions and travel to homes to do wedding hair and makeup or trim the branches on topiary art.
"I want to make this world beautiful, inside and out," says Courtney Hurley, owner of Ravished Beauties. She strives toward this goal armed with lipsticks, blushes, and eyelash extensions, primping brides-to-be, models, and the doppelgangers that live inside mirrors. At Ravished Beauties, she teaches aspiring makeup artists the tricks of the trade and oversees a team of stylists and aestheticians who prettify clients hair and nails in addition to their skin, grooming guests with individual salon services as well as pampering packages.
For more than 20 years, the certified staffers at California Tan have added pop to pigment within an office basking under the West Coast sunshine. In addition to offering 12 beds with four levels of tanning, they can design custom tanning plans that gradually build up a richer complexion over time. To augment the warm glow of the bed lights, they provide lotions by Designer Skin, California Tan, and Australian Gold. They also house a UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booth, which evenly slicks standing bodies with a deluxe bronzing potion. To complete the day-on-the-beach feeling, they lead guests to their SpaCapsule dry aqua massager that kneads newly tanned backs using 28 water jets. In addition to tanning and massage services, they carry swimwear, including two-piece bathing suits, perfect for beach outings or informal State of the Union addresses. They also stock their shelves with vitamins and dietary supplements to ensure the inside of the body is as attractive as the outside is.
On the back deck of The Vineyard Salon, a set of french doors invites guests meander in and out while their color treatments process. It's here where clients can unwind while admiring tangles of foliage in the adjacent vineyard or while listening to the soft gurgle of nearby creek. Beyond the entry of this peaceful haven, The Vineyard Salon's team of certified cosmetologists, aestheticians, and manicurists pamper clients with an indulgent barrage of beauty treatments. There's even an essential oils specialist on staff who, using only organic products, employs the soothing oils during scalp massages that are at once uplifting and relaxing. That emphasis on comfort is the theme at this full-service salon and spa, whether clients stop by for haircuts and color treatments, facials, or Swedish massages. The services here go beyond the standard, too?the beauty experts also offer permanent makeup applications and teeth whitening to clean up traces left from coffee, wine, and chewing nervously on paintballs.
Although floral paintings and patterned fabrics accentuate TRU Skin Therapy’s contemporary décor, they aren’t the only eye-catching elements of the spa. Anti-aging LED therapy, Thermage, and ultrasonic exfoliation machines line the center’s treatment rooms, where they smooth wrinkles and obliterate sunspots. Aside from technologically advanced gadgetry, specialists also rely on medical-strength facial peels and Société Clinical Skincare products to erase blemishes before they form a bull’s eye for cream pies. Visitors can also relax at the hands of a massage therapist capable of performing various body-kneading techniques, including customized prenatal and hot seashell massages.
The instructors at Spray Tan Education bestow students with the know-how and certification necessary to perform airbrush tanning and teeth-whitening services. During efficient four-hour tanning courses, students soak up lessons in skin types, equipment, and tanning products, as well as marketing and advertising tips to use when starting their own mobile tanning or whitening business. Teeth-whitening courses teach how to assess enamel shades, how LED blue light technology works, and how to prepare clients for treatments. Instructors in both courses guide learners with plenty of hands-on training.