Although they’re greeted by the sound of snipping scissors and the sight of a light-yellow room filled with black leather stylists’ chairs, guests of Natural Image Salon and Day Spa can get much more than just a haircut. In addition to stylists who specialize in creative hair color and keep abreast of the latest trends—such as the feather hair extensions that secret agents use to blend in while spying from trees—Natural Image staffs aestheticians who perform a full range of spa treatments.
These experts dab skin with products made with natural ingredients, relying on botanical plant peels and Swedish body wraps that blend herbs, minerals, and sea clay. As well as pampering skin with Aveda facials and sea-salt-glow exfoliations, the aestheticians render it hairless during waxing sessions. Nail technicians add the final touch to appearances with gel manicures or layers of OPI polish.
At Polished 2 Paint 2 Nails, nail artist Pleshette melts away stresses and strains from hard-laboring digits with soothing manicures and pedicures, made all the more indulgent with extras such as a gentle massage or exfoliating sugar scrub. Her skilled hands add coats of color, which can be made impenetrable by Gelish or Shellac polishes, which leave nails resistant to chips, fading, and late-night infomercial pitches. Pleshette is also joined by other nail techs and skin specialists. Together, they offer many other services, including facials, cosmetics, natural detox body wraps, all natural supplements, and firming creams.
At Mor Beauty, a certified Matrix salon, stylists keep their fingers on the pulse of trendy hairstyles and beautifying services with an in-house Matrix artistic educator. Mor Beauty’s tress trimmers work on a level system, level 1 signifying a trained beginner stylist and level 4 being the black belt of hair fashion, allowing clients to customize their styling experience to match their budget, hair needs, and favorite number. Lock loppers can shampoo, cut, and style hair ($25–$45+), or twist it into tidy curls to craft a formal updo ($45–$75+). For an all-around new look, a permanent root-to-ends color ($80–$105+) changes hair's tint like a chameleon morphing its color before a lizard beauty pageant. Mor Beauty's professionals also banish unwanted follicles with facial waxing ($8–$18+), body waxing ($15–$40+), and threading ($15–$25+).
Experienced aesthetician Tara Lytle sloughs off dead skin cells to rejuvenate emotion emitters and reveal pristine complexions. During the Necessity facial, pores are unclogged of harmful oils, toxins, and taco crumbs while Glimpse Skincare products gently and naturally rehydrate faces and stimulate collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. No matter what the treatment, relaxing rejuvenators can rest assured that all of Tara's facial-fixing techniques are 100% toxin-free, just like a compostable water bottle full of fairy tears.
The staff at Namaste Day Spa and Salon hails from throughout the United States and other countries, including Puerto Rico and India. Luckily, Namaste's menu is just as diverse as the origins of its staff. Stylists offer soothing scalp treatments, vibrant highlights, and lock-lengthening weaves. For those looking to remove facial and body hair, threading and waxing sessions shape brows and banish unwanted fuzz. The spa's aesthetician cleanses pores and rejuvenates complexions with facial, and its massage therapist employs prenatal, neuromuscular, and Swedish techniques to help clients unwind. Namaste also offers more uncommon treatments, such as healing energy-medicine sessions and henna designs, which add temporary pizzazz to hands and other body parts.
Rickelle Watson Jenkins, owner of My Beautiful BROWZ Waxing Studio, peels away unwanted hair using a gentle zinc oxide–based wax that's great for first-timers and those with sensitive skin or breakouts. For trickier areas, such as the bikini line, Rickelle cracks open a can of titanium blue hard wax fresh from the La Brea Wax Pits. She recalls what first attracted her to the beauty industry—the art of makeup—while touching up lashes, lips, and everything in between, and uses Dermalogica products to cleanse and exfoliate during facials.