Owner and lead aesthetician Mahin Shafai opened Inspiration Day Spa in 2000, to take guests "away from the stressful modern world and provide a soothing escape to a peaceful place.” A 30-year veteran of the skincare industry, Shafai strives to offer the same type of luxurious spa services typically offered at high-end resorts and most Beverly Hills laundromats, including chakra-cleansing Japanese lava-stone massages and Dead Sea facials. Full-body waxing and slimming body wraps help visitors prepare for real vacations, and makeup services help ready faces for a night on the town, complete with lash tinting and custom-blended foundations.
To encourage clients to carry their newfound tranquility home with them, Shafai and her staff also carry a full line of retail products by Babor, DNA, and Yonka, and can customize an at-home regimen upon request.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
Scarlett De Citores's resumé tells the tale of her certification from Lancôme's École de Soins Esthétique of Paris and two decades working as an aesthetician in the United States and Europe. During the 15-minute light-therapy session, the international skin savant wields a mechanism that emits red, blue, and infrared lights, each of which targets specific tokens of aging from deep within the skin. This effulgence stimulates a cellular-renewal response that shoos away dead and impaired cells while coaxing new ones to the forefront. The quick process can reveal a juvenescent exterior that would make a porcelain doll shatter with envy.
Most Popular Service: Spa packages combining massage and facial
Brands Used: Decleor, Circadia, Cosmedix, Epilfree
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Private parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you include any supplementary services into your main services?
Fundamentally, we are in the healing business: we resolve stress, aid relaxation, relieve physical pain or injury, and foster and generate physical healing of both the skeletal and muscular body, as well as skin. Our services reach beyond the wonderful facials, massage, and waxing services to include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Juvederm, and Botox.
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We want our guests to make their spa experience with us their own. We want to open our hearts and share our professionals skills and knowledge to help them improve themselves and their lives.
A facial at Lyna's Skin Care is more than just that. Every exfoliating treatment also includes a complimentary skin analysis and a gentle massage of the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. With these kinds of add-ons, it’s easy to see why the facial has become one of Lyna’s most popular treatments. Other treatments that enjoy similar popularity include professional makeup applications and eyelash enhancements. The latter adds length to natural lashes with extensions pretested to attract desirable suitors and blow away undesirable suitors with a wink.
Beauty specialist Vimaa Patel opened the original iBar to concentrate on threading, body art, and permanent makeup. Now with four different locations, Vimaa ensures her staff is practiced in the ancient technique of eyebrow threading—gently pruning and shaping brows with cotton strings—by requiring potential team members to have at least two years of experience. The technicians also enhance eyes and brows with permanent-makeup treatments and personalize shoulders, ankles, and calves with temporary body art, such as birds, blossoms, or safe combinations.
iBar's intensive focus on a handful of treatments let the staff master their craft, and customers took notice. Within four years, the beauty haven expanded to four locations, each of which maintains the rigorous quality and boutique ambiance of the original.