The stylists at Razors Edge Salon lend their services to women and men of all ages and cultivate a friendly atmosphere amid modern, black and white graphic murals. At styling stations, they trim unruly locks and correct colour before clients grab products from brands such as Bed Head, AG Hair Cosmetics, and American Crew on their way to the register. The staff also coats nails in new shades and decorative patterns, waxes away unwanted body hair, and extends lash lines to give clients more alluring winks and the ability to replace faulty window fans by blinking rapidly.
The Smart Tan–certified staff at Coco Cabana knows how to enhance the power of their UV beds with their collection of lotions and partner with aestheticians to enhance bodies during swimsuit season. The most powerful of their UV beds glows with ESP lamps, and their booths warm those standing inside with bulbs up to 160 watts. Two machines help visitors realize an aesthetic of fitness and relaxation pioneered by slack-resistance bands. A UV booth from Soltron gives those inside the chance to exercise gently while soaking up rays, and an automated massage bed kneads limbs with covered, warm-water jets. Nimble human hands, however, remain responsible for stripping away body hair with waxing services and transforming hands and feet into fashion accessories.
Massage therapist Amy L. Law captains a licensed team of massage therapists and aestheticians who customize relaxing spa treatments with an arsenal of Dermalogica and Jane Iredale products. Swedish massage jettisons tension reserves with smooth manipulations and gentle kneads, whereas deep-tissue massage applies direct pressure and deliberate strokes to disentangle muscles. The 60-minute European facial is tailored to address specific skin needs as it gently cleanses dirt and oil from surfaces and leaves skin with a renewed softness. After refreshing body and mind, prep your newly pampered features for a night on the town with a makeup application that can add color to eyelids, flush to cheekbones, and skin-toned patches to third eyes.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Equipped with Bumble and bumble and OPI products, the skilled staff at Vixen Hair Studio transform dishevelled mop-tops into stylish new manes, ragged nails into polished ovals, and furry brows into sleek arches. Upon arrival, a beauty expert consults with clients to plan the hair services and skincare treatments they require based on their desired look or need to find work as a clown's body-double. The in-house aestheticians flaunt their years of training in soothing mani-pedis, eye-opening lash tints and extensions, airbrush tanning, and makeup applications. They also remove unwanted hair with traditional waxing and through the ancient art of threading, a centuries-old technique that uses loops of cotton thread to remove hair more gently and efficiently than with other methods. Click here to see all the services and products offered at Vixen. Groupon customers can receive special offers and discounts during their visit.
The hairstylists and aestheticians at Outshine Salon & Spa boast a collective penchant for combining advanced technologies with traditional beauty know-how. They incorporate Dermalogica products into all their facial treatments, and pamper their clientele with hairstyling sessions and advanced med-spa services—all amid the cool minimalism of their modern, brightly lit facility.
Within the calming interior, hairstyling stations stand decked in fresh flowers, and serene treatment rooms emanate old-Hollywood glamour with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Elmer Fudd. In addition to its membership-rewards system, which grants deep discounts to regulars, the big-hearted beauty shop donates special spa evenings to local charities and shows appreciation to military members with special discounts.